Food and Drink

Eating in College

We offer a range of high-quality, good-value food (including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options) for breakfast, lunch and dinner in St Hilda's Dining Hall. All special dietary requirements can be catered for and our Catering Manager is happy to discuss these with you.

In Trinity Term 2021, a marquee became our temporary Dining Hall while essential maintenance work was carried out. We have been very happy to be able to hold Formal Dinners for College members in the marquee and in our new Pavilion. We look forward to welcoming guests back to St Hilda's Dining Hall in Michaelmas Term.  

All students pay a compulsory catering credit each term, which is redeemed against food purchased in the Dining Hall. For those who want to cook their own food, there are also kitchens around College. For a quick snack, the Dining Hall is open between meals.

Term-Time Dining Hall Opening Hours

Meal Monday to Friday Saturday Sunday Other
Breakfast 8am to 10am      
Brunch   11am to 1pm    
Lunch 12pm to 2pm      
Dinner 5.30pm to 7.30pm    5.30pm to 7.30pm   
Formal Hall       7.30pm 

Meals and Catering Credits

The compulsory catering credit is returned to you in the form of meal credits. Credits may be carried over from term to term but not to the following academic year. Catering credits are not refundable. During the Easter vacation and Trinity Term, students may sell or transfer unused credit to other St Hilda's students.

Compulsory catering credits are charged as follows (2021/22):

  • Undergraduates living on site - £150 per term
  • Undergraduates living out in College owned properties - £150 per term
  • Graduates and undergraduates living out in privately owned properties - £50 per term

The Cashless Card System: UPay

The College operates a cashless card system for all Dining Hall transactions. You will need your University card (Bod card) to pay for your food and drink in the Hall. Your Bod card acts like a debit card in College, although money must be credited to the card prior to use. You can add money to your card online via UPay. You can also use the UPay site to check your balance and usage history, see offers and promotions, and book Formal Hall* and subject dinners.

*Formal Hall is a served dinner in Hall which takes place once a week (Wednesdays) in term time. 

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