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What to expect in your first week

Find out what lies ahead during your first week as a new student with us

During your first weeks in Portsmouth, you’ll get to take part in an exciting programme of Orientation events, both in person and virtual. You’ll also get all the support you need to register with the University and pay your tuition fees.

Arrival programme and International Orientation 

Orientation Week starts on Monday 27 September. When you arrive, you can join campus tours and student information fairs, and speak to Global staff who can help you settle into University life. You’ll receive your orientation and registration programme by email before your first week.

Your orientation will be in person, if you’re able to join us, and online, if you’re either unable to join us or in self-isolation.

Your orientation includes

  • Course registration and ID checks
  • Welcome presentations, workshops and social events - see the full Orientation schedule
  • Collecting your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP card) if you applied for a Student Route visa
  • Live Q&As with current international students
  • Workshops and inspirational talks to get you motivated for the year ahead

For help finding your way around the university, see our maps and directions page.

Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

You need a biometric residence permit (BRP) when you apply to stay in the UK for more than six months. You can use your BRP to confirm your identity, your right to study in the UK, and your right to any public services or benefits.

Getting your BRP

You don't need to apply for a BRP as well as your visa – you’ll get one automatically once your visa application is approved. But you will need to complete an ID submission form once you’re in the UK and upload your UK visa with an entry stamp to confirm you’ve arrived in the country. 

The form will ask you to confirm your term-time address. It’s important to include your permanent UK address so your BRP card can be posted to you. This is the term-time address you provided to us when you completed your ID check form. You can’t collect your BRP card from the University.

We’ll notify the Home Office of your arrival into the UK and arrange for your BRP to be delivered to your current UK home address.

After the Home Office receives the address information from us, your BRP will be produced overnight and will be scheduled for delivery by TNT/Fedex. They will attempt delivery within 48 hours of collecting the BRP.

Collecting your BRP

If you applied for your Student Visa outside of the UK, you must collect your BRP:

  • From the Post Office named in your decision letter: Take your passport and Entry Clearance Office decision letter with you to the Post Office. The Post Office is open Monday to Saturday 9.00am–5.30pm (Tuesdays 9.30am–5.30pm).
  • If you’re given the ACL Code, please note your BRP card won’t be available to collect from the Nuffield Centre at the University.

For more information please see the government's guide to biometric residence permits.

If you fail to produce the requested documentation, you are at risk of exclusion.

Registering for your course

To register for your course, you’ll need to provide evidence of your qualifications and a form of ID, including one of the following documents:

  • Valid passport
  • Proof of EU Settlement Scheme (EU/EEA students only, if applicable)

As evidence of your qualifications, you must provide copies of qualification certificates as detailed in your offer letter or CAS statement. Details of how to do this will be sent to you closer to the time.

Please note, if you can’t provide proof of your identity by one of these means, you can’t be registered. We reserve the right to exclude any student who is unable to satisfactorily provide proof of qualifications obtained.

If you're transgender and can’t provide documentation that reflects your gender identity, get in touch with equality@port.ac.uk and we’ll resolve this for you in a confidential and respectful way.

Transferring from another university

If you’re transferring from another university and don’t yet have a visa for the University of Portsmouth, you’ll need to show evidence of your visa application – such as the Home Office receipt – before you’re allowed to register onto your course.

Paying your tuition and accommodation fees

You can pay your fees by logging into your Student View and accessing payment links via the My Finance tab.

You can pay using American Express, Mastercard, Visa, Visa Debit, Paypal or via Western Union bank transfer. We encourage this as bank drafts and cash can be easily lost during your travels. See more advice on how to pay your fees.

Joining your course and your attendance

You should try to avoid joining your course late as this will negatively affect your studies. Your term start date and the last date for registration is in your offer letter.

If Covid-19 affects your travel to the UK, you can begin your studies virtually and take part in our Virtual Orientation and Virtual Course Induction Programme. You must be registered online by the latest date of registration so you can access all the online resources. If you can’t arrive at the start of term, talk to your course leader for further advice. You can find out the name and contact details of your course tutor by asking at your faculty’s MyPort information hub.

If you're travelling to the UK and will be staying in university accommodation, you'll also need to contact the Student Housing team at student.housing@port.ac.uk to let them know when you'll be arriving

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