Oppidan Meals are only available in the Residence Dining Halls



Which meals are available?

All meals during term time.

Which dining halls are available?

Allan Webb hall, Courtenay-Latimer hall, Drostdy hall, Founders Hall, Hobson Hall, St Mary Hall. Regretably the Jan Smuts, Kimberley Kitchen Complex and Nelson Mandela dining halls are NOT available to Oppidan meal takers.

Do I need permission from the Hall Warden?

No, when you book your meals on ROSS, you will now also select your dining hall for the meal in question. 

Please note that Jan Smuts, Kimberley and the Nelson Mandela dining halls are not available.


What is the cost of a meal?

The 2019 rates are:

Breakfast R13.52

Lunch/Supper R36.38

Who may use the facility?

Registered Oppidan students.

How do I make use of the facility? (Students only)

NB: Meal bookings MUST be made 48 hours prior to receiving your first meal.

Oppidan students are able to register and book their own meals online on ROSS. However, this can only happen after having completed administrative registration at Eden Grove. Please ensure that you have had your fingerprints taken on at the Oppidan hall administrator’s office (on the first floor of the Bantu Stephen Biko Building), prior to taking your first meal.

How do I become an Oppidan meal taker?

Log onto ROSS; click on My Bookings; select Meals Bookings. You will receive a message that says that you are not currently a registered meal taker. Select YES if you wish to be an Oppidan meal taker.

PLEASE NOTE:  A downloadable user manual is available on the Meal Bookings landing page. You can also download it from this link: Oppidan students meal booking help document

To add funds, click on Additional Options and Update Meal Balance.

 Once the available balance on the student's meals account has been depleted and a student wishes to book further meals; funds can be added either by charging to the Student Fees account (online – if you have a credit balance on your fees account); or by paying cash at the cashier and either handing proof of payment in at 35 South Street, or by emailing the proof of payment to meals (at ) ru (dot) ac (dot) za.




Take your cash payment for the amount of money that you want placed on your meals account, to the cashier in Eden Grove. (You need your student number as reference number, please ensure that you have your current student card with you while making meal booking arrangements). Bring your receipt to the Infrastrucure and Operations Building, located at 35 South Street; and present it to the Residence Systems Coordinator. Your meals account will be updated with the amount of money you specified and you can proceed to book your own meals online. You may also take a photo of your receipt / scan your receipt and email it, together with your student number and full name, to meals (at) ru (dot) ac (dot) za


You may request that your meals be charged to your student fees account, provided that there are sufficient funds available on your student fees account. Should you wish to make use of this option, you may add funds online on ROSS (My utilities -> Meals -> Additional options -> Update Meal balance)

During February and until fees have been charged to your Student Fees account, a maximum of R600 can be charged to your Student Fees Account.


Oppidan meal refunds are done once a year - at the end of the second semester. Regretfully meal refunds cannot be done at other times, unless you are withdrawing from the University.


Views of oppidan dining hall

Are there any other regulations concerning the use of the Dining Hall?

1. Always have your student /staff card with you to positively identify yourself in the case of a power failure.

2. Meals may not be removed from the Dining Hall.

3. Ensure that you know the rules of the dining hall that you attend.

4. You may book up to three (3) additional meals per day to allow you to bring up to three (3) guests to a meal, provided that you either have sufficient funds available in your meals account, or made a payment towards these extra meals.

2019 Oppidan meal booking form   (To be handed in at Infrastructure & Operations Division - 35 South Street. Valid student card must be presented)



Last Modified: Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:42:16 SAST