Welcome Month October 2021

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Welcome to Portsmouth

Explore our Welcome Month activities and get started with university life

Your first month of uni is a great chance to meet new people, settle into your accommodation and get to know your campus and city.

Join in with a mix of virtual events and face-to-face activities that will help you meet other students, make new friends, explore and join clubs and societies, get to grips with your studies and learn more about life at uni. 

Pre-arrival and Welcome Month – important dates

You'll need to complete your registration before Welcome Month.


Welcome Month events are in three main themes. Use them to help you plan your events diary and spot the events most important to you.

Student life

Discover the opportunities available to you outside study by exploring societies, new hobbies and Portsmouth.

Support and guidance

Attending support and guidance events will help you get set up and prepared for the new year ahead.

Countdown and Connect Challenge

Register for the challenge and earn extra entries into the weekly prize draws by attending these events.

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Welcome Month

Moving in weeks

Moving in weeks take place from 20 September to 3 October, with the main check in period from 23 to 26 September. You should try to arrive ahead of induction week starting on 4 October.

If you're in halls you'll find events posted on your halls noticeboard and be sent updates to your student account email address. If you're in private accommodation or living at home, take a look at the events below for moving in activities taking place outside of halls.

Find out more about moving into uni halls or private accommodation

Week 1: 20–26 September

Week 2: 27 September–3 October

If you're an international student, you can attend extra activities and events run by our Global Office during this week. You'll get the opportunity to meet students from all over the world and the UK while trying out new hobbies, exploring the city and getting tips for your upcoming year. Find out more about International Orientation 2021.

Food on a BBQ

Saturday 2 October

11.00am: Welfare stand

Welcome ambassador giving advice

Sunday 3 October

11.00am: Welfare stand

11.00am: Building treasure hunt

12.00pm: Welcome BBQ

Week 3: 4–10 October

Course induction

You'll attend induction events to introduce you to your course tutors and hear more about our services including the Library, Careers and Employment, and the University Wellbeing Service. We'll contact you on your University email to tell you how to access your induction schedule before your first week, or find your timetable here:

Postgraduate Research students will be invited to the Graduate School's Getting Started with Your Research Induction event. If you haven't received your invite yet, please contact graduate.school@port.ac.uk.

Week 3: 11–17 October

Bingo mat

Saturday 16 Oct

11.00am: Selfie lounge

8.00pm: Drag bingo disco

Taking a photograph of brunch

Sunday 17 Oct

11.00am: Drag brunch

Week 5: 18–24 October

Week 6: 25–31 October

Halloween Ghost Walk: 31 October

Between 8.00pm and 10.00pm you can take part in a ghost walk to get to know Portsmouth... and all its spooky secrets.

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