Meal Plan

If you want to enjoy great tasting, great value food, or if you just find the idea of having to cook for yourself quite daunting, our meal plan could be the perfect option for you. With access to food in a variety of outlets on campus and in the Oadby Student Village, our meal plan gives you the flexibility to enjoy student life.


Why should I pick the Meal Plan?

1.No need to worry about a weekly food shop or preparing meals after a long day of lectures.

2.Learn a valuable life skill and manage your money throughout each term.

3.Gain access to exclusive offers, available to Meal Plan holders only.

4.Enjoy socialising over food, eating with your friends and meeting new people.

5.Eat delicious food every day made by our award winning chefs.

6.Choose from a range of outlets and wide variety of cuisines, including vegetarian and gluten free options.

7.Plan your day however you want. Whether you’re on campus or in Oadby Student Village.

8.Top up your account with extra money whenever you need to.

9.Manage your meals in a way that suits you. Prefer a big breakfast or a huge evening meal? Its up to you how you spend your allowance.

10.You are in control. The money in your account rolls over into each term and even the next academic year, meaning you don’t waste a penny.

How does it work?

You will receive your food allowance in three installments in line with the start of each term. You’ll gain valuable experience in how to budget to make your money last, but if you do run out you’ll still have the option of adding money to your account. Your parent/ guardian can even top-up your allowance from home!

It’s easy for you to keep track of the money you spend with our Meal Plan app- Upay Chilli. Pay in our outlets using your smartphone and never worry about having to carry cash around. You can view your balance, loyalty points and keep up to date with the latest offers.

Where can I use the Meal Plan

You can use the Meal Plan in any of our outlets! This includes all of our outlets on campus, and Oadby Student Village. You can use it to purchase main meals, snacks and drinks. The only exclusion is alcohol! If you’re not sure what to have to eat, have a look at our Outlet pages and use the filters to help make your selection!

How do I budget the Meal Plan?

You are in control of how you spend your money. Our Meal Plan offers you the flexibility to budget your allowance in a way that suits you. You can pick which meals you spend your allowance on. You can also adjust your daily spend depending on when you will be here in Leicester. We are giving you the chance to budget your spend around your own calendar so you won’t lose out!

What if I have money left at the end of the term?

Our roll over system means that you never lose any money with our Meal Plan; if you have any money left over it will remain in your account until you spend it. This doesn’t just include each term; if you have money left at the end of the year, it will stay on your account to use the following year.

What if I run out of money?

If you get to the final week of term and don’t quite have enough money, don’t panic! You can top up your account yourself, or your parent or guardian can top it up for you from home.

Can I cook my own food if I am on the Meal Plan?

Absolutely! Some of our accommodation comes with the Meal Plan included in your rent. All sites with the Meal Plan included have small kitchenettes fitted with combi-ovens or microwaves and cupboard space, meaning that you also have the option to prepare simple meals and snacks.

How much does an average meal cost?

We have a variety of meals to suit every budget, it up to you how to spend it! You can get yourself a jacket potato on campus for around £3.50 or you could get a chicken stir fry with rice and vegetables in Chi for £6.50 There are so many options that you will always be able to find something to suit your daily budget.

What if I have a special diet?

All of our outlets cater to vegetarian and gluten free diets (we were the first University to receive the Coeliac UK Accreditation!) This website allows you to search through all of our menus depending on your dietary requirements- have a look at the outlet pages for more information. We also have allergen information in each outlet, just ask the staff for help. Do you have other dietary requirements that you would like to discuss with us? Send us an email at and we will be in touch.

Can I opt out of the Meal Plan?

If you are in Meal Plan accommodation, your catering and residence agreement is connected, so we are unable to separate these. If you are having trouble with the Meal Plan or struggling to budget, drop us an email at and we will give you some help!

How can I give feedback on the Meal Plan?

Drop us an email at or get in touch via our social media pages! Whatever your feedback is, we would love to hear it! Also keep a look out on our social media pages for surveys and questions – they often involve the chance to win a prize!