The Vale Village

Set in the beautiful surroundings of lakeside parkland, the Vale Village is the University’s largest accommodation site, home to more than 3,500 students in eight residences, including the unique Green Community.

A thriving community, the Vale Village hosts a number of popular social events throughout the year including a spectacular fireworks display and Vale Fest, a student-run music, dance and comedy festival.

The Vale is also home to our catered accommodation- Meal Plan, which offers you a flexible and convenient dining experience.

The Vale's lively community life centres around The Hub, offering catering outlets and social spaces it is a great place for you to hang out with your new friends in one of the bars or restaurants. There is also a well-stocked convenience store, a 24-hour reception and social spaces for you to study or relax in.

Catering Facilities at The Vale

There are five food outlets at The Vale (all available on Meal Plan) in addition to a Costcutter convenience store. Infusion is the main restaurant, whilst The Melt offers coffee and snacks and is home to the Pizza Shack in the evenings. The Hungry Duck, located above the Duck & Scholar student bar, is our take on street food, offering gourmet hot dogs. Chamberlain tower is also home to JC's Restaurant, offering a tex mex selection for you to dig in to in a table service setting.

Opening Times

  • Infusion  - Monday to Friday 4.30pm to 8.00pm and at weekends 9am to 7pm
  • The Melt - Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm
  • Pizza Shack - 5pm to 10pm Monday to Friday and at weekends is open from 4pm until midnight
  • The Hungry Duck - 5pm to 10pm Monday to Friday
  • JC's - 4pm to 9pm Monday to Friday with a late night bar till 10pm.

The Meal Plan is an easy way to pay for food at The Hub with funds held on your University ID card. Our catered accommodation is only offered at some of our residences: Aitken, Chamberlain, Elgar Court, 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. Please also note that all Meal Plan accommodation includes a kitchen with all your usual appliances so you can also cook your own meals if you wish.