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Christmas Vacation Details

Term ends on Friday 13 December 2019, and next term starts on Monday 13th January 2020.

Over the 4-week out-of-term period, the College office will be open:

Monday 16th December to Friday 20th December from 10am to 4pm, and will be closed for lunch 12 noon – 1pm.

Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd January, and Monday 6th January to Friday 10th January from 10am to 4pm, and will be closed for lunch 12 noon – 1pm.

If you want to leave a message for somebody in the College office, please email Your message will be picked up by a member of staff when the College Office is open.

Out-of-term time, we don’t run a drop-in student support service. We do offer an appointment based service, in person or by phone, and also by email. To contact the John Snow College student support service, please email This service will be available when the College Office is open.

For residents of John Snow College at Rushford Court, the UNITE Students reception desk at Rushford Court is open as usual apart from 25 , 26 December 2019 and 1 January 2020 when the Reception shutters may be closed but there will be a member of security staff on site. Please contact the 24/7 telephone number advertised below for assistance.

Importantly, for those staying in Durham over the festive period (whether you are a resident at Rushford Court or live out), there is always a member of the security team at Rushford Court on hand to help you 24/7. They can be contacted on 0300 303 1611. In an emergency, they will contact the member of University staff who is on call for John Snow College.

You will find that many areas of the University, including the library and your academic department, are closed from the Saturday 21st December to Wednesday 1st January, inclusive. You are most welcome to use the limited study space in Rushford Court, which is open 24/7, whether you are a resident at Rushford Court or live out – if you don’t have a key card to get into Rushford Court as yet, don’t worry. Please just come along and you will be issued with a key card after the security team has checked your campus card.

We would like to wish you Seasonal Greetings and a happy holiday from John Snow College staff.

For further information about John Snow College (during term-time) please contact:

General Enquiries:

Accommodation Enquiries:

Admissions Enquiries

  • Telephone: 0191 33 40011
  • Email:

Student Support: