Christmas 2018 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 21 December, and will re-open for normal business at 09.00 on Wednesday 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, Monday 14 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 7 December, 10-3pm 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.

  • Friday 21 December - 9am – 5pm
  • Saturday 22 December - Tuesday 1 January – Closed
  • Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 January - 9am - 5pm
  • Monday 7 January - 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 on 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 anywhere 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 services available.

  • Student Services Centre, the Forum
  • Friday 21 December - 9am – 5pm
  • Saturday 22 December - Tuesday 1 January – Closed
  • Wednesday 2 – normal opening hours resume

As the SID Desk will close from Friday 21 December until Wednesday January 2, all outstanding mail (ie biometric letters, passports and ID cards) delivered to ISSO before 22 December should be collected from there before 5pm on Friday 21.
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 17th - Friday 21st December 2018 Normal hours

Monday 24th – Tuesday 1st January 2019 Closed

Normal hours from Wednesday 2nd January 2019

Reed Mews Wellbeing Centre, Streatham Campus

  • Friday 21 December – normal opening hours
  • Saturday 22 December to Tuesday 1 January – CLOSED
  • Normal opening hours resume Wednesday 2 January

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

To be confirmed. 

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

  • Christingle making, Tuesday 4 December, 2-4pm Forum
  • Christingle Service followed by mulled wine and mince pies, Tuesday 4 December, 4.30-5pm, Forum
  • University Carol Service followed by mulled wine and mince pies, Wednesday 12 December at 7pm, Mary Harris Chapel

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

Your Chaplaincy Contact (24hrs): Rev'd Chantal Mason 07501 512855

To be confirmed. 

University & UPP Residence Receptions** will be closed and/or will be operating limited opening times over the Christmas period (17 December to 4 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 on Wednesday 5th 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 15 December - 08:45-18:00
  • Sunday 16 December - 08:45-18:00
  • Monday 17 to Friday 21 December - 06:30-22:00
  • Saturday 22 December - 08:45-18:00
  • Sunday 23 December - 08:45-18:00
  • Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 December - Closed
  • Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 December - 08:45-18:00
  • Monday 31 December to Tuesday 1 January - Closed

Wednesday 2 January onwards - normal opening hours resume

St Luke’s Sports Centre

  • Saturday 15 December - 09:00-15:00
  • Sunday 16 December - 09:00-15:00
  • Monday 17 to Friday 21 December - 07:00-20:00
  • Saturday 22 to Tuesday 1 January - Closed

Wednesday 2 January - 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, wrapping paper and crackers, confectionery and minced pies. Festive hot pastries will also be available throughout December. Seasonal products including confectionery and other sweet treats can be found in the Market Places shops at Cornwall House and Birks Grange, and the St David's Shop.

Treats to eat

The catering outlets are delighting customers with a range of Christmas themed sweet treats, including stolen, fruitcake, gingerbread men and mincemeat shortcake. A festive gluten free range is also available, including giant chocolate Christmas pudding cookies.

To bring warmth, barista made gingerbread latte and toasted marshmallow hot chocolate drinks are also on sale.

Celebrate with friends

On 6 December, a special Christmas lunch will be on the menu in La Touche Café and the Terrace Restaurant.

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:

  • Grove Diner: Closed from Monday 17 December, reopen 7 January (open term time only)
  • Italiano Pizza: Closed from Monday 17 December, reopen 7 January (open term time only)
  • Pieminister: Closed from Monday 17 December, reopen 7 January (open term time only)
  • Guild Reception: Closed from Monday 17 December, reopen 7 January (open term time only)
  • Advice: Closed from Monday 17 December, reopen 2 January
  • Comida: Monday 17 – Friday 21 December open from 08:00 – 15:00. Reopen 2 January
  • Ram Bar: Monday 17 – Friday 21 December open from 11:00 – 15:00. Reopen 2 January
  • Print Room Monday 17 – Friday 21 December open from 09:30 – 16:00. Reopen 2 January
  • Guild Shop Monday 17 – Friday 21 December open from 09:00 – 17:00. Reopen 2 January
  • Shop G47, St Luke’s – Closed from Monday 17 December. 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.