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  • The Meal Plans allow you to pay for your food and drinks at the start of the Academic Year in September, or at the start of each term. We then spread the money out over the whole term/year for you!

  • £50 is automatically added to your student ID card, each week, to purchase food and drink in the catering outlets on campus, Monday to Friday at a time to suit you. It refreshes weekly, money isn't carried over.

  • It's a great way to budget and means you're guaranteed money for food, right up until the last day of the year or term, depending on your chosen plan.

How does it work?
Meal Plans are a budgeting tool. You pre-pay an amount in advance for a full term or the full academic year. Once you've paid, every week, £50 will automatically be loaded onto your student ID card for you to spend on food and non-alcholic drinks. This refreshes weekly; unspent funds cannot be carried over. The plan cannot be used in the student bars on campus to purchase alcohol.

When can I use it?
You can use your DINEAU Meal Plan from 8am to 11.30am and from 2.30pm to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday during Term Time.

Where can I use it?
You can use your DINEAU Meal Plan in the CafeTierra Food Court with six different food outlets providing everything from a Full English breakfast and COSTA Coffee to a noodle bar and sandwich deli. You can also use it in CafeLibro, serving sandwiches, paninis, Costa Coffee and soft drinks - Ideal if you're studying in the

Will £10 be enough for a day? What if I need more?
£10 will give you enough to cover three meals a day (Check out our menus below to see the kind of dishes on offer and the prices) Don't worry, if you want to spend more than the £10.00, you can use cash or the Touch Pay cashess scheme at the till to add to the value on your card, or pay any difference in cash/card. Simply click here for more information on Touch Pay.

Can you give me an example of what I may eat and what it would cost?
Of course... a bowl of cereal with milk 99p, toast with jam 44p and a glass of fruit juice 55p could be a typical breakfast. For lunch a sandwich meal deal is £2.99 including crisps or fruit and a soft drink. For dinner a hot meal including vegetables and potatoes would be £3.49 with a bottled soft drink or water for £1.20. In total that's £9.66 for three meals.

What if I have a dietary requirement?
If you have any specific dietary requirements that you would like to check we are able to accommodate within the meal plans, or any other questions regarding the catered packages, please email catering@aston.ac.uk.

What is the difference between the Meal Plan and Touch Pay?
The meal plans are a budgeting tool, to ensure you have money set aside for food, every day, during term time, whereas Touch Pay is a more flexible option where you can top up as you go. 
The meal plans work well if you're living on campus and want to eat on campus every day.
Touch Pay allows you to load as little as £10 and a maximum of £100 and is designed to give you the freedom to spend when you want with money that never expires. Touch Pay also gives you a 10% discount at the till, each time you use it. It's our way of saying thank you for eating on campus. We'd recommend Touch Pay if you don't want to commit to three meals a day or if you're living off campus and won't necessarily be on campus to eat three times a day.

We've taken your feedback on board for the Meal Plans and you can now choose from an even great range of dishes when you're on the DINEAU Meal Plan. Here are just a few of the dishes available in the CafeTierra Food Court:


"The Big Breakfast" Full English Breakfast £3.39
The Vegetarian cooked breakfast £2.69
Cereals 99p    Porridge 89p    Breakfast Baps from £1.89    Slice of buttered toast with jam 44p
Glass of fruit juice 55p

Your COSTA Coffee favourites
Regular Americano £1.79    Regular Latte/Cappuccino £2.15    Regular Mocha £2.29    Tea £1.39

Jacket Potato with baked beans or cheese £2.69
Jacket Potato with Tuna or Chilli £2.99
    Fresh deli made baguettes with choice of fillings from £2.29 - £3.29
Salad shakers from £1.99 to £2.99
Range of sandwiches from £1.99 and paninis from £3.29
Hot Wok sweet and sour vegetables with noodles £3.59
Szchuen Pork with noodles £3.99
Hot Wok meal deal with noodles and bottled soft drink £4.99

American Burger Meal Deal £2.60
Beef in pepper sauce with potatoes and vegetables £3.49
Rollover Hot Dog Meal Deal £3.10
Breaded haddock with potatoes and vegetables £3.99
Honey and Sesame pork with potatoes and vegetables £3.99
Mixed bean casserole with potatoes and vegetables £2.85
Lancashire Hot Pot with potatoes and vegetables £3.99
Seafood paella £3.99
Hot puddings from 99p

Pastries and Croissants from 85p
Chocolates, Cakes, Muffins, Flapjacks, Shortbreads and other snacks from 60p
500ml bottles Coca Cola, Pepsi, Tango, 7up £1.20
Bottled water £1.00
Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate from 99p

There's plenty of other food available too... this is just an example!

If you have any specific dietary requirements that you would like to check we are able to accommodate within the meal plans, or any other questions regarding the catered packages, please email catering@aston.ac.uk.

   Catering@Aston, DINEAU Catered Scheme, Room MB G10, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham B4 7ET 

Choose whether you'd like to pay by term or for the full year, you will then be directed to the Aston University "Quick Pay" website where you can enter your details and pay using a credit or debit card. Your plan will then automatically be activated at the start of Term in October. When you make your payment online, this is taken as acceptance of the terms and conditions. The full Terms and Conditions are available online. Click here. (Opens in new window)


2014/2015 Terms:  Meal Plan Cost Pay Online...
Term 1: 5th October to 20th December 2014: 11 Weeks/55 Days   £550.00 Pay Now >>>
Term 2: 11th January to 28th March 2015: 11 Weeks/55 Days  £550.00 Pay Now >>>
Term 3: 19th April to 13th June 2015: 8 Weeks/40 Days   £400.00 Pay Now >>>
Full Year: 30 Weeks/150 Days  £1500.00 Pay Now >>>


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