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Caf├ęs, bars and social spaces

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The Union Bar

The Union bar is the University's main social hub with a fully stocked bar, a variety of food available and a popular schedule of events including Karaoke, Open Mic and DJ slots on throughout the week.

A 'Pub Grub' menu is available daily along with our very own pizza delivery service The Union Bar and adjoining Monte Hall is also home to popular club night THE BOP, held every Friday night throughout the term.

Hive Café

The Hive Café is run by Growhampton, the Student Union's social enterprise, built from recycled shipping containers. The café hosts regular events, including film screenings, a pop-up thrift shop, bike workshop, live music and more. It serves fresh produce grown on campus at a weekly Market Day and is the main vegan outlet on campus.

The Hive is in Digby Square, which has outdoor seating, table tennis tables and hosts lively events including an annual German-style Christmas market.

The Sett

The Sett is a social space in Whitelands College, and includes a table tennis table, book exchange, large-screen TV and kitchen space for students

The Digby Den and Diner

The Digby Den is a social space that includes sofas, large-screen TVs, kitchen space to allow students to warm their own food and a small stage area that student societies often use to hold events.

The Diner serves seasonal main meals, including pizza, salad bar and food cooked to order.

Whitelands Canteen

The Whitelands Canteen, overlooking Richmond Park, serves hotfood, snacks, sandwiches and drinks.

Food served varies across the week and includes Piri-Piri Chicken, Thai food and fish and chips.

Froebel Diner

The Froebel Diner serves hot food and snacks, has a salad bar and serves on a rotational basis food cooked to order, including curries and Thai food.

Quad Café and The Reef

The Quad in Southlands serves Piri-Piri Chicken and hot food. Next door is the student social space The Reef, which includes a table tennis table.


The University has multiple coffee shops one of which is a branch of Starbucks, which means whichever College you are in, you'll be able to grab a cup of your favourite drink.

Digby Shop

Digby Shop, located just off Digby Square, is the University's student shop, selling food to cook in halls, sandwiches and hot snacks, confectionary and a range of student essentials.

Self-catering facilities

We have college social spaces in a number of areas on campus, complete with fridges and microwaves, designed with commuting students in mind. So if you want to bring your own food, you can store and reheat it, and meet with friends and colleagues at the same time. Find out more about the facilities we provide for our commuting students.