Welcome Month September 2022

Freshers Fair

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. 

Important dates

  • 12–20 September: International Induction Week
  • 19 September–30 October: Welcome Month
  • 20–22 September: Freshers Fayre 

You'll need to complete your registration or re-registration if you're a continuing student to access all Welcome Month events.


Welcome Month events are in two 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.

Jump to week 

Week 1: 19 - 25 September

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:

Freshers' Fayre

Get involved with Freshers' Fayre to meet our student groups, discover new hobbies, pick up freebies from student-friendly businesses across the city, and explore what the Students' Union offers.

Learn about student discounts with TOTUM, explore how the Union represents you, and find out about volunteering locally or abroad with the Union as a Course Representative or Challenge Leader.

Discover what else Freshers' Week has on offer with the official Freshers' pack from the Students' Union, including tickets to Your Official Moving In Party, The Big Night Out, Freshers Festival 2022 and The Freshers Rave.

South parade pier

Monday 19 Sep 

Bank Holiday

Historic dockyard

Tuesday 20 Sep


2.00pm-2.30pm: Reflective Writing


International students in Portsmouth

Thursday 22 Sep


10.30am-11.00am: Getting Critical

2.00pm-2.30pm: Writing a Paragraph 


Nuffield centre

Friday 23 Sep


11.00am-12.00pm: Be Money Smart 

12.00pm-12.30pm: Get Writing: Writing in the Sciences 


4.00pm-6.00pm: Campus Tour from Rees Hall

Give Me Sport: 23–25 September

Held over three fun packed days, you can try over 35 sports clubs as part of the Give Me Sport event. Try a sport you like or try something new while making new friends.

Get a taste of sports including American football, archery, cheerleading, climbing, equestrian, golf, rowing, ski and snowboard, ultimate frisbee, water polo and many more.

Find out more about Give Me Sport

Sign me up
give me sport basketball session

Week 2: 26 September - 2 October

Week 3: 3 – 9 October

Week 4: 10 – 16 October

Student at art night

Monday 10 Oct 


7.00pm-9.00pm: Art Night at Bateson Hall

two female students getting health and wellbeing support

Wednesday 12 Oct 


2.00pm-2.30pm: Reflective Writing


Monopoly money on game board

Friday 14 Oct

11.00am-12.00pm: Be Money Smart


7.00pm-9.00pm: Art Night at Chaucer House

Great South Run: 16 October

Have you ever wanted to take part in the Great South Run? Now's the time, take part and purchase your discounted ticket through UOP Sport.

The World Famous 10 mile race will be taking thousands of runners around the streets of Portsmouth on Sunday 16 October.

Find out more about the Great South Run

Get your discounted ticket
Runners along the seafront during Great South Run

Week 5: 17 – 23 October

Aerial shot of seafront

Monday 17 Oct 

Laughing students

Tuesday 18 Oct

Students in a workshop

Wednesday 19 Oct

11.00am-4.00pm: South East Virtual Careers Fair 


International students on tour

Thursday 22 Oct 

Free day

Student cooking class

Friday 21 Oct 

Week 6: 24 – 30 October

International students in a cafe

Monday 24 Oct

7.00pm-9.00pm: Games Night at Catherine House 

Old Portsmouth

Tuesday 25 Oct 

Carved pumpkin

Wednesday 26 Oct

11.00am-2.00pm: Volunteering Fair 


Students in a workshop

Thursday 27 Oct 

7.00pm-9.00pm: Games Night at Margaret Rule

7.00pm-9.00pm: Quiz Night at Bateson Hall 

Clownfish on coral

Friday 28 Oct 

7.00pm-9.00pm: Games Night at Chaucer House