Campus Dining

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The meal plans are nice because they are different from other school's dining plans. Rather than having meal swipes, where you can go in and eat at a buffet, you can spend money just one what you want to buy. This means that if you are on the run and want a snack, you can stop by the food court really quick, without spending one of your meal swipes.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Woodland is wow. So many choices and amazing quality. Where else can you get a full blown steak dinner in your dorm cafeteria and have it be actually good?

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I am a vegan on my campus and I struggled greatly to find food to satisfy my needs. My friends do not have the dietary restrictions that I do and still said that the food provided was poor. I ended up eating mostly microwaved "Amy's" products the entire year which are not necessarily healthy or for that matter, satisfying. There is one dining hall all the way on the other side of campus that has more vegetarian dishes but it was not convenient to get to. The school also just added another dining hall with "fresher" options but not much that is vegetarian or vegan friendly. It was a constant struggle from day to day to find something new and healthy. Nachos can only be counted as an accepted meal so many times.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: The food courts have a lot of variety, and the payment plan is great, however it gets repetitive so it's nice to eat out once in awhile.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Campus dining is the reason why many who attend IU-B gain the dreaded "Freshman 15".


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 38th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 90th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 142nd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 206th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 211st
    Best Quality Food

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Andrew Belsky/Chelsea Demarris
Highland Park, Ill./Unknown
Public finance/Unknown
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Although there are a lot of different food courts, cafés, and convenience stores available to IU students, as well as some big chain restaurants and a few attempts at home-cooking, the general consensus seems to be negative when it comes to dorm food. There would probably be less to complain about, but IU requires freshmen to buy an expensive meal plan which is only good at on-campus eateries. Be sure to use every last point before the end of the year, because IU takes back whatever you have left over. Some common effects of the IU meal plan are regular trips to the cafeterias, the painful realization that none of the Italian restaurants on campus make anything that compares to your mom's lasagna, and if you're an aspiring cook, you'll have to battle the frustration of fast food consumption and insufficient practice facilities.

RPS theoretically offers a number of healthy or vegetarian options for the conscientious eater, but fails to give students a substantive weapon against the dreaded Freshman 15. Salad bars and fruits may have been sitting out for hours. There are as many greasy, fried, fat-soaked choices as there are appealing and healthy foods. The only thing campus dining really has going for it, like most college eating environments, is its convenience. Few of the dorms are left without any type of vendor, which makes the convenience of never having to shop for groceries a plus. As far as taste or nutrition goes, students are left with two options: either search campus far and wide for a balanced meal (you will find it), or settle for fast food day-in and day-out, and make the dreaded Freshman 15 a reality.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3150 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All campus residents are required to purchase a meal plan.
Student Favorites
  • Commons Cafe at the Wells Library
  • Dining Room at Read
  • McNutt C-Store
  • The Underground & Hoosier Den at Gresham Food Court
  • Wright Place Food Court
24-Hour Dining
Special Options
Dining on campus can be fairly one-dimensional to the average student. However, you can easily find different foods with a little exploration. For example, the Food Court at Collins offers organic and vegetarian options in addition to standard foods.
Did You Know?
Meal plan users are given the chance to have chefs prepare a mouth-watering meal in front of their eyes-to their exact specifications! Options include the Border Grill Quesadilla Tour, It's a Wrap Tour, My Big Fat Greek Gyro Tour, and Oodles of Noodles Tour, Pastabilities Tour, among others. It's a great break from regular cafeteria food.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Convenience Store at McNutt
Location: McNutt
Food: Carry-out, grocery items
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
Convenience Store at Wilkie
Location: Wilkie
Food: Bakery items, deli, grocery items, pizza, subs
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Convenience Store at Wright
Location: Wright
Food: Grocery items
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Cool Beans
Location: Eigenmann
Food: Bakery items, smoothies, Starbucks coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Dining Room
Location: Read
Food: All-you-can-eat entrées, grill items, sandwiches.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Edmondson Dining Room
Location: Collins
Food: All-you-can-eat entrées, desserts, salad bar, vegetarian/vegan specialties
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Eigenmann Eatery & Convenience Store
Location: Eigenmann
Food: Grab n' Go, Flamingo's Grille, Soup, Salad & Spuds, Stacks Deli, Starbucks coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
El Bistro
Location: Read
Food: Breakfast, Mexican, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-12 a.m.
Gresham Food Court
Location: Foster
Food: Antonini's Italian Eatery, Cream & Crimson Creations (bakery), Flamingo's Grille, Grab n' Go, Iron Kettle (American),Pacific Rim (Chinese), Soup, Salad & Spuds, Stacks Deli, Taco John's (Mexican)
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Hoosier Café
Location: Read
Food: Bakery items, barbecue, entrées, salads, soups, Starbucks coffee, subs
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Hoosier Den
Location: Foster
Food: Bagels, pastries, pizza, snacks
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Thursday-Sunday 10 p.m.-3 a.m.
McNutt Hoosier Café
Location: Mcnutt
Food: Bakery items, panini, salads, sandwiches, smoothies, soup
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Location: Collins
Food: Bakery items, deli, grill items, salads, soup
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: Foster
Food: Breakfast, grill items, pizza, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 p.m.-12 a.m.
Wright Place Food Court
Location: Wright Place
Food: Charley Bigg's Chicken and Sauce, Cream & Crimson Bakery, Eat Wright Healthy Meals, Flamingo's Grille, Iron Kettle (American), Pacific Rim (Chinese), Sbarro, Soup, Salad & Spuds, Stacks Deli
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 151 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

  • 30% Woodlands
  • 22% C-Store
  • 11% Gresham
  • 11% Edmondson is all you can eat
  • 9% All of the dining halls are very good
  • 7% Bistro in read is quick.
  • 7% Forest
  • 4% Wright food court

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 26% Collins
  • 22% Mexican at the Bistro
  • 22% Gresh
  • 13% Wright
  • 9% Any of the class building c-stores have awful food
  • 9% Eigenmann

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

  • 64% The food gets boring after awhile
  • 32% Points can only be used at residence halls
  • 4% How quickly your points are used.

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 23 responses

  • 69% 60% discount with a meal plan
  • 31% I never have to worry about running out of points
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