Half-board accommodation

Five of our undergraduate residences are half-board. This means our catering facilities provide two meals a day - a breakfast and an evening meal during the week, and breakfast and lunch at weekends.

Which residences are half-board?

The following undergraduate residences offer half-board accommodation:

All half-board residences have on-site dining rooms, except Hiatt Baker. Catering provision for Hiatt Baker is served from the Badock Hall dining room, which is a five-minute walk.

What are the benefits of half-board accommodation?

Budgeting - Living in a half-board residence can make budgeting easier since your meals are included in the accommodation fee. The cost works out at around £54 per week.

Social experience - Mealtimes are an opportunity for meeting friends and building a hall community.

Flexible dining - Although serving times are fixed, it is possible to order a late meal or packed meal in advance to collect from your own residence. All half-board residences also provide you with a basic pantry area with facilities to prepare light meals including a toaster, kettle and microwave or hob.

Great choice and quality - The half-board residences offer freshly cooked, varied menus and cater for a range of diets. Fairtrade or local produce is sourced where possible, with several local suppliers used as standard.

Cater to allergy and/or dietary requirements - Half-board residences offer freshly cooked, varied menus and cater for a range of diets. A vegetarian and vegan option is offered with every meal and Monday’s have now become completely meat-free. If you have any allergies or specific dietary requirements you can talk to the residence catering team who will be happy to provide an alternative option.

What food choices are available?

You can view an example menu (PDF, 894kB) served in our half-board residences.

What does half-board accommodation include?

Half-board accommodation provides a breakfast and an evening meal during the week, and breakfast and lunch at weekends during term time. Please note, this does not include lunch during the week, and an evening meal at the weekend. 

Seasonal hampers are given to students who remain in half-board residences over the Christmas and Easter Bank Holidays containing freshly prepared, ready to cook meals, fresh fruit, and seasonal treats.

Each half-board residence or flat varies in terms of size and number of people sharing communal areas. There will be a basic pantry area to prepare additional meals which will have the following facilities: 

  • refrigerator
  • microwave
  • toaster
  • kettle.

Read our What to bring and what is provided page for more details.

What times are meals served in on-site dining halls?

During term time, meal times are:

Monday to Friday

  • Breakfast: 7:30 am to 9 am
  • Evening meal: 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Late meals can be booked in advance for collection up to 8 pm.

Saturday and Sunday

  • Breakfast: 9:30 am to midday (cooked); 8:30 am to midday (continental)
  • Lunch: Midday to 1:30 pm

Packed meals are available if you are unable to attend meal times but you must give 24 hours notice to the catering manager for your accommodation.

What is the Source Dining Card option?

You can buy a Source Dining Card which will allow you to buy and eat food in our half-board residences dining halls. There are different meal card options available to you, from buying 10 meal package to buying a term meal package. You can purchase the meals via our online shop.

If you have a guest, they can also have a meal in any of the dining halls. You can pay for an individual meal in the dining hall at the counter.  

How to apply for University accommodation

Find out how to apply for University accommodation.

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