Student and Staff Wellbeing

Winter Break 2020

Winter Break at Newcastle University 2020

Even though we are closed over the Winter Break, there is a range of support and activities available for our students. Find out more about the support available if you are staying in your university accommodation over the Winter Break.

We understand that many students may be feeling a little low and isolated this winter season. It’s been a difficult year for all of us.

Though the university is closed over the break, there is still a wide range of support and activities available to keep you busy and well during the coming weeks.

You can find out more about the support available to those staying in your term-time accommodation in either Newcastle or London over the Winter Break below.

Support your health and wellbeing

Over Winter Break, you can still access support for your health and wellbeing should you need it. Mental health issues or feelings of low mood can strike at any time. This is why the Student Health and Wellbeing Service provide a number of online options, available for you 24/7.

Talk Campus – peer-to-peer support for mental health
Silvercloud – free online CBT programmes available to all Newcastle University students
iNCLude – our self-help app is designed to help you take small steps to improve and maintain your wellbeing.

On Campus Facilities

Most campus facilities will be closed over the Winter Break, however, the Philip Robinson Library will remain open from 10am-6pm every day, with the exception of Friday 25 December and Friday 1 January when it will be closed. (Please note that on Thursday 24 December and Thursady 31 December the Library will close at 5pm.)

Emergency Contacts

Though we hope you won't need any of our emergency details, it’s important that you have them to hand. Information about where to find urgent or emergency help over the Winter Break can be found here.

Keeping Fit and Healthy

Students that sign up to the Winter Support Package will receive a free package from Sport Services.

This package includes:

  • Free sports membership from 18th December 2020 until 31st January 2021
  • Unlimited access to the On Demand exercise classes from 18th December 2020 until 31st January 2021
  • Free usage of the University Gym from 4th – 31st January 2021

Please note the Sport and Fitness Centre will be closed from 19th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021 inclusive.

There are beautiful spots across Newcastle where you can safely explore, and get some fresh air, during the Winter Break. Some of our favourite walks include:

  • Jesmond Dene
  • Quayside and Ouseburn 
  • Tynemouth and the Coast
  • Hadrian's Wall

For those of you at our London Campus, why not check out some of the Royal Parks? Such as:

  • Richmond Park
  • Hyde Park
  • St James' Park
  • Regent's Park

Don't forget to tag @newcastleuni in your photos on Instagram and share your stories with us.

Social Activities and Volunteering Opportunities

The University is collaborating with the Student's Union to provide lots of social activities for you to get involved in during the Winter Break. Meet other students staying in their term time accommodation too, join in with the activities or just join the events for a chat with a friendly face. More information on the social activities and volunteering opportunities are on the Winter Break Social Programme page. 

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COVID 19 Support

Our commitment to supporting students on campus through isolation won’t be disrupted by the Winter Break. Should you find yourself in your term time accommodation with a positive test or needing to isolate, please email

If your circumstances change over the break due to a COVID test or self-isolation, please email to let us know that you are staying in your term time accommodation too. 

Who to contact?

Should you have a COVID-19 question over the Winter Break, there is a dedicated team available to support you. Please email and someone will get back to you.

Finance Questions

Students requiring short-term emergency assistance prior to the Winter Break will need to contact the Finance Team by 12:00 noon on the 18th December 2020. It may not be possible to process requests for emergency assistance received after this time.

Students who experience urgent and immediate financial difficulties during the Winter Break should contact: This inbox will be monitored 10am-4pm daily.

Further information about financial support can be found on our website: