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The 2015/16 Aston 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 automatically spread the money out over the whole term/year for you.

  • £37.50 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. 

  • Your money carries over to the next week if you don't spend it all. 

  • £37.50 is based on allowing £7.50 for food and drink, daily, Monday to Friday.

  • 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.

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, £37.50 will automatically be loaded onto your student ID card for you to spend on food and non-alcoholic drinks. This refreshes weekly; if you don't spend all of the £37.50, it will carry over to the next week. The plan cannot be used in the student bars on campus or to purchase alcohol. This works out to approximately £7.50 per day, Monday to Friday.

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, Cafe66 with sandwiches, salads and hot foods, you can also use it in CaféLibro, serving sandwiches, paninis, Starbucks Coffee and soft drinks - Ideal if you're studying in the library.

Will £37.50 be enough for a week? What if I need more?
We've worked out the meal plan allowance to equate to approximately £7.50 per day, Monday to Friday. This should 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 £37.50, you can use cash, credit/debit card, or the Touch Pay cashless scheme at the till to add to the value on your card, Click here for more information on Touch Pay.

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 week, 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 a fixed 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 Meal Plan. Here are just a few of the dishes available in the Tierra 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, 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, on request. email catering@aston.ac.uk

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