Christmas opening times

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. 

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. 

Most University services are closed from the evening of Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen on the morning of Thursday 3 January 2019. Any services that remain open, including the Library, will operate reduced hours during this period.

You will still be able to login to my.bham to access all of your normal online services throughout the vacation. 

 Library

The Main Library will be open 24/7 until 22:00 on Friday 21 December. The opening times will then be as follows:

DateOpening time
Saturday 22 December - Wednesday 26 December 2018 Closed
Thursday 27 December - Monday 31 December 2018 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 1 January 2018 - Wednesday 2 January 2019 Closed

From Thursday 3 January (8:00) the Main Library will reassume 24/7 opening.

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

Virtual help via our 24/7 chat service will be continuous over the entire vacation should you need any help. Online resources for study skills (as alternative to one to one support) are also available via the Academic Skills Gateway

Full library opening information, see library opening hours

 Study Spaces

The Murray Learning Centre

DateOpening time
Saturday 22 December 2018 - Wednesday 2 January 2019

Closed

See Clusters Christmas vacation opening for full information of vacation opening of all cluster rooms.


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 midnight on Sunday 23 December 2018 until 6:00 on Thursday 3 January 2019.

 Aston Webb Student Hub

The Aston Webb Student Hub will be open as follows:

DateOpening time
Monday 17 December 2018 to Thursday 20 December 2018 09:00 - 17:00 (Monday to Friday only)
Friday 21 December 2018 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 22 December 2018 to Wednesday 2 January 2019 Closed
Thursday 3 January 2019 and Friday 11 January 2019 09:00 - 17:00 (excluding weekends)

Standard opening hours will resume from Monday 14 January 2019.

During the University closed period, you will be able to submit an online enquiry. These will be responded to swiftly upon our return on 14 January 2019. Queries may take longer than during term-time, but every effort will be made to respond as quickly as possible. 

You can find answers to frequently asked questions within Student Help.

 International Student Advisory Service (ISAS)

ISAS will be closed from Friday 21 December 2018, reopening on Thursday 4 January 2019 at 9:00.

International students can get further information and guidance on the ISAS webpages or can submit an online enquiry.

 IT Service Desk

The IT Service Desk will be open as normal up to and including Friday 21 December 2018, and then will be open as follows over the Christmas period:

DateOpening time
Saturday 22 December - Wednesday 26 December 2018 Closed
Thursday 27 December - Monday 31 December 2018 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 1 January - Wednesday 2 January 2019 Closed

Standard opening hours will resume from Thursday 3 January.

Each day the IT Service Desk is open you will be able to log a call by phone or online at itservicedesk.bham.ac.uk or by visiting the team at the Main Library.

Any updates to this timetable will be made available via the IT Service Desk website. 

University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness

Please view the Christmas opening hours for the Univerity's Sport and Fitness Club.

 Guild of Students

The Guild of Students will be closed from Friday 21 December 2018 until Thursday 3 January 2019.

Outside of these dates the Guild's services are open Monday to Friday as follows:

DepartmentTimes
Guild of Student's building 08:30-17:00
JSV 12:00-15:00
Worklink 12:00-15:00
Guild Advice 12:00-14:00
Guild Advice Drop-in Sessions 12:00-14:00
Student Groups 12:00-15:00
Student Voice 12:00-14:00
Hairdressers 08:00-17:00
Costa Coffee 09:00-15:30
Spar 07:30-17:00
Joes Closed
Street Kitchen Closed
Subway 10:00-15:00
STA Travel 09:00-16:00 (Monday - Thursday); 10:00-16:00 (Friday)
Santander 12:00-17:00
Guild Lettings 10:00-14:00

 

 Living

For students in University accommodation, the Vale Village reception will be open 24/7 throughout Christmas.  You can contact the Vale reception by email at valereception@contacts.bham.ac.uk or on 0121 415 8520.

Selly Oak and Pritchatts Park receptions will be closed over the vacation period, but staff will be on site throughout to respond to any issues.  These staff can be contacted on: Selly Oak Village 0121 415 1011  Pritchatts Park Village 0121 414 9022.

There will be a Vale Christmas lunch on the Thursday 20 December at 13:00 in The Melt at Shackleton. To book your ticket please go to the International Christmas Lunch events page.

