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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 in Cornwall

Christmas in Cornwall 2019

Staying in Cornwall over the holiday period? Follow the link below to join a Facebook group to update you with events happening in the Falmouth, Penryn and Truro areas during December and January, in the community and organised by the universities. It’s also a platform for you to be able to connect with other students staying in Cornwall and arrange your own festive activities.

We'll be hosting an afternoon of of fun, food and friendliness in the Peter Lanyon Staff Room on Penryn campus, on 25th December (Christmas Day). If you would like to attend please email  or complete this form. If you live in Falmouth or Truro and have no way of getting to Penryn on Christmas Day then please let us know! There's more information here.


If you are staying in here over Christmas and you have any questions or concerns then please contact Debby Wright, the International Student Adviser on  or by calling 01326 371800

Campus Facilities

Make sure you check the FXPlus website to find out which facilities and services are available over Christmas holidays.

  • Monday 23rd December - 9am – 5pm
  • Tuesday 24th December - Wednesday 1st January CLOSED
  • Thursday 2nd January & Friday 3rd January - 9am – 5pm
  • Monday 6 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


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.

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.