What's on

We’re running a range of free events over the vacation period for students who are staying on campus or in Bristol over the holidays. If you are on campus over Christmas join us for Christmas Day lunch on Sunday 25 December (booking required). We hope you have a great Christmas break! 

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Most student support services, including the Information Points, will be closed for the duration of the Christmas break. However, the campus is staffed by our security team 24/7 and online wellbeing support is available (details are below).

City Campus technical spaces 

The majority of technical spaces will be closed to students during the festive period, except the digital print bureau (C block) and the computer rooms (F/G block) which will be open at the times listed below.

Location   Date and time

Studio spaces and computer areas at Bower Ashton, Spike Island and Arnolfini.

  •  Monday 19 December to Thursday 22 December 2022,
  • Wednesday 4 January to Friday 6 January 2023, 
 The majority of technical spaces at all three city campuses will be closed, except computer rooms (mentioned above).
  •  Monday 19 December to Thursday 22 December 2022,
  • Wednesday 4 January to Friday 6 January 2023, 
 Digital Print Bureau, C block Bower Ashton.
  • Wednesday 4 January to Friday 6 January 2023, 09:00-17:00

Please note: Students will not be able to work alone, and the last two students have to leave together at the end of the day. Students will be advised by relevant staff members about lone working and having a buddy to work with. If you have any specific questions please contact the relevant members of staff before the Christmas closure period.


Please check the Centre for SportCentre for Music and The Students’ Union at UWE for their Christmas opening hours.

Library opening times

  • Our libraries remain open during the Christmas vacation.
  • 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 Tuesday 3 January. No staff will be available during the University closure. 
  • Make sure you check the Library opening hours before you arrive. You must have your student card to get in and borrow any books.

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Campus catering outlets and shops

Starbucks on Frenchay Campus will remain open throughout the Christmas period except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

For a full list of opening and closing times of all bars, cafes and shops please see below:

The Students' Union 

Warm spaces

OneZone on Frenchay Campus will be open throughout the closure period, as a designated warm space on campus.

Warm spaces across Bristol

Discover spaces to keep warm across the city. Please check opening times before you travel.

Map of warm spaces in Bristol
A group of students walk by the harbour in warm coats and hats.

Health and wellbeing support

Wellbeing Service opening hours

The Wellbeing Service will be closed from 12:00 on Friday 23 December 2022 and will re-open from 08:30 on Tuesday 3 January 2023. If you need to talk or raise a concern about yourself or a friend, our out of hours team will be available 24/7 throughout the closure period on +44(0)7814 791212.

VitaMinds service

You can talk to a trained counsellor using the VitaMinds service.


A number of our Faith Representatives from the Chaplaincy team will be available every day the festive period for telephone/MS Teams appointments:

Nick Adams

Lauren Davis

Geoff Solomon-Sims
Geoffrey2.Sims@uwe.ac.uk (Available 17 – 29 December for telephone appointments)

Mark Tomlinson-Lane

24/7 textline

The Students’ Union at UWE and UWE Bristol, in partnership with Crisis Textline, have launched a 24/7 textline. This service lets you access 24/7 crisis support for free via text. 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 Samaritans

Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Call 116 123 or email Jo at jo@samaritans.org.

Online resources

  • Mind – Christmas and mental health
  • Happiful – where to find mental health support over Christmas
  • Student Space – advice over the Christmas break.

Where to go if you have a problemĀ 

Need to talk or raise a concern about yourself or a friend?

Our out of hours team will be available 24/7 throughout the closure period on +44(0)7814 791212

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 inform Accommodation Services if you plan to remain on site over the Christmas period by completing our online form. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Accommodation Services

The Cotswold Customer Service desk on Frenchay campus will remain open throughout the Christmas period during the hours of 11:00–17:00 from Friday 23 December to Tuesday 3 January. Wallscourt Park Customer Services will be open from 11:00–17:00 from Thursday 29 December to Friday 30 December. Just pop in or call +44(0)117 32 86227 if you have any problems with your accommodation.

IT support

An out-of-hours IT support service will be available 24 hours a day, every day over the Christmas period, please call +44 (0)117 32 83612.

Assessment support

If something happens over the Christmas period which might affect your ability to do an assessment, don’t panic. 

A five-day late submission window may be available, during which you can submit your assignment without penalty. You can check whether your assignment is exempt on the module Blackboard page or the assignment brief.

If you need further information talk to an Information Point as soon as they re-open (Tuesday 3 January 2023).

Make the most of Bristol at Christmas timeĀ 

Campus may be quiet, but Bristol’s a great place to be during the Christmas period – so make the most of the city. There's plenty to enjoy in and around Bristol.

Make the most of the city

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. 


If you are planning to stay in Bristol over the Christmas period and wish to travel by public transport you can find the latest bus service information. Please note that there are no services running on Christmas Day.

We're excited to welcome you back to UWE Bristol in the new year!

Season's Greetings

Our UWE Bristol Christmas card for 2022 was designed by Filipa Da Costa Gaspar, 3rd year BA (Hons) Animation.

Holiday closures greetings card

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