We know that this year, the winter break might be a bit different to previous years. We've put together a calendar of online events to keep you entertained over the festive period, as well as information on what College services are open and the support available to you over the College closure.

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College services

The College and the Imperial College Union are closed for business between Friday 24 December - Tuesday 4 January. Below there are details of which services are available during this closure period. 

Ethos will be operating its vacation opening hours between Saturday 18 December - Thursday 23 December. It will then be closed until Tuesday 4 January, however digital resources from the MoveFromHome campaign will be available throughout this closure period.

  • Library vacation opening times are available on the Library website. Please note Libraries will be closed on 25, 26 December and 1 January with different opening hours during the College closure.
  • Pastoral support for residents in halls, as well as meal and support for anyone who is self-isolating, will continue throughout the Christmas period, although services may wary on individual days.
  • The Student Hub will be open on Level 3, Sherfield building until 23 December. There will be a reduced online service between 27 to 31 December via ASK Student Hub online or email at: student.hub@imperial.ac.uk.
  • Imperial College Union services have some modified opening times, with full details available on their website.

Support over the College closure

From Friday 24 December until Tuesday 4 January the College will be closed for business - except for the College services detailed above. Whilst our services are closed for a short time, you can still contact them via email and a member of staff will be in touch as soon as possile when the College reopens on Tuesday 4 January.

If you would like to speak to some about something that is bothering you when the College is closed, there are several specialist support lines which are open and available to you as a student.

Specialist services signposting

General support

Student Minds are offering one-to-one support for whatever challenge you're facing. Whether it's your mental wellbeing, your studies, money, housing or relationships, you can reach out to one of their trained volunteers for free and confidential support.

If you are suffering from stress, anxiety or low mood, you can use the NHS Moodzone self-assessment tool to understand how you've been feeling and what you can do.

Mental health crisis

If you need immediate help to stay safe – especially if you think you might act on suicidal thoughts, or you've harmed yourself and need urgent medical attention dial 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.

There are a number of organisations who can support you if you are experiencing a mental health crisis:

The Counselling and Mental Health Advice Service have compiled a list of support lines which are open and available to you if you are in crisis. You can access the list of support lines here.

Sexual violence support

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted you can contact a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) who will be able to offer you specialst support. 

The Havens are a service for women, men and children who have been raped or sexually assaulted within the last 12 months. It is free and confidential and offers different services under one roof, including: special support for young people, examinations to collect evidence of rape or sexual assault and testing for sexually transmitted infections and HIV.

You can make an appointment at the Haven that is best for you:

  • Camberwell Haven, near to King’s College Hospital (south)
  • Whitechapel Haven, near to Royal London Hospital (east)
  • Paddington Haven, near to St Mary’s Hospital (west)

For more information on the support available at the College, visit our sexual violence support pages.

Health and wellbeing

We know that some of you might be unwell over the Christmas period, either due to COVID-19 or with another health issue. If you are in the UK and you are unwell and need medical advice you can contact the following services.

  • The NHS has information online about how to look after yourself at home if you have COVID-19. If you have tested positive you should read these pages.
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms and you feel they are worsening, the advice is to firstly read and use the online NHS 111 service.
  • If prompted, or if the online service does not answer your questions you can call the NHS 111 service simply by dialling 111 on your mobile or landline.
  • If you have a non-COVID related illness you can use the above 111 service or call your GP (doctor) to ask for advice and make a telephone appointment. Information about GPs can be found on our health pages.

If you have COVID-19 you should not present yourself to an in-person treatment centre (such as your GP, Accident & Emergency, your local hospital) unless prompted to do so by a health professional. If you are worried about your symptoms it is always best to speak to someone via the 111 service.

What's on?

Date and timeEventEvent detailsHow to attend


Imperial College's Carol Service Join singers from the Imperial community for the this festival of music, readings and poetry, recorded in Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Rd to celebrate the Christmas story.  Watch the Service

Wednesday 15 December


Victoria and Albert's Christmas Join Historic Royal Palaces Chief Curator Lucy Worsley for this extra-special seasonal event exploring how Queen Victoria and Prince Albert celebrated Christmas, and how the promotion of their family festivities created the blueprint for a traditional British Christmas. Register for the talk

Thursday 16 December


LinkedIn Learning: Beyond SMART Goals Access this free LinkedIn learning course and learn how to move beyond SMART goals. If you haven’t activated your LinkedIn Learning account yet, you can activate it here. Join the course

Monday 12 December - Friday 24 December


MoveImperial's 12 Days of Fitmass Join the MoveImperial team for their 12 Days of Fitmass challenge, whether you take part for a day or all 12! Stay tuned here

Tuesday 21 December


LinkedIn Learning:  Relax your brain Access this free LinkedIn learning course and learn how to relax your brain. If you haven’t activated your LinkedIn Learning account yet, you can activate it here. Join the course

Thursday 23 December


LinkedIn Learning: How Mindfulness changes the brain to improve work performance Access this free LinkedIn learning course and learn more about mindfulness' impact on the brain. If you haven’t activated your LinkedIn Learning account yet, you can activate it here. Join the course

Friday 24 December


LinkedIn Learning: Tips for getting more sleep Access this free LinkedIn learning course and learn some top tips for getting more sleep. If you haven’t activated your LinkedIn Learning account yet, you can activate it here. Join the course

Saturday 25 December


Christmas Serpentine Swim If you're not in isolation on Christmas day, why not watch the Serpentine Swimmers for their annual 9am chilly swim on Christmas day? Spectators welcome (and probably much warmer than the swimmers!) Read more about the race

28, 29, and 30 December

20:00 on BBC Four

The Royal Institution's Christmas Lectures In the 2021 Christmas Lectures, England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jonathan Van-Tam will be joined by a host of top UK scientists to take a deep dive into the science of viruses. Find out more here
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