Student Support


Moving to a new country is exciting but we can be challenging. We take great care to help you settle in, and our support starts even before you arrive.

International Orientation Programme

Our International Orientation Programme is designed to help you settle in and make new friends before you start your course. Free of charge, we can help with:

  • completing your registration with the University
  • settling into your accommodation before term starts
  • learning about the support services available to you
  • joining in social events such as walking and coach tours, sporting events and plenty more

Airport pickup service

We offer a coach pick up service for a fee on specific dates from London Heathrow airport. For more information about how to travel to the University visit We will collect you and bring you straight to the campus. You will easily spot us by our University t-shirts and signs. We will email you more information on this before you arrive.

International Student Advisers

We want your time with us to be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible, so that you are free to focus on your studies. Our dedicated advisers are here to help with:

  • immigration advice (including Tier 4 student visas)
  • confidential advice
  • social events and excursions
  • referral point for other support services within the University

Global Community – a whole world within your reach

This is a social networking scheme run by our International Student Advice Team. We have around 4,000 students and staff from all around the world and, who knows, you could make a friend for life. Join up and meet current students, learn about other cultures and attend events. Find out more on our Facebook group ‘University of Portsmouth – Global Community’.

Money matters

If you need advice on budgeting or managing your
money, our Student Finance Centre can advise you on all your financial matters. No appointment necessary. Find out more at

Stay healthy

It is a good idea to register with a doctor as soon as you arrive. We can advise you on which doctor’s surgery is closest to your accommodation. You can also register at the University Dental Academy and Eye Clinic.

Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre (ASDAC)

You can get confidential advice and guidance if you have additional learning needs which may impact on your ability to access the campus, teaching and learning, assessment or examinations. Visit for more information.

Academic help and support

If you would like advice and guidance on specific
academic and study skills, our Academic Skills Unit (ASK) can help with everything from tutorials on essay writing, through to presentations and more. Visit for more information.

Student Wellbeing Service

It is natural to feel a little unsure when you move
somewhere new. If you ever need a friendly ear, our
Counselling and Wellbeing Services offer confidential
support. Courses, workshops, self-help resources,
face-to-face counselling, email counselling and mental
health support are all available to you.

Nursery facilities

Our nursery can accept children aged between six
months and five years. If you need to apply for a place, please do so as soon as you can.


We offer support to all students regardless of faith or
world view. A small quiet room is available for reflection, thought and prayer. There are dedicated Islamic prayer rooms, including washing facilities.

Maths Café

If you would like help with your mathematical and
statistical skills, visit our Maths Café. It is free of charge and you can drop in at locations around campus for one-to-one maths support, or visit the Maths Café resource base. For more information, visit

Global Café

If you want to meet other students in a friendly,
informal environment then the Global Café is for you.
You will meet students from other countries and share knowledge and experience of other cultures and languages, or just chat over a hot drink.