Campus Dining

Location
Chicago, IL
Undergrads
9,224
Tuition
$21,284
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It's alright, depending on what you like. But the on campus cafe has really good food.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: As far as cafeteria style food goes, it's pretty good, and the price for a years worth of food isn't terrible.

College Junior

Campus Dining: I've never signed up for campus dining. I buy my own groceries.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: I've never really ate there because I don't have a meal plan. But I've had a few things there before from friends, the food looked nasty, and worst off, the prices were so ridiculously high!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It's okay it's very common. When I first went to the college I was amazed at the selections for food but sometimes there are bad days to eat at the Cafeteria. One more thing, it is always cheaper to buy groceries and cook/make your own meals, if you have the availability of a kitchen in your dorm.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 207th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 231st
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 360th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 410th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 467th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Whitney Fox
Hometown
Topeka, Kansas
Major
Television Writing and Producing
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Any student may apply for a meal plan. Students that live on campus may pay for a meal plan in addition to their living costs with Residence Life. Residents assigned to apartments may choose to apply for an optional, supplementary meal plan. The plan includes 150 meals for the academic year (fall and spring semesters), plus $250 in "flex" dollars to spend at the student’s discretion within the dining facility. Please understand that this plan is strictly supplementary, as it allows an average of five meals per week. Supplementary meal plans cost approximately $1,600; several hundred plans are available for purchase each year and are made available on a first-come, first-served basis until all are sold. Detailed meal plan information will be included in your housing contract packet.

However, for those living in apartments, apartment units do have full kitchens that include a full-sized refrigerator, oven, range, and dishwasher. Residents without meal plans cook for themselves and often share cooking duties with their roommates. Two major grocery stores are within walking distance of the residence centers, or students may order groceries online through a commercial provider (such as Peapod™). Meal preparation is an important part of the independent living experience available to students.

Facts & Statistics

Freshman Meal Plan Required?
No
If you live in the University Center dormitories, a meal plan is required. Otherwise, no freshman student has to have a meal plan to live on campus.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
The University Center
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Plum Café offers delicious eats throughout campus. Treat yourself to hot breakfasts, lunch, and snack items, as well as enjoy a peaceful meeting spot.
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Caribou Coffee
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Starbucks - Michigan Avenue
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Harold's Chicken Shack
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Pauly's Pizzeria
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
Looking for flavor with less fat and calories? The best cooks know the secrets for preparing great tasting food that's good for you. They know how to make it healthy and delicious. They've learned ways to prepare flavorful healthy food and so can you. They bake, steam, toss, grill, simmer, top, and stir-fry their way to flavor and health. Tasty, healthy food starts with the right ingredients, but the way you cook it can make all the difference.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Starbucks
Location: 525 S. State St., second floor
Food: Coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
University Center Dining Room
Location: 525 S. State St., second floor
Food: Everything you can imagine
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 16% Pretty much anything on Wabash
  • 14% Pauly's or Harolds
  • 14% Panda Express
  • 14% Toppers
  • 14% Five Guys
  • 11% Devil Dawgs
  • 11% Panera
  • 5% Epic burger
  • 3% Chicago Curry House

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 87 responses

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

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 9 responses

  • 44% I've heard the food is OK, standard cafeteria food
  • 33% Meeting other students from different colleges
  • 22% The ease of access and the quality of food

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 10 responses

  • 82% The meal plan isn't worth the cost.
  • 18% You can't buy just a single meal

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 78% The dining hall.
  • 22% Dunkin Doughnuts

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