University of Portsmouth Welcome Ambassadors outside the Students' Union

Get inside information from current students, before you arrive

Follow our welcome ambassadors to get tips and make connections with other new students

If you're starting your University studies soon, our Welcome Ambassadors are here to make you feel more at home and give you the information you need to settle into university life in Portsmouth. Welcome Ambassadors are current students who share their own experiences of starting uni and put you in touch with other students who share your interests.

Welcome Ambassadors have taken a pledge to uphold the Student Charter and actively contribute to a welcoming and inclusive learning community.

Follow our Welcome Ambassadors

You'll find the Welcome Ambassadors on Facebook and Instagram, where they post about any challenges they faced when they first came to Portsmouth and how they overcame them.

Their updates will give you inside information on everything from the best places to get coffee, to how to save costs on textbooks, as well as events you might enjoy, and places you may want to visit in the city and surrounding area.

Expand your social circle

Want to meet other vegans? Climate activists? Commuter students? Fellow bakers?

Welcome Ambassadors post about how they've pursued their own interests, and host chats on these or any other topics. You can join the chat to find others who share your interests and values, so you can hit the ground running when it comes to forming a social circle.

The goal is to meet people beyond your course and accommodation, giving you plenty of opportunities to make friends and find your niche.

Look out for the Welcome Ambassadors around campus during Freshers' Week. And, don't miss their big welcome event a few weeks after the start of term, where you can meet up with people you've chatted with and get to know other new students.

Join the Countdown and Connect Challenge

Welcome Ambassadors organise and host the Countdown and Connect Challenge, with Connect events where you can win loads of prizes like University of Portsmouth hoodies, Just Eat vouchers to share food with friends, or 2-for-1 coffee vouchers. The Challenge launches in the month before you start, so you can join Connect events online before you arrive.

Countdown and Connect is a fun way to engage with our Learning Well resources, which encourage you to build your connections and make use of the personalised wellbeing and academic support that will help you fulfil your learning potential and have a life-changing student experience.

Participating in Countdown and Connect will help you put your best foot forward for the year ahead, and you could win vouchers for up to £200. Find details of the Connect events as well as other welcoming activities on the Welcome Month listings.

If you successfully complete the Challenge you could even become a Welcome Ambassador yourself, pledging to support others in building our welcoming and inclusive learning community.