How does it work?
Each time you come to Hall, the cost of the meal you eat will be deducted from your pre-pay credit.
When you have used up your pre-pay credit for the term, you can continue to eat in Hall by topping up the balance on your Upay account. Pay-as-you-go meals will be charged at exactly the same rate as meals on the pre-payment plan.
What do undergraduate freshers pay?
From Michaelmas term 2021 undergraduate Freshers are paying £288 each term. The prepay sums will remain the same in academic year 2022-23 and will be reviewed annually thereafter. There will be an additional charge of £28 through battels for some Freshers' Week meals.
What do second-year undergraduates living out pay?
In academic year 2021-22, 2nd years living out are not included in the pre-pay scheme.
From MT22 onwards, 2nd year undergraduates living out will pay £36 per term for their pre-pay plan.
What do third-years, fourth-years and graduate students pay?
In academic year 2021-22, 3rd years, 4th years and graduate students are not included in the pre-pay plan.
From MT22 onwards, those living on the main College site will be subject to a pre-pay charge of £288 per term; while those living in College annexes will be subject to a pre-pay charge of £108 per term. Undergraduate students living out of College will have a pre-pay charge of £36 per term. Graduate students will only be subject to the pre-pay charge if they are living in College accommodation.
What happens at the end of term?
To encourage all to use the Hall during term, all remaining balances on the token in the Upay app will expire at the start of 0th week of the following term. Your battels will be debited, and a new token issued, in time for the new term.
When and how can I top up my Upay credit?
Once your Upay account is activated, you attach a payment (credit/debit) card to it that is used to add credit. You can top up Upay as frequently as you wish via a web browser or the mobile Upay app.
Will credit over and above the token ever be extinguished?
Never. Unused credit will always be returned to you. Only unused value on the pre-pay token will be extinguished.
What happens in Michaelmas term 2022?
The pre-pay will include all students living on the main site (not just freshers) all undergraduates living out and all students (undergraduates, visiting students and graduates) living in the annexes. Specific pre-pay rates are as given above.
How will the pre-pay affect graduate students?
All graduate students (e.g., PGR, PGT and GEM) not living in SPC accommodation are exempt.
Can I use my pre-pay sums to pay for Formal Hall?
Yes. The token can be used on any event set up on Upay that requires payment, including formal halls and/or special dinners.
Can I use my pre-pay sums to pay for a guest to come in for lunch or dinner with me?
Yes. The token can be used for guests and/ or for yourself at any college meal at which guests are allowed.
Can I use my pre-pay sums to pay for breakfast?
How will I know the balance left on my pre-pay token?
The token balance can be seen on the Upay app and on your Upay account and is shown separately from any top up balance.
If I top up on my card will the token balance be used before the cash top up?
The token will always be used first before any cash or voucher balances.
If I have insufficient left on token to pay for the entire meal can I use a combination of token and cash top up?
What happens if I have to leave Oxford part way through the term? Am I still charged the full pre-pay sum for that term?
Adjustments will be made for those who leave or are absent from College for long periods, as a result of, for example, medical, disciplinary, or welfare reasons.