Christmas opening times

Please see below for full details of opening hours and services available over the Christmas break. 

CtC Bramall

While many of you travel away from Birmingham during the vacation period, we know that some of you may choose to stay on or near campus over the Christmas period. 

Most University services are closed during the Christmas period, while any services that remain open, including the Library, may operate reduced hours during this period. A list of the services available at the University are outlined below including study spaces, support and catering. At the bottom of the page there are also links to local services including shops, banks, public transport and healthcare providers. 

You will still be able to login to the MyUoB app and use the intranet to access all of your normal online services throughout the Christmas vacation. 

Emergency contact  

If you are struggling over Christmas please visit our student support emergency contacts.  

 Library

The Main Library opening hours are as follows;

DateOpening time
Monday 20 - Wednesday 22 December  8.00am - 10.00pm
Thursday 23 December 10.00am - 4.00pm
Friday 24 - Sunday 26 December Closed
Monday 27 - Friday 31 December 10.00am - 4.00pm
Saturday 1 January - Monday 3 January 2022 Closed
Tuesday 4 January 2022 8.00am and back to 24/7 opening

When the Main Library is closed, books can be returned via an external book return machine next to the main entrance.

Access to University software from home

You can now remotely log in to computers across campus, using our Remote Computer Access service. You can securely access all the same specialist software that you would use on campus, on your own device - any time, anywhere. Read the latest news page for how to do this.

 Study Spaces

See below for the full list of opening times for study spaces on campus. 

Westmere Postgraduate Research Hub

The majority of the time, Postgraduate researchers and staff members have swipe card access to the Westmere building from 06:00 to midnight. However, the building will be closed from 10pm on Wednesday 22 December and will reopen on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

Medical School, Wolfson Common Room

 
Date Opening Time  
Monday 20 -  Thursday 23 December7.00am to 9.00pm  
Friday 24 - Sunday 26 DecemberClosed  
Monday 27 - Friday 31 December7.00am to 9.00pm  
Saturday 1 January - Monday 3 January 2022Closed  
Tuesday 4 January 20227.00am to 9.00pm  
The computer clusters, CM rooms and other teaching rooms will not be available during this period

 International Student Team (IST)

International Student Team Christmas opening hours up to Wednesday 22 December 2021

Days:
Mondays to Fridays  09:00 - 17:00
Wednesdays  11:00 - 17:00

Thursday 23 December to Monday 3 January 2022

Closed

Tuesday 4 January 2022

09:00 - 17:00

 IT Service Desk

  • Online/Live Chat (http://itservicedesk.bham.ac.uk) and by Phone (0121 414 7171)
    Weekdays from 23 December to 3 January - 10:00 to 16:00
    Closed Weekends
  • In Person
    Closed
  • Twitter (@UoB_ITServices)
    Our Twitter account will not be monitored during this period.
Closed: Friday 24 December - Tuesday 28 December inclusive and Saturday 1 January to Monday 3 January 2022.

Normal business hours resume on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

All of the information can be found on the following KB article.

University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness

Details of the Christmas opening hours for UB Sport & Fitness can be found on their opening hours webpage. 

Aston Webb Student Hub

Opening Hours

 Monday 20 to Tuesday 21 December

 9.00am to 5.00pm

 Wednesday 22 December

 9.00am to 3.00pm

 Thursday 23 December to Monday 3rd January

 CLOSED

 Tuesday 4 January 2022

 9.00am to 5.00pm

(Monday to Friday only, on Thursdays the Hub opens at 10am

 

During the University closed period, students will still be able to access our extensive studenthelp knowledgebase and submit an online enquiry. These will be responded to swiftly upon our return on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

Queries may take longer than during term-time, but every effort will be made to respond as quickly as possible.

 Guild of Students

The Guild building Christmas opening times.

 Guild Building
Wednesday 1 - Friday 10 December*  09:00-17:00  
Saturday 11 December to Sunday 9 January 2022  Closed  

Monday 10 January 2022 onwards*

 *Subway, Spar, Joe's Bar are closed throughout this time

09:00-17:00  

Guild Teams' Opening Hours

Monday to Friday until Friday 17 December

   
Student Groups  09:00-17:00  
Guild Advice 10:00-16:00  

Student Mentors - until 3 December

Student Mentors - from Monday 6 to Friday 17 December

16:00-20:00

10:00-16:00

 
Community Wardens 09:00-17:00  
The Hall Reps Team 09:00-17:00  
The Student voice team 10:00-16:00  

Closed - From Monday 20 December to Monday 3 January inclusive

  • Tuesday 4 January onwards most services resume the same hours  (exception Student Mentors, Monday to Friday, 4pm-8pm from Monday 10 January).
   

 Accommodation: Living

Information for students living in University accommodation are available direct from the University's accommodation website.

