Dining is an important part of the College culture in Oxford. Green Templeton's dining hall can be found on the ground floor of the Observatory. There is no High Table, so Fellows, students, staff, and other Common Room members all dine together as equals.
Monday to Friday
A buffet lunch is available in the Observatory Dining Hall between 12.15pm and 1.45pm on weekdays, every week except for short closed periods at Christmas, Easter and in August, and occasionally when there are special events taking place. All students and Fellows must book by 11am on the same day via the online Meals Booking system.
Students pay approximately £3-5 for a hot meal when paying on account using University Card.
An informal student supper, similar in format to lunch. Students must book online by 11am on the previous day. Supper is served between 7 and 8pm on occasional Tuesdays during the University term; please consult the term card for these dates. All students must book by 10.30am on the preceding day. GTC reserves the right to cancel the supper if insufficient bookings are made.
Students pay £4 for a hot meal when paying on account using a University Card. Guests pay £5 cash.
Wednesday and Thursday Formal Dinners
Dinner is served at 7.30 for 8pm on Wednesdays during University term (check term dates) and on Thursdays every week except for short closed periods at Christmas, Easter and in August. All students must book by 10.30am on the preceding day via the online Meals Booking system. If you are not able to use this system, email . See the user guide for the online Meals Booking system.
Students pay £12 for dinner, plus £6 for wine. Guests of students pay £24 for dinner, plus £6 for wine.
Whereas in the past students could claim one free Wednesday and one free Thursday formal dinner per term, students are now entitled to six free formal dinners per academic year. A free meal may be allocated to an invited guest but only if the guest is accompanying the student to dinner and the student is also claiming a free meal. When you book your dinner online, you must clearly write in the 'Additional Information' box that you wish to claim a free meal. Wine must be paid for separately and is currently charged at £6 per person.
Dietary requirements must also be stated at the time of booking.
All College members may book for dinner, and may have a maximum of 3 guests each. On Governing Body nights, this is restricted to a maximum of 1 guest each. Fellows normally wear gowns; other members may do so if they wish.
Book before 10.30am on the previous day. Go to the online dinner booking system, or if you are not able to use this system, e-mail . See the user guide for the online dinner booking system.
Please note that, because of the restricted number of places available at each dinner, members who try to make multiple advance dinner bookings (for example, booking for every week of a term) may be placed on a waiting list for some dinners. This is to ensure fair access to all members.
College members must now remember to select wine when booking a meal with the online booking system to have wine with the meal. Those booking by email will need to notify if they wish to have wine with the meal.
Exchange Dinners ('Home' and 'Away' legs)
The GCR arranges two Exchange Dinners dinners for students per term. These include both a 'home leg' at GTC (57 spaces, held on Fridays) and an 'away leg' at another college. Only 15 spaces are available for the away leg and students who attend the away leg must also attend the home leg. Please contact the GCR Entz team for information about dates and registration.
For the Exchange Dinner students pay £10 for dinner plus £6 for wine. Guests of students cost £22 for dinner, plus £6 for wine. GTC students attending both legs are charged a total of £26, plus £6 for wine.
Friday Black Tie and Special Clubs and Societies Dinners
The GCR arranges two special Black Tie Dinners for students per term. These do not have an exchange component but may include a special theme (eg Burn's Night) or celebration. Please contact the GCR Entz team for information about dates and registration. Similarly, clubs and societies may hold special dinners for which the same charges apply.
For the Black Tie and special dinners, students pay £19 for dinner, plus £6 for wine. Guests of students pay £24 for dinner, plus £6 for wine.
The main dining hall and the William Gibson Room (seating a maximum of 14) may be booked for private dinner parties when not in use for College functions, by arrangement with the Events & Activities Manager. Contact the Conference & Events Manager at to arrange a booking.