Campus Dining

Location
Baltimore, MD
Undergrads
5,866
Tuition
$43,390
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: NO VARIETY AND FFC IS ALWAYS OILY. DON'T EVEN TRY.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I love FFC the freshman dining hall which is all-you-can-eat. They have hard-serve ice cream and soft serve yogurt, and are open from 7am-8pm for breakfast to dinner, and then again at 9:00 for late night. Except they don't have late night on fridays and weekends. The food is gourmet style, some freshmen get tired of it though because the menu sometimes gets a little repetitive. Sophomores usually go to Levering for lunch, which is the best because it has a soup and sandwich bar, a pizza bar, fast food, and asian bar. A meal at levering will average you about $7-$10. You could eat there for weeks and not get tired of it. Sophomores also go to Nolans which does not have much variety, but the food is really good. There is also CharMar which recently got a new bakery that serves gelato and pizza…so yum, much wow… I get hungry just thinking about it. They also sell club sandwiches and health/beauty items. It's gotten a lot more healthy with the new vendors, so you can find a lot of gluten free stuff in there, as well as fresh fruit, canned, and frozen products. (If you're a freshmen or sophomore your best bet is to grab some fresh fruit from the FFC) It's pretty expensive though; you can blow off $25 there without a problem.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Not impressed at all, other schools are better

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is delicious and there are many dining spots available on campus.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: I personally did not have time to visit cafeteria because I am always busy with my school work. I rarely go to dining.

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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
Hometown
Glen Rock, NJ
Major
International Studies and Economics
Grad Year
2012
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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?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
14
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5722 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
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
None
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.
Nolan's
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

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