On-Campus Food and Drink

There is a variety of food and drink outlets located around the University campus, catering for all needs. A freshly cooked meal can be found in the Refectory, a Starbucks coffee in the Dolce Vita Café or a refreshing drink from The Bar.

The Refectory

The Refectory, situated in the heart of the campus, is the University's largest food outlet and is open seven days a week. Freshly cooked meals are served daily and there is a wide range of sandwiches, snacks, cold or hot drinks and a selection of essential grocery items.

All room prices (except Davidson House) include 14 meals per week during term time, which are taken as seven evening meals, five breakfasts and brunch at the weekend. The University reserves the right to substitute the evening meal for a meal to be taken at lunchtime (e.g. Bank Holidays, Christmas and Summer Ball dates, etc). The meal plan works on a point system that's used to calculate the amount of food students can have per meal.

The Refectory has an extensive menu to suit a variety of needs. More information can be found on the SIMMSpace intranet or in the Residents' Handbook. Food ingredient and allergen information is also available.

Opening Times


  • Breakfast: 8-10am
  • Lunch: 11.45am-2.30pm
  • Dinner: 4.30-7.30pm


  • Brunch: 10.30am-12.30pm
  • Dinner: 4.30-6.30pm

Dolce Vita Café

This stylish café has a more relaxed atmosphere and overlooks the athletics track. In addition to your favourite Starbucks latte or frappuccino there is a range of sandwiches, salads and also a hot snack menu offering nachos, toasted sandwiches and paninis.

Situated between the Library and the Students' Union Building, the Café is a great place to meet up during the day. Wi-Fi access is available throughout the café building.

Opening Times

  • Monday - Friday: 8am-7pm
  • Saturday: 9am-4pm
  • Sunday: 9.30am-2pm

The Bar

The Bar is located on the ground floor of the Students' Union building (J Block) and is open daily from 12pm onwards. A wide variety of soft drinks, spirits, beers and wines are available in addition to freshly made bagels, nachos and paninis.

In the evenings the bar becomes a great meeting space where you can enjoy live sporting action on BT Sport. The Bar team organise a range of weekly events such as Karaoke, Open Mic, Quiz and Friday club.

Opening Times

  • Monday - Thursday: 12-11pm
  • Friday: 12pm-1am
  • Saturday: 12pm-12am
  • Sunday: 12-10pm