Spring vacation opening hours and services

Find out which University services are open and where to get support. This page will be updated for every Easter, summer and Christmas holiday period.

University spring closure dates

Spring vacation starts on Monday 27 March and finishes on Friday 14 April. During this time the University will be closed on:

  • Friday 7 April 2023 (Good Friday bank holiday)
  • Monday 10 April 2023 (Easter Monday bank holiday)
  • Tuesday 11 April 2023 (closure day)

Spring vacation events and activities

There are a number of events and activities planned for the holidays which are available to all students, including those living in private accommodation.

Health and wellbeing support

Whilst the university is open, you may request wellbeing support by completing a Request Wellbeing Support form. However, if you submit a form whilst the university is closed, it may not be reviewed until after the break.

Emergency Support and the following services will still be available:

Residential Life team

The Residential Life team will continue to operate 24/7 throughout the Easter vacation and is also running fun events and activities over this time. These events are open to all students, including those living in private accommodation.  

You can contact a Residential Life Advisor on 0117 428 3300 (option 2) 

Self-help resources

If you are struggling or need help whilst you wait for further support, try our self-help resources to get information on how you can improve your wellbeing.

Students' Health Service opening times

Friday 7 April:

Saturday 8 April:
Phone lines closed. Prebooked appointments only.

Sunday 9 April:

Monday 10 April:

Tuesday 11 April:
Open from 9 am to 12 pm

Wednesday 12 April:
Normal open hours will resume

Accessing medical care while university is closed

Tuesday 11 April: from 8 am to 9 am; 12 pm to 6:30 pm
Call 0797 644 2366 to speak to the Student Health emergency doctor.

This number will not be monitored outside of these stated hours.

If you need medical help or advice while we are closed that cannot wait until we reopen, call 0117 330 2721 for details of the available services or dial 111 to speak to the NHS services.

Student Services

Spring vacation: open

Closes: at 4 pm on Wednesday 5 April 2023

Reopens: 9 am on Wednesday 12 April 2023.

Libraries and study centres

Opening times for the libraries and study centres.

You can continue to access subject support and the 24/7 live chat service throughout the holidays. 

IT Services support

During the Easter break, IT's out-of-hours helpline will be available 24/7 to provide basic help.

IT Services number: 0117 428 2100

More complex tickets raised during the closure period may not be picked up until the IT Service Desk reopens on Wednesday 12 April.

If you will be travelling over the break, check your MFA settings and take all your devices with you to make sure you don't lose access while you are away.‚Äč We recommend you use an authenticator app as your default sign in method. 

If you need MFA support during the break, visit the Using MFA page.

The Laptop and Mobile Clinic will be closed from Monday 27 March to Friday 14 April.

Study skills

Our online self-study resources cover a wide range of topics including:

 If you want to talk to a tutor about how to study, revise, or plan and write your work effectively, you can:

Sport, exercise and health

If you’re looking for something active to do over the holidays, we run adult swimming lessons, have indoor and outdoor tennis courts for hire and offer numerous social sport and activity sessions for free, under our B:Active student programme!

Check the full range of facilities, opening times and programmes on the University of Bristol Active App or on the Sport, Exercise and Health website.

Spring Saver offer

Our Spring Saver offer: get 7 days of access to gym, swim and classes for £10 and save 10% when you purchase an annual membership afterwards.

Global Lounge

Spring vacation: open from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays

Closes: 5 pm on Thursday 6 April

Reopens: 9 am on Wednesday 12 April

The space is available for everyone to enjoy with comfy sofas, books, board games, plus free tea, coffee and biscuits! Come and relax with friends or come on your own and get to know the friendly Global Lounge team and ambassadors.

You can also join in with the Global Lounge's fun Spring vacation events, from Tuesday 28 March. Full term time programme is available on the Global Lounge website.

Disability Services

Spring holidays: open

Closes: 4 pm on Thursday 6 April

Reopens: 10 am on Wednesday 12 April

See Disability Services.

Multifaith Chaplaincy

Spring vacation: closed from 27 March

Reopens: Monday 17 April

In the meantime, you can email individual chaplains for online 1 to 1 support:

Students' Union opening times

The Richmond Building

Spring vacation: open from 8 am to 8 pm on weekdays. Closed on weekend.

Closes: from Friday 7 April

Reopens: Wednesday 12 April at 8 am

The SU reception

Spring vacation: Usual opening hours (9 am to 5 pm)

Closes: from Friday 7 April

Reopens: Wednesday 12 April at 8 am

Senate House

Spring vacation: open

Closes: from Friday 7 April

Reopens: Wednesday 12 April

Careers service

Spring vacation: open on weekdays from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Closes: at 4:30 pm on Thursday 6 April

Reopens: 1:30 pm on Wednesday 12 April

The Career Service will continue to run eventsdrop-ins and CV reviews.

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