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Christmas 2019 on Exeter Campuses

If you are staying on campus or in Exeter over Christmas, this information offers a brief guide to opening hours for facilities and services in the University.

Most facilities and services will be available as normal until Friday 20 December, and will re-open for normal business at 09.00 on Thursday 2 January. Between these times there may be limited opening hours and we advise you check details on this page.

There is a lot going on on campus from now until Christmas; music, carol, Christmas Markets and more. Check details on our Christmas Events webpage. For events in the city visit the Exeter City Council website.

Why not join our traditional Christmas Day Lunch in Lopes Hall from 12.30 for lunch at 1pm? Tickets are £15.00 per person (£5 for children aged 8 and under) and must be booked before 12 noon, Friday 20 December. Arrival drink, 2 course lunch, Christmas present and more included. Students, staff and all their families welcome. Purchase tickets.

Get festive at our annual Christmas Market in the Forum on Friday 6 December, 11-3pm with music from 12-3pm. This is a great opportunity for you to buy last minute gorgeous gifts before heading home. There will be lots of student and staff trader stalls, handmade gifts and festive nibbles, all accompanied by acoustic music. Full list of traders and musicians. 

  • Monday 23: 09.00-17.00
  • Tuesday 24 - Wednesday 1: closed
  • Thursday 2 - Friday 3: 09.00-17.00
  • Monday 6: normal opening hours resume

Please note that official documentation or thesis submissions must be submitted to SID during open times. Remember, you can now issue self-service letters through Exehub.

The Library is open throughout the Christmas period including Christmas Day.

  • Forum Library on Streatham campus will be open as self service only 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January.
  • When using the Forum Library, always have your Unicard with you for access and borrowing. 
  • You can access library digital resources from anwhere at any time. 
  • St Luke's Library and Old Library will close at 17.00 on 21 December and re-open on 2 January.

Full details of our library opening hours and fuller explanation of library services available.

As part of the Library Wellbeing initiatives a new games collection has been introducted to the Forum Library Lounge. Why not go an have a play? 

  • Monday 23: 09.00-16.00
  • Tuesday 24 - Wednesday 1: closed
  • Thursday 2: normal opening hours resume

All outstanding mail (e.g. BRP cards) delivered to ISSO should be collected from SID or PIP before 4pm on Monday 23 December.

In the event of any immigration-related emergency, Estate Patrol (01392 723999) will be able to contact Student Support staff. Please note this will be for emergencies only.

  • Monday 16 - Tuesday 24: Normal hours
  • Wednesday 25 - Wednesday 1: closed
  • Thursday 2: normal opening hours

Reed Mews Wellbeing Centre, Streatham Campus

  • Monday 16 - Monday 23: normal opening hours but reduced services
  • Tuesday 24 -  Sunday 5 January: closed 
  • Monday 6 January: normal opening hours resume 

During this time students seeking help should see our Emergency / Out of Hours advice webpage.

For urgent problems which cannot wait until we are open, you can get an appointment at St Thomas Health Centre (Ring 01392 676676).

  • Monday 16: 9.00-13.00, 14.00-18.00
  • Tuesday 17: closed
  • Wednesday 18:  9.00-13.00, 14.00-18.00
  • Thursday 19: closed
  • Friday 20: 9.00-13.00, 14.00-18.00
  • Monday 23: 9.00-13.00, 14.00-18.00
  • Tuesday 24: 9.00-13.00
  • Wednesday 25: closed
  • Thursday 16: closed
  • Friday 27: 9.00-13.00
  • Monday 30: 9.00-13.00
  • Tuesday 31: 9.00-13.00
  • Wednesday 1: closed
  • Thursday 2: 9.00-13.00, 14.00-18.00
  • Friday 3: 9.00-13.00, 14.00-18.00
  • Monday 6: normal opening hours resumed

Your Chaplaincy are involved in many projects and events over the Christmas period.

  • Christingle making, Tuesday 10 December, Forum: 12.00-14.30 
  • Christingle Service followed by mulled wine and mince pies, Tuesday 10 December, Forum: 15.30-17.00
  • University Carol Service followed by refreshments, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 December, Mary Harris Chapel: 19.00

Further details of events on and off campus can be found on the Chaplaincy events webpage.


