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Christmas 2021 on Exeter Campuses

Staying on campus or in Exeter over the winter break and Christmas? If so, check out the pages below to find out what facilities, services and events are available within the University.

Most facilities and services will be available as normal until Thursday 23 December, and will re-open for normal business on Tuesday 4 January. Between these times there may be limited opening hours and we advise you check details on this page.

Testing for COVID-19 at the University will be available until Friday 17 December, and will resume again on 4 January 2022.

However, if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, and you need a test between 18 December – 3 January, you can request one via the national testing scheme. 

We have made a special, ‘by exception’ arrangement with HALO to ensure that people with symptoms of COVID-19 who need an emergency test during the closure period can get access to one, for example if it is impossible for them to get to a national testing centre, or if they have an unplanned, sudden requirement to travel overseas. Details of how to access a HALO test in emergencies will be available on the Rapid Response Hub webpage shortly.

Please find more information on this, with help and guidance, on our web pages.

Events and activities on campus 

Tuesday 30 November 6-8pm Residence Life Event: Festive Baking at Spreytonway. Booking essential  
Wednesday 1 December 6pm Chaplaincy Carol Service, Refreshments after. St Luke's Chapel. St Lukes Campus 
Thursday 2 December 12-4pm Festive Donkey Cuddles! Come and see some real live donkeys on the Forum Piazza with the Residence Life Team.  Forum Piazza
Friday 3 December 12-2pm, 5pm Make Christingles with the Chaplaincy.  Forum Street


Chaplains will lead a short Christingle service near the Forum Christmas tree. Join us to sing carols, hear Christmas readings and light the Christingles. Forum Street
  5.30-6.30pm Hannukah Candle Lightling and Seasonal Refreshments
The eight day festival of Hannukah is known as the Festival of Lights and is one of the most celebratory times in the Jewish calendar. Join us to hear the story of Hannukah and share in the lighting of the special candles led by JSoc and chaplaincy.
Forum Street
Monday 6 December 7-8.30pm Exeter University Evangelical Christian Union Carol Service.  St James' Park Football Stadium
Tuesday 7 December 6-8pm Residence Life Event: Festive Baking at Spreytonway. Booking essential Spreytonway
Wednesday 8 December 7pm Chaplaincy Carol Service, Refreshments after. Mary Harris Chapel, Streatham Campus
Thursday 9 December 7pm Chaplaincy Carol Service, Refreshments after. Mary Harris Chapel, Streatham Campus
Friday 10 December 10.30-11.30am Intercultural Cafe, come and join us for a free hot drink and a pastry. The Chaplaincy will be leading us in a discussion about celebrating Christmas in the UK.  Isca Eats, Cornwall House
Sunday 12 December 7-9pm Residence Life Team: Christmas Quiz
Night Booking essential.
Mardon Hall Common Room
Tuesday 14 December 11-1pm Connections Cafe Neil Cross room, level 1 Library
Friday 17 December 10.30-11.30 Intercultural Cafe. come and join us for a free hot drink and a pastry. Wear your best Christmas jumper! Isca Eats, Cornwall House
Tuesday 21 December 11-1pm  Connections Cafe Neil Cross room, level 1 Library
Wednedsay 22 December 7-8.30pm Residence Life Team: Virtual Hangout. Booking essential  
Saturday 25 December 12.30 Traditional Christmas dinner on campus. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Click here to book tickets (until 17 December or whilst stocks last)  

Residence LifeTeam 

The Residence Life Team are running a variety of events throughout December. For the latest information follow their Eventbrite page. They will also giving away free Christmas stockings at residences 6-8pm on the following days: 

  • 29 November Holland, Mardon, Clydesdale, Nash
  • 30 November Birks and Duryard
  • 2 December Lafrowda
  • 3 December Lopes, Pennsylvania, Ransom Pickard

The Students’ Guild 

The Students’ Guild is running a competition or activity every day up to Thursday 24 December, as part of their ‘Get Connected’ campaign. You can find out more about these events here.

All events hosted by The Students’ Guild are currently online, so you can join wherever you are. For the full list of online events hosted by your Students’ Guild, please see here. 


Traditional Christmas dinner - Friday 25 December **FULLY BOOKED**

In Exeter on Christmas Day (December 25)? Why not join our traditional Christmas Day Lunch in Holland Hall from 12.30pm (for lunch at 1pm)? 

Tickets are £10.00 per person and must be bookedbefore 12 noon, Friday 18 December. 

Arrival drink, 2 course lunch with all the trimmings, Christmas present and more included. Students and staff welcome.Purchase tickets. 


