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.
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.
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 2021-22) for students are:
Breakfast £1.50 – £3.85
Lunch £3.50 – £7.00
Informal Dinner: as lunch
Formal Hall £10.52
Formal Hall Guests £16.05
Note: The College is currently offering a reduced programme of one Formal Hall per week. We hope to return to three per week as soon as we are able to.
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
About the College Grace
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, Regi, Regnoque nostro, pacem et concordiam: et nobis peccatoribus vitam aeternam.
With recommended stresses:
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, REgi, ReGNOque NOStro, PACem et conCORdiam: et NObis peccaTORibus VItam aeTERnam.
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 King, and our realm, peace and concord; and to us sinners everlasting life.
Listen to the College Grace recited by Lord Butler of Brockwell (Master 1998-2008) and George Cawkwell (Fellow in Ancient History 1949-87).