  • Monday 23 - Wednesday 1: closed
  • Thursday 2: normal opening hours resume

University & UPP Residence Receptions** will be closed and/or will be operating limited opening times over the Christmas period (14 December to 5 January).  Revised opening hours can be viewed here. A Residence Manager will be on call 24/7 over the Christmas period and can be contacted via Estate Patrol 01392 723999 or email the team email the team.

A newsletter will be going to all self-catered residents early December from the Residences Team with more information about what to do if you are staying on campus over Christmas or going away.  For any catered resident wishing to find out about accommodation options over the Christmas period please contact

** INTO Residence Reception and Duryard Accommodation Office will operate as usual, and will close as per INTO Centre closures. Resident Mentors will be on site and on call 24/7 throughout the Christmas period and can be contacted via the INTO Emergency Line 07715091391

Are you living in private accommodation? Students sometimes get fines due to rubbish left out over the Christmas period. Do you know when the last bin collection date is before you leave for the Christmas break? Remember that the council will not empty your bin if the lid will not close or collect extra waste placed beside your bin. Any loose bags of rubbish left outside your premises over Christmas may incur a fine. We recommend keeping such additional bags stored within your property boundary, or even your house, if you do not arrange for a special collection. Your normal January collection dates may change due to the bank holiday. Check the Exeter Council website to view your collection timetable for December and January – or use the bin icon on the iExeter App to input your postcode and check collection times for your address.

The sports facilities on the Exeter campuses opening hours are as follows over the Christmas period.

Sports Park

  • Saturday 14 - Monday 23: 08.45-18.00
  • Tuesday 24 - Thursday 26: closed
  • Friday 27 - Monday 30:  08.45-18.00
  • Tuesday 31 - Wednesday 1: closed
  • Thursday 2: normal opening hours resume

St Luke’s Sports Centre

  • Saturday 14 - Sunday 15: 09.00-15.00
  • Monday 16 - Friday 20: 06.30-20.00
  • Saturday 21 - Wednesday 1: closed
  • Thursday 2 - Friday 3: 06.30-20.00
  • Saturday 4 - Sunday 5: 09.00-18.00
  • Monday 6: normal opening hours resume


Christmas comes to campus

Look at the What’s Open Now webpage to see opening times of shops and cafes on campus over Christmas.

Shop until you drop

The Market Place in the Forum is fully stocked with seasonal goodies, including Christmas cards and wrapping paper, boxed mince pies and confectionery in various forms including bars, boxes and tins, Elves and Santas! Freshly baked mince pies and festive hot pasties will be available from the bakery area throughout December. Seasonal products including confectionery and other sweet treats can also be found in the Market Places shops at Cornwall House and Birks Grange, and the St David's Shop. 

East, drink and be merry

The University cafes will be delighting customers with a full range of Christmas cookies, muffins and cakes from 18th November.
Enjoy a Barisca Coffee Co. seasonal hot drink - in December the range will include Gingerbread latte and Christmas cookie cappuccino. Keep an eye out for the very merry Barisca Coffee Cart out and about on campus during the festive season.

If you're going all out, Christmas lunches will be served in the Terrace Restaurant and La Touche Cafe on the 5th December. There's no need to book and you can enjoy a deliciously festive 2 course meal for £8.25 (£9.90 for non- students). Single courses can also be bought separately. If lunch just isn't enough, why not dine in catered halls on campus with a Christmas themed night, also on Thursday the 5th of December. Self-catered students are welcome too and can either buy a meal package card in advance or choose to pay-as-you-go. For this event only, to get into the festive spirit, students can bring their own alcohol into the dining room.

Over the Christmas period opening hours and provision for Guild Services and Outlets will vary. All Guild outlets will be closed Saturday 22 December to Monday 2 January, reopening on Monday 2 January unless otherwise stated. Reduced opening hours are as follows:

  • Reception
    Monday 16 - 20 December: 10.00-14.00
    23 December - 5 January: closed
    6 -10 January: 10.00-14.00
    13 January: normal hours resume
  • Advice
    16-23 December: appointments and email available
    24 December - 5 January: closed
    6 January: normal hours resume 
  • Grove Diner: Closed from Monday 16 December, reopen 6 January (open term time only)
  • Italiano Pizza: Closed from Monday 16 December, reopen 6 January (open term time only)
  • Pieminister: Closed from Monday 16 December, reopen 6 January (open term time only)
  • Comida: Monday 16 – Friday 20 December open from 08:00 – 15:00. Reopen 2 January
  • Ram Bar: Monday 16 – Friday 20 December open from 11:00 – 15:00. Reopen 6 January
  • Print Room Monday 16 – Friday 20 December open from 11 – 2. Reopen 2 January
  • Guild Shop Monday 17 – Friday 20 December open from 09:00 – 17:00 & Monday 23 December open from 09:00 – 15:00. Reopen 2 January

