Catering Meal Plan Header
  • The 2015/16 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!

  • £7.50 is automatically added to your student ID card, each day, to purchase food and drink in the catering outlets on campus, Monday to Friday at a time to suit you. Your money carries over to the next day if you don't spend it all.

  • 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 day, £7.50 will automatically be loaded onto your student ID card for you to spend on food and non-alcoholic drinks. This refreshes daily; if you don't spend all of the £7.50, it will carry over to the next day. The plan cannot be used in the student bars on campus or to purchase alcohol.

Is there an incentive or a discount for signing up to the Meal Plan?
Yes. You'll receive a 10% discount on any food or drink you buy on the meal plan. There are no restrictions on this discount, it applies to any food or drink purchased on the Meal Plan in Tierra Food Court, DolcHeVita and CafeLibro.

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

Where can I use it?
You can use your Meal Plan in Tierra Food Court with six different food outlets providing everything from a Full English breakfast and COSTA Coffee to a salad and sandwich deli, DolcHeVita cafe with sandwiches, salads and hot foods, you can also use it in CaféLibro, serving sandwiches, paninis, Costa Coffee and soft drinks - Ideal if you're studying in the

Will £7.50 be enough for a day? What if I need more?
£7.50 will give you enough to cover two meals a day (Check out our menus below to see the kind of dishes on offer and the prices) so you can enjoy a balance of freshly prepared food on campus and cooking in your halls of residence. 
Don't worry, if you want to spend more than the £7.50, you can use cash or the Touch Pay cashless scheme at the till to add to the value on your card, or pay any difference in cash/card. 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 89p, toast with jam 39p and a glass of fruit juice 49p could be a typical breakfast. For lunch a sandwich meal deal is £2.69 including crisps or fruit and a soft drink. For dinner a hot meal including vegetables and potatoes would be £3.14 with a bottled soft drink or water for £1.08. These prices include the 10% discount you'll receive as part of the plan. 

What if I have a dietary requirement?
We cater for all sorts of diets on a daily basis, including halal, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free. 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 require you to pay an amount upfront, with money automatically made available on a daily basis. The meal plans work well if you're living on campus and want to eat on campus every day.

Touch Pay has less of a financial commitment up front and allows you to load as little as £10 and is designed to give you the freedom to spend when you want with money that never expires. It's more flexible if you're not on campus every day. 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
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.

Prices are correct at the time of publication but may be subject to slight change.

   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 September. 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) 

Payment links for 2015/16 plans are now available...

2015/2016 Terms:  Meal Plan Cost Pay Online...
Full Year: 31 Weeks/155 Days
 £1185.00 Pay Now >>>
Term 1: 21st September 2015 to 18th December 2015: 13 Weeks/65 Days   £487.50 Pay Now >>>
Term 2: 11th January 2016 to 18th March 2016: 10 Weeks/50 Days  £375.00 Coming soon
Term 3: 11th April 2016 to 18th June 2016: 9 Weeks/43 Days (Exc May Bank Hols)  £322.50 Coming soon 

Excellent Different Distinctive