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Prepare yourself for uni life with our starting uni checklists

Get organised for your new life at uni.

Use these checklists to make sure you’ve done all you need to do – so you can focus on meeting new people and succeeding in your studies.

Getting started

There are some things you’ll need to do before you arrive at the University. This checklist will help everything go smoothly before you get here.

✔ Get your student account details

You'll be sent your student account details by email. Your student ID will look something like this: 123456.

✔ Apply for your student card

Your student card lets you access University buildings and services when you arrive. You won't need your student card until you're on campus, but you can start the online application now if you wish, so there will be less to do later.

When you apply, you’ll need to upload a passport size photo of yourself, clearly showing your face, with no one else in the picture.

✔ Pre-arrival registration

Make sure to log in to Your Student View to complete the online registration form so you can access our services and facilities.  

✔ Qualification checks

If you didn't submit your ID and course entry qualification check when applying to us, you may need to submit qualifications to be checked by our Admissions Team. Find out more in Step 4 of Joining the University.

✔ Tuition fee payments and living costs

If you’ve arranged a tuition fee loan and/or maintenance loan from the Student Loans Company, we'll confirm your registration and the release of funds. If you’re paying your own fees or you need advice on budgeting, find out more under 'Getting your funding sorted' on our Joining the University page.

✔ Is your accommodation sorted?

If you've applied for accommodation already, our Student Housing Team will contact you. But if you're still looking for accommodation, you can contact student.housing@port.ac.uk for help.

✔ Course induction

Don't forget to check the timetable of events and activities taking place during your course induction.

On arrival

There are some things you’ll need to do when you arrive at the University.

✔ Explore the Students' Union

You're automatically a member of the Students’ Union from your first day at Uni. Your Union supports you throughout your studies and gives you the opportunity to meet other students with the same passions and hobbies through their societies and sports groups.

✔ Follow welcome ambassadors

Our Welcome Ambassadors are always on-hand to help you settle in. They host group chats and socials to help you meet other new students with common interests so whatever your special interest, you’ll be able to find other like-minded students to connect with.

✔ Explore your city

Whether you're completely new to Portsmouth or local, our guides to the city will help you discover your new home.

What else to check

These are some other things you’ll need to do after you've covered the basics.

✔ Download Microsoft Office – free

As a student at Portsmouth, you can get Microsoft Office 365 for free – find out how.

✔ Get immunised

At uni you live close to new people and may be exposed to different bacteria and viruses. Make sure you’ve had your injections for mumps and meningitis before you get here – it's important.

✔ Get insurance for your possessions

Get your valuables protected by getting contents insurance – it's much cheaper than replacing them if anything should happen to them.

✔ Buy a TV license

Even if you only watch live TV on your laptop, or you only watch BBC iPlayer, the law says you still need a licence to view any television content.

✔ Join our UoP students Facebook group

Join our exclusive student Facebook group to receive University updates, connect with each other, ask questions and win prizes.

✔ Explore your career prospects

Even at the very start of your course, it's a great idea to find out the careers support available to you so you can find a part-time job, volunteering roles or start planning your career.

Get online

Use your student account username and password to get online.

✔ Campus WiFi

Eduroam is the wireless network available in all campus buildings (including halls) and over 70 other locations in Portsmouth. Just use your University account username and password to log on. In halls, you can also access the internet for free through the ‘ResNet’ socket in your room (using your own CAT5 Ethernet cable).

✔ MyPort

MyPort is your online resource for everything – including the latest news and events, study skills resources and information on guidance and support services. You can also access your timetable, results and other information just for you.

✔ Gmail

You have your own University email account with Google where you'll receive all important information from the University and your course tutors. Your email address will be your forename.surname@myport.ac.uk.

✔ Moodle

Moodle is your virtual learning environment. It holds online course materials and information from your lecturers – and you can access it from any device.


AppsAnywhere gives you free access to apps and software that support your learning.

✔ IT Help

Once you’re here, Information Services (IS) will offer you a brief IT induction. This will show you how to get the best from the available services as well as printing, remote access and our wireless network.

✔ Discounts and events

The Students’ Union website is your essential online resource for news, events, discounts and student life. It’s a great source of support to get the best from your time here, both on and off of your course.

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