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Staying on campus or in London over the Christmas vacation?

Friday 18 December 2015

Many students go home over the Christmas vacation and the university campus and London can feel quite empty over this period. If you are staying in London, don't worry, there are lots of things you can do.

On campus at Christmas

Are you staying in London or near university over the holidays? We don’t want anyone to spend the holidays alone. Please add yourself to this Facebook group to find out what will be going on, and to meet others who will be around too.

The Students’ Union are also running a movie and snacks session from 3-5pm on Tuesday 22 December in the Canalside computer room at the Mile End campus, hosted by your SU President and VP Welfare. Come along and have some fun!

If you have any questions, please send a message to Miranda, your VP Welfare, on su-vpwelfare@qmul.ac.uk.

Restaurants, shops and entertainment 

There's lots going on in London over the Christmas vacation, but on Christmas Day many restaurants, shops and services will be closed. Those businesses that remain open are often very busy or booked in advance. If you're staying in, make sure you've stocked up on food for the day as many supermarkets will be closed. Please note that Boxing Day (26 December) falls on a Saturday making Monday 28 December a Bank Holiday and shops and travel services may be subject to restricted operation times. New Year's Day on Friday 1 January 2016 is also a Bank Holiday and services may be affected.
Check out Londonist's guide to what's open on Christmas day.

University services

Most university services will close on Wednesday 23 December 2015 and reopen on Monday 4 January 2016. If you need to use QMUL services (eg borrow items from the Libraryaccess welfare advice or obtain official documents from the Student Enquiry Centre), please make sure you do this before they close. Please note that on Tuesday 22 December, student printers in the libraries, the Hive and computer rooms across campuses will be out of service between 8am and 6pm. More information is available here.

Security on campus

If you are living in QMUL halls of residence you will still have access to staff through the Mile End Residences Reception and the university Security Service.

Security will be providing normal cover, patrolling and monitoring all QMUL campuses on a 24-hour basis during the holidays. The Security Control Rooms on each campus will be open as usual to respond to any requests and enquiries that need immediate action during this time.

A member of Security can always be contacted on 020 7882 5000.

The Security team have also issued guidance to help us make sure that QMUL is secure over the festive period.

Study spaces

The Canalside study space at the Mile End campus will remain open from 8am to midnight every day over the closure period. The West Smithfield Library basement will remain open 24/7.

IT Helpdesk – 24/7 phone support available

IT Services is providing 24/7 phone support over the holidays. If you call the IT Helpdesk on 020 7882 8888, you will be put through to an operator who can offer general advice and help with requests such as password resets, login issues and Wi-Fi connection issues. You are read more about this service on the IT Services website.

Students’ Union opening hours       

Opening hours for all the Students’ Union facilities are available here.

Qmotion Sport and Fitness Centre and Fitness to Practice

Looking to burn off that extra mince pie? Christmas opening hours for the Qmotion gym at the Mile End campus or Fitness to Practice at the Charterhouse Square campus are available here. The gyms will be closed from Friday 25 December 2015 through to Friday 1 January 2016.


Please note that there will be no public transport in London on Christmas Day. If you need to travel, you will have to walk, cycle (Santander Cycle Hire bikes will be available) or get a minicab or taxi. Find more information on the Transport for London website. There may be other travel service restrictions throughout the holiday period - please make sure to check with the service provider before travelling. National Rail Enquiries for trains and National Express for coaches can provide useful information. 

More information from the Advice and Counselling service

For more information and advice about staying in London over the Christmas vacation, see the Advice and Counselling Service website.

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