Campus Dining

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food is not good. Most food is either fried which is very unhealthy especially for tired commuting students who have limited time for themselves as it is, expensive salads and sandwiches, or general things like soup or pizza or fountain drinks.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Hahahhaha, what campus dinning? Oh wait, you mean that tiny cafeteria with not very good food...

College Junior

Campus Dining: Hunter College does not provide dining options at their housing facilities.

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2 College Junior

Campus Dining: Not the best food in the world

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2 College Junior

Campus Dining: I feel that the menu and the prices are very repetitive. I feel that they sell the same types of foods around campus, halal, Italian, sandwiches, and Asian. I feel like their prices are very expensive for the low quality, unhealthy foods that they sell. they do not put love into the food for the price it is worth and they do not give a good amount of food leaving one hungry after lunch. I feel like they need to make foods that are healthier for a price of student or at least make a lunch special where food will not be as expensive or make better quality of it.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1007th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 1058th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 1200th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 1226th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 1310th
    Best Quality Food

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Etinosa Agbonlahor
Psychology and Creative Writing
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Hunter recently changed the layout of its cafeteria so that all students pay at one of four registers and walk around the third floor of the West Building to eat their food in a large, aerated, less gloomy room, as opposed to the cafeteria attached to the kitchen. If you're looking for a quick bite to eat during peak hours, get something from the vending machines. Other than its clumsy reconstruction, the cafeteria offers a lot of quality meals, from your standard sandwiches to Indian food and sushi (made by real sushi chefs). The cafeteria also offers packaged foods for on-the-go students and a coffee/tea stand with affordable premium roasts.

Food at the cafeteria is somewhat affordable, as trying to get the same quality at any restaurant around Hunter is a lot more expensive and aimed at office staff—not necessarily college students. Overall, the cafeteria staff is friendly, and the food is edible and cheap—that's all most students need. However, many students prefer to bring their own meals and heat them using microwaves in the cafeteria or in the Student Resource Center. The café also offers kosher meals and healthy choices like plain salads or fruit bowls for vegetarians/students watching their diet. In addition to this, there is a Starbucks stand in the West Lobby for students who don't mind paying more for their morning caffeine fix/evening pick-me-up in between classes. The café closes early on Fridays and is not open on weekends.

Facts & Statistics

Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Freshmen can sign up for a meal plan, but it's not required.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Third Floor Food Court
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Food carts outside of campus
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagels
  • Coffee or tea
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Soups and meals in the "hot foods" section
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Vending machine snacks
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
The food carts parked outside of the North and West buildings are a blessing to many students. For between $5 and $7, students can feast on pretzels, a hot meal of rice, some type of meat and a salad, falafels, gyros, Philly cheesesteaks, etc. In the morning, you can pick up a sandwich and decently-made coffee from the food carts, and if you're eating healthy, get a fruit salad or whole fruit from the fruit stand outside the West Building.
Did You Know?
Some places around Hunter give a 10 to 15 percent discount. Just flash your ID.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Brookdale Campus Cafeteria
Location: East 25th Street, Brookdale Campus
Food: Hot entrées, pizza, beverages
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room
Location: West Building, eighth floor
Food: Baked goods, breakfast, drinks, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Location: West Lobby
Food: Starbucks coffee and espresso drinks, ready-to-eat baked goods, pre-made salads and hot soups, hot panini sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Third Floor Food Court
Location: West Building, second floor
Food: Hot entrées and sides, salads, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Daily 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 98 responses

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

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 7 responses

  • 36% Campus food is expensive
  • 18% The student cafeteria has no real healthy food.
  • 18% There is a meal plan?
  • 9% There is not much variety in food
  • 9% The cafeteria is small
  • 9% There is no meal plan.

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 40% 3rd fl cafeteria
  • 27% Neighboring food places
  • 20% Food trucks
  • 13% None

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 8 responses

  • 62% Meal plan unavailable
  • 38% It's convenient

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 55% 3rd fl cafeteria
  • 45% 3rd floor cafeteria is the only one
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