Nov 21 2018

Christmas opening and closing hours 2018/19

If you’re staying on campus or within the local area over the Christmas break, we've created a list of all the services that will still be open and the hours they will be operating.

Student Services Centre

The Student Services Centre is open 9.30am to 5.30pm during vacation periods.

They will be closed from Friday 21 December until the College re-opens on 2 January 2018.

They will also have a team training day on Monday 7 January 2019.

 Royal Holloway Sport

Royal Holloway Sport will be operating the following out of term opening hours: 

  • Monday - Friday: 7am-9pm
  • Saturday: 9am-6pm
  • Sunday: 10am-6pm

They will be open on the following days; 27, 28, 29, 30 December from 9am-4.30pm.

They will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. 


The Library will be open until 9pm on Friday 21 December and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday 2 January. Founder's Reading Room will be open from 9am-9pm across the Christmas break.

Whilst the Library within the Davison Building is closed, study space will be available in the George Eliot Centre (rooms 1-01, 1-02, 1-03 and 1-04) between 8am and 10pm, seven days a week.

Careers & Employability Service

The Careers & Employability Service is open Monday to Friday, between 10am and 6pm (term-time) and Monday to Friday, between 10am and 5.30pm (vacation)

They will be closed between Monday 24 December – Tuesday 1 January 2019 (inclusive), and will re-open on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

The Packhorse

Monday 24 December – Thursday 27 December: closed

Friday 28 December: 6-11pm (no food service)

Saturday 29 December – Sunday 30 December: 10.30am–12am

Monday 31 December: 10.30am – 12.30am

Union Shop

Saturday 15 December – Sunday 23 December: 8am – 6pm

Monday 24 December – Tuesday 2 January: closed

Wednesday 3 January – Friday 11 January: 8am - 6pm

Medicine, the Students’ Union and Tommy’s Kitchen

Saturday 15 December – Sunday 13 January: closed

Santander branch on campus

Our Santander branch will be closed from Monday 17 December to Friday 11 January. The branch will re-open on Monday 14 January 2019

Food outlets across campus


Open 8.30am – 5pm every week day until 20 December and from 8.30am – 3pm on Friday 21 December. Closed from 22 December - 1 January inclusive. Open 8.30am – 4pm from 2 - 11 January. Closed at weekends. 

Cafe on the Square

Open 7am – 7pm daily until 20 December. Open 7am – 5pm on 21 December. Closed from 22 December - 2 January inclusive. Open 9am – 7pm on 3 January and from 7am – 7pm from 4 – 13 January.


Closed from Saturday 15 December until Saturday 12 January inclusive.

Boilerhouse Cafe

Closed from Friday 21 December until Tuesday 2 January.


Closed from 21 December – 6 January inclusive.


Open daily for brunch and dinner apart from 24 and 31 December when KW’s will be open for brunch only. Closed on 25 and 26 December and 1 January.

Christmas bus timetable

Between Monday 17 December and Sunday 13 January the Monday to Friday service will a reduced weekend service, except on  25, 26, 29, 30 December 2018 and 1, 5 and 6 January 2019 when there will be no bus service.

Monday 14 January 2019, the Monday to Friday service resumes.

Post rooms

 George Eliot and The Hub post rooms will both be closed from Friday 21 December until Wednesday 2 January inclusive.

Customer Service points 


Daily break closures - 12 - 12 30 pm and 6 - 6 30 pm

  • Open Saturday 22 December until Tuesday 25 December from 7am until 10pm
  • Open Wednesday 26 December 7am until 5pm.
  • Open Thursday 27 December 7am until 7pm.
  • Open Friday 28 December 7am until 10pm.
  • Open Saturday 29 December 7am until 7pm.
  • Open Sunday 30 December 7am until 5pm.
  • Open 31 December (Regular business hours).

The Hub

Open Friday 21 December 7am-2.30pm. Closed from 23 December to 1 January inclusive.

George Eliot

Daily break closures - 1-1 30pm

Open on Thursday 20 December from 8am-4pm, on Friday 21 December until Tuesday 1 January daily from 10am- 5 30pm (closed on 25 December), and Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 January 8am-8pm.


Closed from Thursday 20 December – Saturday 5 January inclusive.

- Visitor Information Centre (Halls reception):

Closed from Thursday 20 December until Tuesday 1 January.

Open Thursday 2 January until Saturday 4 January, 8am until 4pm.

Open Monday 7 January until Friday 11 January, 8am until 4pm.

- The Hub (a place to stay) reservations:

Closed from Thursday 20 December to Tuesday 1 January inclusive

Need somewhere to stay over Christmas?

We have rooms available in Founder's over the Christmas break for £18.15 per night. For more information, contact your Residential reception or email Customer Services.

Christmas volunteering opportunities

There are a range of great volunteering opportunities for you to get involved in over the Christmas break. Take a look at our volunteering website for the most up to date opportunities and activities.