All meals are on a pay as you eat basis. Typical food prices for students are:
Breakfast £1.50 – £3.85
Lunch £2.00 – £6.80
Informal Dinner : as lunch
Formal Hall £8.79
Formal Hall Guests £13.58
Further information for current Univ students, including dining times, current Buttery opening times and online meal bookings can be found on the Univ Intranet (SSO required).
Students at Univ are offered:
- Self-service meals at lunch and dinner
- Wide daily choice of food and weekly change of menus
- Formal dinners (known as “Formal Hall”) three times a week during term – see College Grace below
- The opportunity to organise dinners for College clubs (sports clubs, drama, music…)
- Occasional special event barbecues
- The option to invite guests to any meal
Univ has what must be the longest grace in regular use of any Oxford or Cambridge college. Every time dinner is held in Hall, it is recited by one of the College’s Scholars in dialogue with the Master, if present, or a senior Fellow. Scholars were originally expected to say their part of the grace from memory, but in 1958 the Fellows relented and allowed them to read it instead.
We don’t know when this grace was first used at Univ; all we know for sure is that by the 1860s it was normally spoken after dinner. However, in October 1868 it was decided that it would be said before, and the tradition has been maintained to this day.
Queen’s College has a very similar grace to ours, but that’s long been reserved only for special occasions, whilst Balliol College also once had a notably long grace, but this was abolished in the 19th century.
Scholar: Benedictus sit Deus in donis suis.
Response: Et sanctus in omnibus operibus suis.
Scholar: Adiutorium nostrum in Nomine Domini.
Response: Qui fecit coelum et terras.
Scholar: Sit Nomen Domini benedictum.
Response: Ab hoc tempore usque in saecula.
Scholar: Domine Deus, Resurrectio et Vita credentium, Qui semper es laudandus tam in viventibus quam in defunctis, gratias Tibi agimus pro omnibus Fundatoribus caeterisque Benefactoribus nostris, quorum beneficiis hic ad pietatem et ad studia literarum alimur: Te rogantes ut nos, hisce Tuis donis ad Tuam gloriam recte utentes, una cum iis ad vitam immortalem perducamur. Per Jesum Christum Dominum nostrum.
Scholar: Deus det vivis gratiam, defunctis requiem: Ecclesiae, Reginae, Regnoque nostro, pacem et concordiam: et nobis peccatoribus vitam aeternam.
Or, in translation:
Scholar: Let God be blessed in his gifts.
Response: And holy in all his works.
Scholar: Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
Response: Who has made heaven and earth.
Scholar: May the Name of the Lord be blessed.
Response: From this time for evermore.
Scholar: Lord God, the resurrection and the life of them that believe, who is always to be praised both among the living and among the dead, we give You thanks for all our founders and other benefactors, by whose gifts we are nourished here for piety and the study of learning; asking You that we, using these Your gifts rightly to Your glory, may be led together with them into eternal life. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Scholar: May God grant to the living grace, and to the dead rest ; to the Church, the Queen, and our realm, peace and concord; and to us sinners everlasting life.
Listen below to the College Grace recited by Lord Butler of Brockwell (Master 1998-2008) and George Cawkwell (Fellow in Ancient History 1949-87).