Easter 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 Easter 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 Thursday 29 March 2018 and will reopen on the morning of Thursday 5 April 2018. Any services that remain open 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 Thursday 29 March 2018. The Main Library will be closed from Friday 30 March to Sunday 2 April 2018 inclusive. The Main Library will open at 08:00 on Tuesday 3 April and reassume a 24/7 service.

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

Full library opening information, see library opening hours

 Study Spaces

For information about the opening hours of the computer cluster, including the Murray Learning Centre, please go to the Cluster Easter vacation opening times intranet page.

Westmere Postgraduate Research Hub

The majority of the time, Postgraduate researchers and staff members have swipe card access to the building from 06:00 to midnight. However, Westmere will close at midnight on Thursday 28 March 2018 and will re-open at 06:00 Tuesday 3 April 2018.

 Aston Webb Student Hub

The Aston Webb Student Hub will be open as follows:

DateOpening time
Monday 26 March - Thursday 29 March 2018 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 30 March - Wednesday 4 April 2018 Closed
Thursday 5 April - Friday 20 April 2018 09:00 - 17:00 (Monday to Friday only)

Standard opening hours will resume from Monday 23 April 2018.

During the University closed period, you will be able to submit an online enquiry. These will be responded to swiftly upon our return on Thursday 5 April 2018.

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 30 March 2018 and will reopen on Thursday 4 April 2018 at 09:00.

International Students can get further information and guidance on the ISAS webpages.

 IT Service Desk

The IT Service Desk will be open as normal up to and including Thursday 29 March 2018, and then will be open as follows over the Easter period:

DateOpening time
Friday 30 March - Monday 2 April 2018 Closed
Tuesday 3 - Wednesday 4 April 2018 09:00 - 18:00

Standard opening hours will resume from Thursday 5 April 2018.

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 visit 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 Easter opening hours for the Univerity's Sport and Fitness Club.

 Guild of Students

The Guild of Students will be closed from Friday 30 March 2018 until Thursday 5 April 2018. Outside of these dates the Guild's services are open Monday to Friday as follows:

Guild of Student's building 9:30-17:30
Jobs, Skills and Volunteering 12:00-15:00
Guild Advice 12:00-14:00
Student Groups 12:00-15:00
Student Voice 12:00-14:00


The Living office in University Centre will be closed from 17:00 on Thursday 29 March to Wednesday 4 April 2018. The Living office will reopen at 9:00 on Thursday 5 April 2018.

All accommodation receptions will be open 24/7 throughout the Easter vacation.

For out-of-hours assistance in our residences, the Vale Village reception will be open 24/7. Out-of-hours calls to Selly Oak and Pritchatts Park receptions will be diverted to the Vale reception and a member of staff will be able to attend Selly Oak and Pritchatts Park receptions if necessary. 

Contact: valereception@contacts.bham.ac.uk or 0121 415 8520

Food and Drink on campus

Between Friday 30 March and Thursday 5 April 2018, the following food and drink outlets will be open at the following times:

Costa, Sports and Fitness Club

DateOpening time
Friday 30 March - Wednesday 4 April 2018 08:00-18:00
From Thursday 5 April 2018 07:00-21:00

Library Café

DateOpening time
Friday 30 March - Monday 2 April 2018 Closed
From Tuesday 3 April 2018 09:00 - 19:00
For more information about the opening times of food and drink outlets on campus during the Easter vacation please visit the Food and drink on campus webpage.


Over the Easter holidays the Multi Faith Chaplaincy at St Francis Hall will be closed between Friday 30 March and Thursday 5 April 2018, apart for events listed on the Chaplaincy website. Outside these dates the Chaplaincy will be open as usual.

 Local services

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


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.

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: 10:00-16:00 Monday, Thursday and Friday
Closed on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 April, plus UK Bank Holidays.

Lloyds (Edgbaston Park Road)

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

Santander (Guild of students)

Standard vacation opening hours: 12.00noon-17:00, Monday-Friday
Easter opening hours are not currently available.

City centre shopping centres

View up-to-date opening hours for the Bullring and Grand Central.