Self-catered accommodation

We have 27 undergraduate residences and 10 postgraduate residences which are self-catered. Listed below are the facilities and services available, as well as information about our Source Dining Card option.

Which residences are self-catered?

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What are the benefits of self-catered accommodation?

Flexibility – Living in self-catered residences means that you do not have set mealtimes. You have the flexibility to cook your own meals and can choose when and what you eat.

Learning new skills – Learning to cook for yourself is an essential life skill. Cooking can be a fun and sociable activity where you can pick up cooking tips and recipes from your flatmates.

Self-reliant - You go out and buy your food and manage your own food budget.

Budgeting – It can be cheaper to live in a self-catered residence. You will have plenty of storage space in your shared kitchen (cupboard, fridge and freezer space) to allow you to buy food for the week.

What facilities are available in self-catered accommodation?

Each self-catered residence varies in terms of size and number of people sharing communal areas.

In every shared kitchen, there will be:

  • a cooker
  • refrigerator
  • freezer
  • microwave
  • toaster
  • kettle
  • dining table and chairs.

Each student will have their own cupboard space in the kitchen. You will need to provide your own pots, pans, cutlery or dining equipment. Read our What to bring and what is provided page for more details.

What is the Source Dining Card option?

Students living in self-catered accommodation can buy a Source Dining Card which will allow them to buy and eat food in our catered residences dining halls. 

The Source Dining Card options include:

  • academic year or one term (two meals per day) - £55 per week
  • 10 day block (two meals per day) - £120
  • Pay as you go - breakfast, £5.50 and lunch/evening meal, £8.50 

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. 

How to apply for University accommodation

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