Nadelik lowen! (Merry Christmas in Cornish)

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

You might also find UKCISA's handy guide useful to explain a few quirky British traditions at this time of year: 'What is Christmas all about?'

Christmas & New Year in Cornwall

Christmas on campus 2018

Christmas day 'pot luck' gathering at Glasney Lodge

Join in with an informal gathering of students and staff on campus on Christmas Day. Bring along some food to share, or even a dish from your home country, to Glasney Lodge on Christmas day (25th December) between 1pm and 4pm for a festive gathering.

Christmas day meal in a British home

The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy help coordinate local families (mostly members of the local Churches) who open their doors and invite students, staff and their families into their home for a traditional British Christmas lunch, for free. It's a great way to experience a true British Christmas day, and open to all students remaining in Cornwall over the Christmas period.

You can expect:

  • a homely atmosphere
  • sharing a Christmas meal with family
  • fun and games
  • a local walk

If you would like to take up this offer of hospitality, please talk to Pete King in the Multifaith Chaplaincy, or contact

Due to the complexity of making arrangements, the deadline for letting us know is Friday 21st December, but best if you contact us a lot earlier!

Opening times

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 below.

  • Friday 21 December - 9am – 5pm
  • Saturday 22 December - Tuesday 1 January – Closed
  • Wednesday 2 January - Friday 4 January - 9am – 5pm
  • Monday 7 January onwards - 8:45am - 5pm on weekdays

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

Library opening times can be found here.

You can find full details for opening times for the Sports Centre, library, IT support, Student Services, Chaplaincy and food outlets around campus here

Students who need help during closure days should visit the emergency help webpages. Out of hours support is also available on 01326 253503.

Our number one IT tip before Christmas is to back up your work! Make sure you have a copy of your important files stored on a different device or network file storage area. We deal with numerous file recovery problems on personal laptops, so avoid unnecessary stress by backing up your work regularly.

Have you lost your memory stick? We have a collection of various IT lost property items, in the IT Support office in the Exchange.

For further information, please email or telephone 01326 213822.

Did you know you can access the local HE libraries through the SCONUL Access scheme?

If you are a postgraduate research student, taught postgraduate on a full-time course, or a part-time, distance learning or placement student, you may be able to borrow books from other college or university libraries.  If you are a full-time undergraduate you may be able to use the resources of other college or university libraries (reference only).

Apply online via the link on the Library website where you’ll also find further information on the scheme.

The Library will continue to recall items over the Christmas holidays. If another person wishes to borrow the book/item that you have out on loan you will be asked to return the item within 7 days. For further information about renewals and reservations visit the Library website

Christmas off campus 2018

If you want to venture off campus, you will find a whole range of activities to enjoy in the local area. See the Falmouth town website for inspiration, or the Visit Cornwall site for events and activities across Cornwall.

Most shops and some restaurants/cafes/bars will be totally closed on Christmas Day itself (25 December), or only open to those who have booked in advance.

Shops and restaurants are also likely to close on New Year’s Eve (Monday 31 December) and for New Year’s Day (Tuesday 1 January 2019).

Travel around Cornwall

If you plan to travel in Cornwall using public transport, be aware that some services will be offering reduced services or certain services may not be running.

Check timetables and social media updates for the latest information: First Kernow for buses and Great Western for trains in Cornwall.


If you are planning to stay in the UK over Christmas, why not book a HOST experience? It's a great way to experience a true British Christmas in a real family home for a few days. 

There's a small application fee, but the visit itself is free. The deadline to apply for a HOST visit is 26 November 2018(12pm). Find out more on their website.

Think ahead

Now the dark nights are fully upon us, think about your visibility to other road users when walking and cycling in the dark, especially when crossing roads. Your eyes have adjusted to the dark however you may not be as visible to other road users. 

If you’re going for a night out, make sure that you have a plan for how to get home, especially if you end up on your own. Try to stay with your friends, and keep a taxi number on you.

If your battery dies, ask to use your friends phone, or if you get separated, use a phone box or ask in a well-lit shop or a nightclub.

View the Devon & Cornwall Police advice site for some tips to ensure your night is safe.