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Staying in London over the holidays?

Monday 5 December 2016

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Season’s greetings to you all!

As the term draws to a close we understand that not all students will be travelling home and that some will be staying in London over the festive period. To help those of you remaining in London or staying on and around campus during this time, we hope that you find the following guidance about what is going on in and around the local area useful.

Looking after yourself during the holidays

Christmas can be a difficult time of year for some people, particularly if you are alone and have nobody to spend the holidays with. The Student Health Service has provided some useful advice and information on where to go if you need help or are struggling to cope.

International Students House is a charity dedicated to British and International Students in London. They run lots of social events including a full Christmas Day, so if you are feeling isolated then you may find this useful. Check out their events page where you can book tickets to the Christmas Lunch.

What will be happening on campus?

Security (all campuses)Available 24/7, seven days a week. Check out Security’s advice for staying safe and secure over the holidays.
IT ServicesSupport services will be operating as normal up to and including Thursday 22 December 2016. From Friday 23 December 2016 to Monday 2 January 2017 there will be 24/7 phone support only. 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 webpage. Full onsite service will re-open Tuesday 3 January 2017.
Free social event for residents remaining on campus during the festive periodTuesday 20 December 2016, 3–5pm, Canalside, Mile End Campus.
‘Dec the Halls’- residents remaining in halls over Christmas are invited to come and decorate ‘The Common Room’ ahead of the festive closure period

Wednesday 21 December 2016, 12pm–3pm.

Residents remaining on campus can request swipe card access to the ‘Common Room’ from Security at France House on the Mile End Campus from 12pm on Friday 23 December.  Access will then be valid Friday 23 December 2016 to Tuesday 27 December 2016 9am–11pm.

9am–11pm. Snacks, games and films will be available to enjoy free of charge.

Canalside Study Space, Mile End CampusOpen seven days a week across the festive break from 8am until midnight.
Mile End Residences Reception (ground floor of France House)Open 24/7, seven days a week across the festive break.
Laundry FacilitiesAccessible 24/7, seven days a week (swipe card access).
Campus Catering Outlets

Closed Friday 23 December 2016 and will re-open from Tuesday 3 January 2017 as follows:

Starbucks – 3 January 2017, 7.30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday  
The Curve – 3 January 2017, 8.30am – 2.30pm, Monday to Friday 
Mucci’s – 3 January 2017, 7am – 4pm, Monday to Friday

Normal opening hours will resume as of Monday 9 January 2017.

QMotion, Drapers and other QMSU facilities at Mile End CampusFull opening time details can be found here.
BLSA ReceptionFull opening time details can be found here.
The ChaplaincyClosed from Saturday 17 December 2016 and will re-open on Monday 9 January 2017.
All central university buildings including the Queens’ Building & Advice and CounsellingClosed from Friday 23 December 2016 and will re-open Tuesday 3 January 2017. Information about sources of help if you become unwell or struggle to cope over the Christmas vacation is available on the Student Health Service website.
The Library

Closed from Friday 23 December 2016 and will re-open Tuesday 3 January 2017 (please note that there will be no access at all to the library’s study areas or physical resources during this time).

Both Senate House Library and the British Library will be closed over the festive period.

The SU Hub & prayer roomsClosed from Monday 19 December 2016 and will re-open Tuesday 3 January 2017.
The HiveOpening times and festive closure details can be found here.
John Smith’s BookshopClosed at 5.30pm on Thursday 22 December 2016. The shop may operate reduced opening hours on Friday 23 December 2016 but please check in store for more details. They will be closed from Friday 23 December 2016 and will re-open on Tuesday 3 January 2017.


