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2 College Junior

Campus Dining: Easily the worst part about the food at school is definitely the price. The school gives you a set amount of money for the whole semester and makes you pay for each item of food separately. Recently they have started to give more options to widdle down the costs, such as meal deals and contests, but these only bring down costs very little and are rarely advertised. Very, very many people run out of their meal plan money early (I have no clue why they tell campus tour guides to say otherwise) and this is usually because they try to eat three meals a day instead of rationing out one or two throughout the day. Healthy food is usually a little bit more expensive everywhere, and this school is no exception.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I would say the dining is average for a school. QU outsources to Chartwells for meals and food preparation. The food is decent but sometimes there is not much variety and the meal plan is terrible, most students will blow through it before the semester ends.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I like the food for the most part but the dinning plan is small compared to how expensive the food is. I ended up eating sushi just about every day because I didn't feel like there were a ton of healthy and good tasting options.

1 College Junior

Campus Dining: Campus dining is TERRIBLE. You get a set amount for your meal plan at the start of each semester - a little over $1000 if you don't have a kitchen in your dorm, and around $800 if you do. Despite what they may tell you in tours, nearly EVERYONE runs out of meal plan money by the last two months of the semester. You'll often see people selling meal plan money on Facebook, and plenty of people throwing down even more money just to get more meal plan credit. Plus, the food is not that great. There's no variety - it's the same stuff every week. The quality of the food is poor, and way too expensive. The workers are all really nice, and Chartwells is not really to blame. It's the school. They control the prices, not the food company. As if tuition and housing didn't cost enough.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I was not very fond of the cafeteria or Rat.I am a very picky eater and the Caf seemed like they served the same thing everyday. After awhile it gets very boring.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 447th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 829th
    Best Quality Food
  • 910th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 1048th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 1136th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mary-Catherine Dolan
Broadcast Journalism
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The campus dining at Quinnipiac University has been one of the more controversial topics at the school. After a complete makeover of the cafeteria in the fall of 2010, the dining facility has been taking in student feedback and providing its patrons with more options. Quinnipiac has two other cafeterias on its satellite campuses, York Hill and North Haven. Both cafeterias have similar options as the main one.

The cafeteria on Quinnipiac University's main campus offers a pretty good variety of food: Coyote Jack's Grill serves grilled sandwiches and fries; The Kitchen provides different entrées daily; Pizza Fusion serves regular and gluten-free personal pan pizzas; Thumann's Healthy Deli is where students go to order customized deli sandwiches and wraps; and Yan Can Cook is the new Chinese station in the café that serves food off of a regular Chinese menu. The prices in the cafeteria are all à la carte, and according to many students, very overpriced. A single piece of fruit (apple, banana, orange, etc.) will cost you $1.09. A grilled sandwich runs between $5 and $8, and a meal from the Chinese station will run you between $8 and $9. Naked Pear Café is where students can get freshly-made organic and gluten-free wraps, sandwiches, and dishes, and The Coffee Shop is where students can order specialty coffees from the Seattle's Best brand.

Facts & Statistics

Freshman Meal Plan Required?
A meal plan is included for all first-year students residing in Irma, Dana, Commons, Ledges, Larson, Perlroth, and Troup.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Café Q
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bacon and eggs
  • Bagels
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Crispy chicken sandwiches
  • Grilled cheese
  • Pasta
  • Pizza
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Chinese food
  • Pizza
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Applebee's
  • Aunt Chilada's
  • Blimpie
  • Bruegger's Bagels
  • Chili's
  • The Corner Deli
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • D'Angelo
  • Days Inn
  • Dinners Express
  • Domino's
  • Drougies Pizza
  • Everyday Gourmet
  • Getty Food Mart
  • Giant View Café
  • Gina's Unique Nails
  • Gold Star Chinese Restaurant
  • Grand Apizza North
  • Hair On Broadway
  • Hamden Exxon
  • Indochine Pavilion
  • Krauszer's Food Store
  • Massage on Whitney/Yoga on Whitney
  • Nails 3000
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Peter's II Restaurant
  • Primo Pizza
  • Rainbow Cleaners
  • Ray & Mike's Dairy and Deli
  • Sam's Food Store
  • Si Mangia
  • Supercuts
  • Tonino's Pizzeria
  • Txtapa Grill
Special Options
In 2011, Café Q included a gluten-free section for students with celiac disease. With a growing number of people suffering with celiac disease, Café Q decided to provide its affected students with gluten-free wraps and breads for sandwiches. Also, at Pizza Fusion, students have the option of ordering gluten-free pizzas.
Did You Know?
In 2011, the cafeteria on Quinnipiac's main campus unveiled an ice cream-making machine. The Moo Bella stand comes equipped with different flavors and toppings of ice cream. Already, it has became a very popular item. Be prepared to wait in line if you try to get some around lunchtime.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bobcat Den
Location: Bobcat Way
Food: Made-to-order entrées and sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
Café Q
Location: Carl Hansen Student Center
Food: Asian, deli, grill, homestyle entrées, pizza
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:15 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7:15 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
North Haven Café
Food: Deli, entrées, grill, salads
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
North Haven Outtakes
Food: Grab 'n go snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 1 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
York Hill Café
Location: Rocky Top Student Center
Food: Daily entrées, pizza, salads, sandwiches, takeout items
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 68 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 best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 7 responses

  • 57% Nothing
  • 29% Prepared for you, better than most schools
  • 14% Variety of Options

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 10 responses

  • 57% Not enough money
  • 43% No good food

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 75% Cafeteria
  • 25% None

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

  • 77% The Rat
  • 23% Caf
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