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Eating together is an important part of community life.

There are a range of catering options available from formal candle-lit dinners to high-quality cafeteria food. Gyp rooms also provide facilities for students to prepare their own food, or to eat together in small groups.

Formal Hall

Magdalene is one of few Colleges where it is possible to dine formally most nights of the week during Full Term. Formal dining is never obligatory, but it is always an option and one which most students choose to enjoy on a regular basis. Formal dinners are waiter-served and always by candlelight in the stunning but intimate environment of our sixteenth-century Hall.

Formal provides a wonderful opportunity to get together with friends or to meet new people over a high-quality three-course dinner and represents excellent value for money.

Ramsay Hall

Ramsay Hall in Second Court is the Magdalene cafeteria, which is open all year round for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday - Friday, and for brunch and dinner at the weekends. There is always a range of hot and cold options, including vegetarian options, and special dietary needs can be catered for.

Through Ramsay Hall, the College aims to provide a good range of high-quality food at convenient times and affordable prices, and for many students Ramsay Hall is the place where they eat day-to-day.


Whilst we encourage members of College to eat communally as often as possible, we recognise that this is not always convenient, and all student rooms are located close to a 'gyp room', which is a small kitchen providing storage and cooking facilities to enable students to prepare simple meals when they want to. Some of our College houses and other accommodation blocks have larger kitchen facilities, and students often choose to cook and dine together in small groups.

Allergies and Special Dietary Requirements

The College will do its best to cater for any special dietary requirements. Students are asked to ensure that the College is made aware of any food allergies by informing the Head of Catering, who is happy to answer any questions relating to the provision of special dietary requirements.