Where to buy food and drink on campus

Find a place to eat or drink at the University of Birmingham: here we list every food and drink outlet on campus.

Download a PDF map showing everywhere to eat and drink on campus 

University of Birmingham - where to eat and drink map

To hire a venue for an event visit venuebirmingham, the conference, events, fine dining,  and bed and breakfast accommodation department of the University.  To organise catering to be delivered anywhere on campus contact Fresh Thinking, the University delivered catering department.

University Centre

Go Central: University Centre: R23

Go-CentralThis fantastic new vibrant dining facility offers a wide variety of freshly made food. 

  • Full English breakfast service available up to 11am
  • Serving a variety of traditional and international dishes with vegetarian and vegan options   

Opening Times:
Term Time 08:00 - 16:00

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The Food Court at University Centre: R23

Cafe-GoThe ground floor of University Centre has been redeveloped and extended and a new food court created with two new food outlets and extensive seating.

Cafe Go
For coffees, paninis, salads, soup, jacket potato bar, deli sandwiches, confectionery, snacks and hot and cold drinks.

Opening times
Term Time: 08:30 - 16:30
Vacation: 08:30 - 16:00

Go Express
For prepacked sandwiches, hot pasties and soup to take away

Opening times:
Term Time: 11:00 - 14:30

Go Mex
Burritos, nachos, fajita's, pulled BBQ pork, homemade chilli, hot Mexican grab and go sides

Opening times:
Term Time: 10:30 - 17:00
Vacation: 08:00 - 16:00 (open for breakfast as Go Central is closed in vacations)

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Costa Coffee at University Centre: R23

Costa-logoAccessible from the square in front of Staff House, this new Costa is in the new Metro design, with free Wi-Fi in the very large downstairs seating area, together with free to use computers.

Opening times:

  • Term Time: Monday - Friday 08:00 - 20:00, Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
  • Vacation: Monday - Friday 08:00 - 18:00, Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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Staff House

Cafe Aroma: Staff House: R24

Opening times:

  • Term Time: Monday to Friday: 09:00 - 16:00
  • Vacation: Monday to Friday: 09:00 – 15:00

Cafe Aroma in Staff House is open for hot coffees and tea, tray baked cakes and Danishes, sandwiches and hot paninis.

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Bratby Bar: Staff House: R24

BratbyOpening times:

  • Monday - Friday: 12:00 - 22:30

The Bratby, located on the ground floor of Staff House, is perfect if you want to relax, grab a drink and enjoy the company of colleagues and friends.

Food is served between 12:00 - 20:00

The Bratby is a great location for private parties and functions.

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Astor Restaurant: Staff House: R24

Astor-suiteEnjoy fine à la carte dining from our award winning chef in the Astor Restaurant on the top floor of Staff House. Open to both staff and students every weekday lunch time from 12 noon to 14:00, bookings can be made by email or by calling +44 (0)121 414 6252. For more information, visit venuebirmingham.com.

Noble Room: Staff House: R24

The Noble Room is a self-service restaurant on the 3rd floor of Staff House; open every weekday lunchtime from 12 noon to 14:00 with no need to book.

Guild of Students

Joe's Bar: Guild of Students: O1

The new Joe's Bar now serves food. By day you can visit Joe's for a drink and a bite to eat in-between lectures.

By night, Joe's transforms to host some of our most popular evening entertainments.

Subway: Guild of Students: O1

Our Subway franchise is a popular destination and serves the full Subway selection including sandwiches, wraps, salads and snacks.

Telephone: +44 (0)121 472 2223

Snacks and sandwiches: Guild of Students: O1

You can also get coffee from our Coffee Nation machine or Ben & Jerry's ice-cream and sandwiches from the Spar shop in the retail area.

Elsewhere on campus

Costa Coffee at the Bramall Music Building

Costa-logoCosta Coffee in the foyer of the new Bramall Music Building and serves coffee, sandwiches, cakes and chocolate, tea and hot chocolate.

When a musical performance is on in the auditorium the cafe transforms into the interval bar, with an excellent range of wines, bottled beers and spirits. 

Opening times:

  • Term Time: Monday to Friday 08:00 - 18:00
  • Vacation: Monday to Friday 08:00 - 16:30

    *Please note we are open longer on show nights.

