Meal Plan

If the idea of cooking for yourself is a little daunting, our Meal Plan offers the flexibility to choose where and when you eat – without the hassle.

The Meal Plan applies to students living in Southmeade Court and Lasdun. All our other accommodation is self-catered.

How it works

At the start of each term your account will be credited with a sum of money (part of your accommodation fee) which is yours to spend in the Oadby Food Court or at any of the catering outlets on campus. You can use our catering app Upay to track your spending and pay with your smartphone, you can also pay using your student card. 

Rooms which include the Meal Plan also have access to a small kitchen with a fridge, cupboard space and either a combi-oven or microwave, giving you the option to prepare simple meals and snacks if you want to.


It’s easy to keep track of the money you spend with our catering app, Upay. You can pay using your smartphone and view your balance and loyalty points while keeping up to date with the latest offers. If you have money left at the end of term it will remain in your account and can be used in the next term, or even the following year.

The Meal Plan allowance works out as approximately £6.00 per day which covers one main meal each day - don't forget you may be away for vacations or perhaps eating out occasionally. If you don't spend any money on your card on those days, you'll have more to spend on other days.

The sample menus below will give you an idea of the range of food on offer and how much it will cost: