Salmond College

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Under the direction of our Food Services Manager, the College kitchen provides each resident with three nutritious meals each day, seven days a week.

At each meal there is a vegetarian option and at dinner there is usually a choice of two different meat dishes. Early and late meals and packed lunches are available for those whose lectures, labs, tutorials or sports practices fall during or close to meal times. Late meals can be booked through the online portal.

The kitchen is able to cater for those with special diets. Information residents have entered in their application is used by the food service team to prepare for the variety of dietary needs in the community.

If residents have any dietary needs which have not been disclosed they should let the chefs know and they will be happy to help.

Dining room etiquette includes hats being removed, and no sitting on tables.

Shoes must be worn at all times in the dining room. This is a Health and Safety regulation.

Meal Times

Monday – Friday (except public holidays)

Breakfast: 7.00am - 9.00am

Lunch: 12.00pm - 1.25pm

Dinner: 5.00pm- 6.25pm


Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays

Breakfast: 8.00am - 10.00am

Lunch: 12.30pm- 1.25pm

Dinner: 5.00pm- 6.25pm


Additional meals

Seconds are available at the end of service, i.e. 6.25pm when a meal service ends at 6.30pm.

Late meals are provided during week nights for those whose lecture times or sports/cultural practices, study groups, work commitments prevent them being at dinner. Late meals can be ordered through the portal. If a late meal is required in the weekend, residents should approach the food service team directly on the day.

Packed lunches are available every week day and can be prepared by residents from the selection in the servery during breakfast (before 9.00am).

Milk is available each dinner time for tea and coffee in floor kitchenettes.  Tea and sugar are also provided for kitchenettes. Other hot drinks are available from the ‘Dungeon’.

Vegetarian meals and special diets

Vegetarian meals  - Residents can choose from the vegetarian or meat option at any meal.

Special Diets: The catering staff are able to provide special diets for those residents who have specific health or religious requirements. Such information should be supplied before the residents enter the College and residents should make themselves known to the Food Services Manager as soon as possible after arrival. Vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options are available. Residents who require gluten or dairy-free meals can advise the Head Chef by adding this to their online portal. All food is prepared under Halal conditions. Within the College’s menu cycle there are options that are suitable for a vegan diet. 

Formal Dinners

Special Formal Dinners are held throughout the year. Highlights include the Welcome Dinner at the end of  Orientation week, the Annual Dinner during Semester One, the Bubbly Brunch on the day after the Ball,  and the Farewell Dinner in October. 

Residents are expected to dress formally for these events; there are great opportunities to get photos outside when the weather allows. Prior to the Welcome Dinner the full College photo will be taken on the College lawn.

Dress code:

Collar and tie, tidy trousers, skirt, dress 

Other special dinners include the Mid-Winter Christmas, the College Birthday Party, which are less formal but are still special community occasions.

We encourage resident participation for special dinners; if a resident has musical ability, we would love to have them share their talents with the College at such occasions!