Events in Exeter

Exeter Cathedral

There are a range of events taking place at Exeter Cathedral throughout this month, up to and including Christmas Day. Places are limited because of COVID-19 restrictions and so please do book in advance. You can find out further details of services here. For details of Christmas church services in Exeter, please contact or individual chaplains via the Chaplaincy webpages.

Treasure Island at the Nortcott Theatre

Shiver m’timbers me hearties – if you’re in Exeter over the holidays and head to the Northcott Theatre (located on the Streatham campus), you could end up walking the plank! Treasure Island is their seasonal comedy, with performances running from now until Saturday 9 January 2021. See their website for more details and booking information…if you dare!  

Follow the yellow brick road

….and you’ll find yourself heading towards Oz with the Exeter Corn Exchange’s performance of the Wizard of Oz. Join Dorothy, the tinman and the cowardly lion – and not forgetting the Wicked Witch of the West on a special panto adventure. The performances take place on dates from 19 December until 3 January 2021 and you can find out more on their website So why not click your shoes together and head on over? Please note COVID-19 restrictions in Tier 2 apply to these performances, please check with the venue before booking.

In Exeter on Christmas Day (December 25)? Why not join our traditional Christmas Day Lunch in Lopes Hall dining room from 12.30pm with lunch served at 1pm?

Tickets are £15.00 per adult, children's tickets £10.00 

Arrival drink, 2 course lunch with all the trimmings, Christmas present and more included. Students and staff all welcome. Click here to book tickets

Limited number of tickets are available, so book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Tickets sales will close at 12 midday on Friday 17th December. Subject to availability. 


  • Please email to cancel your ticket. Cancellations received before 12 midday on Monday 20th December will receive a full refund.

Waiting list:

  • If tickets have been sold out and you would like to join the waiting lists please email before 12 midday on Monday 20th December.

Monday 13 – Friday 17 December

Phone Lines, SID enquiries and Info Point Desks/Hubs open 9.00am - 5.00pm

Monday 20 – Thursday 23 December

Phone Lines, SID enquiries and Info Point Desks/Hubs open 9.00am - 5.00pm

Friday 24 December – Monday 3 January

All Info Point/Hubs and SID closed.

Tuesday 4 – Friday 7 January

Phone Lines, SID enquiries and Info Point Desks open 9.00am - 5.00pm

International Student Support is available in the usual ways until 4pm Thursday 23 December and the team is back at 9am on Tuesday 4 January 2022. 

If your question can’t wait, why not browse through our most popular links to help answer your questions:

I’m starting a new programme in January 2022, when will I receive my CAS?

How do I apply for a Student visa?

Immigration information for EU/EEA/Swiss students

How do I collect my BRP card?

Travelling to the UK

to be updated

The Student Health centre will be offering NHS GP services to students from 8.30am – 6pm Monday to Friday except for Bank Holidays of Monday 27 December, Tuesday 28 December and Monday 3 January.

The GP surgery can provide virtual appointments by phone or video and will arrange face to face assessments if clinically required. Prescriptions can be sent electronically to a pharmacy local to you. Patients should call 01392 676606. You can find out more on their website.

Outside of these hours please phone NHS 111 for non-urgent medical advice. For medical emergencies please call 999.

For more information on student wellbeing, please see the wellbeing section in the section above.

Regular pastoral support will be in place until Friday 18 December, for further details see our webpages.

From Monday 21 December until the start of term on Monday 4 January, a few members of the Multifaith Chaplaincy team will be available to speak to those who are feeling lonely or who just want to have a conversation. Please call the Multifaith Chaplaincy Coordinator on 07557 064976 who will aim to get back to you within 48 hours.

**Please be aware this is not an emergency service and for specific mental health support, please see the Wellbeing Services section**

Muslim Prayer – Reed Hall will remain open during the University's closure period (23 Dec - 3 Jan 2021 inclusive) for students to access the prayer space.  This will be available daily 8am – 7pm via swipe card access. 


The following Chaplaincy activities will take place during the festive break:

Jewish Chaplaincy:

All in the Synagogue Zoom Room – contact Tony Reese, Jewish Chaplain, at for codes.

  • Services every Friday at 6.45pm and Saturdays at 10.30am, including 25 and 26 December.
  • Online sessions at 6.45pm every Monday to Thursday.
  • Havdalah every Saturday at about 5pm.

Hanukkah: Candle lighting every day from Thursday 10 to Thursday 17 December (5pm every day except Friday 11 December at 3.45pm).


Humanist and Progressive Fellowship:

Please email Anastasia, Humanist Chaplain, for zoom link details and for further updates on the activities below:

11:30am on Friday 11 December

Sharing and discussion of our family and cultural festive traditions and feedback on the proposed secular and interfaith/worldview calendar for launch in 2021 (via zoom)

11:30am on Tuesday 15 December

A festive walk around the University campus and the neighbouring Duryard and Belvedere Country Park (meeting outside the Forum) We will not stray too far from the University so it'll be easy to shortcut back or join for part of the way if anyone can't do the full walk.

