Meal times and entitlement
Meal are served at the following times
- Breakfast (Monday to Friday) 08:00 – 09:30
- Brunch (Saturday and Sunday) 11:00 – 12:30
- Dinner (Daily) 18:00 – 19:30
Please click here to see the daily entitlement poster.
The catering staff will serve your meal and check it against the entitlement. You can have 6 items e.g. piece of fruit, a piece of toast, a slice of bacon, sausage, fruit pot, yoghurt (each item counts as one).
At breakfast, you are also entitled to an extra piece of fruit (7th item) which you can take away to have later in the day.
For brunch your entitlement is 8 items, each item on the brunch list is classed as one item, e.g. piece of fruit, a piece of toast, boiled egg, Danish pastry, sausage, fruit pot, yoghurt. At brunch, we serve a main dish which is an equivalent of 3 items.
During brunch service, you are also entitled to an extra piece of fruit (9th item). The catering staff will serve your meal and check it against your entitlement.
Dinner consists of 3 courses served by the catering staff.
- A bowl of soup and bread roll
- One main course and two side dishes
- The last course can be either a cold/hot dessert or piece of fruit.
The below table represents a sample dinner menu.
- For residents who live in our catered accommodation across the Intercollegiate Halls of Residence, meals are included in the accommodation fees.
- Self-Catered Residents (at Garden Halls, College Hall and International Hall only) can also register with the accommodation and hospitality team, to purchase a meal package for the whole academic year. Please email for more information. Meals can also be purchased on a daily basis online*.
- If catered residents have family or friends to visit, meals can be taken with the resident by purchasing a meal ticket. Meals can be purchased on a daily basis online*.
- Residents are issued with an ID card on arrival, you must take your hall ID card (or guest meal ticket) with you to every meal in the dining hall as this proves that you are entitled to a meal. The catering staff will not serve you if you do not have your ID card.
*Garden Halls and International Hall have a till in the dining room, so meals can be purchased with the catering staff at these sites
- The dining room is busy space during meal service and at certain times, queuing for meals should be expected. Therefore we ask residents to check the menus/ entitlement and making a choice before approaching the counter, so residents can be served quickly.
- Residents should take all of their entitlement whilst at the counter, the catering staff are unable to serve residents twice or allow resident to return to get items that have been forgotten. This causes hold ups for others waiting to collect their meals and will increase waiting times.
- Please ensure that you attend for meals at the stated times and take into consideration queuing at busier times, any late arrivals will be unable to be served outside of our service hours.
- Your meal package cannot be separated or invoiced, therefore no deductions to your fees can be made for meals not taken.
- Students with college commitments who cannot return in time for the evening meal can pre-book a late meal at reception. This usually consists of salad, jacket potato or a sandwich, piece of fruit and yoghurt, and can be collected from reception in the evening. This late meal is not a suitable regular alternative (and cannot be taken in addition to a main meal) for residents and if you expect that late dining will be a regular occurrence then a catered hall may not be the right option for you.
- During meal service, a vegetarian option is always offered and may include eggs and dairy products. The eggs we use in our recipes are free range.
- Our Catering Managers are happy to discuss menu options and other food related matters and can be contacted in each hall or via email.
- Unfortunately, due to the type of kitchens and catering we offer in the halls, we are unable to cater for special diets. However each day during service, the chef on duty is able to provide you with details of the content of our meals from our chefs catering documents this would be the most up to date information held on the day about allergens. If you have an allergy, we ask that you speak with the chef to ensure you are aware of the content of the items available.
- The dining hall is the social hub of the hall. We hope that you will eat your meal in the dining hall and take the opportunity to meet friends and the staff. You can take food out of the dining hall but only if you provide your own clean, sealable plastic container. The kitchen does not provide take-away boxes or disposable cutlery. Please do not remove any crockery or cutlery from the dining hall. If these items go missing, there may not be enough for everyone!