The majority of University accommodation is located in the Vale Village, just 20 minutes walk from the main Edgbaston campus in landscaped, lakeside parkland. Both catered and self-catering accommodation is available and self-catering residents can use the catering outlets in The Hub on a ‘pay as you eat’ basis.
The Vale's lively community life centres on the food court and social activities at the Hub. Infusion is the main restaurant and The Melt offers snacks and coffee. Other facilities include a launderette, shop, bar and 24-hour reception. There is also a Vale Residents' Association which organises regular events.
The Hub is located in the heart of The Vale village and is the situated below Shackleton.
It provides recreational facilities including bars, restaurants, convenience store, The Vale
24 hour reception and a coin operated launderette. The Hub is available to all students
who want a meal, sandwich, coffee or relaxing drink.
Infusion is the main restaurant and The Melt offers snacks and coffee and is home to the Pizza Shack in the evenings. The Hungry Duck, located in the Duck and Scholar bar, is our take on street food, offering gourmet hot dogs. Meal Plan is accepted at all of these outlets Monday to Friday during term time.
Infusion is open Monday to Friday 4.30 to 8.00pm and at weekends 10am-3pm for a brunch and lunch service. The Melt is open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm (9am-5pm at weekends) and becomes the Pizza Shack at night,open until 10pm Monday-Wednesday and until midnight Thursday-Sunday.
The Meal Plan is an easy way for paying for food at The Hub with funds held
on The University ID card. Meal Plan is only offered at some of our residences: Aitken, Chamberlain, Elgar, Shackleton and some blocks at Maple Bank. Meal Plan can be added on to accommodation packages at other sites but it forms part of the whole accommodation offer at the sites listed above and cannot be removed.
Our outlets at The Hub have recently been substantially redeveloped, relocated and renamed. You can take a look around using Google Street View of the inside of The Hub:
View the inside of the Hub in full screen mode.
Virtual tour of the Vale reception
Shackleton is situated at the heart of the Vale Village community, located above The Hub. There are 15 studio apartments available to either postgraduates and undergraduates.
As well as apartments for postgraduates, Shackleton offers mainly catered accommodation for approximately 300 undergraduates through the Meal Plan.
Virtual tour of a Shackleton Studio Plus lounge
Virtual tour of a Shackleton Studio Plus bedroom
Mason is located at the south of the Vale Village. It offers 36 apartments with double beds which are suitable for couples.
Mason also accommodates over 800 undergraduate students in en-suite accommodation. This is a very popular site due to its pleasant views and close location to the campus. No car parking is available.
Virtual tour of a Mason self-catered Studio Apartment bedroom
Virtual tour of a Mason self-catered Studio Apartment kitchen
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