Off-Campus Dining

Rochester, MI
Tuition (in-state)
$23,873 ($10,230)
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Most of it is too far to easily get to.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of restaurants within walking distance of campus and more are frequently opening.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most off-campus dining is not in very close proximity, about a 20 minute radius, which can be inconvenient at times.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: I do not really eat off campus so to be entirely honest I do not know.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of different types of restaurants to go to, from fast food to sit down. Most are chain but there are some that are very rare to find anywhere else.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 326th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 902nd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jessica Edmondson
Oak Park
Grad Year
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When you finally get fed up with dorm food, look to off-campus dining to fulfill your cravings. Downtown Rochester is full of great places to eat at, as is Royal Oak and Birmingham. These places give you a variety of different cuisines, including Ethiopian, Middle Eastern, American, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Japanese. If you are a vegetarian just getting by on dorm food, Royal Oak is host to Inn Season Café, a totally vegetarian restaurant with choices like an all-vegan meal. If you are looking for kosher meals, Jerusalem Pizza, in West Bloomfield and Southfield, is always an option.

For many of these places, there is no other way to get to them except by driving—though, if you are patient enough, you can always take a bus. But if you don't have a car and are not patient enough to wait for a bus, on-campus dining is your only option.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Burger King
  • McDonald's
Best Asian
  • Cheng's Restaurant
  • Pei Wei
Best Breakfast
  • McDonald's
  • Panera Bread
Best Coffee
  • Biggby Coffee
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
Ashby's Sterling Ice Cream Parlor
Best Healthy
  • Noodles & Company
  • Subway
Best Late-Night
  • Applebee's
  • Rochester Mills Beer Co.
Best Mexican
Miguel's Cantina
Best Pizza
Jet's Pizza
Best Wings
  • Applebee's
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Applebee's
  • P.F. Chang's
  • T.G.I. Friday's
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Other Places to Check Out
  • Arby's
  • Big Boy
  • Caribou Coffee
  • Chipotle
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Hungry Howie's Pizza
  • KFC
  • Leong's Restaurant
  • Main Street Grill & Tavern
  • Oceania Inn
  • Red Robin
  • Romano's Macaroni Grill
  • Taco Bell
  • Trader Joe's

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

3610 Marketplace Circle, Rochester Hills
(248) 844-2900
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Whole Foods
2918 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills
(248) 371-1400
Daily 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar
Food: American
2105 N. Squirrel Road, Auburn Hills
(248) 373-4659
Price: $8-$15
Ashby's Sterling Ice Cream Parlor
Food: Ice cream
46540 Van Dyke, Shelby Township
(586) 991-0106
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: You can get a custard card; after buying five custards, you get a free medium vanilla custard.
BD's Mongolian Barbecue
Food: Asian
430 S. Main St., Royal Oak
(248) 398-7755
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: They make your food in front of you.
Biggby Coffee
Food: Coffee
2937 Crooks Rd.
(248) 293-9730
Price: $3-$8
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American, wings
1234 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills
(248) 651-3999
Price: $8-$15
Burger King
Food: Fast food
2975 Walton Blvd., Rochester
(248) 375-9000
Price: $3-$8
Cheng's Restaurant
Food: Asian
2666 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills
(248) 299-9450
Price: $8-$15
Inn Season Café
Food: Vegetarian
500 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak
(248) 547-7916
Price: $10-$20
Jerusalem Pizza
Food: Kosher, pizza
26025 Greenfield Road, Southfield
(248) 552-0088
Jet's Pizza
Food: Pizza
1425 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills
(248) 650-2900
Price: $15-$30
Food: Fast food
3420 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills
(248) 475-1806
Price: $3-$8
Miguel's Cantina
Food: Mexican
870 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills
(248) 453-5371
Price: $10-$15
Noodles & Company
Food: American, Asian, Mediterranean
6836 Rochester Rd., Troy
(248) 879-9900
Price: $8-$15
Olga's Kitchen
Food: Greek
2580 N. Squirrel Rd., Auburn Hills
(248) 276-8620
Price: $8-$15
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Food: Asian
2801 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy
(248) 816-8000
Price: $10-$20
Panera Bread
Food: Sandwiches, soup
2508 S. Adams Road, Rochester Hills
(248) 853-7430
Price: $5-$10
Pei Wei
Food: Asian
1206 Walton Blvd.
(248) 601-1380
Price: $8-$15
Pita Café
Food: Healthy, Mediterranean
25282 Greenfield Rd., Oak Park
(248) 968-2225
Price: $10-$20
Pita Pit
Food: Middle Eastern
3035 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills
(248) 340-1748
Price: $5-$10
Red Ox Tavern
Food: American
3773 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills
(248) 340-7070
Price: $10-$25
Rochester Mills Beer Co.
Food: American
400 Water St.
(248) 650-5080
Price: $10-$20
Food: Coffee, tea
2546 N. Squirrel Road, Auburn Hills
(248) 475-9890
Price: $3-$8
Food: Sandwiches
2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester
(248) 370-4379
Price: $3-$8
T.G.I. Friday's
Food: American
2443 N. Squirrel Road, Auburn Hills
(248) 340-9770
Price: $8-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 76 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 84 responses

  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 21% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 44% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 35% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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