Merry Christmas from the University of Birmingham

The countdown to Christmas is getting very close now…

From getting a gift from (and a selfie with!) Santa to a free ride or two on the carousel in between lectures, we hope you’ve all been enjoying our events and activities to get you in the festive mood. The fun isn’t over yet – there’s still plenty of things going on during the next two weeks in halls, on campus and in the city.

Christmas opening hours

As of today (Friday 16 December 2022) the University will be closed for Christmas and will reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2023.

If you’re on campus, take a look at our Christmas opening times page which includes information on study spaces, the Main Library, food and drink, and what services are still available to support you over the festive break.

Time to Talk? UBHeard

Whether you’re staying on campus or travelling home, it’s important to look after your mental health and wellbeing over the holidays. If you need some help reach our UBHeard service will be available. This is a 24/7 confidential listening and support service for all undergraduate and postgraduate students. You can call the service on 0800 368 5819 (Freephone UK*) or 00353 1 518 0277 (International), or visit the UBHeard portal.

Cost of Living support

We know this winter will be a tough one for many people. If at any point you feel overwhelmed, anxious, or down, about the cost of living, we want you to know that you don’t need to struggle on your own. We’ve put together information and advice to help you. Visit our Cost of Living support page.

UoBe Ready

If you have assessments in January, try to find a balance between relaxing and revising, so you are refreshed and prepared for the New Year. If you’d like any support or guidance, head to our UoBe Ready page.

Festive reading

If you’re looking for some inspo on how you can spread some holiday cheer without spending lots of money, then check out these top tips and advice from some of our current students.

The festive season is traditionally a time for spreading joy with others, giving back to the community, and making memories with friends. Find out how some of our international students are spending the holidays on campus.

We know that this time of year can be difficult. From catching up on sleep to cuddling up with her dog Buddy, our Student Content Shaper Gracie takes you through her top self-care tips this season.

Happy holidays

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or anything in between or nothing at all, have a safe and enjoyable break.

We’ll see you in 2023!


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