Campus Dining

New York, NY
Tuition (in-state)
$13,190 ($4,790)
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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: The food wasn't bad but not many healthy options. Also, it was definitely expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food actually isn't bad and there are a lot of healthy options. We have fresh sushi, vegan food, and really good pizza. It's not too pricey. I personally didn't have a meal plan, I just put money on my campus card and used declining balance. There's naked juice, hummus, fruit cups, water, tea, and tons of different snack options. There's also a salad bar too. We also have a starbucks in the dining hall which is definitely the best part.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Very sad excuse for a dining hall. The hours are terrible for students. The food is sometimes okay, and there are a lot of options, but you are restricted in what you actually get as a meal. It's not buffet style like a lot of other schools and the food is not very good.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I'm a commuter but I do tend to eat on campus more so then going out and getting fast food. I'm also a fashion design major, we are piled up with work so when I do need to utilize my time I quickly grab something from the cafe and hurry back to my work. You'll get bored of the food, there isn't much variety. And the worst part is that the cafe closes at 8pm or 9pm. So if you'd like a midnight study snack you'd have to make it yourself, go wandering on 23rd street, or go back inside the school and grab something from a vending machine (try the muffins, they are really good). The cafe is usually crowded throughout the day but if you don't like crowds you can take your food to go.
There is also a Starbucks located inside the cafe with a cool hang out indoor and outdoor spot behind the cash register.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: I usually my food outside of campus, but what from i noticed the food at FIT seems ok.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1038th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 1189th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 1219th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 1327th
    Best Quality Food
  • 1379th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristen Babson
Charlotte, NC
Fashion Merchandising Management
Grad Year
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FIT has one cafeteria that offers typical college food (such as pizza, deli sandwiches, fast food-type meals, and a hot bar), which can potentially lead to a possible Freshman 15 if students are not careful. There are also other options, such as sushi, soup and salad bars, and several pre-packaged foods. Students have a choice between the meals-per-week plans (9, 14, and 19) and the Freedom plan. The Freedom plan serves as a declining balance, allowing the student to pick what he or she wants without having to follow the meal guidelines. Each meal plan includes an additional declining balance fund.

Some students have complained about the hours of the cafeteria; they are not as accommodating as students would like them to be. There are several cheap options outside of the cafeteria that students tend to flock to if necessary.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3976 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Freshmen aren't required to have a meal plan, but those freshmen living in traditional-style dorms in either Nagler Hall or Coed Hall are required to have one.
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagel
  • Granola and yogurt
  • Omelet
  • Waffle
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken Caesar panini
  • Curly fries
  • Grilled cheese
  • Pizza
  • Quesadilla
  • Sushi
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
If you want a lot of flexibility and options, stick with the Freedom meal plan.
Did You Know?
  • You can use your declining balance money at the Starbucks located in the Retail Food Court.
  • Students can join a student-run committee at FIT that meets with the workers and administration of the cafeteria to give them ideas on what students want to eat and what needs to be changed.
  • The cafeteria has flat-screen TVs.
  • Commuters can open a declining balance account (for at least $50) that they can use to buy food on campus.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

C Lobby Café
Location: Building C
Food: Coffee, desserts, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Retail Food Court (Building A Café)
Location: Between A and B buildings
Food: Home-style meals, pasta, pizza, salad bar, sandwiches, soups, sushi
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Location: Building A
Food: Coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 62 responses

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