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Student dining

Hughes Hall prides itself on excellent food prepared by our dedicated in-house catering team.

The College has deservedly earned a reputation for delivering good food. Most meals are provided in the dining hall with a buffet service, including lunch and dinner. In additional to regular meals, the College provides formal, waiter-service dinners known as Formal Halls. These occur about three times a week, usually during term.

Everyday dining

The Dining Hall in the Fenner’s building provides freshly prepared hot food and salads as eat-in meals and “grab-and-go” options:

  • 10am – 12pm pastries and hot drinks, Monday to Friday
  • 12pm – 2pm lunches, Monday to Friday
  • 5.30pm – 7pm evening meals, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • 5.30pm – 6.30pm evening meal takeaway service, Tuesday and Friday (as Formal Halls on)
  • 11am-1pm – brunches, Saturday and Sunday

Please note that service times may differ during vacation periods.

We serve everything from three-course hot lunches and takeaway options to formal dining and large College events

Paying for Meals

Students should go to the UPay site to top-up credit for meals or to make a Formal Hall booking. (NB. in Upay, you may need to click the menu button (top right, horizontal lines logo), before seeing ‘Top-Up’ or ‘Events’.) If you have any issues with this service, please contact the Finance Department.

Mobile phones

During everyday meals, electronic devices should be used unobtrusively and in a manner that will not disturb others. We recommend that voice calls are taken in the foyer. For Formal Hall please keep mobile phones off or on silent mode during drinks and dinner. Use of any electronic device should be kept to a minimum, and must not be intrusive or disrespectful to your fellow diners. In particular, voice calls should only be made in the foyer.

The College adheres to the University’s Catering Managers’ Committee Sustainable Food Policy.