Cashless campus

To make your visit safer and faster, all UWE Bristol hospitality catering outlets, including vending machines, are now cashless.

Outlets no longer accepting cash

Cashless campus promotional flyer stating 'Hospitality - the place to go. We are a cashless campus.'

Frenchay Campus

  • Atrium Café
  • Costa (R Block)
  • Costa (next to the bus stops)
  • Onezone
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • The Grill
  • Wild Kitchen

Frenchay Campus bars, cafes and shops

Glenside Campus

  • The Hub
  • The Coffee Pod

Glenside Campus bars, cafes and shops

City Campus

  • The Hub
  • Costa

City Campus bars, cafes and shops

Vending machines

Vending machines on campus no longer accept cash. The SU at City, Frenchay and Glenside campuses do still accept cash.

Before you arrive

We are aware that some students will not have a UK bank account. Whilst we strongly discourage bringing large amounts of cash onto campus, we understand that some students do not have any other means to pay for essential items during their first few weeks.

You can purchase Refresh vouchers online and pay for these using either PayPal Express, Visa or Mastercard.

Collect pre-ordered refresh vouchers from the Catering Office, room 2E20 on Frenchay Campus, open Monday to Friday 08:30 to 16:30. We will arrange a suitable day and time for collection.

On campus

From September 2023

To enable you to use UWE Bristol hospitality catering facilities on every campus, all students will be able to purchase Refresh vouchers using cash at The Students’ Union at UWE. This will provide a convenient way to pay for meals, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages. Vouchers can be used at all campuses throughout the academic year.

The booklets have a total value of £25 and contain £1 and £2 vouchers. You can buy an entire booklet or purchase individual vouchers.

Please note: Refresh vouchers cannot be used in The Students’ Union at UWE (SU) trading areas or at Subway.

Payment cards we no longer accept

We no longer accept American Express across all campuses.

Benefits of going cashless

By going cashless customers will be able to pay for transactions more quickly and conveniently using their card or Near Field Communication (NFC) device such as mobile phone.

This change is being made to keep our community safe by reducing queues, touchpoints and the handling of cash. There has also been a significant drop in the number of people using cash on our campuses.

Help making payments

If you require help or advice on making payments to the University, please contact Income Operations at

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