Campus Dining

Location
Buffalo, NY
Undergrads
2,954
Tuition
$32,030
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: It's campus food. It's no better or worse than other schools, I think. If you don't like it, you can always cook in your dorm.

College Junior

Campus Dining: I am an incoming transfer student and I will not be living on campus. Horray to home cooked food!!

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: A lot of the dining places on campus close early or are closed on the weekends.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Chartwells makes a fortune and the food is really unhealthy

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: They have a large variety to choose from. There are many vegetarian options. The only downside is the food is expensive.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 562nd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 563rd
    Best Quality Food
  • 634th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 1096th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 1228th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Caitlyn Fennell
Hometown
Hamburg, NY
Major
International Relations
Grad Year
2014
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Campus dining at Canisius is not the best. Food selection mostly involves some sort of cheese, grease, pasta, or sauce. There is always a salad bar, but that's about where the exotic supply of "vegetables" ends. Fruit is also hard to find. There are little pre-made snack cups with sliced fruit, raw vegetables, and the like, but it is annoying not to have any good, solid meals that represent more than one or two food groups. 

Meal plans can have varying amounts of meal "blocks" and "Griff Bucks," which can be spent on mostly anything: Tim Hortons, vending machines, snack bars, and coverage if your meal exceeds a "block." Typical meal plan cost ranges from $3,000 to $4,000 per year. Subway is a recent addition to campus, which opens up some slightly healthier options. Subway is not affiliated with meal plans, though, meaning you need cash, credit, or debit to buy its food instead of your ID card.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
17
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4880 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
All freshmen living in Bosch, Frisch, or Dugan have to participate in Griffin A, B, or C meal plans for the first and second semesters.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Economou Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Iggy's
  • Subway
  • Tim Hortons
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Made-to-order omelets
  • Tim Hortons bagels
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Buffalo chicken salad
  • Chicken fingers
  • Pasta
  • Quesadillas
  • Salad
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Bagels
  • Burgers
  • Chicken fingers
  • Coffee
  • Doughnuts
  • French fries
  • Onion rings
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Buffalo Pizza (1769 Main St.)
  • CVS (1678 Hertel Ave.)
  • Dagwoods and More (Main and Delavan)
  • Elmwood Taco & Sub (937 Elmwood Ave.)
  • Just Pizza (300 Elmwood Ave.)
  • Zetti's (3500 Main St. and 976 Elmwood Ave.)
  • Zonies (1122 Elmwood Ave.)
Special Options
Being a small school, Canisius does not offer many official special dining options. There is a new "Terra Ve" vegetarian program, though. Other than that, a student with dietary restrictions (kosher, halal, etc.) is very much on his or her own to determine what to eat and what not to eat.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

2.Mato
Location: Old Main Building
Food: Italian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Economou Dining Hall
Location: Richard E. Winter '42 Student Center, main floor
Food: All-you-care-to-eat
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Iggy's
Location: Palisano Pavilion, second floor
Food: Burgers, quesadillas, salads, wings
Hours: Daily 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Old Main Café
Location: Old Main Building, lower level
Food: Bagels, fresh fruit, sandwiches, yogurt
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Street Side Café
Location: Palisano Pavilion, lower level
Food: Coffee, ice cream, snack foods
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Subway
Location: Old Main Building
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tim Hortons
Location: Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library
Food: Coffee, specialty drinks, baked goods, soup, sandwiches, wraps, panini
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 37 responses

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  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options
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