UPSU Closing Times over Spring Break and Where to Find Support

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  • There will be no nightclub at the SU this weekend.

The SU's Friday nightclub Hullubaloo and Saturday's Throwback will not take place this weekend (31st March and 1st April). The SU will open as a half venue on Friday evening but will be closed on Saturday.


  • The SU building will be open to students at reduced hours and closed weekends.

The SU building will be open between 9:00-16:00, Monday-Friday and closed during the weekends from Saturday, 1st April until 24th April 2023.


  • The SU Shop will be open on reduced hours and closed weekends.

The SU Shop will be open from 9:00-15:00, Monday to Friday, and closed at weekends from Saturday, 1st April until 24th April 2023.

Browse clothing, accessories, and sales at the SU Shop online here.

Conact the SU Shop:


  • Sports Development will operate on reduced hours.

Sports Development will be available every day from 9.30-16:00, except on Bank Holidays (7th April, 10th April).


  • Activities will operate on reduced hours.

Activities will be available every day from 9.30-16:00, except on from 7th April, 17th April.


  • The SU Gym will operate on reduced hours.

The SU Gym will operate on reduced hours from Monday, 3rd April until Sunday, 23rd April: 7:30-20:00, Monday to Friday, and 9:00-13:00 on weekends. The SU Gym will be closed on the 7th and 10th of April.

Find out about prices, memberships and classes at the at the SU Gym here.


Where to find support over the holidays: 


SU Advice

If you need support or advice during the holidays, our advisors are available to help you with whatever issue or question you have, between 10:00-16:00, Monday-Friday. You can contact the SU Advice team by emailing

Our team of friendly advisors have experience in dealing with all types of student enquiries so you can rest assured that you will get the right information.

Most importantly the Advice Centre is not part of the University, we can, therefore, provide free, independent and confidential advice, so you can talk to us in confidence, knowing that nothing will be shared with anyone if you don't want it to be.


Taking care of your mental wellbeing over the holidays 

It's really important to look after your wellbeing whilst you're at University, including during the holidays. The Advice Centre can offer practical advice about a range of issues, but sometimes you just need someone to talk to, if this is the case then why not consider getting in touch with the Wellbeing Services offered by the University. 

You may also wish to consider getting in contact with the Pastoral and Spiritual Support team. More information on the Pastoral and Spiritual Support team can be found here.


To support with your wellbeing, we offer various activities, whether you are looking to join a sports club, society, volunteering or just giving it a go at something new where you can make new friends and share common interests. The following opportunities are available for you:


Give It A Go

Give It A Go is a timetable of either free or low cost activities, including sports such as basketball, rock climbing and yoga which take place either on the University of Plymouth campus in our SU Gym or other leisure centres in Plymouth or its surrounding areas. All acitivies have equipment provided and where required, travel arrangements are organised by SU staff. 

This year, Give It A Go has introduced more special events like day trips, workshops and a host of other activities either in Plymouth or its surrounding areas to enable you to explore new places, visit local attractions and enjoy thrilling experiences whilst making new friends at the University of Plymouth. Find out more about the Give It A Go programme here.



UPSU Buddy Schemes

There are two UPSU Buddy Schemes available for all University of Plymouth Plymouth students to access. These aim to provide support and assistance for anyone who wants it. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. 

You can either sign up to become a buddy and support wellbeing in the students community or sign up to access a buddy. More information on both schemes can be found here.



You can also access University resources and partnerships:

Togetherall Partnership: The University of Plymouth has partnered with Togetherall—a safe, online, peer-to-peer 24/7 global community moderated by clinical professionals to help individuals take control of their mental health through a wealth of resources and self-help courses for free. Find out more about the Togetherall Partnership here.

Student Portal Wellbeing Resources: Check out a range of wellbeing resources inclufing self-help guides and additional information to support your emotional, physical, social and financial wellbeing. Access the Student Portal Wellbeing resources here.


External mental wellbeing services: 

Qwell provides anonymous support options from UK professionals, including online messaging, community support, personal development tools and therapeutic content. Anyone over the age of 18 years old living in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay can access support from Qwell. You do not need a referral from a health professional, simply complete a short registrations process.

Shout is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling and needs in-the-moment support.

Samaritans—a volunteer-led organisation in the UK—are available to contact 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, offering confidential, emotional support to anyone who needs it.

Remember: If you or someone is in immediate danger, your local police force will be able to help you 24/7, 365 days a year.


Cost of living crisis support

We know that the cost of living is impacting on many in society at the moment and students are being hit hard by rising costs and even tighter budgets.

Remember, we also offer free non-perishable, in date dried, packet or tinned food items for those in need through out community larder, and free basic toiletries. We also offer microwaves that are free for students to use inside the SU, as well as warm spaces that you can use throughout the day to relax and study.

We have put together a number of resources and activities that will you to help you have the best student experience possible whilst on a tightening budget. Please read more here.


Improving your Mental Health: A Student Guide

You can read your VP Wellbeing and Diversity Officer, Joshua Borokinni's most recent article: Improving your Mental Health: a Student Guide here. This guide talks about the importance of taking care of your mental wellbeing and managing academic stress and shares tips for how you can start. It includes relaxation and meditation tips from Mind UK, and suggestions for expanding your social circle and increasing your activity level.