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Colleges and wider student experience



Many of our colleges are catered, while others are self-catered. Students who live in college eat together, either in the dining hall in catered colleges or in their shared kitchens in self-catered colleges.

Catered colleges

Catered colleges provide you with a self-service breakfast, lunch and dinner served in your college dining hall. Eating together in your college dining hall is a great way to socialise and catch up with your friends. 

Self-catered colleges

In self-catered colleges you share a kitchen with your fellow students (usually six people share one kitchen). Kitchens are a great social space where you can cook and eat together, giving you the flexibility and freedom to eat when and what you want. Some colleges offer self-catering accommodation with a 'pay as you go' option enabling you to opt into college dining as and when you want to.

Please see individual college summary pages for more detail.

Colleges offering catered* Colleges offering self-catered

Van Mildert
St Mary’s
St John’s
St Hild & St Bede
St Chad’s
St Aidan’s

St Cuthbert’s**
St Chad's
Josephine Butler
John Snow 

*Please note, catering is only provided throughout undergraduate term-time. Self-catering facilities are available outside of term-time.

**Optional 10 meal per week packages are available to receive catering within College.