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Festive season: Opening and closing times and where to go for support

This post offers an overview of the opening and closing times for the SU and University over the festive period, as well where to go for support or services during this time.

Beds SU

By Beds SU

Thursday, 9 December 2021

It's hard to believe that the end of 2021 and this term is in sight but like us, we imagine you are looking forward to some time off to rest, recharge and enjoy time with family or friends.

We are aware however, that there may still be course deadlines and revision to be done during this time and that you may require access to University services including the libraries and support teams.  

We've got you covered on all the above, so read on to find out more.

Beds SU opening and closing times

The Beds SU teams will be available until 4.30pm, Friday 17, December then closed until 10am, Tuesday 4 January.

The Metro

The Metro in Luton will operate out of terms hours  9am - 3pm from Monday 13 through to Friday, 17 December, before closing for Christmas and reopening on Tuesday, 4 January.

The Hub

The Hub in Bedford will be operating until Thursday, 9 December. After this date The Hub will be closed until Tuesday, 11 January, reopening at 6pm.

UoB Library opening times

The University libraries will be opening on the following times from 24, December through to 3, January, 2022.


OPEN - 24 December -3 January - 24/7 service (staffed by security only)


OPEN - 24 December -3 January - 8.30 - midnight (staffed by security only)


OPEN - 24 December 8am - 12 noon

CLOSED - 25 December - 3 January 

Milton Keynes

OPEN - 24 December 8.30 - 12 noon

CLOSED - 25 December - 3 January

For further details please head to the Library opening times page.

University services

University services will be closed from Thursday 23, December to Tuesday 4 January.

Support over the festive period

We hope you won't need us during this time but the following services are on hand should you need someone to talk to:

Our Community and Faith team will be available between the 25, December and 4, January:

For Luton and Putteridge Bury contact- Revd Andrew Goodman 07846675448

For Bedford, UCMK, Aylesbury and the study hubs contact – Revd Cass Howes 07920849742

Away from the University there are a number of national charities offering support including:

  • For Mental Health concerns - Mind, visit the website or call  - 0300 466 6463 
  • If you are struggling to cope and need to talk to someone about how you are feeling visit the Samaritans website or call - 116 123
  • Frank - Drug and Alcohol support - visit website or call - 0300 123 6600
  •  Eating DisordersE- visit - Beating Eating Disorders or call - 0808 801 0677

*All of the above charities have local support teams who they will be able to connect you with.

  • If you require emergency support from the Police, Fire Brigade or Ambulance services contact 999.
  • For out of hours medical queries contact NHS England - 111.