 

Food and Drink on campus

Please see the below table for the vacation opening times of the following food and drink outlets:


Outlet

Opening times from 14 Dec

Closes

Re-open

Go Central

Closed

14 December

14 January

Go Mex

08:00 – 16:00

21 December

3  January

Café Go

08:30 – 16:00

21 December

3 January

Bio-Sciences

Closed

14 December

14 January

Cyber Go

Closed

14 December

14 January

Sportex

Closed

14 December

14 January

Revive

08:30 – 15:00

21 December

3 January

CTL

09:00 – 15:00

21 December

3 January

Physics

Closed

14 December

14 January

School of Education

09:00 – 16:00

14 December

7 January

Chem Eng

Closed

14 December

14 January

Mech Eng

Closed

14 December

Re-open 19 & 20 December

14 January

Post Grad

09:00 – 16:00

14 December

7 January

Café 52

08:30 – 14:30

21 December

3 January

Business School

Closed

14 December

14 January

Library

09:00 – 17:00

21 December

2 January

OLRC

Closed

14 December

14 January

Medical School

08:00 – 15:00 

21 December

3 January

ITM

08:00 – 15:00 

21 December

3 January

Park House

08:30 – 14:30

14 December

8 January

Waffle Van

Closed

14 December

14 January

Jiffy Van

Closed

14 December

14 January

Research Park

08:30 – 15:15

21 December

3 Jan

Stores

17:45 – 14:00

21 December

3 January

Wok Fresh

10:00 – 18:00

21 December

3 January

Starbucks (Muirhead)

08:00 – 17:00 Mon – Fri

21 December

3 January

3 & 4 January 9:30-14:30

Starbucks (Pavilion)

08:00 – 17:00 Mon – Fri

10:00 – 16:00 Sat & Sun

21 December

11 January

Costa (University Centre)

08:00 – 18:00 Mon – Fri

21 December

3 January

3 & 4 January 8:00 - 16:00

Costa (Sport & Fitness)

17-21.12.18 - 08:00- 16:00

22-23.12.2018 - 10:00 - 13:00

24-26.12.2018 Closed

27-28.12.2018 - 10:00 - 13:00

29-31.12.2018 Closed

31.12.2018 - 9:00 - 12:00

01.01.2019 Closed

Café Aroma

09:00 – 16:00

21 December

3 January

 

Noble room

12:00 – 14:00

21 December

3 January

 

Astor Suite

12:00 – 14:00

21 December

3 January

 

Bratby Bar

12:00 – 22:30 Mon – Fri

21 December

3 January

 

Bramall

08:00 – 16:30

21 December

3 January

 

Winterbourne

10:30 – 15:15

21 December

14 January

Brooks

12.00 – 10.00

21 December

10 January

 

 

Infusion

Closed

16  December

14 January

 

The Melt

8:30 – 15:30

21 December

3  January

 

The Duck & Scholar

Closed

14  December

14 January

 

Costcutter

09:00 - 16:00  

21   December

3  January

 

JC’s

Closed

14  December

14 January

 

Leos Lounge  

Closed

14  December

14 January

 

Hungry Duck

Closed 

14  December

14 January

 

 

For more information about the opening times of food and drink outlets on campus during the Christmas vacation please visit the food and drink on campus webpage.

 Multi-Faith Chaplaincy

The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy at St Francis Hall will be open between 08:00 and 22:00 up until Friday 14 December 2018. Please see below for the opening times over the vacation period: 

DateOpening time
Saturday 15 December 2018 - Monday 24 December 2018 08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 25 December 2018 - Wednesday 2 January 2019 Closed
Thursday 3 January 2019 - Sunday 13 January 2019 08:00 - 20:00

From Monday 14 January 2019 onwards, the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy is open from 08:00 until 22:00. 

A University Carol Service will  be held on Monday 10 December in the Great Hall. Further details can be found on the University events page

On Monday 24 December, there will also be Carols at 20:30 and at 21:00 for Christmas “Midnight” Mass at Newman Catholic Chaplaincy

 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 8am-8pm, 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 National Rail.

Local bus amendments are available via National Express West Midlands

Banks on campus

External ATMs should be available 24/7.

Barclays (University Centre)

Standard opening hours: 10:00-16:00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Closed on 27 and 28 December, plus UK Bank Holidays.

Lloyds (Edgbaston Park Road)

Standard opening hours: 09:30-16:30 Monday-Friday.
Christmas opening hours are not currently available.

Santander (Guild of students)

Standard vacation opening hours: 12:00noon-17:00, Monday-Friday.
Closed from Saturday 22 December 2018 until Thursday 3 January 2019

City centre shopping centres

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