Campus availability during the festive period

  • As we approach the festive season, students and staff can find out about campus arrangements, which include:

    • campus opening times and access arrangements over the festive period, including catering, libraries and Brookes Sport
    • staying safe
    • post and distribution schedule for all sites
    • receiving and sending personal parcels
    • information on Brookes Print services and opening hours.

    Campus access arrangements may need to change due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and we therefore advise you to check our webpages first if you require access to the University over the festive period.

    Information on the support services available to students over the festive period will also be provided shortly.

    Campus opening and access

    The campuses will close from 4.00pm on Thursday 23 December 2021. The University will be closed between 24 December 2021 and 3 January 2022 inclusive.

    In line with all other Bank Holidays and Concessionary days, all SALTO controlled buildings will be secured and accessible to students and staff by card until Tuesday 4 January 2022. Staff and students should carry photographic ID with them, as well as their access card.

    Buildings and sites that are not controlled by SALTO or where there is no demand to occupy, will be key locked, as detailed below.

    Staff within faculties or directorates which have specific requirements for the SALTO locks to be activated in certain areas earlier than the usual building closure time on Thursday 23 December, should email Clare Colwell on by Friday 17 December.

    Campus / site Up to 4.00pm, 23 December From 24 December 2021 to 3 January 2022 inclusive
    From 4 January 2022 onwards
    Gipsy Lane & Headington Hill Open as normal

    Buildings open (card access)

    Normal access resumes
    Harcourt Hill Open as normal


    Except card-accessed 24 hour pooled computer room

    Normal access resumes
    Marston Road Open as normal Closed Normal access resumes
    Swindon Open as normal Closed Normal access resumes
    Wheatley Open as normal


    Except card accessed R Building and Simon Williams Common Room

    Normal access resumes

    Further information on key services:

    Brookes Sport (Headington and Harcourt Hill campuses) - please visit the Brookes Sport webpages for opening times. 

    Catering outlets (all campuses) - please visit the Catering webpages for full details. 

    Libraries (all campuses) - University libraries will closed from Friday 24 December 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022 inclusive. Please check the locations and opening hours webpages for the specific hours for each campus. 

    Staying safe - If you are on campus over the Christmas period, please familiarise yourself with the University’s lone working policy. Oxford Brookes Security Services will continue to be on site during this time. The team can be contacted 24/7 at any point over the Christmas period on 01865 48 3060 (Security Control Room).

    Post and distribution schedule

    The Post and Distribution team has maintained a flexible delivery schedule this year in response to demand for its service. The schedule below will be in place until January 2022 when it will be reviewed again.

    If you have any specific requirements please email and the team will try to help.

    Campus deliveries (Monday-Friday):

    • Harcourt Hill Campus - Monday / Wednesday / Friday at approximately 10.00am
    • Marston Road site - daily at approximately 1.30pm
    • Wheatley Campus - Tuesday / Thursday at approximately 10.00am
    • Swindon Campus - Tuesday / Friday at approximately 10.00am, delivery / collection from Print & Post Room, Fuller Building, Gipsy Lane site.

    Gipsy Lane site, Headington Campus
    Royal Mail post delivery:
    Incoming post is delivered every Monday with any non-urgent outgoing post collected. Please bring any urgent outgoing post to the Print & Post Room counter, Fuller Building, which is open daily 12 noon - 3.30pm. 
    Royal Mail collection is at 3.45pm; please allow time for larger volumes of post to be processed. 

    Royal Mail parcel delivery:
    Non-ambient parcels are delivered twice a day at 10.30am and 3.30pm. Ambient parcels are delivered as soon after arrival as possible.

    Deliveries of personal parcels and Christmas closure

    • Any parcels that are easily recognisable as personal will be held in Stores. Once you receive confirmation from the supplier/courier that it has been delivered, please collect it from Stores (in Fuller Building, with Brookes Print) between 3.00pm and 4.15pm (weekdays). You must bring ID with you.
    • Ordering from Amazon? We encourage you to use the secure Amazon lockers located on campus.
    • The Post and Distribution team does not accept any liability for personal parcels (eg for missed deliveries).
    • Please note that deliveries from couriers are accepted until 4.30pm – any deliveries attempted after this time may be returned. The last deliveries to be accepted from couriers on Thursday 23 December will be 4.00pm.
    • Counter service for posting personal letters and parcels is available between 12 noon and 3.30pm (weekdays) – card payment only. The last collection of post by Royal Mail will be Thursday 23 December. Please see the Royal Mail website for posting deadlines.
    • The Post Room will be closed from 4.00pm on Thursday 23 December 2021 and re-open on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

    Brookes Print

    Brookes Print is open for business for staff, students and external customers until 4.00pm on Thursday 23 December 2021 and will reopen on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

    You still have time to print Christmas cards, 2022 Calendars and personalised notepads. For more information, please contact the team on 01865 483065 or

    Counter service & collections
    Our counter service is open Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm

    Online shop
    We have increased our product range online so please check out what is available.

    Oxford Brookes staff
    Please use the online shop where possible. If the product you require is not available, please use the electronic print request form.