The pre-paid student dining scheme

If budgeting or cooking isn’t your thing and you’d like great-tasting, convenient food then you might want to consider Freedom, our pre-paid student dining scheme.

Available in multiple outlets across campus (Marketplace, Barker House Farm, The Deli, HIVE and Fylde Mill), signing up to Freedom means that you’re entitled to breakfast and either lunch or dinner in any of these venues at any time Monday-Friday. If you live on campus, you can extend this to include weekends with Freedom+.

As well as the wide variety of food on offer, including vegetarian and vegan meals, you can also enjoy the convenience of being close to a Freedom outlet wherever you are on campus. Being part of the scheme also offers significant savings of up to 50% on your food and drink, saving you valuable time and money throughout the course of your studies.

Your Freedom or Freedom+ membership is simply loaded on to your university card for you to conveniently pay for all of your meals in any of the participating outlets. There will also be a vegetarian option available and vegan meals can be arranged on request.

Interested in the Freedom card scheme?

View the terms and conditions


  • What is the Freedom student dining scheme?

    The Freedom scheme gives you the same benefits and food options as students who’ve chosen Catered Accommodation, however it gives you the flexibility of living anywhere on or off campus and the choice of four different outlets to eat in. These include Marketplace, Barker House Farm, The Deli, HIVE and Fylde bar.

    You can opt for a 5 weekly or termly which is paid in advance, allowing you peace of mind that you can always enjoy a wholesome meal, particularly during busy times such as revision and exam periods.

    It also saves the time of planning and budgeting for fresh meals every day.

    Please note the Freedom scheme does not include alcohol.

  • Who can be a part of the scheme?

    Any Lancaster University student who wants to take advantage of this fantastic offer and save on the costs of their daily meals.

  • When can I dine and what can I eat?

    The Freedom scheme covers five days a week (Monday to Friday). The Freedom+ scheme includes weekends, though some of the outlets may be closed on Saturdays and Sunday. 


    Freedom Service Times


    The Marketplace 

      • Breakfast 08.00 – 10.30, lunch/evening meal 12.00 – 21.00


    Breakfast - Monday to Friday (08:00-10:30) and  Saturday/Sunday  (08:00 – 11:00)

    Lunch/Evening meal Monday to Friday  12:00 – 21:00 and Saturday/ Sunday (17:00-20:00)                                                      

     *Serving a menu that changes daily, please see in house for menu.


    Barker House Farm                               

    Breakfast - Monday to Friday (07:30 – 10:30) and Saturday/Sunday  (09:00 – 11:00)

    Lunch/Evening meal - Monday to Friday (12:00 – 21:00) and Saturday/ Sunday (12:00 – 21:00)



    *For available items please see the menu online or in house and look for the freedom logo. A daily freedom special is also available from 17:00 - 21:00 Monday to Saturday. Sunday Carvery available every Sunday during term time between 12:00 – 20:00. A limited bar menu is available on Sunday until 21:00.


    The Mill                                   

    Open: Monday to Friday (10:00-21:00) and Saturday/Sunday (12:00-21:00)                                      

    Breakfast 10.00 – 12.00

    Lunch/Evening meal - 12.00 – 21.00 (breakfast items will be unavailable on Freedom after 12.00)

     *For available items please see the menu online or in house. All of the menu is available during the above times apart from Wings, The Whole Flock, the Big Breakfast and The Big Veggie Breakfast.


    The Deli                                   

    Breakfast - Monday to Friday (08:00-11:15) and Saturday/Sunday Closed                           

    Lunch/Evening meal - Monday to Friday (15:00 – 21:00) and Saturday/Sunday Closed


    *For available items please see the menu online or in house. All the breakfast menu is available until 11:15. The lunch menu is available after 15:00. Desserts are not included.


    The HIVE 

    Breakfast - Monday to Friday (08.00 – 12.00) and Saturday/ Sunday Closed

    Lunch - Monday to Friday (12.00 – 15.30)



    **Please click here to view the menu’s on offer

    ***All times listed are term time only and are subject to change.

  • Why should I sign up for the pre-paid student dining scheme?

    The Freedom scheme is easy, convenient and sociable (because you can dine with your friends too!). We focus on tasty, healthy and local foods every single day and provide an alternative to the stress.