Meet new students on Discord

Make connections online before you arrive on campus

New students starting in January 2024 can join our chat group on Discord where you can meet new students like you - to help you socialise and settle in as you join University. 

Staff will also be there to provide tips and help answer your questions about your course and student life.

If you’ve not used Discord before, follow the instructions below.

Create a Discord account (if you don't already have a Discord account)

  1. Click the invite link in your university email (for example as part of our Welcome to Portsmouth programme.
  2. Add a username - Discord will prompt you to add a username and also ask for your date of birth to check you are over a minimum age to access their app.
  3. Add your details - including your university email address (for example and a password.
  4. Click the confirmation link - sent to your email address. You’re now on Discord! You have an option to download the Discord app or use a web browser on your phone or computer.

How to join (if you already have a Discord account)

  1. Introduction and verification - after clicking the invite link in your university email you will be taken to the Discord home screen. Click the University of Portsmouth logo, on the left-hand side, to return to our Discord server. Direct message (DM) the University of Portsmouth account with your student ID number beginning with UP (for example UP1234567).

    To do this, right-click on the University of Portsmouth account in the right-hand menu and select "Message" from the menu. This will only be seen by a small group of University staff to verify that you’re a new student.

    If you can't see the University of Portsmouth account, you may need to click on the "Show Member List" icon at the top right hand side (if using desktop), or click on "Messages" at the bottom if using your mobile.
  2. Accept the rules - once you’re verified within 24 hours, you’ll be asked to accept our community #rules-and-disclaimers such as keep it friendly, no explicit language, no promotions and no spamming. Just click the green tick to say you’ve read and accepted them.
  3. That's it! You will now be able to see our #all-student-chat channel for new students starting in January 2024. Use this channel to meet new students like you and to help you socialise and settle in as you join the University. 

If you’re a new student and are struggling to join Discord please email

About our Discord server

Here’s a copy of our rules and disclaimers which new students will be asked to accept so we can keep Discord a nice environment for all to use. 

We follow all official Discord guidelines.

We follow the UoP student code of conduct guidelines.


🚫 NO explicit language - you will receive 3 warnings before being banned

🚫 NO explicit content

🚫 NO hate speech, racism, homophobia, bullying, or aggressive behaviour will be tolerated

🚫 NO harassment of any kind

🚫 NO inciting arguments 

🚫 NO promoting of cruelty, violence, self-harm, or suicide 

🚫 NO spamming channels

🚫 NO promotion of any kind

🚫 Do not invite people to this server without the University's permission 


👍 Do add a nickname for this server- first name - course name i.e. Joe Bloggs - Pharmacy

👍 Do keep it friendly and safe for all 

👍 Do respect others 

👍 Do be careful in sharing your personal information with others

👍 Do contact @Moderators if anything seems suspicious


We must draw your attention to the Discord Privacy Policy.

If you have any questions relating to Discord's data security or the privacy of your personal data, please contact Discord’s Data Protection Officer at