While many of you may travel away from Stirling during the holiday period, we know that some of you may choose to stay on or near campus. As the University will be closed from Wednesday 23 December 2020 to Tuesday 5 January 2021 (inclusive), we have put together a list of all services available on campus during this period.

Library and IT

As a number of students will be remaining on campus over the coming holiday period, Information Services will be keeping the library open over the festive period.

The library will be available for study and the ‘click and collect’ service will be in operation for print materials. Please note, due to Government restrictions, physical browsing of the library collection will not be permitted and study spaces should be booked in advance (please book here, or through the University of Stirling app). Masks/face coverings should be worn in the library.

No booking is required for access to level two of the library – for library support or IT assistance, printing services, access to quick PCs or Lapsafe laptops. For further details and library opening hours, please visit the webpage.

DatesOpening hours
18 December8am – 8pm
19 December and 20 December10am – 5pm
21 December and 22 December8am – 8pm
23 December9am – 5pm
24 December to 27 DecemberClosed
28 December to 30 December9am – 5pm
31 December9am – 1pm
1 January to 3 JanuaryClosed
4 January and 5 January9am – 5pm
6 January to 8 January8am – 8pm
9 January and 10 January10am – 5pm

Additionally, you will still be able to access your email, Canvas our eJournals and eBooks, A-Z of resources and Library subject guides from the Student Portal.

Accommodation Operations Assistants

From 7pm on 23 December 2020 to 7am on 5 January 2021, Accommodation Services’ Accommodation Operations Assistants (AOAs) will continue to provide 24 hour cover to all residences and will be based in the following locations to support students, answer questions, assist with faults and maintain security:

Students can contact the AOAs by visiting the receptions, emailing or calling the numbers above where they’ll be happy to help with welfare needs, maintenance issues and security. In the event of an emergency please call University Security on 01786 467999.

The Accommodation Services Admin team, based in Willow Court, will be available on the following dates:

  • 23rd December 2020 (9am-5pm)
  • 24th December 2020 (morning only)
  • 29th December 2020 (9am-5pm)
  • 30th December 2020 (9am-5pm)
  • 31st December 2020 (morning only)
  • 5th January 2020 (9am-5pm)

They can be contacted in person, on 01786 467060 and at accommodation@stir.ac.uk.

Our Housekeeping team will be working on the same days as the Admin team and will be concentrating on common areas, laundries and stairwells. They won’t be entering bedrooms on the above dates.


There will be some changes to the opening hours of catering outlets across campus during the festive season. Catering outlets are opened as follows:

 Festive opening hours
Nourish21 – 24 Dec: 10am – 3pm
25 Dec onwards: closed until Government restrictions are lifted
Refresh21 – 24 Dec: 10am – 5pm
25 Dec: closed apart from meal pick-up service
26 – 31 Dec: 10am – 5pm
1 Jan: Closed
2 – 3 Jan: 10am – 5pm
Scran14 – 20 Dec: 8am – 10pm (takeaway only from 6pm until 10pm)
21 – 23 Dec: 11am – 6pm
24 – 26 Dec: Closed
27 – 30 Dec: 11am – 6pm
31 Dec – 3 Jan: Closed
Pod at PathfootThe Pod will be closed from 21 Dec to 4 Jan

A takeaway and delivery service will be in operation for Scran and Refresh from 26 December. Please note that the remaining catering outlets on campus are currently closed due to Covid-19.

The Union

Both the online and Atrium shop will take a festive break from Friday 18 December 2020 at 4pm. The Atrium shop will remain closed until Covid-19 restrictions lift. The online shop will reopen on Monday 11 January 2021. All online orders placed after 4pm on Thursday 17 December 2020 will not be fulfilled until Monday 11 January. 

The Students’ Union continues to provide services remotely. It begins its festive break from 5pm on Friday 18th December running until 9am on Tuesday 5th January 2021. Should students have need to contact someone at the Union in this time, please email theunion@stir.ac.uk.


When it comes to the Sports Centre*, festive opening hours apply on 23 December and 24 December, and will reopen when Government restrictions are lifted. For more information visit the Sports webpages.  The festive opening hours are as follows:

DateOpening times
23 December6.30am – 10pm
24 December6.30am – 2pm
25 and 26 DecemberClosed

*The sports centre will continue to deliver online fitness classes. For more information about services, timetables and memberships download the University of Stirling Sport app or visit the Sport and wellbeing webpages.

From everyone at the University of Stirling, we hope you have a wonderful festive break! See you in January 2021!