MEAL PLANS

An easy way to eat on campus

WHAT ARE MEAL PLANS?

Available to any full-time student at the University of Reading; Meal Plans provide peace of mind by ensuring you never have to worry about budgeting, shopping or cooking, allowing you to focus on University life. 

Meal Plans can be purchased by either yourself or on your behalf, for example, by a parent, guardian or supporter. All of our meal plans offer discounts, which are applied at the till.

HOW DO MEAL PLANS WORK?

University of Reading Meal Plan weeks last from Saturday – Friday. Your catering credit is loaded onto your Campus Card in the early hours of Saturday morning ready for you to purchase breakfast. 

To encourage everyone to eat regularly, and to help us plan for demand, your catering credit for that week needs to be spent by midnight on Friday. 

Meal Plans run for 31 weeks made up of term time plus welcome week.

WHAT MEAL PLANS CAN I BUY?

CHILLI MEAL PLAN
Our most complete Meal Plan covers around 18 to 21 meals per week depending on how you choose to spend it. The Chilli Meal Plan is included in the price of all Catered Hall Rooms and is automatically added to your campus card.
LIME MEAL PLAN
Our smaller Meal Plan is designed for those living in Self-Catered or private housing covering around seven dinners per week. It works in the same way as the Chilli Meal Plan so you are free to spend it as you wish on a mixture of breakfasts, lunches or dinners
ST PAT'S MEAL PLAN (available for 2019-2020)
The St. Pat’s Meal Plan is bespoke to St. Patrick’s Hall and can be used at St. Patrick’s, Park Eat or Eat at the Square and is designed to cover dinner only however you are free to spend it as you wish across the three areas. Dinner at St. Pat’s is offered Monday to Friday, on an all-you-can-eat basis with payment on entry for £5.60 including the 35% discount. Please note that food may not be taken out of the dining room.  Park Eat is a short walk away and offers 35% off most meals and provides Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, seven days per week. This Meal Plan is only available with eligible rooms at St. Patrick’s.

MEAL PLAN TARIFFS

Meal PlansSummer Term (8 weeks)
Chilli£538.56
Lime£296.24

Meal PlanWeekly CostAutumn Term (12 weeks)Spring Term (11 weeks)Summer Term (8 weeks)All Year (31 weeks)
Chilli£70.00£840£770£560£2,170
Lime£39.20£470.40£431.20£313.60£1,215.20
St Patrick’s£39.20£470.40£431.20£313.60£1,215.20

SOUNDS GREAT, HOW DO I GET A MEAL PLAN?

CATERED HALLS

You will automatically be subscribed to a Chilli Meal Plan if you are allocated a Catered Room in Hall. Your Meal Plan will be billed via your Accommodation Invoice and you do not need to take any further action.

ALL OTHER STUDENTS

University of Reading Meal Plans are sold either by the term or for the Academic Year (31 weeks) which can be purchased online and funds will be added to your campus card.
CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019

Tuesday 16 April – Last day to buy summer term meal plans

Saturday 20 April – Meal Plans begin

Friday 14 June – Term and Meal Plans end

NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020
Meal plans for the next academic year will be available to buy online from 1st August 2019. If you are interested in buying a University of Reading meal plan, just sign up below and we will send you an email reminder on 1st August 2019.

2019-2020 KEY DATES

Autumn Term

Thursday 19 September – Last day to sign up to Full Academic Year and Autumn Term Meal Plans

Saturday 21 September – Meal Plans begin

Monday 30 September – Term Begins

Friday 13 December – Term Finishes, Meal Plans end

Spring Term

Tuesday 9 January – Last day to sign up to Spring Term Meal Plans

Saturday 11 January – Meal Plans begin

Monday 13 January – Term Begins

Friday 27 March – Term Finishes, Meal Plans end

Summer Term

Thursday 16 April – Last day to sign up to Summer Term Meal Plans

Saturday 18 April – Meal Plans begin

Monday 20 April – Term Begins

Friday 11 June – Term Finishes, Meal Plans end

EATING ON CAMPUS

HALLS OUTLETS

35% off meals

Park Eat, Park Place Whiteknights

Park Eat is the epi-centre of the University’s social scene offering three distinct food counters from a baguette bar to a grill counter along with two Freestyle Machines and the ever popular Park Bar

Wantage Hall, Upper Redlands Road Wantage is our most beautiful dining room in a stunning building built by Lady Wantage in 1908 in memory of her husband and was the first purpose built Hall of Residence in England. Offering a grill bar, traditional counter as well as salad and ice cream stations, Wantage is a firm favourite. St. Patrick’s Hall, Northcourt Avenue St. Patrick’s known as Eat at Northcourt offers a full dining service.

WANTAGE HALL

ST Patrick's Hall

OTHER OUTLETS

15% off hot drinks and 5% off everything else

We have a range of cafes and other food outlets on our Whiteknights and London Road Campuses

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SPECIAL DIETS

We can cater for the majority of special diets at the University of Reading, whether they are avoiding certain allergens or for religious, personal preference or medical reasons. We are currently catering for gluten-, dairy-, nut- and egg-free diets as well as halal and vegan. Please contact us before arriving and we’ll work with you to ensure we have food that matches your preferences – mealplans@reading.ac.uk.
Please note we are currently unable to cater for Kosher diets.

SUSTAIN IT

To help improve our environmental impact at the University of Reading, we have introduced the Sustain It scheme where we encourage our customers to use reusable bottles and cups.

Any student on a complete year Meal Plan can collect a complementary Sustain It Bottle or Cup from Park Eat between 21st September and 3rd October, as well as receiving a free Takeaway box. Students buying an Autumn Meal Plan only are eligible to collect a free Sustain It Cup.

For more information about the Sustain It scheme just visit our hospitality sustainability page.

CONTACT

For any queries just drop us an email mealplans@reading.ac.uk

TERMS & CONDITIONS

HOW CAN WE HELP?

No, to help us prevent lost and stolen cards being used by others, you can only pay with your own Campus Card.

Yes, you have a weekly balance depending on the plan and you need to use it up on a weekly basis to ensure you are eating. If you need help planning how to make your Meal Plan cover the designated Meals please contact us via mealplans@reading.ac.uk

We use this money to fund Meal Plans for students in financial hardship

No, the weeks follow the term time.

Visit the Campus Card portal

Login with your details and click ‘Account History’

Reading University meal plan balance

No, although if you are allocated a Catered Room, it is automatically included in your rent.

If you are in a Catered Room Meal Plans cannot be removed, cancelled or refunded. If you have purchased a Meal Plan online, once it has begun it, it cannot be cancelled. We will refund Meal Plans purchased online if you move into a Catered Hall from another type of accommodation.