Christmas 2016 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 23 December, and will re-open for normal business at 09.00 on Tuesday 3 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.

In Exeter on Christmas Day?

Why not join our traditional Christmas Day Lunch in Lopes Hall from 12.30 for lunch at 1pm? Tickets are £17.50 per person and must be booked before 12 noon, 20 December. Arrival drink, 2 course lunch, christmas present and more included. Students, staff and all their families welcome. Purchase tickets

Christmas Lights Switch On

Kick start your Christmas celebrations with carols, christingles, mince pies and mulled wine at our annual Christmas Lights Switch on in the Forum on Thursday 1 December, starting at 4pm.

Christmas Market at Streatham Campus

Get festive at our annual Christmas Market in the Forum on 2 December, 11-3pm. 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 accoustic music.

Student Information Desk

  • Friday 24 December - 8.30am – 5.15pm
  • Saturday 24 December - Monday 2 January – Closed
  • Tuesday 3 January - 8.30am - 6pm

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 Research Commons (Old Library Building) will close at 17.30 on 23 December and re-open on 3 January

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

International Student Support Office (ISSO)

Student Services Centre, the Forum
• Monday 19 to Friday 23 December – normal opening hours
• Saturday 25 December to Monday 2 January – CLOSED
• Normal opening hours resume Tuesday 3 January

As the SID Desk will close from Friday 23 December until Tuesday January 3, all outstanding mail (ie biometric letters, passports and ID cards) delivered to ISSO before 23 December should be collected from there before 5pm on Friday 23.
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.

INTO Centre

  • Monday 12 to Thursday 22 December – normal opening hours
  • Friday 24 – closed from 12.00 noon
  • Monday 26 December to Friday 30 December – CLOSED
  • Monday 2 January – CLOSED
  • Normal opening hours resume Tuesday 3 January

Wellbeing Services

Reed Mews Wellbeing Centre, Streatham Campus

  • Friday 23 December – normal opening hours
  • Saturday 24 December to Monday 1 January – CLOSED
  • Normal opening hours resume Tuesday 3 January

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

Student Health Centre

Reed Mews, Streatham Campus

  • Monday 12, Wednesday 14, Friday 16, Monday 19, Wednesday 21 – 09.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.30
  • Friday 23 December - 09.00-12.00
  • Saturday 24 December to Tuesday 2January inclusive – CLOSED
  • Wednesday 3 and Friday 6 January - 09.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 16.30
  • Monday 9 January - normal opening hours resume

Vacation opening hours can be found here. Outside of these hours please contact:

  • St Thomas Health Centre, Cowick Street. 01392 676676
  • 24 hour advice, phone 111


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

  • Christingle making, Thursday 1 December, 2-4pm Forum
  • Christingle Service, Thursday 1 December, 4-4.30pm, Forum
  • St Luke's Carol Service, Tuesday 6 December, 6-7pm, St Luke's Chapel
  • Nine Lessons and Carols followed by mulled wine and mince pies, Thursday 8 December at 7pm, Mary Harris Chapel

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

Your Chaplaincy Emergency Contact:
Chantal Mason 07501 512855

Career Zone

  • Saturday 24 December to Monday 2 January – CLOSED
  • Normal opening hours resume Tuesday 3 January

Student Residences

University & UPP Residence Receptions will be closed and/or operating limited opening times over the Christmas period (24 December to 1 January). A Residence Manager will be on call 24/7 over the Christmas period and can be contacted via Estate Patrol 723999 or email the team.

Campus Services will be issuing a Christmas newsletter to all self-catering resident students, prior to Christmas, providing more details.

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.

Getting ready to leave for Christmas?

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

Sports Opportunities

The Sports Park and St Luke’s Sports Centre will be open over the Christmas vacation:

Sports Park

  • Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 December - 08.45 - 18.00
  • Monday 12 to Friday 16 December - 06.30 - 22.00
  • Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 December - 08.45 - 18.00
  • Monday 19 to Friday 23 December - 06.30 - 22.00
  • Saturday 24 Decemer - 08.45 - 14.00
  • Sunday 24 to Monday 26 Decmber - CLOSED
  • Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 December - 08.45 - 18.00
  • Saturday 31 December - 08.45 - 14.00
  • Sunday 1 January - CLOSED
  • Monday 2 January onwards - normal opening hours resume

St Luke’s Sports Centre

  • Saturday 10 December - 09.00 - 13.00
  • Sunday 11 December - 09.00 - 14.00
  • Monday 12 to Friday 16 December - 07.30 - 22.00
  • Saturday 10 December - 09.00 - 13.00
  • Sunday 11 December - 09.00 - 14.00
  • Monday 19 to Friday 23 December - 07.30 - 20.00
  • Saturday 24 - Tuesday 27 Decemer - CLOSED
  • Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 December - 11.00-17.30
  • Saturday 31 December to Monday 2 January - CLOSED
  • Tuesday 3 January onwards - normal opening

Don’t forget annual sports membership covers all the vacation periods, so if you are in Exeter then keep using the superb facilities!
Fitness classes will continue over the vacation period, the timetable is available online.

Casual Swimming will also be available, contact the reception at St Luke’s Sports Centre for the latest timetable on 01392 724940

Campus Retail and catering outlets

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

Yule love our Eat & Shop Christmas offers!

Christmas has officially landed in the Eat & Shop outlets and we're feeling a fizz of festive excitement. Come along to the Terrace, La Touche or X-Keys where you can enjoy a Gingerbread Latte or a Minty Mocha with a mince pie or cookie for just £3.50. It'll have you Rockin' Robin around campus in no time!

After lunch on the run? Grab this month’s Signature Sandwich; a hearty turkey, bacon, stuffing and cranberry sandwich made fresh for you on campus and bursting with festive cheer. What’s more, it’s part of the Meal Deal in The Terrace, La Touche, The Roundhouse Cafe and X-Keys, so you can’t go wrong.

Fancy a Christmas lunch with your friends before you travel home for the festive period? Come along to La Touche on 9th December from 11.30 – 2.30pm, where you can enjoy a two course lunch for £7.95. With turkey parcels or nut loaf with all the trimmings, followed by a delicious pudding it would be rude not to!

Guild Services and Outlets

Over the Christmas period opening hours and provision for Guild Services and Outlets will vary. All Guild outlets will be closed Saturday 24 December to Monday 1 January, reopening on Tuesday 2 January. Reduced opening hours are as follows:

  • Comida: Monday 12 to Friday 23 December: 08.30 - 14.30
  • Ram Bar:Monday 12 to Friday 23 December: 10.00 - 15.00
  • Print Room: Monday 12 to Friday 23 December: 09.00 - 17.00
  • Lemon Grove: Opening for private bookings
  • The Grove and Pieminister: Closed from Saturday 10 December. Reopening Tuesday 2 January.

What's happening in the City?

From traditional carol concerts in the cathedral, to late night shopping and a whole lot more – full details of everything that's happening in Exeter can be found on the Exeter City Council website.

Emergency incidents involving students

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.