Catered accommodation

Five of our undergraduate residences are catered, together offering over 1700 catered places in our accommodation, and students in some self-catered residences are able to purchase a meal card to take advantage of residential catering.

Living in a catered residence can make budgeting easier since your meals are included in the accommodation fee, and meal times are an opportunity for meeting friends and building the hall community. 


Catered residences provide a breakfast and evening meal during the week, and breakfast and lunch at weekends during term time.  During the Christmas and Easter vacations, meals are served from either Clifton Hill House or Churchill Hall. Although serving times are fixed it is possible to order a late meal or packed meal in advance to collect from your own residence or from the Hawthorns Refectory on the main University campus. 

The catered residences offer varied menus and cater for a range of diets, a vegetarian option is offered with every meal. If you have any allergies or specific dietary requirements, such as halal meals, talk to the residence's catering team and they will find suitable options for you.

The catering team take great pride in the standard of their food and menus. Fair trade or local produce is sourced where possible.

All catered residences provide you with the facilities to cook light meals including a toaster, kettle and microwave or hob.

Meal cards for self-catered residences

Students living in Goldney Hall, Manor Hall, Richmond Terrace, Queens Road, University Hall, Durdham Hall and Hiatt Baker's self-catered hall can purchase a meal card to take advantage of residential catering, not having to shop, cook or wash up instead and join students in a catered residence (Clifton Hill House, Churchill Hall or Hiatt Baker Hall) for meals.

Students interested in taking up the meal card offer have a number of options to choose from:

Meal plan optionValid datesCostNotes
Term 1 18 September 2017 - 15 December 2017 £784 Package consists of:
Mon - Fri: 5 breakfasts and 5 evening meals.
Saturday: breakfast and lunch. When the dining room is used for private events a packed meal will be provided.
Term 2 8 January 2018 - 23 March 2018 £616
Term 3 16 April 2018 - 8 June 2018 £504
 Full tenancy 18 September 2017 - 6 July 2018  £1974  As above, plus out-of-term meals (reduced service offered during vacation period at 2 halls) plus Bank Holiday and closure day Hamper packages.
 Casual dining n/a  Breakfast: £3.25 per person
Dinner: £5.25 per person
Formal meal: £10.00 per person 
Cash transaction at point of sale in each hall of residence during operational times.

Meal cards are now available to purchase. To purchase a meal card online go to the University’s on line shop. If you have any questions about the meal plan, email mcard-help@bristol.ac.uk.

Meal Card Terms and Conditions

  • There is no monetary value to the credits on your card.
  • Credits are only valid within the meal service times at your designated dining hall (non-transferable)
  • During each service the credit will be loaded to your card and expire at the end of the meal service.
  • No un-used credit will be carried over to following weeks.
  • No refunds can be offered for meals not taken.
  • If you lose your card a replacement can be purchased for £5.00 at the dining hall till point.
  • Your card contains a microchip and should not be damaged or defaced in any way.
  • Any misuse of your card rendering it unusable will result in a charge for a replacement card.

Catered halls

Five of our residences are catered. The cost of catering included in the rent for these residences works out at around £50 per week.  

Example menus

Download an example of a weekly menu (PDF) served in our catered residences. 

Cafes and bars on campus

On campus you'll find a number of Source Cafés, open Monday to Friday. Our cafes provide places to meet friends or take a break from your studies.

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