The Aston Meal Plan - Frequently Asked Questions


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, £43.00 will automatically be loaded onto your student ID card for you to spend on food and non-alcoholic drinks. This refreshes weekly; if you do not spend all of the money each week, the balance will carry over to the following week. The plan cannot be used in the student bars on campus or to purchase alcohol. This works out to approximately £8.60 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.

Who can use it?
The Aston Meal Plan is available to all Aston University students, whether they are living on or off campus. Whether you're beginning your university life as a first year, or returning from a placement year for your final year, the Aston Meal Plan is available to all.

I'm not an Aston Student, but I live on campus. Could I use it?
Absolutely. We have options available for students who are living on the Aston Campus, either in Aston Student Villages, the Old Fire Station or other nearby residential service providers. Contact us if you're a non-Aston student, we'd be happy to discuss these options with you.  

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. You can now use your meal plan at Eros Coffee Bar, too!

Will £43.00 be enough for a week? What if I need more?
We've worked out the meal plan allowance to equate to approximately £8.60 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 £43.00, you can use cash, credit/debit card, or the university cashless payment scheme called "Touch Pay" that runs on your ID card.

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

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. You pay a fixed amount at the beginning of the term which is automatically added to your ID card on a weekly basis. The meal plans work well if you're living on campus and want to eat on campus every day.

Touch Pay is a more flexible option where you can top up as you go. You can add as little at £5 to your ID card and use it to purchase food and drink. It's more flexible if you're not on campus every day. 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.

My question hasn't been answered here, who can I speak to?

Don't worry, if you haven't found the answers here, email our team and we'll answer them directly for you.