The group will reconvene (if split up) at the end of the walk and enjoy hot drinks on the Forum terrace. Christmas jumpers welcome but not compulsory! In line with COVID-19 Tier 2 restrictions, this event will be limited to a maximum of 6 people and will adhere to social distancing guidelines. Please book in advance by emailing Anastasia at

11:30am Wednesday 30 December

New Year resolutions sharing and discussion via zoom or in-person if possible (location TBC).


Christian events:

Christmas Carol Service: Recording will be available online from Monday 14 December on the University of Exeter Chapel Choir Facebook Page:, and on

Mondays 8pm: Celtic evening prayer using the Northumbria Community liturgy. Contact Elly Moseley, Anglican lay chaplain for zoom details:

For details of Christmas church services in Exeter, please contact or individual chaplains via the Chaplaincy webpages.

The Career Zone will be open in the Forum, and online, Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm up to and including Friday 10 December. Between Monday 13 and Thursday 23 December our all services will be online only, including Live Chat, email and phone.

We will be fully closed from 5pm Thursday 23 December to 9am Tuesday 4 January, during which time you can still use Handshake to search for jobs and opportunities, and find extensive help and advice on My Career Zone Digital or our website – all details including live chat can be found at:  

Residence Receptions

Residence Reception opening hours will differ between Monday 20 December and Monday 3 January. To find out your reception’s opening hours, please see here. If your reception isn’t open during this period and you need help with lost keys or any other emergencies, please contact Estate Patrol.


University accommodation touch-point cleaning will continue throughout this period, to support those of you remaining on campus. This will be in line with term one and Public Health England guidance. Days where physical touch-point cleaning is not possible, cleaning materials will be provided to you.

The Digital Hub in Penryn and Exeter will be shut for face-to-face support between the following dates:

  • Friday, 20 December 2021 at 16:00 – opening 09:00, Tuesday, 4 January 2022

The IT Service Desk will be closed for support:

  • Thursday, 23 December 2021 at 18:00 – opening 08:00, Tuesday, 4 January 2022

Don’t worry though as we have many guides and videos available on the Digital Hub online and also you can find the solution to IT problems via the IT Knowledge Base.

Sports Park (Streatham Campus)

  • 11, 12 December: 09.00-18.00
  • 13-17 December: normal opening
  • 18-19 December: 09.00-18.00
  • 20-23 December:normal opening
  • 24 December: 09.00-14.00
  • 25-26 December: closed
  • 27-30 December: 09.00-18.00
  • 31 December: 09.00-14.00
  • 1-2 January: closed
  • 3 January: 09.00-18.00
  • 4 January: normal opening

Sport - St Lukes Campus

  • 20 December - 4 January: closed

Fitness Class timetables

  • We have many great fitness classes happening even though the Christmas break at Streatham and St Lukes. 

Strava Festive Break Challenge: there are two simple rules.

  1. Join our Strava club - Click Here
  2. Take a festive selfie and post it onto our strava run and tag us on Instagram @uniofexetersport

Prizes will be awarded for the best photos!

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.

Over the winter break, student accommodation and residential heating will be run at normal term-time temperatures to support those still living on campus.

During the Christmas closure period, Saturday 25 December to Monday 3 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 12°C.

The temperature within buildings will be returned to normal levels within sufficient time to ensure the buildings are up to temperature for the return on Monday 4 January.

Buildings run in energy saving mode:

Amory Building (all except research lab areas)
Arabic & Islamic
Business School
Byrne House
Clayden House
Clydesdale House
Cornwall House
Duryard House
Laver Building - excluding the IT Data Centre which operates as normal
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
Lafrowda House
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 House
Thornlea/Alexander Building/Whitehouse
Science Park V Simulator (except research equipment areas)
St. Luke’s Baring Court
St. Luke’s College House
St.Luke’s North Cloisters
St. Luke’s Richards
St. Luke’s Smeale
St.Luke’s Staff House
St. Luke’s South Cloisters (except research areas)
St.Lukes X Keys
Streatham Court
SWIOT Building
XFi Building
Washington Singer & Sir Henry Welcome (all except labs and aquaria)

The heating in the following buildings will not be altered:

Amory Labs
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
UE Medical School Labs
Northcott Theatre
Physics Helium Store
St. Luke’s Chapel

The heating in the following buildings will follow published opening times:

Sports Park Streatham
Sports Park St. Luke’s
Forum Library including Seminar Rooms & Library Extension Rooms
St. Luke’s Haighton Library

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