If you are living within catered halls you are provided with sixteen meals per week. The following meals are included:
- Breakfast and an evening meal seven days a week, and continental breakfast and brunch at weekends. Weekday lunches can be purchased at one of our many catering outlets.
- Dining facilities are in the hall that you live in, or close by, and are canteen-style service.
- A vegetarian choice is always available.
- If you require a special diet because of an allergy or medical problem please see your Residence Reception to discuss your requirements. We will be pleased to do all we reasonably can to meet your needs.
- In addition to our standard meal service we also organise a range of themed events throughout the year including: Christmas Day, Chinese New Year, Pancake Day, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day etc.
- Our Flickr image gallery shows typical examples of the food which is served in catered halls.
|Breakfast||Monday to Friday 7:45am-9.30am|
|Brunch||Saturday and Sunday 11.15am-1.30pm|
|Dinner||Monday to Sunday 5.30pm-7.15pm|
If for academic, timetabling or society reasons, or if you have an unavoidable commitment and are unable to attend the dinner service please use the replacement meal form.
All meals are included for residents of our catered accommodation (Birks Grange, Exeter Halls, Mardon Hall and Holland Hall). If you are a visitor or are living in self catered residences you are more than welcome to purchase a meal at a catered hall throughout the term and join us at one of our themed events.
You can bring guests to meals in hall by purchasing a guest voucher (valid on the day of purchase only) from the Reception before the meal available at one of our Catered Halls. You will need to hand in the receipt at the servery.
Please see the price information below:
|Self Catered Students||Visitor|
Please note that due to VAT legislation, for guests eating within Halls, students must be able to provide proof that they are students of University of Exeter by producing their Exeter ID Card. All other visitors, including students from other Universities must pay VAT.
Weekday breakfast menu
Week numbers and dates
The table below shows the weeks commencing date:
|Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4|
|8 January||15 January||22 January||29 January|
|5 February||12 February||19 February||26 February|
|5 March||12 March||26 February||26 March|
Week 1 - term two dinner menus
Week 2 - term two dinner menus
Week 3 - term two dinner menus
Week 4 - term two dinner menus
Weekend breakfast and brunch menus
With effect from Monday 9 January 2017, new improved food menus will be available within the catered halls. Significant changes have been made to both the breakfast and evening meal menus to reflect the evolution of modern food trends and customer preference. Through extensive market research and by asking you, the customer, via student focus groups, the Residences Catering Team have developed a new innovative menu for the spring term.
Most significantly, the breakfast menu has been re-designed to better meet student requirements. Findings from our consumer focus groups identify the full English breakfast as a dated and unhealthy option. Therefore, items such fruit or vegetable smoothies, omelettes with a variety of fillings and a wider selection of fresh fruit have been introduced to help alleviate the unhealthy undertone to the meal. Further to this, daily specials are now on the morning menu. Items such as continental meats and cheeses, breakfast burritos, frittatas and American pancakes will compliment many of the morning favourites that will remain on offer. In addition, the evening meal has seen substantial improvement. By listening to our customers, we have been able to remove the less popular menu items and replace them with a number of modern, innovative and culturally diverse dishes as suggested by you.
These changes are not absolute. Work has already begun on a new menu for the summer term. Any suggestions or ideas that you may have to help us meet this task will always be greatly appreciated. Should you have a meal suggestion that you would like to bring to the attention of the Residences Catering Manager, then please complete a meal suggestion form.
In order for everybody to enjoy the community atmosphere we ask you to maintain a high standard of conduct and an appropriate dress code whilst in the dining room. For hygiene and health and safety reasons you will need to change from soiled sport wear before attending meals and always wear footwear. Please refrain from bringing alcohol into the dining room.
If you are in a catered residence you will be allocated a photo ID meal card and number on arrival. The purpose of these cards is to ensure that only those who have paid for and are entitled to the catering service in the halls can use it. Residents are asked for their cards numbers for checking at the door and anyone who does not have a meal card will not be served. Please be aware that the following would be considered as a disciplinary offence:
- Refusing to identify yourself when asked
- Behaving in an inappropriate manner towards staff members
Self-catered residents and guests who wish to eat in our catered halls are welcome to do so. Meal vouchers can be purchased at Reception areas and must then be handed in on the door.
Failure to show identification to an authorised member of staff is also a breach of University Regulations.
If someone asks to see your ID card you are entitled to ask them for identification. Do not hesitate to ask for identification from University staff or workmen who may seek access to your room in hall – genuine workman or members of staff will be able to produce it.
It is a disciplinary offence to give your meal card to anyone else or allow them to use it or to use someone else’s card. If you use someone else’s card to obtain a meal, then 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.
Sustainable Restaurant Association accreditation
The University of Exeter has recently been bestowed with a national award by the Sustainable Restaurant Association, marking its commitment to sustainable dining for campus users. Find out more information via the University of Exeter sustainability news.
Awarded for contribution to farm animal welfare
In 2014 we were awarded a 'Good Egg Award' by Compassion in World Farming in recognition of our commitment to farm animal welfare. It has celebrated our commitment to sourcing and using only cage-free eggs.