Catered residences

If you want the convenience of all your main meals being prepared for you and the reassurance that all your food bills and utilities are budgeted for in your rent, then why not consider catered halls? You can find your perfect catered residence by browsing this section and looking at the individual residence pages.


  • Your rent includes a total of 16 meals per week throughout term time: breakfast and an evening meal seven days a week, with the addition of brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. 
  • Dining facilities are based in the residence where you live or within a couple of minutes walk. You collect your meal from the servery area then join your fellow students in the dining area to eat. Meal times can be a great social time to catch up with friends or time out to refuel and relax.
  • A vegetarian choice is available at every service and at least one vegan choice every dinner.
  • Those with special dietary requirements or food allergies should speak with the Reception Team prior to arrival, who will put you in touch with our helpful Chefs to work with your requirements.
  • We strive to source Halal certified or "Halal-sourced" meat for specific menu items but cannot promote Halal options exclusively as we do not operate separate kitchens. We are unable to provide Kosher meals.
  • Please contact any of the catered halls residence receptions (Exeter Halls, Holland Hall or Birks) to discuss any specific requirements or if you have any meal suggestions, which we love to hear.
  • In addition to our standard meal service, we also organise a range of themed meals throughout the year.
  • Our Flickr image gallery shows typical examples of the food which is served in catered halls.
  • If you have an unavoidable commitment and are unable to attend a meal time, please complete the relevant form (Dinner or Breakfast) to request a replacement meal.

In our catered accommodation, you'll find the following services and facilities:

  • Access to a utility area which will usually have a sink, microwave and work surfaces for preparing drinks and light snacks.
  • Mini-fridge in your room to store perishables.
  • Some residences have a communal area with a TV (a limited cleaning service is provided in communal areas), study area, bike storage, tennis courts or other facilities.
  • Paid laundry facilities on some sites within close walking distance - for more details please see the 'Laundrette facilities' section of our our Residence Information
  • Members of the Residence Life Team are available for help and advice on welfare and other matters.
  • Insurance cover for your personal belongings - find out more on our Residence Information page under the Insurance section.
  • Heating, lighting and water charges are included in the cost.

The university do not provide bed linen, so you will need to bring your own or buy it when you're here. You can order bedding and bathroom items to be delivered directly to your residence and have waiting for you upon arrival via UniKitOut. Please read our Moving In Checklist 2022 for more details of the items you might want to bring.

If you like the sound of catered halls but would prefer more flexibility and options for cooking, then you could opt for self-catered accommodation and purchase a Meal Deal Package Card. These allow you to enjoy any 7 meals in our catered residences for a fixed price and can be brought via the online store (link will be live during term time). 

We always use halal fresh chicken in our dishes. We don’t use ruminant meat in any of our dishes. The other meats we use, which there are a small proportion, that arrive frozen and/or already prepared i.e. burgers, hotdogs etc cannot be guaranteed as halal. On average, each week, 6 of the 7 dinners contain halal products. 

Breakfast Monday to Friday 7:30am-9.30am
Saturday 8.00am-10.30am
Sunday 8.30am-10.30am
Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11.00am-1.00pm
Dinner Monday to Sunday 5.30pm-7.30pm

‌‌‌Term Two, 2022-23

Dinner Menus

  • Week 1 menu - available on weeks 09/01/2023, 06/02/2023 and 06/03/2023.‌
  • Week 2 menu ‌- available on weeks 16/01/2023, 13/02/2023 and 13/03/2023.‌
  • Week 3 menu ‌- available on weeks 23/01/2023, 20/02/2023 and 20/03/2023.‌
  • Week 4 menu - available on weeks 30/01/2023, 27/02/2023 and 27/03/2023.‌

Breakfast and Brunch Menus

Please note: Please eat in the dining hall only and do not remove food from this area unless prior authorisation has been given.

  • The University cannot give refunds for any meals that are not taken.
  • If a student is absent from catered accommodation for longer than one week due to illness, they may apply to the Accommodation Office (in writing via SID, marked for the attention of he Accommodation Office Manager) for a refund of the meals missed. The application must be accompanied by a medical certificate.
  • The Accommodation Office will consider the request and contact the student's College and Residence to confirm the absence. Any refund given will only be for the food costs for the period and will be returned to the student as a reduction via their University student account.
  • A refund is not an automatic entitlement and the University has reasonable discretion to determine whether a refund should be given.
  • If you have an unavoidable commitment and are unable to attend a meal time, please complete the relevant form (Dinner or Breakfast) to request a replacement meal.

We want everybody to enjoy the community atmosphere and feel welcome and at home whilst living in University Accommodation. To support this, we ask you to please:

  • Maintain a high standard of conduct.
  • Wear appropriate clothing whilst in the dining room - you will need to change if you are wearing soiled sports wear before attending meals.
  • For hygiene and health and safety reasons, always wear footwear.
  • Please do not bring alcohol into the dining room.

If you are in a catered residence you will be given a photo ID meal card and number when you arrive. This is to ensure that only those who have paid for the catering service in the residence can use it.

  • Residents are asked to show their card numbers at the dining room door and anyone who does not have a meal card will not be served. It is a condition of living in a catered residence that you produce this card when asked and your meal could be delayed if you have to go back to your room for your card.
  • Please be aware, that refusing to identify yourself when asked or behaving in an inappropriate manner towards staff members will be considered as a disciplinary offence.
  • If a member of University staff asks to see your ID card you are entitled to ask them for identification. 
  • It is a disciplinary offence to give your meal card to anyone else or to use someone else’s card. If you do so, you may be liable to disciplinary action and a financial penalty of a minimum of £50 may be imposed.

Where possible we look to use the finest local produce and the most ethical and sustainable suppliers.

Please view our sustainability case studies and the University's Sustainable Food Policy for further information.