Christmas at UWE Bristol
Our campuses will be closed from 16:30 on Monday 23 December 2019 and will re-open from 08:30 on Thursday 2 January 2020. Most services will be unavailable during this time, but some areas will remain open. You can find out more below.
We hope you have a great Christmas break - we're excited to welcome you back to UWE Bristol in the new year!
We’re running a range of free events every day over the vacation period for students who are staying on campus or in Bristol over the holidays, including Christmas Day lunch and films! If you would like to attend Christmas Day lunch, please book your place so we know that you’re coming!
If you want to get a head start on some work, the libraries at Frenchay, Glenside and Bower Ashton will be open every day.
Ask a Librarian, our 24/7 live chat service will be available over the holidays. Our co-operative partners can help with any research questions. UWE Bristol Library staff will respond to any questions that need extra help from Thursday 2 January. No staff will be available during the University closure.
Frenchay Campus – Library
The Library Lounge (Level 4) will also be open, where you can heat up your own food or make a hot drink. There’s also a variety of vending machines.
Glenside Campus – Library
Glenside Library will be open every day from 07:30–00:00. You’ll need your student card to get in.
City Campus – Bower Ashton Library
Bower Ashton Library will be open every day from 07:30–00:00. You’ll need your student card to get in.
Over the vacation, we are expecting excessive construction noise levels at Bower Ashton, plus carpet cleaning and AV upgrades at Frenchay Campus. See library service interruptions for further details.
The Farmhouse opening hours will vary over the Christmas break, so make sure you check times before you visit. New times are as follows:
- Monday 16 until Monday 23 December: 08:00 - 17:00
- Monday 23 December until Thursday 2 January: closed
- Friday 3 until Sunday 5 January 2020: 08:00 - 17:00
- Monday 6 January 2020: normal 24/7 hours.
Wallscourt Farm Gym
Wallscourt Farm Gym is open to members and on a pay-as-you-go basis on the following days over the festive break:
- Friday 27 December 09:00-15:00
- Monday 30 December 09:00-15:00.
Campus catering outlets and shops
If you’re staying in Bristol over the Christmas break, Starbucks on Frenchay Campus will be open for you to relax with other students. Other areas will also open for various events.
What will be closed?
Most student support services, including the Information Points, will be closed for the duration of the Christmas break.
Wellbeing support over the closure period
If you’re finding things difficult and you need someone to talk to, support is available.
Support for your wellbeing
Talk to someone online with Kooth Student
You can talk to a counsellor online through Kooth Student. It’s free, confidential and anonymous. They will be available every day, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Their regular opening hours are Monday to Friday from 12:00–22:00 and weekends from 18:00–22:00. Their opening hours will be slightly different on the following days:
|Monday 24 December||14:00-20:00|
|Tuesday 25 December (Christmas Day)||16:00-20:00|
|Wednesday 26 December (Boxing Day)||16:00-20:00|
|Monday 31 December (New Year's Eve)||12:00-20:00|
|Tuesday 1 December (New Year's Day)||16:00-20:00|
The Students’ Union at UWE and UWE Bristol, in partnership with Crisis Textline, have launched a 24/7 textline. This service lets you text for free 24/7 crisis support. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors.
If you're in distress, text UWE to 85258.
24/7 support from the Samaritans
Tips to look after your wellbeing this winter
Wellbeing Service opening hours
The Wellbeing Service will be closed from 16:30 on Monday 23 December 2019 and will re-open from 08:30 on Thursday 2 January 2020.
Wellbeing self-help resources
Other support available over the Christmas period
We always have a member of staff on campus to help if you have a problem.
Where to go if you have a problem
24/7 security support
If have a problem on any campus, contact our security team on +44 (0)117 32 86404. They’re available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Emergencies on campus
If there’s an emergency on campus, call +44 (0)117 32 89999 (available 24/7, every day of the year). We’ll send staff to help and we’ll call the emergency services for you so that they can find you quickly.
Please update Accommodation Services if you plan to remain on site over the holidays via your student portal. If you have any questions, please contact Accommodation Services. The Cotswold Customer Service desk on Frenchay Campus will remain open through the winter break, every day between 7:00 and 19:00, so just pop in or call +44 (0)117 32 86227 if you have any problems with your accommodation.
Out-of-hours IT support service will be available 24 hours a day, every day over the university closure period – just call +44 (0)117 32 83612.
If something happens over Christmas which might affect your ability to do an assessment, don’t panic. You can read our guidance on the assessment support options, but the best thing to do is to talk to an Information Point as soon as they re-open (Thursday 2 January 2020).
Making the most of Bristol at Christmas time
Campus may be quiet, but Bristol’s a great place to be during the festive season – so make the most of the city! From ice-skating to grabbing a bargain in the sales, there’s still plenty to enjoy in and around Bristol over the holidays.
Make the most of the city
- Christmas events from Visit Bristol
- Cabot Circus opening hours
- The Galleries opening hours
- The Mall Cribbs Causeway opening hours.
Supermarkets and restaurants
Most supermarkets and restaurants will be open over Christmas (with the exception of Christmas Day) – but double-check their opening hours online before you make the trip.