Gisbert Kapp and Health Sciences: G8

Gisbert-KappOpening times: Monday to Friday

  • Term Time: 08:00 - 16:30
  • Vacation: 08.30 - 14.30

A modern coffee shop, located in the foyer of Gisbert Kapp and Health Sciences building on Pritchatts Road. Offering a wide range of Fairtrade coffee, freshly made soup, deli sandwiches and salads, jacket potato bar, prepacked sandwiches, panini's, chilled drinks, snacks and confectionery.

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Go @ OLRC: SG5

Opening times:

  • Term Time: 09:15- 14:15 Monday - Friday

A new coffee shop facility located in the foyer of  the Orchard Learning Resource Centre on the Selly Oak Campus, home to the BBC Drama Village.

Provides a wide range of sandwiches, panini's, jacket potatoes, soup, homemade cakes and speciality coffee's.

A vending facility is also available out of hours and at the Elmfield Building, Sovak Building and the Library.

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Starbucks in Muirhead Tower foyer: R21

StarbucksOpening times: Monday to Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Catering services are proud to present our Starbucks coffeehouse on the ground floor of the Muirhead Tower.

Enjoy a wide selection of the highest quality coffees and a wide range of food options to compliment. 

Cyber Go: Arts Building: R16

Cyber-GoOpening times: Term time only

  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 08:45 - 15:45
  • Wednesday and Friday: 08:45 - 15:00

Cyber Go (Mason Lounge in the Arts Building) is a popular take-away facility that offers a wide selection of cold drinks, sandwiches, pasties, snacks and confectionery.

A vending facility is also available out of normal opening hours.

There is a large cluster of free to use University computers in the cafe.

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Business School Cafe: O3

businessschoolcafeOpening times: 

  • Monday to Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
  • Friday 09:00 - 14:00

The Business School Coffee shop  is a bright, modern dining facility, located in the School Common Room (room G35, ground floor), offering Barista coffee, handmade cakes, sandwiches, salad boxes, panini, and snacks.

Proud to server Starbucks

A vending facility is also available out of opening hours.

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Mechanical Engineering Cafe: Y3

Mech-Eng-cafeOpening times: Term time only:

  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 09:00 - 16:00
  • Wednesday and Friday: 08:45 -15:00

The coffee shop offers sandwiches, jacket potatoes, freshly made soup, pasties, snacks and confectionery, Barista Faitrade coffee and homemade cakes. A vending machine is available for out of hours snacks. 

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Chemical Engineering Cafe: Y11

Chem-Eng-cafeOpening times:

Term Time: 09:30 - 15:30 Monday - Friday

Speciality coffees, homemade cakes, soup, prepacked sandwiches, panini and snacks.

With a vending machine for out of hours snacks. 

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Physics Coffee Lounge: R13

PhysicsOpening times:
Term time only

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 09:00 - 16:00

Wednesday: 09:00 - 15:30

Friday: 09:00 - 15:00

The coffee lounge in the Poynting Physics building offers staff and students a range of Barista fair-trade coffee, paninis, soup, sandwiches, snacks hot and cold drinks to eat in or take away.

A vending facility is available out of normal opening hours. 

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Food Court, Medical School: B1

Medicalcentrefoodcourt Opening times:

  • Term term: 08:00 - 17:00
  • Vacation: 08:00 - 15:00

The Food Court on the lower ground floor of the Wolfson Centre for Medical Education offers:

  • Breakfasts
  • Healthy traditional fayre, such as pies, casseroles and lasagnecosta-pod
  • Halal options
  • Jacket potatoes
  • Salad Bar
  • Freshly made soup
  • Speciality coffees and cold beverages
  • Eat in or take away options available
  • Deli bar
  • Homemade Cakes

A large vending facility, thje Costa Pod is available in the 1st floor Common Room of the Wolfson Centre,  open 10:30 - 14:30 in term and on open days, proud to serve Costa.

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Education: R19

education-skool-cafeOpening times:

  • 08:30 - 15:30 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
  • 08:30 - 15:00 Wednesday
  • 08:30 - 14:30 Friday
  • Vacations: 10:00 - 14:00

Hot and cold drinks, freshly made soup, sandwiches, pasties, snacks and confectionery.  

