Food in College

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all available in College during term time.

Mealtimes in Hall:

Breakfast 8.00 am – 9.00 am (Monday – Friday)
Cooked, continental and cereal breakfasts are available
Brunch 11.00 am – 1.00 pm (Saturdays only)
10.00 am – 1.00 pm (Sundays only)
Lunch 12.00 pm – 1.30 pm (Monday – Friday)
Hot lunches, snacks and cold buffets are available


'Informal Hall'


5.45 pm – 7.15 pm (Monday, Wednesday)

5.45 pm - 6.30 pm (Tuesday, Thursday,

Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

Formal Hall

Waiter service

7.15 pm (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday)
Gowns must be worn


Guest Nights

Fridays alternate between JCR and MCR ‘guest nights’, a more formal and social occasion than regular Formal Hall. Dress is smart (no gowns required) and guests are allowed. A more expensive menu is served, and most groups choose to bring wine (bottles are also available from the College bar). You will need to sign on in advance of guest night if you wish to attend and the charge is £16.50 (£19.80 if the guest is not a student at the University of Oxford).

The number of places at Guest Night Dinner is limited to 140, so early booking is recommended. The system will penalise you if you cancel after 10am on the Thursday before, so please make sure you only reserve places you know you will fill.

High Table (graduates only)

Up to four MCR members at a time are permitted to dine on high table at their own expense on battels for food (drinks extra - turn glass over if you don’t want wine) on Thursday in full term. You may use the SCR before/after dinner but may not invite guests. Sign-up is by email to the SCR Butler, Hassan Hamed, by 10am on the Thursday in question.

The Tutor for Graduates dines at high table every even Wednesday within Full Term, and on these occasions will be delighted to entertain first-year graduates free of charge. Because high table has limited space, he will take up to four guests per session. If you would like to come, please email, stating any dietary requirement, and the Student Services Administrator will add you to the list if there is room. If you are able to attend, the Tutor will be pleased to offer you a pre-dinner drink in his rooms from 6.35 for 7.15 pm on the Wednesday in question.

How to pay


You will need to bring your university card with you to meals.

The meals prepayment of £404.40 (2017/18) is credited to your meals account. The charges for any extra meals taken is shown as a charge on your following term's battels, any remaining credit is credited back to your battels account.


Graduates must book their meals before 10am on the day they want to go to dinner in Hall, using the the meal booking system. Payment for lunch and breakfast is organised electronically through your university card ('Bod card'). You will need to bring it with you to meals.

Signing on and signing off for meals

You can book attendance at dinners for up to seven days in advance, using the meal booking system.

During term, undergraduates living in College accommodation that is not classified as self-catering are automatically booked. The default setting is for the early (‘informal’) sitting. It is up to you to sign off if you don’t wish to attend or change to Formal Hall and Guest Nights. All other students are required to book-on for dinners as required. You need to do this by 10am of the day in question.

Up to four guests can be registered in advance for any meal.

Dietary requirements

You can specify what type of meal is required (eg standard, vegetarian, vegan, etc) for you and each of your guests, in advance, using the meal booking system. You can also set your default meal to match your preference. Should you have any particular needs, you should discuss this in advance with the Catering Manager.

Food Code of Practice

You can view the College's Food Code of Practice in our policy documents section.