Lunchtime in the Wolfson Hall
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Meals at the Hall

Meals at St Edmund Hall are one of the most sociable aspects of studying here. They are served throughout Full Term in the Wolfson Hall at the main College site, and represent excellent value for money. The quality of the food is exceptional too, and Head Chef John McGeever caters for a wide range of tastes. With the exception of Formal Hall, normal meals do not have to be pre-booked, unless you have a special dietary requirement.


For 2017-18, our charge for a College breakfast is £2.70. It's a continuous self-service meal, available in the Wolfson Hall in Full Term from 8.15am to 9.30am on weekdays.


Lunch is a continuous self-service meal, available in the Wolfson Hall in Full Term from 12.15pm to 1.30pm on weekdays. Costs vary depending on the food selected, but a two-course cooked lunch will typically be less than £4.


No breakfast or lunch is served on Saturdays or Sundays. Instead, ‘Brunch’ is served between 10.30am and 12.45pm.


For 2017-18, our charge for a College dinner is £5.25. It's an informal self-service meal available in the Wolfson Hall in Full Term from 6pm to 7.15pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On Tuesdays and Fridays the informal meal is available only from 6pm to 7pm and a formal meal (Formal Hall) is served at 7.25pm. Similar arrangements apply on occasional JCR and MCR Guest Nights. Dinner on a Sunday is served from 6pm to 7pm.

Guests at breakfast, lunch and dinner

During Weeks 1 to 8 of term, students are permitted to bring one guest to breakfast, lunch or dinner. Outside of these times no guests will be permitted.

On certain nights where we offer an enhanced menu or space is limited there may be no availability for guests. Signs will be displayed at the entrance to the servery.

Formal Hall

Dining at Formal Hall is a quintessential part of Oxford college life, and at Teddy Hall the experience forms a special part of our sense of community.

Formal Halls are held on Tuesdays and Fridays during term time. The deadline for bookings for Tuesday Formal Hall is 12 midday on the preceding Friday. The deadline for Friday Formal Hall is 12 midday on the preceding Tuesday. 

Our award-winning chef aims to meet all your dietary needs, and we regularly provide vegetarian, vegan, kosher and halal meals. Care should be taken when booking meals to state any dietary requirements.

You can book your Formal Hall meals online.

The cost of a Formal Hall dinner is £13.50, which includes an enhanced menu and wine. You may bring up to three guests to Formal Hall, again at a cost of £13.50 per person. You must wear your gown for Formal Hall.

Children under the age of 16 are not permitted to attend any formal dinner in College.


The Wolfson Hall is open for snacks from 11am to 1.30pm, Mondays to Fridays. You can pay for snacks with your University Card ‘cash’ account.

Vegetarian food

Vegetarian options are available at all meals.

Meals during vacations

In vacations the availability and times of meals for all students are affected by conferences; details of arrangements are posted in advance on the Bursar’s noticeboard.

Plated food

You cannot take plated food from the Wolfson Hall to be consumed elsewhere on site.

Paying for your food

Payment for breakfasts and dinners

In the interests of fairness to all members of the College, you will automatically be charged for a minimum number of breakfasts and dinners for each term, even if you choose not to eat College meals. The requirement to pay for a minimum number of meals (i.e. breakfast and dinner) has been recognised by students as the most acceptable way to levy what would otherwise become a kitchen charge, thus benefiting those who use the dining and breakfast facilities most.

Payment for all your meals is via your University Card, which you must present at the Wolfson Hall servery payment point after selecting your food. Your card will be preloaded each term with the cash value of a certain number of breakfasts and/or dinners, depending on your accommodation:

Residents at the main College site (Queen’s Lane)

  • 58 dinners: £304.50 (maximum refund £42)
  • 41 breakfasts: £110.70 (maximum refund £21.60)

Note: Any refunds due will be automatically credited to your battels accounts after the end of each term.

Residents at other College accommodation:

  • 24 dinners: £126 (no refunds)
  • No breakfasts

Students living out of College accommodation:

  • 8 dinners: £42 (no refunds)
  • No breakfasts

If you are a resident at the Queen’s Lane site, you cannot carry over any unused breakfast and dinner cash on your card to another term.

If you are a resident in any other College accommodation, or you live out, you can roll forward any unused dinner cash from Michaelmas to Hilary Term, and from Hilary to Trinity terms, respectively. You cannot roll forward any unused dinner cash over the Long Vacation.

If you are a Visiting Student, you will have your card preloaded at the start of each term, but there is no refund for any unused credit.

Payment for lunches, drinks and snacks

You will also have a cash account linked to your University Card. This lets you buy lunches during term and any meals during the vacations. It can be also be used to buy snacks in the Wolfson Hall and drinks at the College bar. £25 will be credited to the accounts of all students before the start of their first term.

Topping up your University Card

You can top-up your breakfast, dinner and lunch cash accounts at the Bursary on weekdays or online with your debit or credit card at

Your login name is the seven-digit number above the barcode on your University Card. The minimum payment is £10. If you've forgotten your password, please email (from your Nexus account, not your personal email address).