The University of Newcastle, Australia

Food and bars

We have a wide range of cafes, restaurants and bars across our Callaghan, Newcastle City precinct and Central Coast campuses. So whether you're looking for a quiet spot for a coffee or drink, or a place to catch up with friends for a bite to eat, we've got plenty of options for you. We also have a café on hand in each of our libraries providing coffee, snacks and lunches.

Our food and beverage outlets and their locations can be found below:

Callaghan

Location: Hunter Food Court, H-B19D

Semester opening hours:  Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

Non-semester opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4pm

Aroma Café has a wide selection of fresh salads, wraps sandwiches and hot meals, along with great speciality coffee, hot drinks and a large assortment of cold beverages. Gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options are available.

Aroma also offers catering. Check out their website.

Location: L-271, Auchmuty Library, Callaghan

Opening hours semester weekdays: 7.00am to 7.00pm.

Opening hours semester weekends: 11.00am - 4.00pm

Opening hours non-semester weekdays: 8.00am to 4.00pm

The café provides people who want to eat healthy with a fast, easy and nutritional solution. The café serves a range of grab and go salads, wraps and sandwiches as well as a diverse range of chef prepared meals which are restaurant quality, calorie controlled, low in sodium, free from preservatives and additives. Drop in for great coffee and pick up a healthy and nutritious snack.

Keep Cup Discount: Yes

Location: Hunter side, UH-212

Cafe opening hours

During semester: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
Non-semester: Monday to Friday, 8am to 3pm

Bar opening hours

During semester: Monday to Friday, 11.30am to 7pm
Non-semester: Monday to Friday, 11.30am to 3pm

The go-to place for students, the Bar on the Hill is the centre of entertainment at the University of Newcastle, with nightly events, including bingo, trivia and free games rotating on Wednesday nights, a weekly Thursday night student party, and on-campus members' draw every Friday.

The cafe serves up a wide variety of delicious, healthy and well-priced breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. With Suspension coffee, a fresh juice bar, and licensed bar, BotH has all your drink options covered. Bar on the Hill is also one of Newcastle’s best live music venues, hosting some of Australia’s best artists, bands and international guests.

Check out our Facebook for upcoming events and make sure you tag yourself when you are here! And if you're a student you can see a full list of events at Bar on the Hill in the 'what's on' section of YAK magazine

The University of Newcastle is committed to providing an environment which is safe and enjoyable for customers and staff at Bar on the Hill. We aim to serve our customers in a responsible, friendly and professional manner, and to meet the conditions of our liquor license.

Location: Hunter Food Court, H-B19A

Semester opening hours: Monday - Friday, 8am to 3pm

Non-semester opening hours: Monday - Friday 8am to 2.30pm

Closed weekends.

Boost Juice offers a range of healthy smoothies and juices, dairy free crushes, and freshly squeezed juices made to order.

Download their app to preorder at https://www.boostjuice.com.au/vibe/

Opening hours semester weekdays: 7am to 8pm

Semester weekends: 11am to 4pm

Non-semester weekdays: 8am to 4pm

Non-semester weekends: 11am to 4pm

Providing people who want to eat healthy with a fast, easy and nutritious solution. The café serves a range of grab-and-go salads, wraps and sandwiches as well as a diverse range of chef-prepared meals which are restaurant quality, calorie controlled, low in sodium, free from preservatives and additives.

Drop in for great coffee and pick up a healthy snack.

Location: Shortland Building, US-201

Semester opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

Non-semester opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm

Chill out and indulge at Gloria Jean's Coffees with your favourite drink of choice. Serving a quality selection of hot and cold drinks from the classic cappuccino to their signature cold-brew iced coffee.

There is also a tempting selection of sweet and savoury food options to choose from, including gluten free and vegan.

Location: Shortland Building, US-209

Semester opening hours: Monday to Friday, 11am to 6pm

Non-semester opening hours: Monday to Friday, 11am to 3pm

The perfect place to relax in between lectures and tutorials with cosy booths and an outdoor balcony, the Godfrey Tanner Bar is as relaxed as its namesake. Located on the Shortland side of campus, the GT bar serves up an American style dining experience and hosts regular Q&A nights, knitting nights, open-mic nights and lively debates. The bar also hosts regular games of trivia, pool comps and Tanner Tuesdays.

Professor Godfrey Tanner was  a conspicuous character. From one perspective, having a bar named after you is a somewhat dubious honour. In Tanner's case, it's an indication of the extent to which he was happy to meet students on their own terms. He was always involved in the student life of the University, and was extremely generous and supportive. Many remember him with great fondness, and suggest that Tanner was the exemplar of the University spirit in Newcastle. Of course, that being the case, it's quite apt that we acknowledge that with a bar. So if you are one of the people who have, like Godfrey Tanner, realised that university life isn't just about studying, the Godfrey Tanner Bar is the place for you.

Don't forget to check out our Facebook and Instagram. And make sure you tag yourself when you are here! You can also see a full list of events at Godfrey Tanner Bar in the 'what's on' section of YAK magazine.

The University of Newcastle is committed to providing an environment which is safe and enjoyable for customers and staff at Godfrey Tanner Bar. We aim to serve our customers in a responsible, friendly and professional manner, and to meet the conditions of our liquor license. Review our House Policy here.

Location: HA-115, Huxley Library, Hunter Building

Opening hours semester weekdays: 7.30am to 6.00pm

Opening hours non-semester weekdays: 8.00am to 4.00pm

With a wide range of freshly made and locally sourced meals including poke bowls, wraps, salads, and hot meals such as beef korma, slow cooked lamb, or poached salmon, the cafe also has a range of healthy snacks including protein ball and bars and, of course, great coffee..

