Opening hours over the Christmas break
Due to the rising costs of energy, we will be closing some of our buildings earlier in the build-up to the Christmas holidays and reopening them later in the new year. This will help significantly reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.
All our buildings will be closed as usual over the Christmas period, from Friday 23 December to Monday, 2 January inclusive. In addition, some buildings will be closed for a longer period from Monday, 19 December to Sunday, 8 January inclusive. Full details are further below.
Library opening times
All university libraries and computer rooms will be closed after 5:30pm Thursday 22 December and will reopen on Tuesday 3 January.
Don’t forget that you can access the Online Library 24/7 for subject guides, ebooks, journals and information on research skills and referencing. There’s also LinkedIn Learning to help you improve your digital skills.
My Studies will be available as usual through My Brighton.
Please note that there will be no Information Services support available until 3 January 2022.
Out of hours support
Here are a few reminders if you need help or support during the holidays:
- If you’re staying in rented accommodation, contact your property management for an out of hours telephone number in case of any emergencies
- Student Support and Guidance Tutors (SSGT) are responding to enquiries and offering appointments via MS Teams up to 22 December and from 4 January.
- You can find contact information here for help on issues including health, wellbeing, academic support, crime and safety.
Additional building closure FAQs
Q. Why are we doing this?
The university faces a £6m unfunded increase in energy costs. This plan will help to avoid these cost impacts being felt more widely across the institution. By introducing some flexibility over a generally quiet period we can save approximately £65-80,000.
Q. Why have you chosen to extend the closure of some buildings on your list and not others?
We have targeted buildings where extended temporary closure is the most cost-effective, whilst aiming to mitigate disruption to services by relocating these wherever necessary. Other buildings will remain open to ensure any disruption is mitigated.
Q. Which buildings will be affected and when?
The list below details all university buildings subject to the extended closure period. All other buildings will close as usual between Friday 23 December and Tuesday, 3 January 2023.
- 68 Grand Parade, Grand Parade Main Building, Edward Street, Pavilion Parade: closed 19 December, re-opens 3 January
- Hillbrow – academic part of building: closes 19 December to 8 January
- Hillbrow Sports, Sports hall, pool and Sprinters catering outlet, all other sports facilities: close at the end of the day on 22 December, re-open 3 January
- Aldro, Bishopsbourne, Greynore 1 & 2: closed 19 December, re-open 9 January
- Robert Dodd, Robert Dodd Annexe, Trevin Towers, Trevin Towers Annexe: closed 19 December, re-open 3 January
- Falmer Sports Centre and all other sports facilities: will close at the end of the day on 22 December, re-open 3 January
- Falmer Sports Pavilion: closed 20 December, re-opens 3 January
- Coldean House, Dallington House: closed 19 December, re-open 9 January
- Watts: closed 19 December, re-opens 3 January
- Mithras House: closed 21 December, re-opens 3 January
- Mithras Annex, Advanced Engineering Building (AEB), Tithe Barn: closed 19 December, re-opens 9 January
Train strikes 13 December to 7 January 2023
Please be aware there will be severe disruption to national and local rail services due to industrial action. This means there will be no trains serving Moulsecoomb, Falmer or Eastbourne on these strike days in December and January. This could also affect both your journeys home for the Christmas break and when returning for the new term.