Campus Dining

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I enjoy on-campus dining for the most part, but on one occasion in one of the main dining halls I got food poisoning from some chicken that obviously wasn't cooked correctly. I emailed dining services to let them know I had gotten sick from their food, and heard nothing back.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: The variety of foods offered at KSU is great compared to most schools.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I absolutely love campus dining because there are so many choices to pick from. In addition, all of the take meal plan, which is efficient for a college student allowing for them to buy what they please without having continuously worry about running out of money.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I love the dining services on campus! The food is normally delicious and Kent State has a variety of foods to choose from.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I love campus dining! There are so many options! You receive a student ID and all you have to do is swipe anytime and almost any place.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 13th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 93rd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 144th
    Best Quality Food
  • 153rd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 187th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Andrew Rasner
Sagamore Hills
Grad Year
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If there's one aspect of dining at Kent State that stands out, it's the variety of offerings afforded to students. Dining halls, restaurants, and the like are placed strategically across campus, so you're never more than a five-minute walk from food (there's even a small cart that drives around campus selling meal-plan provisions). Meal plans can be used in dining halls, at markets, and in the student center at Subway, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Nathan’s, Arthur Treacher's, Jazzman’s Coffee, Damon’s, and other locations. Meal plans offered at Kent are slightly different from those offered at comparable universities. Whereas the primary use of a meal plan at some universities is where a certain number of “swipes” or “meals” are afforded to students, using a meal plan at Kent is more like using a debit card. There are dining halls, but instead of one “meal” granting a student access to an all-he-or-she-can-eat buffet, a student just pays for what he or she takes with a meal plan. An all-you-can-eat buffet may sound like a great deal, but realistically, paying only for what one takes does not allow for meal plans to go to waste as easily.

There are absolutely healthful options available, and the variety of offerings can meet special dietary needs or preferences of students. Overall, the range of meal plans and the variety of the food available means that there are options to suit all students.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3660 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Prentice Café
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Omelets
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken fingers
  • Pizza
  • Wraps/burritos
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Rosie's Diner & Market
24-Hour Dining
Rosie's Diner & Market
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, Boar's Head Deli delivers orders to the University Library.
Did You Know?
The new food cart seen driving around campus is the result of a suggestion by a student organization who analyzed ways to improve campus dining.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Location: Student Center Hub
Food: Ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 12 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Damon's Grill
Location: Student Center, lower level
Food: Sports bar food: burgers, desserts, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
Eastway Café
Location: Eastway Complex, second floor
Food: Cafeteria-style, different entrées each day to complement regular offerings
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Eastway Market & Deli
Location: Eastway Complex, first floor
Food: Coffee, cookware, espresso, grocery items, sandwiches, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday 9 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 a.m.-12 a.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Location: Student Center Hub
Food: Bagels, bagel sandwiches, coffee, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Jazzman's Coffee
Location: Oscar Ritchie Hall
Food: Coffee, espresso, bakery, teas, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Jazzman's Cyber Café
Location: Student Center, lower level
Food: Coffee, espresso, bakery, teas, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Jump! Asian Express
Location: Student Center Hub
Food: Asian stir-fry cuisine
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Kent Market I
Location: Student Center, first floor
Food: Made-to-order sandwiches and wraps, daily entrées and sides, daily soups, coffee, bakery, drinks, and more.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-8 p.m.
Kent Market II
Location: Student Center, second floor
Food: Olives (made-to-order pasta bar), salad bar, Tandoori Oven (Indian cuisine), Boar's Head (made-to-order sandwiches), and cafeteria-style offerings
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Library Coffee Cart
Location: Main Library
Food: Coffee, espresso, bakery, teas, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Munchies Market
Location: Prentice Hall
Food: Convenience items and groceries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog & Arthur Treacher's
Location: Student Center Hub
Food: Hot dogs, burgers, fried seafood
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Prentice Café
Location: Prentice Hall
Food: Daily entrées and sides, plus regular cafeteria-style offerings
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: Student Center, lower level
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Saturday 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
Rosie's Diner & Market
Location: Tri-Towers Rotunda
Food: American, diner-style, groceries and convenience items
Hours: Daily 24 hours
Schwebel Garden Room
Location: Kent Student Center, third floor
Food: Upscale restaurant
Hours: Reservations recommended
Shake Wrap & Roll
Location: Student Center Hub
Food: Made-to-order salads, sandwiches, and sushi
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Snack Shop
Location: Michael Schwartz Center
Food: Snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Student Center Hub
Food: Subway sandwiches, salads, soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Sunday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Summit Street Café
Location: Student Recreation and Wellness Center
Food: Health-related smoothies, wraps and sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Student Polls

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

  • 24% They take the remainder if you don't use it all
  • 18% Everything is expensive
  • 15% Student Center black out times
  • 15% Not too many things are open late.
  • 13% Things are more expensive on campus
  • 5% Not good choices
  • 5% Worrying about spending all the money on it
  • 2% No discount
  • 2% No cafeteria style setting available
  • 2% Better options off campus

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 20% Subway
  • 19% Kent Market 2
  • 15% Quaker Stake and Lube
  • 15% Rosie's is 24 hours (except 4-6am)
  • 11% 24 hour dining
  • 7% Kent market 1
  • 4% Five Guys Burgers
  • 4% Prentice
  • 4% Munchies
  • 2% The Cyber Cafe in White Hall

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 155 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 worst food options on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 32% Jump Asian Express in the Student Center
  • 26% Rosie's
  • 26% Asian Restaurant @ Student Center
  • 16% PRENTICE

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 21 responses

  • 77% You don't have to worry about money
  • 18% You can add money
  • 5% I don't receive the meal plan


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