Additional online support and services

FacebookThe Students’ Union have teamed up with Housing Services to create a handy Facebook page for QMUL students staying in London/on campus over the break.  So if you fancy getting together during the break or simply seeing who else is around then log on and get involved!  If you click on the link to the left, you should be able to add yourself to the group.
Christmas in the UKUKCISA student blog about Christmas in the UK.
Library Online ServicesSelf-service tools and online resources.
Learning Development Online ServicesOnline study guidance and information.
Cite Them Right OnlineOnline referencing tool which provides clear guidance on the referencing styles required by each school. This tool enables you to:
Choose a source to reference from a drop-down menu or by using the search facility.
Create the reference in the style you need.
There are examples to copy, and a 'you try' box so you can build your reference on screen.
You can check these against a correct example.
You can then export the prepared reference straight into your coursework.
You can also access Cite Them Right Online on QMplus.


Local shops and supermarkets

Most major supermarkets will be closed on Christmas Day (Sunday 25 December) but some local convenience stores may be open. Details for the seasonal opening times for shops closest to the Mile End Campus can be found below.

Please note: Christmas Day (25 December) falls on a Sunday this year and Boxing Day (26 December) falls on a Monday which will make both Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 December Bank Holiday days and as such, you will need to be aware that store opening times and travel links may be subject to change/restrictions.

Sainsbury’s Local Mile End (opposite Queens’ Building, Mile End Campus)Christmas Eve (Saturday 24 December)
Christmas Day (Sunday 25 December) Closed
Boxing Day (Monday 26 December) 8am–9pm
Bank Holiday (Tuesday 27 December)
New Year’s Eve (Saturday 31 December)
New Year’s Day (Sunday 1 January)
Co-Op Mile End (under yellow bridge)Christmas Eve (Saturday 24 December)
Christmas Day (Sunday 25 December) CLOSED
Boxing Day (Monday 26 December) 8am–8pm
New Year’s Day (Sunday 1 January)
Co-Op Stepney GreenChristmas Eve (Saturday 24 December 6am–8pm
Christmas Day (Sunday 25 December) CLOSED
Boxing Day (Monday 26 December) 8am–8pm
New Year’s Day (Sunday 1 January)
Sainsbury's Whitechapel SuperstoreChristmas Eve (Saturday 24 December) 6am–7pm
Christmas Day (Sunday 25 December) CLOSED
Boxing Day (Monday 26 December) 9am–6pmNew Year’s Eve (Saturday 31 December)
New Year’s Day (Sunday 1 January)
Tesco Barbican ExpressChristmas Eve (Saturday 24 December) 6am–10pm
Christmas Day (Sunday 25 December) CLOSED
Boxing Day (Monday 26 December) 8am–10pm
New Year’s Day (Sunday 1 January)


What’s on across London?

There are plenty of things to do in London over the festive period, with events, parties and attractions popping up wherever you look. Check out TimeOut’s guide on what’s on over the festive period.

Many services and attractions close on Christmas Day (Sunday 25 December), however, if you’re looking to get out and for something to do, check out Londonist’s guide on things to do on Christmas day.

Travel information

Please be aware that there is no public transport on Christmas Day (Sunday 25 December). Travel will be affected over the festive period, so be sure to check the Transport for London website for information regarding travel in London during this time.

Final tips for the festive period

Plan ahead:
If you are intending to study over the festive break and require access to physical library resources then you will need to take the resources out on loan before the library closes.

The library will be closed Friday 23 December 2016 to Tuesday 3 January 2017.

Ensure you have stocked your kitchen cupboards with enough food in anticipation of the shops being closed on Christmas Day.

Get together:
If you will be staying on campus or in London during the festive break then get involved with the QMSU/Housing Services Facebook page and connect with others in a similar position.  

Come along to the event in the Canalside Study room at Mile End from 3–5pm on Tuesday 20 December to meet other students on campus.

Explore the local area:
Many local churches will have carol services that you can attend throughout the coming weeks.

See what’s on:
Tower Hamlets
Newham: Events, What’s On.

Whatever you are doing this festive season, we wish all of our students a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We look forward to welcoming you back in January 2017!

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