Campus Dining

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Freshmen are required to have a dining plan and the Handschumacher dining center has its ups and downs. Many complain about it but its decent food if you aren't too picky. I highly recommend checking out the food trucks especially the food truck alley between Main Building and Engineering Building (CUCINA ZAPATA will change your life) and also, the gyro truck next to the Dragon statue is popular for a reason and the fellas who run it are the nicest people ever.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I have only been a few times to campus dining hall, the food was good I guess. Just took a awhile to actually get there. There is a few restaurants on campus that have really good food like Drexel Pizza

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3 College Student

Campus Dining: Not too many healthy options but its generally not that bad.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is decent, and there are typically options for everyone, but there is very little variety and the dining hall closes at 8 every night. The dining area near the dorm is open much later, but the food is pricey and the meal equivalency program is pretty much non-existent.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: The recently redone cafeteria offers a very good selection of food but it is definitely more expensive then the many options around the city. However with a meal plan it's a good deal and offers many options so you aren't eating the same thing every day.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 198th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 336th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 375th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 385th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 744th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marina Lamanna
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Grad Year
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Meal plans at Drexel can go either way. It really takes being flexible to make it work. For example, the meal plan can be a great deal if a student eats a lot, in which case, all-you-care-to-eat Handschumacher Dining Hall will be an excellent choice. On the contrary, if a vegetarian student doesn't enjoy the vegetarian option and only eats a bagel, this could be an expensive mistake. Seasons offers different sandwiches, salads, and quiches based on the seasons. Students are also a big fan of Northside Dining Terrace, where they can get Subway, Currito, Chick-fil-A, and various convenient-mart foods on the first floor of Kelly Hall. Students can also use their Dragon Dollars here—a major perk.

Students sometimes alternate their lunch choices, but they tend to stick with the lunch trucks for their speed and low prices. Cheap and convenient food is essential because you are hungry at times of the day other than breakfast, lunch, or dinner, so you need options to fulfill that craving to have a pizza or french fries at 3 a.m. Since there aren't cafeterias that stay open 24 hours, restaurants such as California Pizza that are close to campus and open late, come in handy. Lots of choices that require less money always make dining better for everyone.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$5490 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Required for all incoming freshmen who will live in dorms
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Handschumacher Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Red velvet waffles at the "Hans"
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Anything from Northside Dining Terrace
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Dining Dollars that are part of the meal plan are only accepted on campus. However, many off-campus restaurants will accept Dragon Dollars, which can be loaded on your student ID like a debit card.
Special Options
Students can visit University Club dining room in MacAlister Hall for an all-you-can-eat option, but it does not take or accept meal plans during the fall, winter, and spring terms. Many students choose to eat food from lunch trucks parked outside of the Center for Automation Technology building, too. These trucks offer Chinese, Thai, Mediterranean, and good old American junk food at a low price. Most only take cash.
Did You Know?
  • The lunch trucks occupy an alley all to themselves. They are the single most popular food source.
  • Sansom Street, between 34th and 36th streets, is a strip of fine and casual restaurants. You might even run into some of your professors at these locations.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Creese Café
Location: Creese Student Center
Food: Coffee/tea, salads, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Handschumacher Dining Hall
Location: Downstairs in Creese Student Union Center
Food: Asian, classics, deli, grill, La Taquiza, Passports, pasta/pizza, vegan/vegetarian
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 11:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
Market 16
Location: 34th Street at Market Street
Food: Asian, sushi, tea
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Northside Dining Terrace
Location: North Campus
Food: Chick-fil-A, Currito, The Market, Subway, Take 3!, Tsunami Sushi
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–1 a.m., Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–1 a.m.
Location: Papadakis Integrated Science Building
Food: Seasonal quiches, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Location: Pearlstein Business Learning Center
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Taco Bell
Location: Bookmark Café (adjacent to library)
Food: Mexican fast food
Hours: Monday–Thursday 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.–11 p.m.
Location: Main Building
Food: Coffee/tea, sandwiches, sweets
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 108 responses

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

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

  • 45% Trucks
  • 27% The sponsored restaurants
  • 18% Northside
  • 9% Cucina Zapata

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 6 responses

  • 55% Expensive
  • 27% Dining hall can get boring
  • 18% I never use all of my swipes

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Market 16 (Noodle Place)
  • 33% The Hans
  • 17% Northside
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