Accommodation

Frequently asked questions

Catering

Can the University cater for dietary requirements?

The majority of dietary requirements or allergies can be catered for by our halls catering team.

Please discuss with your Chef and Front of House Manager when you arrive, but if you have any queries or concerns you can talk to our catering team in confidence.

How many meals are provided in catered halls?

Each of our Catered Halls come with a specific meal package. There are currently 4 different types of package offered depending on the hall.

  • 19 meals per week: Three meals a day on week days with Brunch and evening meal at weekends.
  • 15 meals per week: Three meals a day on week days only.
  • 10 meals per week: Two meals a day (lunch and evening meal) on week days only.
  • 10 meals per week: Two meals a day (breakfast and evening meal) on weekdays only.

If I am in a self catered hall, can I eat in a dining hall?

Yes. You are welcome to buy a meal in any of our 7 catered dining halls or at many of our retail outlets  on campus.  You can pay by card at the dining halls and retail outlets or you can purchase a Hall Meal Saver to use in our dining halls.

If I live in a catered hall do I have to have every meal?

If you live in a catered hall the food and service costs are incorporated into your fees. These costs have to be paid for whether you choose to eat every meal or not. No refunds can be actioned.

You can arrange a packed lunch if you cannot attend a meal - you must give the kitchen 24 hours notice.  There is also an option to grab and go with your food.

All meals must be taken in your own hall dining hall with the exception of lunch.  We offer a flexible lunch option allowing you to eat in any of the 6 catered halls on campus.

ID cards must be presented at all hall meals.

What catering is available during the Christmas and Easter vacations?

Christmas Vacation: Catered hall students can make use of their room during the Christmas vacation period. A brunch and evening meal service will be provided during this period. There is no meal service when the University is closed during the Christmas to New Year period*.

Easter Vacation: Catered hall students can make use of their room during the Easter vacation period. There is no meal service when the University is closed during the Easter holiday period*.

A reduced catering service is provided in the week following the end of the Summer term. A brunch and evening meal service will be provided in a nominated dining hall during this period.

Elvyn Richards hall is catered during term time only.

*dates published on University academic year timetable

What about weekends if I am in a 10/15 meal a week hall?

You can purchase meals at many of our retail outlets on campus

If you prefer to cook for yourself, facilities are available within the communal kitchens of 10/15 meal per week halls to make snacks and light meals.

For advice and ideas, why not check out https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipes as recommend by the sustainability team.

What are the meals like in hall?

Meals are taken on a self serve basis in your dining hall. A wide variety of hot and cold dishes are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our menus always include a vegetarian option.

Please visit our hall dining page for more information.

What time are the meals in halls?

Click here for locations and opening times of hall dining rooms.