Campus Dining

Location
West Lafayette, IN
Undergrads
29,360
Tuition (in-state)
$28,702 ($9,900)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I think it's very good. There are a lot of options

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: We don't have a lot of options

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: For the most part the dining courts offer a good variety. Not the best quality but it is mass produced so you can't hold it to too high of standards

5 College Student

Campus Dining: All I have to say is Wiley makes me fat. I love Purdue dining courts they are amazingggggggggggg

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Love our food, just wish some dining courts were open later.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 7th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 8th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 8th
    Best Quality Food
  • 55th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 56th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Reema Siddiqui
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Depending on whom you ask, food at Purdue can be either excellent or inedible. On the whole, students seem to agree that Ford and Earhart are by far the best dining courts. The Union food, though overpriced, is good and easily accessible. If all else fails, there are numerous mini-marts to purchase microwave dinners, and there are grills for hamburgers, french fries, and other staples. You’ll find that upperclassmen living in apartments will often have nostalgic flashbacks to their residence hall days, and use their underclassmen friends to get into the Dining Courts.

Purdue’s award-winning dining courts serve the best food possible while still keeping nutrition in mind. They are well organized, hygienic, and create a great atmosphere for students to gather. Some students are strictly against preserved foods like tinned pineapples and do not speak well of the dining courts. At times, especially near major holidays such as Easter and Thanksgiving, dining court menus deteriorate and end up disastrous. Overall though, the dining courts do a great job in providing Purdue students with maximum amount of food to choose from.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
20
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5674 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
Earhart
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
Earhart, Ford, and Windsor offer “On-The-Go” options. Your options are limited to pre-packaged portions, but you can take them out of the dining room if you’re on your way out. These halls offer this option from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Did You Know?
  • If you plan to work with University Dining, they give you meals before the start of your work shift, so you can save money by getting a smaller meal plan and also earn money at the same time.
  • You can check dining court menus at www.housing.purdue.edu/menus and then go to the place where your favorite food is being served.
  • During busy weeks you will usually find yourself relying on vending machines. This will result in a surplus of meal swipes on your Purdue ID. The best way to use them before they expire is to get stuff from On-the-Go locations and store it in your fridge. Remember to do this by Friday, as On-the-Go locations are open only on weekdays.
  • Only 25 dollars out of your Dining Dollars are allowed to be used at the Memorial Union. Save these for special occasions.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Boiler Crossing
Location: Meredith Hall
Food: Convenience store, sandwiches, salads
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Boiler Junction
Location: Tarkington Hall
Food: Convenience store, sandwiches, salads
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Earhart
Location: First Street and MacArthur Drive
Food: Granite Grill, Heartland Classics, Pastry Shop, Salad Stop, Souper Deli, The Gallery, Totally Italian, waffles
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Ford
Location: Between Cary Quadrangle and Owen Hall
Food: International Market, Legal Grease, The Parmesan Tomato, Potáto Potäto, Salami & Swiss, Sugar Hill, Thyme Square
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.,11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Griffin Express
Location: Hillenbrand Hall
Food: Bakery, grill, pizza, coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 p.m.-11 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
Harrison Grille
Location: Harrison Hall
Food: Quesadillas, salads, pizza, sandwiches, ice cream
Hours: Monday-Thursday 4 p.m.-1 a.m., Friday-Saturday 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-1 a.m.
Hillenbrand
Location: Third Street and MacArthur Drive
Food: 3rd Street Grill, Creation Station, Heartland Classics, Leaf `n Ladle, Stack It Up Deli, Temptations
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Purdue Memorial Union
Location: Union Club Hotel
Food: Beans, The Bistro, Freshëns, Oasis Café, Pappy's Sweet Shop, Sagamore Restaurant, Starbucks, Stewart Newsstand, Union Market, Venture Café, Vet Vittles, Villa Pizza
Hours: Hours vary a.m.ong establishments
Tarkington
Location: Stadium Avenue and N. Intramural Drive
Food: Pasta, sandwiches, entrees
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Windsor
Location: Warren and Vawter Halls
Food: Abby Road Deli, Chelsea Garden, Devonshire Way, Piccadilly Square, Portobello Road, Regent Grill, Soho Market
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 154 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 16 responses

  • 26% Wiley Dining Court
  • 24% Earhart Dining Court
  • 15% Chipotle
  • 15% Ford Dining
  • 12% Windsor
  • 9% Potbellies

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

  • 39% The food
  • 29% On-the-go options are available.
  • 21% All you can eat
  • 11% Vegetarian/vegan options are available.

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 15 responses

  • 67% The unused swipes go away and are not reusable.
  • 22% You can't use your swipes on guests.
  • 11% Either too many meals a week or too few.

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Earhart
  • 33% Harrison Grill
  • 17% Hillenbrand

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