Meals at St Edmund Hall are one of the most sociable aspects of studying here with our 270 seater Dining Hall meaning that the whole College community can eat together, but there’s always room to sit with friends. We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and brunch is available at weekends.

The quality and variety of the food is exceptional, with Head Chef John McGeever using his extensive experience of five star hotel and restaurant catering to produce delicious meals. Our food is consistently highly rated by staff and students and is available at competitively low prices. Our award-winning team of chefs aim to meet all your dietary needs, and we regularly provide vegetarian, vegan, kosher and halal meals.

Formal Hall

On Tuesdays and Thursdays during term time there is the option of Formal Hall which is served after the usual informal dinner. This is a traditional part of Oxford college life, and an opportunity to do some thing a bit different, which is very popular with our students. On Sundays we have introduced a new Black Tie Formal Hall dinner which follows Evensong. The cost of a Formal Hall dinner is currently £16.80, which includes an enhanced three-course menu and wine, and is fantastic value when compared to restaurant prices. Students may bring up to three guests (on Sunday only – one guest on Tuesdays and Thursdays), and so formals are a nice opportunity to celebrate events such a birthdays or the end of exams.

A dessert at Formal Hall

Paying for breakfasts and dinners

In the interests of fairness to all members of the College, students living in College pay for a minimum number of the available breakfasts and dinners. Those living in annexes or private accommodation pay for fewer as they are likely to eat in College less frequently, and all students are entitled to a small number of refunds each term for missed meals. Payment is made via University Card in the Wolfson Dining Hall.

Paying for lunches, drinks and snacks

You will also have a cash account linked to your University Card (which you can top up online or in the Bursary). This lets you buy lunches on a pay-as-you-go basis during term and any meals during the vacations. It can be also be used to buy snacks in the Wolfson Hall. £25 will be credited to the accounts of all students before the start of their first term.

I heard so much about the quality of food at Teddy Hall before arriving but it’s certainly lived up to that reputation. Our head chef is amazing, and every meal is brilliant, even for a fussy eater like me!

Haseem, undergraduate studying Economics and Management