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Food on Campus

Easter 2024 Term Opening Hours

Please find below our Easter opening hours for cafes and retail outlets around campus.

  • Alan Gilbert Cafe at The Learning Commons 8am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm)
  • The Place, University Place 8.30am-3.30pm
  • Collaborate, ground floor Engineering Building A (Booth St East entrance) 8am-5pm*
  • Lime Cafe, lower ground floor, Samuel Alexander Building 8.30am-3.30pm
  • Smith's Cafe, Michael Smith Building 8.30am-3pm
  • Cafe 65, ground floor AMBS 8am-4pm (run by HospitalityOnCampus)
  • Connect Cafe, 2nd floor Engineering Buildings A & B 8am-4pm*
  • Change Cafe, ground floor Engineering Building A (Grosvenor St entrance) Closed until 8 April when it will be open 8.30am-3.30pm
  • Greenhouse Cafe, ground floor George Kenyon Building 8.30am-3pm
  • The Library Lounge, Main Library 8.30am-3.30pm
  • The Library Coffee Cart, Main Library Closed until 8 April when it will be open 9.30am-3.30pm
  • Sackville Street Coffee (formerly Starbucks), Sackville Street 8.30am-3.30pm
  • Cafe 204, Chemistry Building Closed until 8 April when it will be open 8.30am-3.30pm
  • The Market (including The Market Coffee Counter and Potato Shack), University Place Closed until 8 April when it will be open 11am-3pm
  • Arthur's Brew, Arthur Lewis Building CLOSED PERMANENTLY*
  • The Hive, 2nd floor AMBS Closed until 8 April when it will be open 8.30am-3.30pm
  • Code Cafe, Alan Turing Building Closed until 8 April when it will be open 8.30am-3.30pm
  • Cafe Arts, Martin Harris Centre will be open for performances and concerts only

*When conferences are using the event space in Engineering Building A on the ground floor, Collaborate will close and Change will open instead.

Please note that all of our cafes are now cashless. You can pay by card or use your staff/student ID card to save 10% (staff) 20% (students) on all food and drink purchases.

*Arthur's Brew

To our customers, we’ve had to take the difficult decision to permanently close Arthur’s Brew. Café users and sales have been declining for a while now and coupled with rising food costs it is no longer financially viable to run a café in Arthur Lewis Building. Over the summer Arthur’s Brew will be transformed into another Cosy Campus space for staff and students to hang out, relax and spend time in-between meetings, lectures and seminars.

Thank you to all of Arthur Brew’s customers for your support to date – your closest cafes on campus will be Café 65 in AMBS and The Place in University Place which are both just a short walk away. Please remember if you Keep It On Campus, you are helping reinvest in the University whilst keeping our cafes and outlets open on campus. Where your building café is concerned please ‘use it or lose it’

North Campus

In line with the North Campus clearance project, Cafe North (Barnes Wallis Computer Cluster) will close on Friday 10 June 2022, as staff and students move across to MECD (Manchester Engineering Campus Development) the new home of Engineering and Materials. We have opened three new outlets in MECD this year; Collaborate on the ground floor (Booth St East entrance), Change on the ground floor (Grosvenor St entrance) and Connect on the second floor. Please note that Sackville Street Coffee (formerly Starbucks) remains open 8.30am-3.30pm Monday to Friday.

Please use our map showing all of our University of Manchester campus outlets to find your closest cafe.

Delivered Catering on Campus

If you're looking to order refreshments for a meeting or an event on campus, please contact our colleagues in Hospitality.

Food in Advance

If you have a query about Food in Advance (how to set it up, register your existing/new ID card, do balance transfers, etc), please contact our colleagues in Food in Advance.

About Food on Campus

Here at Food on Campus we pride ourselves on being honest, customer focused and affordable, providing you - our students, staff and external guests - with a variety of delicious, high quality food and drink options across campus to keep you fed and watered.

In addition, we are proud of our sustainable ethos and the fact that we take responsibility for the impact our business has on the environment. Where we can we use local suppliers, only source meat and fish from sustainable sources where animal welfare is assured, and are committed to making Greater Manchester single use plastic free.

Finally, we are quite chatty on social media, and post lots of information about our offers, events and other exciting things you might want to know about. Be sure to stay in the loop and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We also love feedback – good or bad – just drop us an email at and we will get back to you sharpish!