Catering and food options

At Student Living, residents have the option of choosing from catered living or self-catered rooms with communal kitchens.

Catered residents

If you live in Main Hall or Cutler North at Edwards Hall, your meals are included in the weekly room rate and you'll get to enjoy 16 freshly prepared meals per week at the Dining Hall.

To see the current menu, click here.

If you have a certain dietary requirement (allergies, intolerance, vegetarian etc.) we are more than happy to accommodate you to the best of our ability. Call our customer service team on 4913 8888 and advise us of your name, student number and dietary restriction and we will forward the information to the kitchen staff.

To make it easier for you to avoid foods you can't have, there are also allergy disclosures on all the meals in the Dining Hall.

MONDAY TO FRIDAY7:30am - 9:30amNO SERVICE PROVIDED5pm - 7:30pm
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY8am - 9:30am11:30am - 1:30pm5pm - 7pm

Residents can pre-arrange take away dinners, but it must be organised with the chef no later than 9:30am on the day.

If you have a class that interferes with meal times, you can pick your meal up early by asking the kitchen beforehand or a friend can collect your meal as long as they have your student card or a photo of it.

Catered residents are automatically registered on our catering system when they get here via their student card and are provided with a takeaway container. Since you are registered using your student card, you must bring it with you to the Dining Hall when you collect your meals.

All utensils, cutlery and crockery and drinking cups are provided to residents so you don't need to bring your own.

Please make sure you wear shoes and covered clothing (no bikinis or bare chests) to avoid burns and spills.

The Edwards Hall Dining Hall is an alcohol-free zone. You can, however, have alcohol outside on the patio if you'd like to have your meal with a drink.

Catered residents now have the option to register for a Breakfast Pack! That means you can take your breakfast away and have your breakfast in bed!

Registering for a Breakfast Pack

To get your Breakfast Pack, you will need to register with the Dining Hall kitchen staff before the end of breakfast the day before you wish to collect your pack. For example, you would register on Monday morning, pick your pack up Monday dinner and have your breakfast in bed on Tuesday morning.

If you'd prefer to plan ahead, you can also register in advance for the entire week. Breakfast Packs are available Monday to Friday. If you'd like to do so, you would need to pick up your breakfast pack at dinner for the next morning.

When you register, you'll need to provide your name, your Student Card number and any dietary requirements.

The Breakfast Pack contains:

  • 2 x slices of white bread*
  • A mix of packet spreads (jam, butter, marmalade etc.)
  • Cereal
  • Full cream milk*
  • 1 x piece of fruit

*Individual dietary requirements can be catered for.

Collecting your Breakfast Pack

You can pick your Breakfast Pack up from the Edwards Hall Dining Hall during the dinner session of the night before.

When you go to pick up your pack, you must show your Student Card. The Dining Hall staff will then mark your name off and give you your pack.

Self-catered residents

All other residences are self-catered and our residents have access to communal or private kitchens, depending on which room you are living in. Residents are supplied with a kettle, toaster, a cooktop and a fridge/freezer. To find out what your kitchen contains, check out the inclusions with your room type.

If you decide you don't want to cook for yourself, you can opt in to a meal plan during your time with us (with the exception of Blue Gum House which is entirely self-catered).

You can choose from:

  • 16 meals package for $127.50 per week.
  • 5 meals package for $52.00 per week.
  • Casual meal vouchers for $12.00 each.

Please contact the Student Living Customer Service Team either by calling (02) 4913 8888 or visiting West Tower for more information.

Shopping CentreLocationDistance from UONGetting ThereAvailable Shops
Stockland JesmondBlue Gum Road, Jesmond2kmDrive, walk, shuttleWoolworths, Big W, Pharmacy, Food Outlets
Waratah Shopping VillageTurton Road, Waratah3.5kmDrive, public transportColes, 24/7 Kmart, Pharmacy
Mayfield AldiMaitland Road, Mayfield3.8kmDrive, public transportClose to Woolworths, Pharmacy and Food Outlets
Lisarow Plaza1 Parsons Road, Lisarow (Central Coast)12.1kmDrive, public transportColes, Woolworths, Pharmacy, Newsagent and Food Outlets

Love Food on-campus

Love Food on-campus is all about getting more out of your groceries, finding out about the awesome food-related things on campus and cutting down on the edible food that is sent to landfill. Finding the cheap or free food available to you on campus and cooking your own meals rather than buying convenience food reduces costs and can be a great way of meeting your neighbours! Saving money, eating well and saving the planet - what's not to love?

Find out more about how to make the most out of your food below:

You don't have to be a master chef to eat well on-campus, so here a few tips to help you stay healthy and cook better on-campus!

Plan Ahead

It might sound basic, but thinking about the week ahead will save you time and money when it comes to buying and cooking food. If you're going to take advantage of a free BBQ/Veggie lunch once or twice a week, don't buy the groceries to cover those days. You spend less at the checkout and won't waste any food.

Write (and stick to) a shopping list

Don't be tempted by the 2 for 1 deal at the supermarket if you're not actually going to use them. There's no point saving $5 one day, only to throw the food in the bin a few days later. Save your money for more important things.

Cook with friends!

What better way is there to make lasting friendships with your UON neighbours than cooking and eating together? Get a bunch of your friends together to use up food that's starting to look a bit sad, fire up the BBQ or take over the communal kitchen. This will not only save some food that might have been headed to landfill, but it will also cement your friendships for long after you leave UON.

Get more out of your groceries by being storage savvy.


A freezer works like a 'pause' function. The quicker food is frozen, the faster the natural deterioration process stops. Your freezer is great for storing leftovers for easy mid-week meals. More time for seeing friends, less time on cooking!


Storing food in the fridge will keep it fresher for longer. Make sure your fridge is running effectively. Check the door seals and make sure the temperature is set at 3 - 4°C. Start an “eat me first" section of your fridge so that all those half tomatoes and other veggies get used up.

Airtight Containers

Airtight containers with snug-fitting lids are perfect for storing items in the fridge, freezer or cupboard. And they make the perfect snacks to get you through those 2 hour lectures!

Airtight Jars

Airtight jars are great for storing flour, rice and couscous in the cupboard, as well as storing leftover liquids like salad dressing in the fridge. This is a great way to re-use jars and other containers.

Paper Towels

Some vegetables “sweat" moisture (e.g. mushrooms, strawberries and cucumbers) and this causes faster deterioration. Absorb this moisture by placing one or two paper towels on the top and/or bottom of the airtight containers the food is stored in. Change the wet paper towels every few days for the best result.

If you don't get to that last serve of leftovers in time, there are lots of ways you can save your food from heading to landfill.

Share with your neighbours

This is your first and best option. You save food from going to landfill and make someone's day by taking care of their dinner. This is also a great way to get to know who you're living with. After all, who would turn down free food?

Compost it

The UON Community Garden at the Callaghan campus has 2 compost bins that turn your food scraps into nutrient-rich compost. This compost then helps to grow more delicious produce in the garden. Clean out your food scraps and close the loop on-campus. Win-win!

Throw it out

Your red lid bin is destined for landfill so be sure that you've thought of ways to re-use, re-purpose or re-home your food before you chuck it out. When food is sent to landfill it produces methane, a gas 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide in trapping heat in the atmosphere. Your food has gone through a lot to get to your plate so think twice before you waste it.