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At St Hilda’s we come together in the dining hall to share delicious meals and conversation, so you never eat alone. Our food is often called 'the best food on the Crescent.’ It is lovingly prepared 3 times a day, 7 days a week for all dietary requirements.

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Home-made meals

You won’t go hungry at St Hilda’s. A buffet of fresh and healthy food is prepared daily by our experienced in-house chefs, who cater for any necessary requirements including vegan, vegetarian, Halal, gluten free, lactose free and nut free. 

The College provides three delicious home-made meals, seven days a week throughout the academic year. You can stress less as you’ll never have to cook. Convenience is key with so many tasty and varied options available. 


sample menus


A continental breakfast is on offer with fresh fruit, yogurt, muesli, an array of cereals, assorted breads for toast including gluten free and a selection of spreads.

Depending on the day, assorted French pastries, ham and cheese croissants and home-made porridge is served with pancakes 3 days a week!

On Wednesday a  hot breakfast is provided with a choice of fried, scrambled or poached eggs, bacon, waffles, hash-browns, French toast, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach and more!


Usually every Sunday from 11:30am – 1pm a delicious brunch is on offer. After a leisurely sleep in, wander to the dining hall to enjoy and array of continental and hot breakfast options as well as delicious lunch items. Some options, which change seasonally, include pasta, Singapore noodles, sushi and rice paper rolls or selections from the salad and sandwich bars. 


The salad and sandwich bars are always open during lunch, stocked with fresh ingredients and an assortment of pitta wraps and breads. Fresh fruit is also always available.

Some hot lunch items can include:

  • Mediterranean pasta
  • Asian BBQ pork
  • Vegetarian Spanish omelettes 
  • Stuffed capsicum with roasted vegetables, rice and goats cheese
  • Samosas with mint yoghurt
  • Steamed or roasted seasonal vegetables
  • Laksa
  • Vietnamese chicken with noodle salad
  • American style hamburgers and hot-dogs
  • Beef or vegetable vindaloo with jasmine rice
  • Lemongrass chicken and crispy vegetable stir-fries

Should you need a sweet treat, a dessert option is always on offer during lunch, such as:

  • Chocolate brownies
  • Berry or vanilla panna cotta
  • Chocolate mouse
  • Apple strudel
  • Pavlova 

The salad bar is also open at dinner and fully stocked with fresh ingredients.

Some dinner options can include:

  • Roasted butternut pumpkin risotto
  • Fresh Atlantic salmon with butter sauce, green pea puree and glazed carrots
  • Green asparagus, carrot puree and potato mousseline 
  • Eye fillet of beef rossini, beans with potato rosti
  • Vegetable and tender lamb curries, dahl and roasted turmeric cauliflower
  • Crispy duck legs with orange sauce glaze
  • Thai Hat Yai fried chicken
  • Souvlakis with tabbouleh and garlic aioli
  • Mexican tacos with guacamole
  • Italian pizza and pasta nights
  • Slow cooked pork belly

Some dessert options can include:

  • Panna cotta
  • Tiramisu
  • Mango or chocolate mousse
  • Seasonal fresh fruit salad
  • Passionfruit and lemon curd
  • Chocolate ripple cake 
  • Icecream 

Complimentary hot drinks, juice, cordial and fresh fruit are always available in the dining hall. Drinks and snacks such as breads, cheese, cereal, milk, Milo, tea and coffee are also always available in the student kitchen should you need to refuel throughout the day. 

Students in dining hall 3

dining hall

Usually students enjoy lunch in the light and airy dining hall, overlooking the front quad. Our tradition is filling up tables before a new one is started, so you never eat alone.  We also have outdoor seating surrounded by trees for you when weather permits so you can grab your friends and eat lunch outside to enjoy the sunshine. 

takeaway and late meals

takeaway and late meals

St Hilda’s students are often involved in extracurricular activities. Sometimes you’ll have sports training or a late lecture and won’t be here during dinner. Don’t worry, we have you covered. On Monday to Thursday nights, late meals can be ordered through the kitchen and put aside to be collected when you return.

If you don’t have time to make it back to College for lunch, simply grab some fresh fruit, make a sandwich, roll or wrap and take it with you. The salad and sandwich bars are open early each morning. Think of the savings not having to buy lunch on campus! 

The student kitchen is also usually open 24 hours a day and stocks an assortment of breads, cheese, cereal, milk, Milo, tea and coffee should you want a late night snack. 

O-Week students

High Table

Get your gown on. High Table dinners are formal occasions where we come together in our academic regalia and talk shop. High Table nights at Hilda's are Mondays. Many meals are shared throughout the year with eminent guest speakers, as well as at College social events.

Formal Dinner eating


Throughout the year formal dinners are held for special occasions such as Commencement, Academic Awards and the Sports Dinner. St Hilda’s also hosts specialised Faculty Dinners, a fantastic opportunity to network and hear from alumni and industry experts. 


environmentally friendly

St Hilda's is environmentally conscious with our bio degradable, eco friendly composting machine. Instead of going to landfill, our food waste is turned into fertilizer using the  certified dehydration machine. The fertilizer is then returned to farmers and given back to the soil.

St Hilda's College
19-25 College Crescent Parkville VIC 3052 Australia.

St Hilda's College is a living community and residential college on campus at the University of Melbourne.

We acknowledge and pay respect to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Owners of the land upon which our college is situated.  We pay our respect to all the Elders of Indigenous students who call St Hilda’s home.  We also acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of our community, the University of Melbourne, and the wider world.

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