Key dates and opening times

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Term dates

The academic year at SOAS consists of three terms, the first two roughly 11 weeks long and the third usually eight weeks in length. The autumn and spring terms include a reading week.

Opening hours


The School buildings are open from 8:00am to 9:30pm Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, Main College Building is open for access to library between 9:00am to 5:00pm and Brunei building for the Gallery between 9:00am to 5:00pm (after that for staff and students library access only).

The School is closed on Sundays.


The Library is open 8:00am to 11:30pm from Monday to Friday, and 9:30am to 10:30pm  on Saturday and Sunday. For times when the Main College Building is not open, please access though main door using a valid card as issued.

    The Library may be open during School closure days. Please see the Library opening times below for more information.

    Term dates for 2022/23

    Term 1

    Monday 26 September 2022- Friday 16 December 2022

    Reading Week: Monday 7 November – Friday 11 November 2022

    SOAS is closed on Friday 23, Wednesday 28, Thursday 29, and Friday 30 December 2022, in addition to UK bank holidays.

    Term 2

    Monday 9 January 2023 - Friday 24 March 2023

    Reading Week: Monday 13 February – Friday 17 February 2023

    SOAS is closed on Thursday 6 April 2023, in addition to UK bank holidays.

    Term 3 Monday 24 April 2023 - Friday 16 June 2023

    Postgraduate taught students

    Masters students are expected to work on their dissertation throughout the summer
    – for these students, this period between the end of Term 3 and the programme end
    date is not classed as a vacation. For Masters students, only the Christmas and Easter breaks
    are vacations.

    Postgraduate research students

    Taught course term dates do not apply to SOAS research programmes. SOAS
    research degrees are year-long programmes with the enrolment running from the
    first day of the academic session until the day preceding the first day of the next
    academic session (September to September).

    Students who wish to take a break during the academic year should contact the Doctoral School for more information about requesting annual leave.

    Library opening times

    Opening hours

    Monday to Friday 8:00am to 11:30pm
    Saturday and Sunday 9:30am to 10:30pm

    Existing members

    External members with a valid SOAS Library card do not need to book to visit SOAS Library.

    If you don't have an up-to-date membership, please fill in this form to apply for membership. We will contact you to arrange an appointment for you to collect your new ID card when it is ready.

    Special Collections Reading Room

    Visitors wishing to use SOAS Special Collections should read our guidance before arranging their visit. We regret that visitors without a booking will not be admitted. For information about joining SOAS Library if you do not already have a valid membership card.

    Brunei Gallery

    For further information see Brunei Gallery section.