Catered accommodation

Find out about the catering provision in our catered accommodation.

Which residences are catered?

The following undergraduate residences offer catered accommodation:

All catered residences have on-site dining rooms, except Hiatt Baker. Catering provision for Hiatt Baker is served from the Badock Hall dining room, which is a five-minute walk.

What are the benefits of catered accommodation?

Budgeting - Living in a catered residence can make budgeting easier since your meals are included in the accommodation fee. The cost works out at around £54 per week.

Social experience - Mealtimes are an opportunity for meeting friends and building a hall community.

Flexible dining - Although serving times are fixed, it is possible to order a late meal or packed meal in advance to collect from your own residence. All catered residences also provide you with a basic pantry area with facilities to prepare light meals including a toaster, kettle and microwave or hob.

Great choice and quality - The catered residences offer freshly cooked, varied menus and cater for a range of diets. Fairtrade or local produce is sourced where possible, with several local suppliers used as standard.

Cater to allergy and/or dietary requirements - Catered residences offer freshly cooked, varied menus and cater for a range of diets. A vegetarian and vegan option is offered with every meal and Monday’s have now become completely meat-free. If you have any allergies or specific dietary requirements you can talk to the residence catering team who will be happy to provide an alternative option.

What food choices are available?

You can view an example menu (PDF, 900kB) served in our catered dining halls.

What does catered accommodation include?

Catered accommodation provides a breakfast and an evening meal during the week, and breakfast and lunch at weekends during term time. Please note, this does not include lunch during the week, and an evening meal at the weekend. 

Seasonal hampers are given to students who remain in catered residences over the Christmas and Easter Bank Holidays containing freshly prepared, ready to cook meals, fresh fruit, and seasonal treats.

Each catered residence or flat varies in terms of size and number of people sharing communal areas. There is a basic pantry area to prepare additional meals which have the following facilities: 

  • refrigerator
  • microwave
  • toaster
  • kettle.

Please note there is no oven or hob.

Read our What to bring and what is provided page for more details.

What times are meals served in on-site dining halls?

During term time, meal times are:

Monday to Friday

  • Breakfast: 7:30 am to 9:30 am
  • Evening meal: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Late meals can be booked in advance for collection up to 8 pm.

Saturday and Sunday

  • Breakfast: 8:30 am to 11:00 am (continental 8:30 am to 9:00 am, cooked breakfast 9:00 am to 11:00 am)
  • Lunch: Midday to 1:30 pm

Packed meals are available if you are unable to attend meal times but you must give 24 hours notice to the catering manager for your accommodation.

Can I bring a guest to the dining hall? 

If you have a guest, they can also have a meal in any of the dining halls. You can pay for an individual meal in the dining hall at the counter.  

Students living in self-catered accommodation can buy a Source Dining card which will allow them to buy and eat food in our dining halls. You can purchase the meals via our online shop. For the pay as you go option, you can pay for an individual meal in the dining hall at the counter. 

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