Campus Dining

Location
Athens, OH
Undergrads
16,862
Tuition (in-state)
$19,246 ($10,282)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: shively could have more variety of options instead of basically the same options everyday. baker and nelson are always good. healthier options would always be good

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It's not home cooking that's my only complaint.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food tastes the same at all the dining halls and it basically the same things every day.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: We have 3 different dining halls to choose from and they are each very different. So if you want to try something new you can go to a different dining hall. The variety within them all is great. I love them!

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food at Ohio University is rather good. We have three main dining halls and two restaurants in the Baker University Center. The dining halls consist of many choices, including healthy and vegetarian options. In the restaurants, students use their flex points instead of swipes, which are used in the dining halls. These restaurants are a great place to eat when you're just not feeling the dining hall food.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 89th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 94th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 220th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 269th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 469th
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nash Bober
Hometown
Berlin Heights, Ohio
Major
Management information systems/Marketing
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Taking in a meal at the dining halls, while not the best culinary experience, is certainly tolerable. A wide variety of food appears to be what makes the dining halls popular with students, and Shively is definitely a favorite among students thanks to its selection of hand-scooped ice cream. Boyd, though, is fast on the heels of Shively as the most popular dining hall because of its addition of paninis, wraps, salads, and sushi to its menu. Hopefully, other dining halls will follow suit and ditch some of the fried foods for healthier alternatives.

A downside to dining at OU is the lack of 24-hour places to eat. The dining halls usually close at 7 p.m. So, for students with late classes, it can be tough to get dinner. However, there are markets that are open pretty late, and Grab n' Go is very convenient for snatching a bagged lunch (too bad there's not one uptown at Bromley). Though students may complain about the dining halls at one point or another, there's no doubt that they'll be missing it once they move off campus and start living on Easy Mac. Overall, the dining halls provide good deals for students-they're convenient, the food is good, and changes are being made to accommodate vegetarians and those who want a healthier menu. If a tad too routine, as is the case with most University meal options, OU's dining halls at least find some creative ways to keep their options fresh for students.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
20
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4362 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
  • Boyd Grab n' Go
  • Shively Dining Hall
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Boyd Grab n' Go
  • Shively Dining Hall
Did You Know?
  • Think you're too busy to eat? Think again. Shively, Boyd, and Nelson Dining Halls all offer Grab n' Go, an à la carte lines that allows students to pack lunches instead of sitting down to eat. While the other two Grab n' Gos only offer regular menu items, the newly-revamped Boyd Grab 'n Go offers sushi (made by a local restaurant), paninis, wraps, and a large variety of salads.
  • Keep an eye out for dining hall theme nights, which have included Jimmy Buffett, Mardi Gras, Homecoming, and Hawaiian Luau themes in the past. Decked out in costumes, the employees serve theme-appropriate foods amid lavish decorations. It's cheesy, yes, but definitely fun, and the themed food is a nice break from the ordinary.
  • Over 800 students work for Dining Services and earn an average of $7.30 an hour, making it one of the highest paying jobs on campus.
  • Freshmen and sophomores are required to have a meal plan.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Boyd Dining Hall
Location: Boyd Hall, West Green
Food: Buffet-style, hot entrees, fast food, deli, breakfast
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 p.m.-1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Boyd Grab n' Go
Location: Boyd Hall
Food: Sandwiches, wraps, salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Boyd Market
Location: Boyd Hall
Food: Snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Bromley Dining Hall
Location: Bromley Hall, Uptown on West Union Street
Food: Buffet-style, hot entrees, fast food, deli, breakfast
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Cafe BiblioTech
Location: Alden Library
Food: Coffee, drinks, pastries
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
Corner Cafe
Location: Baker Center
Food: Salubre Pizza, Nathan's Hotdogs, Substation Subs, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Jefferson Dining Hall
Location: Jefferson Hall, East Green
Food: Buffet-style, hot entrees, fast food, deli, breakfast
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Latitude 39
Location: Fine dining
Food: Baker Center
Hours: Monday-Tuesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Mini Mall
Location: Nelson Commons
Food: Smart Mouth Pizza, Sunset Strips
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Nelson Dining Hall
Location: South Green
Food: Buffet-style, hot entrees, fast food, deli, breakfast
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Nelson Market
Location: South Green
Food: Snacks
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m.-12 a.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Shively Dining Hall
Location: Shively Hall, East Green
Food: Buffet-style, hot entrees, fast food, deli, breakfast
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Shively Grab n' Go
Location: Shively Hall, East Green
Food: Sandwiches, wraps, salads
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Shively Market
Location: Snacks
Food: Shively Hall, East Green
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
West 82 Food Court
Location: Baker Center, bottom floor
Food: Deli, grill, mexican, salads, pizza, desserts
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 95 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Availability
  • 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 14 responses

  • 33% Shivley
  • 28% Bagel street deli and anywhere open late
  • 17% The student center.
  • 6% Salaam, sol, anywhere local
  • 6% Baker center
  • 6% Boyd
  • 6% Nelson

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 67% Boyd Dining Hall
  • 17% Jeff
  • 8% Jimmy Johns
  • 8% Any fast food

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 14 responses

  • 52% Using left over meals at the market
  • 29% Using flex points at West 82
  • 14% You have so much food at the end of the semester
  • 5% Stocking up on things to take home

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 13 responses

  • 50% Cant use "flex points" at local restaurants
  • 33% If you don't use the meals they don't roll over
  • 17% Money left over cannot be used as flex points
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