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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: There are many options for dining. The food is pretty good. Many of my friends dislike it but for someone who isn't used to home-cooked meals every night, I enjoy the food. There are some healthy options, but they could improve in that aspect.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: While campus dining is limited, it is generally okay as far as taste is concerned.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is what's expected out of cafeteria dining, it isn't restaurant quality but they have some good days. The dining halls have regular hours- there's nothing open on campus after 10pm, which is unfortunate. The value is average, the variety is decent but it gets boring after a year. Definitely use the dining dollars in a variety of places and the bison bucks are participating restaurants in the area.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food is always available. The cafe hours are kinda funky, especially on the weekends. I suggest that you stay in a dorm that has a kitchen because the food in the cafe..... is not always fulfilling. There's this great mexican place on georgia called Mama Chuy. The food is pretty reasonable and sooo good, plus they deliver. And then there's HoChi. Don't sleep on it!

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: Many options that are exciting for an incoming freshman, you get tired of it as the years pass by, but it's still very convenient to have a meal plan if you live on campus


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1296th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 1298th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 1329th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 1356th
    Best Quality Food
  • 1378th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kali Stewart
Orange County, California
Radio, Television & Film
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The Freshman 15 could easily become the Freshman 30 if you get carried away by the amount of good, albeit unhealthy food available at the campus dining halls, cafes, and restaurants. Some of the dining halls have food themes depending upon which day of the week it is (e.g., Soul Food Thursdays), so variety is not a problem. Even though they are not as readily available as traditional eating options, vegetarian and vegan options are available in both the Armour J. Blackburn Cafeteria and the Bethune Annex dining hall.

There are five meal plans available, and students who live on campus can choose between 19- and 14-meal plans. Students who are frequently off campus are allotted a 10-meal weekly plan. Commuter students can also sign up for a five-meal plan served Monday through Friday, and all students can participate in the Dining Dollars program which works as a debit for all campus eateries. Dining Dollars are popular with a lot of students because of the flexibility involved—meal plans don’t apply to all University dining facilities—and because they are not restricted to eating on campus with the repercussion of losing any allotted meals. The only drawback about Dining Dollars is that, even though you can carry over any unused fall semester dollar points into the spring semester, students will lose any unused points at the end of the spring semester.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4140 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
If living in a freshman dorm
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Blackburn Café
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
The PunchOut
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Omelets
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Burgers
  • Soul food Thursday
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Pizza
  • Starbucks
Student Favorites
The Punch Out
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bethune Annex Café
Location: Bethune Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat: baked goods, breakfast, deli, homestyle entrées, international, pasta, pizza, salad bar
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–9 a.m., 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.–7 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.–6 p.m.
Bethune Annex C-Store
Location: Bethune Annex
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go foods, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–9 a.m., 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m., 4:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
Blackburn Café
Location: Blackburn Student Center
Food: All-you-can-eat: baked goods, breakfast, deli, homestyle entrées, international, pasta, pizza, salad bar
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.–7 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.–6 p.m.
Blackburn C-Store
Location: Blackburn Student Center
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go foods, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m, Saturday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
The Canteen
Location: Howard Service Center
Food: Sandwiches, Simply To Go items, snacks, Starbucks coffee
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Jazzman's Café
Location: Administrative Building
Food: Coffee, sandwiches, sweets
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Law School Dining Room
Location: Law School
Food: Coffee, fresh fruit, hot foods
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Meridian Hill C-Store
Location: Meridian Hill Hall
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go foods, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 2 p.m.–10 p.m.
The PunchOut
Location: Blackburn Center (ground level)
Food: Mein Bowl, Pandini's, Sankofa Café, Subconnection, WOW Café & Wingery
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
The Restaurant at Blackburn
Location: Blackburn Center
Food: Coffee, homestyle entrées, salads, soup, sweets
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Simply to Go – Divinity
Location: School of Divinity
Food: Coffee, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 12 p.m.–7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Simply to Go – Medicine
Location: College of Medicine
Food: Grab 'n' go foods, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Location: Howard University Bookstore
Food: Coffee, desserts
Hours: Monday–Friday 5:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 7 a.m.–8 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 129 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 best food options on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 38% The punchout
  • 15% Sankofa!
  • 10% The Annex Cafe
  • 10% You will end up spending most your dining $
  • 8% U Street (Ben's Chili Bowl, Busboys & Poets, etc)
  • 6% Breakfast
  • 6% Georgia Ave
  • 6% Delivery services

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 20 responses

  • 35% Um, nothing. It's too expensive.
  • 26% Nothing really , just change it to block 70
  • 22% Breakfast
  • 17% Block 170 is the move, with 325 Dining Dollars

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 48% The cafeteria
  • 35% Nothing is completely bad
  • 9% The Punchout
  • 9% It is awful

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 20 responses

  • 70% The food
  • 25% Eating times
  • 5% The price
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