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What’s open across campus over Christmas?

If you’re staying on campus over the Christmas break, or coming back early to get started on revision, make sure you know which services will be available to you.

The Counselling Service is closed from the 22 December and will re-open on the 3 January as normal at 9am.

If you need help in a crisis, there are lots of services available which you can access – whether that’s in an emergency or when you may need to talk to someone (either in person or on the phone).

There are also online out of hours help, such as the Silvercloud and the relaxation audio downloads.

The Students’ Union closes on 23 December and reopens on 31 December. For a full list of opening hours in the run up to Christmas, visit their website.

The Atrium (Careers, IPO and Student Support and Advice) is closed from 15 December – 2 January. Between 3 – 13 January they will be open from 10-4pm and after that will resume to normal opening hours of 9-5pm.



The Main Library is open from 8am – 8pm, Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on weekends from Saturday, 16 December.

The Library will close on Sunday 24 December until Tuesday, 2 January. After this, it will be open from 8am to 2am on weekdays and 9am to 2am on weekends until Friday, 26 January.

The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons will close at 9pm on Sunday, 17 December and will then be open 9am – 9pm from Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on weekends.

It will also be closed on 25 and 26 December, and will be staffed by security only on 24 December. 24hr opening will recommence at 9am on 3 January.

A list of opening dates for other libraries is available on the Library website.

IT Help and support

During the Christmas break, the IT Support Centre will not be available to answer any requests submitted by web or via email until the University re-opens on Wednesday, 3 January.

The telephone support line and self-service help will be available throughout the break, 24 hours a day, so you can look up information or call for help at any time of the day.

Food on campus – cafés and restaurants around campus will be closing for the Christmas break. You can find their Christmas opening hours on their website.

Halls of Residence

While you are able to stay in your accommodation over Christmas, cleaning will not be available from 23 December to the 3 January inclusive.

Hall Receptions will not be able to accept fee, fine or damage payments after 2pm on Thursday 21 December 2017 until Wednesday 3 January 2018, so please ensure if you have any money outstanding that you arrange payment prior to the Christmas break.

If you need to contact someone urgently about your halls of residence during the break you can contact the 24 hour campus reception staff at Fallowfield on 0161 306 9900 who will make arrangements for someone to assist you.

Check locally within your halls of residence to find out opening times and dates of receptions, as well as the last meals that will be served in catered halls.

Further detailed information from the Accommodation Office will be sent to all residents by e-mail in mid-December.


The Sugden Sports Centre closes on 22 December and re-opens on 2 January as normal.

The Armitage Centre closes on 22 December and re-opens on 3 January as normal.

Check the The Aquatics Centre website for more details on their opening hours and timetable.

The Sport Head Office closes on the 22 December at 4.30pm and re-opens as usual on the 3 January.

International Society

The International Society has some events planned over the winter break.

Experience the Boxing Day sales with a trip to Cheshire Oaks Retail Outlet on the 26 December, or join the Society’s Christmas and New Year Get Together on Wednesday 27.

Full details of all events can be found on the International Society website.