Eating on campus
There are plenty of places to eat on campus. In the Main Building the contemporary food court, CaféTierra, offers hot meals from across the globe, Old El Paso range, grab and go snacks, sandwiches, salads and pastries, as well as COSTA coffee. New for 2012, there will be the Hot Wok bar and Rollover Hot Dogs. CaféLibro within Aston University Library also offers COSTA coffee and a host of grab and go sandwiches, pastries, snacks and paninis. More information. There are extensive vending services on campus, including a COSTA express.
In the Students' Guild you can get good quality pub grub from B4 Bar, sandwiches and snacks from the Guild Shop and there's also a Subway.
Aston's catered packages offer great value and ensure you have one less thing to worry about when you arrive on campus. You can pay for your breakfast and dinner in advance by term or for the full academic year and save 10% off the already discounted student prices.
The DINEAU meal plans are managed through your student ID uniCARD and meals are available from the Traditional Food counter in CaféTierra food court, Monday to Friday during term time. You can choose to pre pay either breakfast and dinner, or dinner only. Visit the Catering pages for more information.
Pay for food and drink on campus using your student uniCARD and save 10% each time you spend. Simply load funds through the online portal and activate your card in CafeTierra, and you’re ready to go. It's a safe, simple and secure way to pay for your food across campus which is completely cash free AND it’s built into your student ID uniCARD, so there’s no extra card to carry.
It's ideal to accompany your DINEAU catered package and gives you complete freedom as there's no restriction on when you can use it. Choose any food or drink in CaféTierra and CaféLibro, Monday to Friday and you can use your Touch Pay card.
The card can be loaded with funds before you arrive on campus and you can top up throughout the year if you’re running low. You can even ask your parents or guardians to treat you throughout the year, maybe for birthdays or Christmas as they can access the portal from home too! As a Touch Pay account holder, you’ll also enjoy some great, exclusive discounts throughout the year. More information.
Eating off campus
Birmingham is full of great value pubs cafes and restaurants, and many offer student discounts, close to campus. Head to Chinatown, the Arcadian Centre, Corporation Street, Broad Street or the Bullring and you're bound to find something you like, or check out one of Birmingham's many curry houses.
Supermarkets & markets
There's a shop on campus for the essentials, and several larger stores within walking distance of campus. If you want to stock up for a few weeks there are also bigger supermarkets close by. The Bullring Market is open Tuesdays - Saturdays and is a great place to buy cheap, fresh fruit and veg.
What to bring
Don't bring too much food with you when you move in - just enough to see you through the first week or so. If your parent's are dropping you off at Aston, make use of their car and get them to take you food shopping!