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Go2: The Learning Centre: R28

Go-2---Learning-CentreOpening times:

  • Term: 08:00 - 17:00
  • Vacation: 08:30 - 15:00

Hot and cold drinks, panini's, soup, sandwiches, pasties, snacks, confectionery and ice creams including a vending machine in the Computer Science Learning Centre. 

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The Undercroft, Biosciences: R27

UndercroftOpening times:

Term time only

Monday - Friday: 10:00 - 15:00 

Hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, pasties, snacks and confectionery, A vending facility is available out of normal opening hours. 

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Library Cafe

Opening times:

Term time: Monday to Friday: 08:00 – 22:00, Weekend: 09:00 – 17:00

Vacation: Monday to Sunday: 09:00 – 17:00
*Please note that the cafe space is open all week, however there is no counter service Saturday or Sunday

These times may vary, subject to change during the academic year

Grumpy Mule coffee & teapigs tea, Tiffin Sandwiches, toasties & paninis, Deli Bar salads & handmade Sandwiches, hot buttered toast, teacakes, porridge, freshly baked pastries, homemade Soup, homemade cakes, traybakes and loaf cakes,cream cakes, confectinary, crisps and Cold drinks.

Sport and Exercise Sciences - Y14

Sport-Ex-cafeOpening times: (term time only)

  • Monday: 08:30 - 16:00
  • Tuesday: 08:30 - 15:30
  • Wednesday: 08:30 - 14:30
  • Thursday: 08:30 - 15:30
  • Friday: 08:30 - 14:30

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The Vale student village

The Hub at the Vale Village

Opening times:


  • Monday to Friday: 16:30 - 20:30
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 - 20:30

The Melt:

  • Monday to Friday: 08:00 - 17:00
  • Vacation: Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 18:00

Pizza Shack:

  • Monday to Friday: 17:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday and Sunday: 14:00 - 22:00

The Duck and Scholar

  • Monday to Thursday: 17:00 - midnight
  • Friday: 17:00 - 01:00
  • Saturday: 13:00 - 01:00
  • Sunday: 13:00 - midnight

The Hungry Duck

  • Monday to Thursday: 17:00 - 21:00
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 17:00 - 22:30

JC's Restaurant and Bar

  • Monday to Friday: 16:00 - 21:00

Pritchatts Park

  • Monday to Friday: 17:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday and Sunday: 13:00 - midnight

InFusionInfusion Restaurant is a large, functional space and often serves up to 1000 students in a sitting. Infusion regularly plays host to large conferences and gatherings, from silver service banquets and large scale meetings, to conventions and student focus groups. This dynamic space can be adapted to suit most functions. Technical equipment such as microphone and PA systems, lighting displays and large screen projection equipment can be provided.


The-MeltThe Melt

Relax in one of the comfortable leather armchairs, whilst enjoying a coffee or light meal in the bright and airy surroundings of the Melt. Located at the Vale Village, the Melt is the perfect spot to catch up with friends, or set up with your lap top to catch up on work or to send emails.

The restaurant is open Monday to Friday from 08:00 until 17:00 and weekends 09:00 until 17:00. The Melt is open to all and is a great place to relax, eat or just chill with friends.

Breakfast is served Monday – Friday 08:00 – 11:00 and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 –12:00

  • 6 item breakfast £3.70

 Hot and cold drinks

  • Choice of tray bakes and doughnuts
  • Fresh fruit

Hot Lunches are served from 12:00 - 15:00

  • Panini’s
  • Fresh deli baguettes
  • Sandwiches
  • Salad and fruit pots
  • Freshly made smoothies, milkshakes and frappes

Both the Melt and Infusion are open at the weekend from 09:00.

The Duck and Scholar

The bar on the lower level serves drinks  - both alcoholic and soft - and a range of snacks, cigarettes, but no hot drinks. It shows all the major sports, and has live music and DJs, along with other events.

The Hungry Duck

Upstairs is the food outlet, serving a range of street foods, as well as soft drinks and cakes. Everything in The Hungry Duck is available on Meal Plan as well as cash.

Due to unforeseen circumstances there may be the need to change opening times; if and when this arises it will be clearly notified within the catering outlets.