Keep cup discount: Yes

Location: Shortland Building, US-231

Semester opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm

Non-semester opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4pm

Mamaduke is a cosy cafe that is the perfect place to meet up with friends for a coffee or bite to eat. The cafe seats 100 and offers a-la-carte style menu with seasonal specials for breakfast, lunch and special event bookings for functions and cocktail parties.

Location: Food court in the Shortland Building, US-235

Semester opening hours: Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm

Non-semester opening hours: Monday to Friday, 11am to 2pm

Closed weekends

Let our experienced chefs serve your favourite, made-to-order rice and noodle dishes, with a great selection of beef, chicken, vegetarian and seafood meals.

Location: H-B17, Hunter Building, Callaghan

Opening hours semester weekdays: Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 5.00pm, Friday: 8.30am to 4.30pm

Opening hours non-semester weekdays: Monday to Friday 9.30am to 2.00pm

You can purchase lollies, chocolate, fresh fruit, sandwiches, yoghurt, drinks, chips, ice cream, pies, sausage rolls and general supplies including Stationery. Everything you need to get you through your uni day!

Location: US-222, Shortland Building, Callaghan.

Opening hours semester weekdays: Monday to Friday: 8.00am to 7.00pm, Friday: 8.00am to 5.00pm

Opening hours non-semester weekdays: 9.30am to 2.00pm

You can purchase lollies, chocolates, fresh fruit, sandwiches, yoghurt, drinks, chips, ice cream, pies, sausage rolls and general supplies including stationary. Everything you need to get through your uni day!

Location: Shortland Building, US-304

Semester opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Non-semester opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm

Closed weekends

If you're after authentic Chinese food, Sinofood Café is the place to curb your cravings. They make mouth-watering dumplings fresh onsite and bubble tea with toppings of the day.

Location: Hunter, H-B19C

Opening hours semester weekdays: 10.30am to 5.30pm

Non-semester weekdays: 10.30am to 2.30pm

Sinofood Cafe in the Hunter Building serves up authentic Chinese food, made to order noodle dishes as well as steamed dumplings and dim sims.

Location: Shortland Building, US-226

Semester opening hours: 8am to 6pm

Non-semester opening hours: 9am to 6pm

Closed weekends

Subway is a fast-food franchise that primarily offers healthy submarine sandwiches and salads. Subway is a popular choice for lunch on campus with both students and staff. They offer a huge range of fresh subs (including yummy breakfast subs!), wraps, salads, cold drinks and the famous Subway cookie!

Gluten-free and vegetarian options, as well as catering, are available.

Location: The Forum, SCH-306

Opening hours, weekdays (including non-semester): 7am to 7pm

Open weekends: 8am to 2pm

The Juice Dr provides all things fresh from delicious fruit salads, healthy wraps, fruit smoothies, freshly made fruit and vegetable juices and coffee.

You can also stock up on your bulk bag of coffee beans.

Location: Shortland Building, US-227

Semester opening hours: Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 5.30pm

Non-semester opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Closed weekends

Serving a selection of coffees, teas, juices and smoothies, as well as a range of healthy snack and meal options.

Location: Shortland Building, US-143

Semester opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm

Non-semester opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 3pm

Closed weekends.

The Uni Bakehouse is all about delicious food at affordable prices. They serve a great range of fresh bakery items including sausage rolls, pies, pastries, muffins and other sweet treats. Uni Bakehouse has worked its way into the hearts of students and staff at the Uni and aims to offer the best-tasting, value for money food with the friendliest and fastest service on campus.

Make sure you like their Facebook page for cheaper than cheap afternoon discounts!

Newcastle City

Location: NeW Space, XG12

Opening hours semester weekday: 7am to 9pm
Semester weekends: 9am to 2pm
Non-semester Weekdays
: 8am to 9pm
Non-semester Weekends: 9am to 2pm

With a focus on healthy living, meals are prepared fresh daily by chefs, and are free from chemicals and added sugar, low in sodium and high in nutritional value. The menu is affordable with a wide range of freshly made and locally sourced meals including poke bowls, wraps, salads, and hot meals such as beef korma, slow-cooked lamb and poached salmon.

The cafe also has a range of healthy snacks, including protein ball and bars - and, of course, great coffee.

Ourimbah

Blue Gum Cafe

Location: IRC-101a, Ourimbah Library

Opening hours semester weekday: 8am to 5pm

Conveniently located for those spending many hours studying in the library or on your way to the lecture theatres or Classrooms North, Blue Gum Cafe offers a variety of food, snacks and drinks.

The Millery Café Bar

Location: SA-136, Student Amenities building

Opening hours semester weekday: 7.30am to 2pm

Cafe Bar serves a range of freshly made wraps, frittatas and focaccias, as well as cakes and slices. You will also be able to pick yourself up an espresso hit or some tantalising tea and – of course – a beer or two at the bar. Happy Hour is every Friday 12 – 1pm.

The Millery Cafeteria

Location: SA-136, Student Amenities building

Opening hours semester weekday: 9am to 2pm

From freshly made burgers and hot meals to sandwiches, the Cafeteria features a wide range of choices for lunch and snacks. There is plenty of seating both indoors and outdoors, so kick up your feet in between classes or take in the lunchtime entertainment.

Survival stations

Providing filtered hot and cold water as well as access to free microwaves, you can find student kitchens at:

  • Callaghan campus: Next to Shortland Student Central in the Shortland Building.
  • The Hunter Building has a Student Kitchen behind the courtyard – near HB15.
  • In the Auchmuty Information Common (AIC). We have a huge student kitchen and social study space adjacent to Boost Juice
  • Newcastle City Precinct: On level 1 of NeW Space, towards the back of the building.
  • Ourimbah campus: The top floor of the library, at the lecture theatres and at classrooms south.
  • Port Macquarie campus: In the canteen block