Campus Dining

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are two dining halls on campus, plus the Punchout. Blackburn is where people go to be sociable, while Annex is mostly quiet and for girls. The people in Annex are a lot nicer, but there is more variety in Blackburn. Annex's food tends to taste better though, but it gets repetitive there. I suggest that most people get the Block 140 meal plan because it's the cheaper option, and you get more bang for your buck.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is a main eating hall that offers a variety buffet style eating from 6:30 a.m-7:30 p.m. Food choices include Asian, Mexican, American, and Vegan. There is a variety in drinks, fruits, and desserts. There are also dinning dollars that can be used among campus cafes and off campus in surrounding venues.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: the food is good most of the time but they do have their off days/meals

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is not a big variety of choices for food. I do like the fact that our dining dollars and bison bucks can be used at many places on and off campus.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: If I had to choose between on campus or off campus dining, I would choose off campus almost every time. The food is not very good and there isnt much of a variety.


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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

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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
$3954 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 120 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 12 responses

  • 47% The punchout
  • 21% You will end up spending most your dining $
  • 16% Sankofa!
  • 11% The Annex Cafe
  • 5% Breakfast

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

  • 55% The cafeteria
  • 18% Nothing is completely bad
  • 18% The Punchout
  • 9% It is awful

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 9 responses

  • 44% Nothing really , just change it to block 70
  • 44% Um, nothing. It's too expensive.
  • 11% Breakfast

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 9 responses

  • 89% The food
  • 11% Eating times
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