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Our Eating Plans

The Silver entry-level plan offers discounted meals at our largest sites and seven coffee or soft drink credits each week. You are free to spend your weekly credit as you wish in the designated outlets on food (non-food & alcohol are among the few exclusions). This plan is included with rooms at St. Patrick’s Hall.

Our Gold Plan, popular with 2nd and 3rd Year students, offers a larger range of outlets to choose from, including Library Cafe, while continuing to offer freedom to spend as you wish and covering around 8 meals per week. Unlimited coffee or soft drinks package is included.

The most popular option, used by around two-thirds of the Clever Cuisine students, is our Platinum Plan. This covers all of your meals each day, as well as providing two free drinks packages (unlimited coffee and soft drinks each week) as well as the freedom to spend as you wish. This plan is included with rooms at Dunsden Crescent, Wantage and Windsor Halls.

All our plans can be used at Park Market, which is focused on whole foods (think superfoods such as nuts, seeds, dried fruits and whole grains) so you can spend any unused credit on healthy and nutritious snacks, food and drinks.

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;

Compare Plans 2021/22 Clever Cuisine Silver Logo
How much credit do I get per week?£40.53£44.87£73.29
How many meals can this cover?5-76-818-21
Included in your rent at Wantage, Dunsden Crescent and Windsor Halls
Included in your rent at St. Patrick’s
Can be purchased by students in self-catered
rooms or private housing
Included Weekly Drinks Plan*Seven Coffee or Cold drink credits (Weekly Saving £9))Choice of Unlimited Coffee OR soft drinks package (Weekly Saving up to £15)Unlimited soft drinks package and Coffee package on a weekly basis (Weekly Saving £28.50)
Exclusive discounts of up to 50% off meals at Park Eat, Wantage or St. Patrick’s
Priority benefits such as queue jumping and free entry to events
15% off hot drinks at cafes & 5% off other ready to eat food

*Drinks Plans require a compatible RFID enabled University branded bottle or cup and activating at a till each week. At time of writing a coffee cup starts at £3.50 and soft drinks bottle from £9.95 inc. VAT.

Looking for Information for 2022/23? As a guide for budgeting please use £42.56 (Silver), £47.11 (Gold) and £77.00 (Platinum). These are estimates only and not confirmed costs, so are subject to change and are based on an inflation rate of 5% rounded up to the nearest total divisible by 7.

Annual, Termly And Weekly Costs

Illustrative costs for Eating Plans are as below for 2021/22. 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. Please only purchase Eating Plans directly from us if you are living in Self-Catered Accommodation or a private house. Eating Plans go on sale from 1st August each year.

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**
Spring Term (10 weeks)
Saturday 8 January to Friday 25 March inclusive
Summer Term (8 weeks)
Saturday 16 April to Friday 10 June inclusive
Total Price (31 weeks)£1,256.43£1,390.97£2,271.99

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. **St Patrick’s Residents receive an additional Dinner on Friday 17 September at St. Patrick’s Dining.

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.

A few examples of using Clever Cuisine are below;

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Food from our own Farms – we are both Farmers and Chefs
You are our VIP, with always the best prices, with up to 50% off food
Click and Collect & Delivery options
Inclusive Drinks
Save time and effort by letting us prepare, cook and tidy up
Serving 8am to Midnight daily
Free Isolation and Quarantine Support
Sustainable Food Sourcing
Freshly prepared meals made from scratch avoiding processed foods
Free birthday pizza
Parents eat for free (meals only, of equal value or less,
fair use applies Park/Wantage/St. Patrick’s only)

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.


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