Salad bar in Univ Buttery

Salad bar in Univ’s Buttery

Many students choose to eat meals in the College Dining Hall, both for the wide range of food options and the opportunity it provides to catch up with friends.

We have a smart and modern canteen-style Buttery which serves three meals a day during the week and a brunch and an evening meal at weekends. All meals are optional and are purchased on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Large group of students in hall eating dinner

Iftar celebration 2022

There is also the weekly option to attend Formal Hall. These are three-course meals, served to you, which students often use to celebrate special occasions. Our kitchen staff go to great lengths to put on themed formals, for example for Burns Night or a LGBTQ+ formal during Pride month.

The food selection at Univ is varied with food to suit many different tastes amongst the many hot and cold options available. There are vegetarian or vegan options offered every day and the kitchen team are experienced in providing for special dietary requirements.

four women at formal dinner

Tom Schrecker Dinner 2022

There are some self-catering facilities in across the College, with large modern kitchens in our Goodhart building, smaller kitchens in some of the older accommodation, and numerous kitchens available in our North Oxford annexe. Most College rooms also have a small fridge installed.

All meals are on a pay-as-you-eat basis. £150 credit is placed on all student meal accounts, via the “Bod card” at the start of Michaelmas Term.

Typical food prices (correct for 2023-24) for students are:
Breakfast £1.50 – £3.85
Lunch £4.50– £8.00
Informal Dinner: as lunch
Formal Hall £17.09
Formal Hall Guests £26.25

Note: The College Formal Halls are currently held on a Tuesday and Thursday evening; the College Bar is now open from 6pm to enable you to use before dinner. Please note you are unable to bring your own drinks to Hall or the Bar.

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”) two 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

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