Our Eating Plans

Our Eating Plans from September 2023 will operate on a mix of meal swipes and/or free cash. Meal swipes can be exchanged for a meal such as entry to to our Pay on Entry Dining Rooms, a pizza at Park’s Pizza station or a plated meal at other locations.

The Silver entry-level plan offers the three meal swipes at our largest sites and five hot drinks each week at a time that suits you. This plan operates as a block plan so your credit rolls over until the end of the academic year.

Our Gold Plan, popular with 2nd and 3rd Year students, and self-catered students is designed to cover the main meal of the day. The Gold Plan offers seven meal swipes, free cash to spend on smaller items around campus as well as unlimited hot drinks.

The most popular option, used by around two-thirds of the Clever Cuisine students, is our Platinum Plan. In addition to the Gold Plan benefits, this plan covers three meals per day, with 21 meal swipes per week as well as a complementary University cup for your hot drinks. This plan is included with rooms at Dunsden Crescent, Wantage and Windsor Halls.

In our latest survey, 90% of students using Clever Cuisine say it makes their Life Easier and 79% say it positively impacts their student experience. See how our plans compare below;

2022/23 Academic Year

Our Eating Plans are changing from September 2022 will operate on a mix of Meal Swipes and/or Free Cash depending on the plan to help make eating even easier. Meal Swipes can be exchanged for a meal at one of our main locations (Eat at the Square, Park Eat, Wantage, St. Patrick’s, Park House* and the Dairy* and free cash around campus at our cafes. All teaching is within 10 minutes walk of one our main locations.

Compare Plans 2022/23 Clever Cuisine Silver Logo
Weekly Cost£15.00£47.07£76.79
How many meal swipes do I get?3721
How much free cash do I get?n/a£4.72£4.76
How many drinks do I get?**5 Hot DrinksUnlimited Hot DrinksUnlimited Hot Drinks
Free RFID University Cup
Free Reusable Meal Box
Included in your rent at Wantage, Dunsden Crescent and Windsor Halls
Included in St. Patrick’s Hall rents
Available to add on to your rent in Self-Catered Halls when applying to Halls
Huge savings against advertised prices of up to 75%
Rolling Meal Swipes
Free Birthday Pizza, 15% off hot drinks & 5% off other ready to eat food at participating Cafes

*These areas are pubs and certain menu items will not be available for meal swipes e.g. Rump Steak.

**hot drinks redeemable at locations with Frank the Barista Coffee Machines with a RFID-enabled reusable University Cup costing £5.

Annual, Termly And Weekly Costs

Illustrative costs for Eating Plans are as below. Catered Hall Rooms are automatically opted into the designated plan for the particular room type/hall and this billed as part of the Hall Fees – no further action is required. If you are applying for a Self-Catered Room, you can opt to bolt-on any of our Eating Plans when applying for your room or alternatively purchase the plan directly from us with a credit/debit card. Plans for the next Academic Year go on sale in August.

Compare Plans 2021/22 Clever Cuisine Silver Logo
Price per week£40.53£44.87£73.29
Autumn Term (12 weeks)**
Saturday 18 September to Friday 10 December inclusive
£486.36£538.44£879.48
Spring Term (11 weeks)**
Saturday 8 January to Friday 25 March inclusive
£445.83£493.57£806.19
Summer Term (8 weeks)**
Saturday 16 April to Friday 10 June inclusive
£324.24£358.96£586.32
Total Price (31 weeks)**£1,256.43£1,390.97£2,271.99

Compare Plans 2022/23Clever Cuisine Silver Logo
Price per week£15£47.07£76.79
Autumn Term (12 weeks)
Saturday 17 September to Friday 9 December inclusive
£180£564.84£921.48
Spring Term (11 weeks)
Saturday 7 January to Friday 24 March inclusive
£165£517.77£844.69
Summer Term (8 weeks)
Saturday 15 April to Friday 9 June inclusive
£120£376.56£614.32
Total Price (31 weeks)£465£1,459.17£2,380.49

Term and Annual costs are illustrative and may vary according to your circumstances, for example, early arrivals. We charge based on the weekly cost. Eating Plans are charged to your University bill, that you or a parent/guardian/sponsor can pay via guest payments. 

Plan Benefits

Your Clever Cuisine Plan offers you a great range of advantages such as not having to use shared kitchens and nutritious meals to keep you healthy! We have a very different approach to food to most Universities, carefully crafting food each day from scratch avoiding highly processed and fried foods. Find out more about our commitment to Menus of Change and how we are using our Academic expertise to improve.

Our Plans offer exceptional value for money for the variety and breadth of food we offer and cooking a similar meals would be more expensive and time consuming. For example, a student on a Platinum package pays the equivalent of just £5 for our Pay on Entry locations, that allow students to eat whatever they wish. Everything is home-made and ethically sourced from our Fairtrade coffee to beef from our own farms.

Find Out More About Accommodation

Clever Cuisine is available to any University Student regardless of where you live. Catered Hall Rooms included a specific Eating Plan and are a great value. Alternatively, opt for Self-Catered and select any Eating Plan.

Enquiries

Our Clever Cuisine team are available to help, contact us below.

clevercuisine@reading.ac.uk