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 20 December 2019 and will reopen on the morning of Thursday 2 January 2020. 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. 


The Main Library will be open 24/7 until 22:00 on Friday 20 December. The opening times will then be as follows:

DateOpening time
Saturday 21 December - Friday 27 December 2019 Closed
Saturday 28 December - Tuesday 31 December 2019 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 1 January 2020  Closed

From Thursday 2 January 2020 (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. 

The Library Cafe will close Friday 20 December at 2.00pm & reopen on Thursday 2 January at 9.00am. 

Full library opening information, see library opening hours.

 Study Spaces

The full list of opening times for study spaces on campus can be found here. 

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 22 December 2019 and re-open on Thursday 2 January at 6.00am.  

 Aston Webb Student Hub

The Aston Webb Student Hub will be open as follows:

DateOpening time
Monday 16 December 2019 to Thursday 19 December 2019 09:00 - 17:00 (Monday to Friday only)
Friday 20 December 2019 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 21 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020 Closed
Thursday 2 January 2020 to Friday 10 January 2020 09:00 - 17:00 (excluding weekends)

Standard opening hours will resume from Monday 13 January 2020.

During the University closed period, students will be able to submit an online enquiry. These will be responded to swiftly upon our return on Thursday 2 January 2020. 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 Team (IST)

IST will be closed from Friday 20 December 2019, reopening on Thursday 2 January 2020 at 9:00am.

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

 IT Service Desk

The IT Service Desk will be closed from Saturday 21 December through to Friday 27 December web calls will not be monitored during this time. Normal Service will resume on Thursday 2nd January 2020, more information can be found here. 

IT Service Desk Christmas opening hours
 Date Opening times
 Saturday 28 December 2019  10:00am - 18:00pm
 Sunday 29 December 2019  10:00am - 18:00pm
 Monday 30 December 2019  10:00am - 18:00pm
 Tuesday 31t December 2019  10:00am - 18:00pm
Wednesday 1 January 2020 Closed

University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness

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

 Guild of Students

The Guild of Students will be open on Friday 20 December 2019 until 12:00pm and then closed until Thursday 2 January 2020, some services will be back open at a later date (specified below).

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

Guild of Student's Reception 08:30am - 17:30pm (Monday 16 - Thursday 19 December & Thursday 2 January)
JSV 11:00am - 15:00pm (Monday 16 - Thursday 19 December & Thursday 2 January)
Worklink TBC
Guild Advice TBC
Guild Advice Drop-in Sessions TBC
Student Groups 12:00 - 14:00pm (Monday 16 - Thursday 19 December & Thursday 2 January)
Student Voice 12:00 - 14:00pm (Monday 16 - Thursday 19 December & Thursday 2 January)
Hairdressers 08:30am - 17:00pm (Monday 16 - Thursday 19 December & Thursday 2 January)
Spar 07:30am - 17:00pm (Monday 16 - Thursday 19 December & Thursday 2 January)
Joes Closed (re-opens Saturday 11 January) 
Mermaid Bar Closed (re-opens 11 January)

08:00am 16:00pm (Monday 16 – Thursday 19 December), closed Thursday 2 January. 

Reopens 8am – 5pm on Monday 6 January 

STA Travel 09:00am - 16:00pm (Monday 16 - Thursday 19 December)  Closed (Thursday 2 Janaury, re-opens Friday 3 January)
Santander Closed (re-opens Monday 13 January)
Guild Lettings TBC


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 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.

Food and Drink on campus

For 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 will be open between 08:00 and 22:00 up until Friday 13 December 2019. Please see below for the opening times over the vacation period: 

DateOpening time
Saturday 14 December 2019 - Sunday 22 December 2019 08:00 - 20:00
Monday 23 December 2019 - Wednesday 1 January 2020 Closed
Thursday 2 January 2020 - Sunday 12 January 2020 08:00 - 20:00
From Monday 13 January 2020 onwards, the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy is open from 08:00 until 22:00. 

A University Carol Service will  be held on Monday 9 December in the Great Hall. Further details can be found on the University events page. 

 Local services

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


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.


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: 10:00am-16:00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Christmas opening hours TBC.

Lloyds (Edgbaston Park Road)

Standard opening hours: 09:30am -16:30pm Monday-Friday.
Christmas opening hours TBC.

Santander (Guild of students)

Closed over the Christmas period. 

City centre shopping centres

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


Professional Services