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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Food from Ner Israel dining room is included in tuition, kosher, and fits in with students' schedule

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I can only describe the med campus food. The buildings include the Daily Grind, a cafeteria, and the Greenhouse Cafe. The food options are standard/average and as a vegetarian I really only focus on vegetarian options, particularly salads, which are present.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Not the worst but not the best. Solidly average. Freshman dining hall is fine but a bit repetitive after awhile--I hear it's gotten better with the new company though? Nolan's (upperclassman dining hall) is alright but over-priced and lacks variety. Lots of the dining people are sassy and funny but the upper management doesn't treat them properly which is rather aggravating. CharMar is fine but a bit too fancy and overestimates how much college students will spend to get something organic or fancy.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are not many dining halls to choose from, and the food is often the same.

2 College Freshman


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 94th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 152nd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 579th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 785th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 1096th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dan White
Glen Rock, NJ
International Studies and Economics
Grad Year
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On-campus dining isn’t spectacular, but it has drastically improved recently. In recent years, the freshman and upperclassman cafeterias have been completely renovated, and the quality and selection of food have greatly improved. The freshman cafeteria, called Fresh Food Café, is an all-you-can-eat buffet that always offers a mix of pizza, salads, sandwiches, burgers, vegetables, meats, and desserts. It also has vegan and kosher selections, although you have to pay extra for the kosher meal plan. This cafeteria is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and focuses on using fresh ingredients and always has a healthy option or two. The upperclassman cafeteria, Nolan's, is in Charles Commons; it's not an all-you-can-eat buffet, but it offers gourmet salads and sandwiches, pizza, grilled foods, and pastas. Students can also use their meal plans at Charles Street Market and Einstein Bagels.

The main complaint students have about the meal plan is that they are required to purchase it as long as they are living on campus. The meal plan is expensive, and many students would rather cook for themselves or eat at the many local eateries. The dining halls get repetitive after several months of eating in them two or three times daily. However, most schools require students to purchase a meal plan if they are living in University housing, so this complaint comes from college students nationwide. Overall, JHU provides students with many on-campus dining choices, and the school is constantly trying to improve these services.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5912 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • Levering Food Court
  • Nolan's
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Einstein's has pretty good bagels, coffee, and breakfast sandwiches that students get very often. It's pricey, but there's a good selection.
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Definitely varies, but Nolan's always has a great selection of make-your-own pasta, grilled sandwiches and burgers, a salad bar, and other healthy options. FFC is good and always getting better, but it's more repetitive.
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Boar's Head sandwiches from Charles Street Market
  • Fresh Food Café "Late Night" includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, burgers, etc.
  • Sushi from Charles Street Market
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Café Hon
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Donna's
  • Eddie's Market
  • Egyptian Pizza
  • Freshii
  • Hopkins Deli
  • Ledo Pizza
  • Maxie's Pizza Bar & Grill
  • Miss Shirley Café
  • One World Café
  • Orient Express
  • Pete's Grille
  • Roland Park Bagel
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Sandella's Flatbread
  • Sghetti Eddie's
  • Subway
Special Options
Most upperclassmen who live off campus do not use their J-Card to purchase meals. The J-Card can be used at a variety of places, on and off campus. Underclassmen typically have J-Cash and meal plans, so they are widely used on campus and around Charles Village.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Café Q
Location: MSE Library, first floor
Food: Bagels, coffee, muffins, pre-made subs, sandwiches
Hours: Daily 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Charles Street Market
Location: Below Wolman Hall
Food: Gourmet deli, grocery items, prepared foods, snacks, sushi
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Thursday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 a.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-3 a.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-1 a.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Location: Below Wolman Hall
Food: Bagels, breakfast sandwiches, coffee, deli sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fresh Food Café
Location: 3400 N. Charles St.
Food: All-you-can-eat buffet with kosher options
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Levering Food Court
Location: Levering Hall
Food: Selection of fast-casual restaurants such as burgers, Italian, Mexican, subs
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Charles Commons
Food: Grill items, pasta, pizza, salads
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5 p.m.-12 a.m., Friday-Saturday 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Pura Vida Organic Coffeehouse
Location: Levering Hall
Food: Coffee, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 60 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 5 responses

  • 57% Levering Cafe
  • 43% Charles Street Market (CharMar)
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