International College Portsmouth

Before You Leave Home

Before You Leave Home

Now that you are preparing to leave to come to Portsmouth we thought you might like a few checklists and a little bit of information to help you prepare for your arrival.

Important documents

Here is a list of important documents you will need to bring with you:

    • Your passport or national ID card
    • BRP letter (please note you cannot travel to the UK before the 'Valid from' date on your entry vignette)
    • Your travel tickets
    • Your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) or offer letter
    • All your original certificates and diplomas, as listed on your CAS or offer letter
    • Your accommodation contract or letter if you have booked a place in halls of residence or evidence that you have arranged accommodation at a private address in Portsmouth
    • If needed, bring your Tuberculosis (TB) screening
    • Your emergency contact telephone numbers
    • If you have a pre-existing medical condition, please bring any medication you require and copies of your medical notes to show your doctor when you register


Here is a quick look at what to bring and what needs to stay behind when you pack.

    • Money in cash/bank draft/bank cheque format. Make sure to have enough British Pounds (£) for the first few weeks until you are able to open a local bank account
    • UK power adaptors
    • Clothing: UK weather is unpredictable so pack a good mix of summer and winter clothing
    • You may wish to bring something that has sentimental value for you, i.e. a picture of your family
    • Cooking spices in small quantities
    • You may wish to bring some bedding
    • Some basic toiletries to have with you on arrival
    • Laptop and computers
    • Medication for personal use (large quantities must have doctor’s letter)

What not to Pack

  • No liquids (over 100ml) in your hand luggage
  • Cooking equipment
  • Food items such as grains, rice, pickles and fruit
  • Frozen or cooked food

How to reach Portsmouth

Transportation Options

Portsmouth is situated 70 miles South-West of London. International connections normally arrive at London Heathrow an London Gatwich and the journey from both airports is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes by car. 

Aiport pick-up 

Travel by train - closest train stations are Portsmouth and Southsea and Portsmouth Harbour

Traveling by coach - closest bus stops are University of Portsmouth and The Hard

If you arrive in Portsmouth outside of college opening hours make sure you arrange an out of hours check-in with your accommodation provider. If this isn’t possible you should arrange to be taken to a local hotel for the evening ready to come to ICP the next day. For more information on hotel options you can find it on our Travel to Portsmouth page.

London to Portsmouth Map

London To Portsmouth Map


Being located on the south coast of England, Portsmouth enjoys mild and sunny microclimate compared to the rest of the UK. 


In summer, temperatures are generally mild or cool with average temperatures between 18°C-23°C,  although hot periods cannot be ruled out, usually of short duration. The temperature reached 32.6 °C (90.7 °F) in August 2022.

During winter, temperatures average 3°-12° and the days are much shorter. Rain, high humidity and moderate to strong winds are typicall for that season. Snow is rare, but can occasionally occur. We suggest you pack a good mix of winter and summer clothes before you travel to the UK.


If you would like to look at the weather forecast you can got to the BBC Weather Forecast to find out more about the exact temperatures compared to your home.