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Places to eat and shop

When you need to refuel between study sessions or just want a coffee with friends, you can find somewhere to enjoy drinks, snacks and meals on all our campuses.

The University catering service, in partnership with Sodexo Education Ltd, provides a food service, from a large food court on campus, to coffee shops and a deli.

Here, you'll find more information about the restaurants, cafés and deli-bars that are available at Solent University's campuses and how to use your campus card to pay for food and drinks.

East Park Terrace

The East Park Terrace campus has the majority of Solent's food outlets and has a great range of restaurants, cafes and deli-bars that all offer a variety of food and drink options for students, staff and visitors to the University.

Michael Andrews building

Costa Coffee 

As you walk into the main entrance of the Michael Andrews building, our Costa Coffee shop, on the left near reception, offers a selection of hot and cold drinks, pastries, sandwiches, baguettes, toasties, and paninis.

Opening times
Monday to Friday: 8am - 4pm

Newsagent - C-Store

As you walk along the concourse towards the Student Hub you'll find the C-Store. This convenience shop provides everything you might need, from groceries, confectionery, sandwiches, snacks, stamps and stationery. The C-Store always has great deals and regular special offers available, as well as the new 'Shop and Drop' home delivery option.

Opening times
Monday to Friday: 8am - 5pm

The Dock

A short walk from the C-Store along the corridor will take you to the University's main restaurant, The Dock. The restaurant is currently operating a click-and-collect service only, due to Covid-19 restrictions, but offers three great concepts that can be ordered via our kiosks and cooked fresh for you. See the concepts below:


Originals brings you a choice of traditional mains, pre-made salads and breakfast options that are not just filling, but also great value for money.   

Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 8am - 3pm

Patty Shack

There's a reason why this is the most popular lunchtime location on campus and that's because of the fantastic prices and great quality. Here you can get quality chicken, beef and vegetarian burgers, with a variety of sides and drinks.

Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 8am - 3pm

Dough & Go

Dough & Go is all about great quality authentic pizza. Cooked fresh with only the finest ingredients and no artificial additives, colours or preservatives, the unique pizzas deliver a sophisticated, freshly prepared experience.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 8am - 3pm

The Spark

East Park Deli

Located in the Spark, the East Park Deli serves a range of grab-and-go food, including paninis, baguettes and bloomers, sandwiches and confectionery, and great meal deals.

Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 8am - 4pm

Sir James Matthews building

The Sir James Matthews building is home to The Artisan, the University's only high street venue that is open to both students, staff and the general public. 

The Artisan offers a range of grab and go food, great coffee and other hot drinks. Solent students and staff are entitled to receive a 10% discount on hot drinks when you show your campus card.

Opening times
Monday to Friday: 8am-4pm

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Warsash campus

The catering service at the Warsash campus is provided in The Dock restaurant and serves freshly-prepared hot meals, light snacks and refreshments to students attending maritime safety training courses. 

Opening times
Monday to Friday: 8am-3pm

Cashless catering - campus card

Solent University operates a cashless catering system across its outlets. This system allows students and staff to pay for meals without carrying cash. Instead, they load funds onto their own campus cards. 

Please note: campus card payments are not accepted on vending machines or in the Students' Union facilities.

How do I get set up?

It's easy to set up an account, simply follow the steps below:

  • Open the cashless catering website 
  • Click register
  • Fill in all fields (The account number is your student Q number)
  • Click Create User
  • Enter Card Number (This is the barcode number on the card)
  • Click Update Details

Once you are registered you can load funds onto your campus card by clicking on Top Up Credit on the dashboard. Select your account number and card number using the drop-down arrows, the value of top-up and proceed to payment. 

If you experience any technical difficulties with getting your card registered or loaded please email 

Receive 5% cashback?

When you use your campus card to make a purchase you receive 5% cashback on your monthly spend. The cashback amount is loaded onto your cashless account at the end of each month.

Industry awards and accreditations

In partnership with Sodexo Education Ltd, Solent University is extremely proud to have achieved many accolades for its catering provision.

Fairtrade university

Solent University is proud to be a Fairtrade university and is committed to supporting fair trade.

As part of our commitment to the Fairtrade Foundation, we ensure Fairtrade products are available for sale in our restaurants, campus shops, cafés and other outlets, and strive to expand procurement of Fairtrade products, where possible.

Food for Life Catering Mark

The Soil Association Food for Life Catering Mark provides an independent endorsement that food providers are taking steps to improve the food they serve, using fresh ingredients which are free from trans fats and harmful additives and better for animal welfare.

In achieving the Gold award at the city campus and Silver at the Warsash campus, our catering partner, Sodexo Education has demonstrated their commitment to sustainability. This accreditation from the Soil Association shows that Sodexo is continually taking steps to improve the food they serve by the use of fresh ingredients, free from undesirable additives and GM, organically and locally sourced where possible and a real awareness of animal welfare issues. The University's caterers are subject to annual inspections and site visits from Food for Life auditors to ensure that the food served meets high standards of provenance and traceability, providing reassurance to customers that meals are freshly prepared using environmentally-sustainable and seasonal ingredients.

To find out more about the Catering Mark standards and award holders visit Soil Association Catering Mark website.

Good Egg award

The University has achieved the Good Egg award which recognises commitment and actions to improve the lives of laying hens.

All eggs used are Lion Marked, as a minimum, and laid by free-range hens.

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

The University is an MSC accredited site and is therefore committed to sourcing only certified sustainable fish and seafood for our menus.

Working closely with their suppliers, independent experts and accreditation bodies Sodexo ensure that fish provided on campus is responsibly sourced.

Red Tractor

The University is certified by The Red Tractor scheme which is at the centre of the UK approach to sustainable agriculture.

This means that all uncooked meat, poultry and dairy products sourced are 100% British Red Tractor Assured as a minimum standard and, where applicable, are produced to RSPCA welfare standards as part of the Freedom Food Farm Assurance scheme.

Rainforest Alliance

The University is Rainforest Alliance certified which means we source ingredients from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms or forests.

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