Opening times for University Living office
 Wednesday 1 to Wednesday 22 December  09:00-17:00
 Thursday 23 to Monday 3 January  Closed
 from Tuesday 4 January 2022 onwards  09:00-17:00

 

Food and Drink on campus

Opening times for catering outlets across campus and accommodation can be found below, these times are from Monday 13 December 2021, times before that can be found on the food fellows catering page*22

Main campus catering outlets (Monday to Friday, unless stated otherwise)
Catering Outlet Opening times over the Christmas break Re-opening date
 Medical School (POD)  8.00am-3.00pm (closes on 17 December for Christmas break) Tuesday 4 January 2022
 Chemical Engineering Closed  Monday 10 January 2022
Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences Closed Monday 10 January 2022
Orchard Learning Resource Centre Closed Monday 10 January 2022
Biosciences Closed Monday 10 January 2022
Research Park 8.00am-3.00pm (closes on Wednesday 22 December for Christmas break) Tuesday 4 January 2022
Physics Closed Monday 10 January 2022
School of Education  Closed Monday 10 January 2022
Atrium  Closed Monday 10 January 2022
Cyber Go Closed Monday 10 January 2022
Business School Closed Monday 10 January 2022
Campus Express Closed Tuesday 4 January 2022
Westmere  Closed Tuesday 4 January 2022
Collaborative Teaching Laboratory Closed Tuesday 4 January 2022
Concept Corner Closed Tuesday 4 January 2022
Metro 8.30am-4.00pm (closes on Wednesday 22 December for Christmas break) Tuesday 4 January 2022
Cantina Closed Monday 10 January 2022
Gisbert Kapp 8.30am-3.00pm (closes on Friday 17 December for Christmas break) Monday 10 January 2022
Campus Infusion 8.30am-3.00pm (closes on Wednesday 22 December for Christmas break) Tuesday 4 January 2022
The Chippy 11.00am-4.00pm (closes on Friday 17 December for Christmas break) Monday 10 January 2022
The Main Library 09.00am-5.00pm (closes on Wednesday 22 December for Christmas break) Tuesday 4 January 2022
Brookes 05.00am-11.00pm (closes on Friday 17 December for Christmas break) Monday 10 January 2022
Winterbourne Tea Room 08.00am-3.30pm (closes on Wednesday 22 December for Christmas break) Tuesday 4 January 2022
 Costa Bramall

8.00am-4.00pm (closes on Wednesday 22 December for Christmas break)

 Tuesday 4 January 2022
 Costa, University Centre  8.00am-4.00pm (closes on Wednesday 22 December for Christmas break)  Tuesday 4 January 2022
 Starbucks Muirhead Tower  8.00am - 4.30pm (closes on Wednesday 22 December for Christmas break)  Tuesday 4 January 2022
 Starbucks Pavillion  8.30am - 4.30pm (closes on Friday 17 December for Christmas break)  Monday 10 January 2022

 Opening times for catering outlets in accommodation can be found below.

Opening times for catering outlets at the Vale Village
 Outlet  Opening times over the Christmas break  Re-opening date
 Shackleton Lounge   

14-17 December - 8.00am – 9.00pm

18-19 December - 9.00am - 8.00am

20-22 December - 8.00am -3.00pm

23 December -3 January - 10.00am - 3.00pm

 
 Infusion

 05.00pm - 09.00pm (closes on Friday 17 December for Christmas break)

 Sunday 9 January 2022

Duck & Scholar 

6.00pm-11.00pm (closes on Friday 17 December for Christmas break)

Saturday 8 January 2022

Costcutter

From 18 December 9.00am-4.00pm (closes on Friday 24 December for Christmas break)

Tuesday 4 January 2022

 

 

 *Stores may not be open during University closed days

 

 Multi-Faith Chaplaincy


DateOpening time
Mondays to Friday until the 22 December 2021 Chaplaincy opening hours can be found here
Saturdays and Sundays until 19 December 2021 Closed
Thursday 24 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022 Closed
Mondays to Fridays from 10 January 2022 onwards Chaplaincy opening hours can be found here
Saturdays and Sundays from 10 January 2022 onwards Closed (except for Services)

 Local services

Please see below for links to opening hours, healthcare providers, banks, public transport and shops for the Christmas period.

Healthcare

South Birmingham GP Walk In Centre is open 365 days a year 08.00am- 20:00pm, no appointment necessary. The telephone number is 0121 415 2095 and the address is 15 Katie Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6JG.

If you are worried about an urgent medical concern, call NHS 111 to speak to a trained NHS advisor, who will be able to direct you to the most appropriate care. Simply dial 111 from your phone. The 111 service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can also access the service online.

The Accident & Emergency department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (next to the Medical School) is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Supermarket opening times

Please follow the links for opening times and more information about the store.

Transport

Service amendments to London Midland trains are available via West Midlands Rail.

Local bus amendments are available via National Express West Midlands.

City centre shopping centres

Please follow the links for up-to-date opening hours:

External wellbeing services

 The student space website is a great resource, which Includes articles such as:

  • Should I go home?
  • Preparing to go home
  • Staying at University
  • Worried about not being able to go home

Student Minds also have a free support service (Phone, WebChat, Text Message, Email) which will run throughout the entire xmas break, 3pm to 12am.

Find information about emergency contacts.

Colleges

Professional Services