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 you can talk to the residence's catering team. 

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.

To purchase a meal card please log in to your Accommodation Portal and click on online shop in the menu, where you can then select meal cards from the dropdown menu. If you have any questions about the meal plan, email mcard-help@bristol.ac.uk.

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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