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.