Christmas 2017 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 22 December, and will re-open for normal business at 09.00 on Tuesday 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 18 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 1 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 acoustic music.

  • Friday 22 December - 8.30am – 5.00pm
  • Saturday 23 December - Monday 1 January – Closed
  • Tuesday 2 – Friday 5 January - 8.30am - 6pm
  • Monday 8 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 17.30 on 22 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 22 December - 8.30am – 5pm
  • Saturday 23 December - Monday 1 January – Closed
  • Tuesday 2 – Friday 5 January - 8.30am - 6pm
  • Monday 8 January - normal opening hours resume

As the SID Desk will close from Friday 22 December until Tuesday 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 22.
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 18 to Friday 22 December – normal opening hours
  • Saturday 23 December - Monday 1 January – CLOSED
  • Normal opening hours resume Tuesday 2 January

Reed Mews Wellbeing Centre, Streatham Campus

  • Friday 22 December – normal opening hours
  • Saturday 23 December to Monday 1 January – CLOSED
  • Normal opening hours resume Tuesday 2 January

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

Reed Mews, Streatham Campus

  • Monday 18, Wednesday 20, Friday 22 – 09.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.30
  • Monday 25 December to Tuesday 2 January inclusive - CLOSED
  • Wednesday 3 and Friday 5 January - 09.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 16.30
  • Monday 8 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, Tuesday 5 December, 2-4pm Forum
  • Christingle Service followed by mulled wine and mince pies, Tuesday 5 December, 4.30-5pm, Forum
  • University Carol Service followed by mulled wine and mince pies, Wednesday 13 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

  • Saturday 25 December to Monday 1 January – CLOSED
  • Normal opening hours resume Tuesday 2 January

University & UPP Residence Receptions** will be closed and/or operating limited opening times over the Christmas period (23 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.

A newsletter will be going to all self-catered residents on Wednesday 6th December from the Residences Team with more information about what to do if you are staying on campus over Christmas or going away.

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

Sports Park

  • Friday 15 December - End of term
  • Saturday 16 December - 08:45-18:00
  • Sunday 17 December - 08:45-18:00
  • Monday 18 to Friday 22 December - 06:30-22:00
  • Saturday 23 December - 08:45-18:00
  • Sunday 24 to Tuesday 26 December - Closed
  • Wednesday 27 to Saturday 30 December - 08:45-18:00
  • Sunday 31 December to Monday 1 January - Closed
  • Tuesday 2 January onwards - normal opening hours resume

St Luke’s Sports Centre

  • Friday 15 December - End of term
  • Saturday 16 December - 09:00-15:00
  • Sunday 17 December - 09:00-15:00
  • Monday 18 to Friday 22 December - 07:00-20:00
  • Saturday 23 to Monday 1 December - Closed
  • Tuesday 2 January - normal opening hours resume

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

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!

Fancy a Christmas lunch with your friends before you travel home for the festive period? The Terrace Restaurant will be hosting their traditional two course Christmas lunch on 5th December for only £8.50. Enjoy roast turkey or nut roast with all the trimmings followed by Christmas pudding or ice cream. 

Come along to La Touche on 7th December from 11.30 – 2.30pm, where you can enjoy a two course lunch for £9.50. With turkey parcels or Mushroom, brie, hazelnut and cranberry wellington with all the trimmings, followed by a delicious pudding it would be rude not to!

Over the Christmas period opening hours and provision for Guild Services and Outlets will vary. All Guild outlets will be closed Saturday 23 December to Monday 8 January, reopening on Monday 8 January unless otherwise stated. Reduced opening hours are as follows:

  • Comida: Monday 18 to Friday 22 December: 08.00 – 16.00. Reopen 2 January
  • Ram Bar: Monday 18 to Thursday 21 December: 11.00 - 15.00
  • Print Room: Monday 18 to Friday 22 December: 09.00 - 17.00
  • Pieminister: Closed from Friday 15 December. Reopen Tuesday 2 January.
  • The Grove: Closed from Friday 15 December
  • Students’ Guild Shop: Monday 18 to Friday 22 December: 09.00 - 17.00. Reopen Tuesday 2 January.
  • Infopoint: Closed from Friday 15 December

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.

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.