From traditional carol concerts in the cathedral, to late night shopping with Christmas markets - there's lots to do in Exeter and full details of everything that's happening can be found on the Visit South Devon website.

The Estate Patrol Control Room is manned 24/7 this includes the Christmas closure period. Estate Patrol Officers will be available to provide advice, direction and attend incidents as required. The Non-emergency telephone line is 01392 723999, in cases of emergency individuals should contact the emergency services on 999 and then contact the Estate Patrol through their emergency line 01392 722222.  

In the event of an emergency involving student welfare, Estate Patrol (01392 723999) will be able to contact Student Services Senior Management Team staff to co-ordinate a response.

It has been the practice since the opening of The Forum to ensure that as many Commercial, Residential and Campus Services staff as possible are able to participate in, and enjoy, the closure period. The Forum is the only building on campus which is open 24/7 for 365 days of the year and provides a safe and secure environment for students, who for various reasons, remain on campus during the closure period. This means that the only building to be serviced by Commercial, Residential and Campus Services staff, who have volunteered to work during the closure period, will be the Forum.

In previous years there have been limited numbers of staff and students using other buildings on site and to ensure that we can lower our carbon footprint, comply with insurance and Health & Safety regulations.

Student residencies Christmas closure messages will be sent out directly to students with their own specific information

The Forum and Forum Library - will remain open during the closure period in line with their normal 24 hour opening standard, and will be serviced by a team of volunteer cleaners and porters. The Forum night porters will work their normal shift pattern throughout the closure period (19:30 – 07:30 daily) providing security for the students.

Seminar Rooms will be open for student use with access through the Forum Library only.


During the Christmas closure period Tuesday 24 December to Wednesday 1st January, the heating systems in all academic and academic related buildings listed below will be run in an energy saving mode that will maintain a minimum building temperature of around 12C.

The temperature within buildings will be returned to normal levels within sufficient time to ensure the buildings are up to temperature for our return on Thursday 2 January.

Buildings run in energy saving mode:

  • Amory Building (all except research lab areas)
  • Arabic & Islamic
  • Business School
  • Byrne House
  • Clydesdale House
  • Cornwall House
  • Duryard House
  • Laver Building - excluding the IT Data Centre which operates as usual
  • Devonshire House
  • Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Forum Offices
  • Harrison Building (all except research areas)
  • Hatherly Building (all except research areas)
  • Hope Hall offices
  • Innovation Centre 1
  • Kay Labs
  • Kay House
  • Knightley
  • Lafrowda House
  • Lazenby
  • Newman and Peter Chalk Centre
  • Northcote House
  • Old Library (except data centre)
  • University of Exeter Medical School admin areas
  • Physics (all except research areas)
  • Queen’s Building
  • Reed Hall
  • Reed Mews Careers and Health Centre
  • Roborough
  • Thornlea/Alexander Building/Whitehouse
  • St Luke's Academic Buildings & Kitchen (except North Cloisters, Labs, & Chapel)
  • St. Luke’s Haighton Library
  • Streatham Court
  • XFi Building
  • Washington Singer & Sir Henry Welcome (all except labs and aquaria)

Temperatures in residential buildings will be maintained at normal levels unless it is specifically requested to run them in energy saving mode.

The heating in the following buildings will not be altered:

  • Amory Labs,
  • Biocatalysis
  • Forum Library including Seminar Rooms & Library Extension Rooms
  • Forum Street
  • Geoffrey Pope, Labs & Research areas
  • Hatherly Labs & Research
  • Innovation Centre 2 Air Systems
  • LSI Labs & research,
  • Medical School Labs,
  • Northcott Theatre,
  • Sports Park Streatham, (follow published opening times)
  • Sports Park St. Luke’s (follow published opening times)

Estate Patrol will be unable to fulfil requests to have heating turned on in buildings over the closure period.