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What to expect in your first week

Find out what lies ahead during your first week as a new student with us

During your first weeks in Portsmouth, you’ll get to take part in an exciting programme of Orientation events, both in person and virtual. You’ll also get all the support you need to register with the University and pay your tuition fees.

Arrival programme and International Orientation 

Orientation Week starts on Monday 27 September. When you arrive, you can join campus tours and student information fairs, and speak to Global staff who can help you settle into University life. You’ll receive your orientation and registration programme by email before your first week.

Your orientation will be in person, if you’re able to join us, and online, if you’re either unable to join us or in self-isolation.

Your orientation includes

  • Course registration and ID checks
  • Welcome presentations, workshops and social events - see the full Orientation schedule
  • Collecting your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP card) if you applied for a Student Route visa
  • Live Q&As with current international students
  • Workshops and inspirational talks to get you motivated for the year ahead

For help finding your way around the university, see our maps and directions page.

Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

You need a biometric residence permit (BRP) when you apply to stay in the UK for more than six months. You can use your BRP to confirm your identity, your right to study in the UK, and your right to any public services or benefits. 

Collecting your BRP

If you applied for your Student Visa outside of the UK, you must collect your BRP:

  • From the Post Office named in your decision letter: Take your passport and Entry Clearance Office decision letter with you to the Post Office. The Post Office is open Monday to Saturday 9.00am–5.30pm (Tuesdays 9.30am–5.30pm).
  • You will be able to collect your BRP card from 3rd Space in the Students Union Building, from 27 September, when you attend your in-person ID Check, if you selected the University (ACL)
  • If you receive an email from UKVI confirming your BRP card has been delivered to the University and is ready for collection please disregard this as your BRP card will only be available for collection from 27 September at the ID Check
  • EEA and EU nationals who have used the ‘UK Immigration: ID check app’ will receive their visa in the form of an online digital status. You will be required to provide your proof of status during the University's registration process and throughout your time studying in the UK. Please keep your online digital status

For more information please see the government's guide to biometric residence permits.

If you fail to produce the requested documentation, you are at risk of exclusion.

Registering for your course

To register for your course, you’ll need to provide evidence of your qualifications and a form of ID, including one of the following documents:

  • Valid passport
  • Proof of EU Settlement Scheme (EU/EEA students only, if applicable)

You need to book an appointment to register. Please refer to your registration email for the link to book.

As evidence of your qualifications, you must provide copies of qualification certificates as detailed in your offer letter or CAS statement. Details of how to do this will be sent to you closer to the time.

Please note, if you can’t provide proof of your identity by one of these means, you can’t be registered. We reserve the right to exclude any student who is unable to satisfactorily provide proof of qualifications obtained.

If you're transgender and can’t provide documentation that reflects your gender identity, get in touch with and we’ll resolve this for you in a confidential and respectful way.

Transferring from another university

If you’re transferring from another university and don’t yet have a visa for the University of Portsmouth, you’ll need to show evidence of your visa application – such as the Home Office receipt – before you’re allowed to register onto your course.

Paying your tuition and accommodation fees

You can pay your fees by logging into your Student View and accessing payment links via the My Finance tab.

You can pay using American Express, Mastercard, Visa, Visa Debit, Paypal or via Western Union bank transfer. See more advice on how to pay your fees.

Joining your course and your attendance

You should try to avoid joining your course late as this will negatively affect your studies. Your term start date and the last date for registration is in your offer letter.

If Covid-19 affects your travel to the UK, you can begin your studies virtually and take part in our Virtual Orientation and Virtual Course Induction Programme. You must be registered online by the latest date of registration so you can access all the online resources. If you can’t arrive at the start of term, talk to your course leader for further advice. You can find out the name and contact details of your course tutor by asking at your faculty’s MyPort information hub.

Join online modules to get you started with your studies and prepare for the year ahead. 

If you're travelling to the UK and will be staying in university accommodation, you'll also need to contact the Student Housing team at to let them know when you'll be arriving. 

To provide you with the best opportunity in succeeding on your course, the University of Portsmouth recommends that your term time address is no greater than a 30 minute journey away by public transport from the University. This will enable you to attend your lectures and seminars and will provide you with the opportunity to regularly access the University's support services. 

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