Campus Dining

Location
Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
13,072
Tuition
$36,090
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Freshman year a dining plan is mandatory, so you do a lot of eating in the dining hall that year. There's pretty good food there (I heard it used to be kinda disgusting a few years ago). There's a good variety of other dining places on campus too. The Northside Dining Terrace by the dorms is your best bet for late-night food. There's a Starbucks in the new Lebow, Curito & chic-fil-a in Northside, and a new vegetarian place connected to the student center. There's been a definite improvement in the number & variety of eateries that take either dining (food only) or dragon (all-use) dollars in the past few years.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Drexels' dining plan is honestly not so bad during weekdays, however on the weekends, especially in the afternoon, the only available food for everyone is pizza, which is very limiting for us as students.

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1 College Junior

Campus Dining: I only eat off campus because of how bad the food is.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The dining experience is not bad. There are typical a lot of options and all the food that I want is generally well replenished and I do not have any complaints of what they do or do not have because there is something that I will eat there.

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.

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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
Hometown
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Major
English
Grad Year
2015
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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?
Yes
Required for all incoming freshmen who will live in dorms
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Handschumacher Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Currito
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Red velvet waffles at the "Hans"
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Tacos
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Anything from Northside Dining Terrace
24-Hour Dining
None
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.
Seasons
Location: Papadakis Integrated Science Building
Food: Seasonal quiches, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Starbucks
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.
ThirtyOne41
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 112 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 food options on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 50% Trucks
  • 29% The sponsored restaurants
  • 14% Northside
  • 7% Cucina Zapata

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

  • 46% Expensive
  • 31% Dining hall can get boring
  • 23% I never use all of my swipes

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 57% Market 16 (Noodle Place)
  • 29% The Hans
  • 14% Northside

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% Sponsored restaurants
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