Campus Dining

New Brunswick, NJ
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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: They feed us a lot of bread products. Become best friends with the gym if you decide to come to rutgers.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining hall quality varies from campus to campus. Livingston Dining Hall is the newest dining hall, being redone a few years ago, and the very best dining hall at Rutgers, with state of the art cooking appliances, good food, many options, good lighting, and several seating areas. On the other hand, Brower Dining Hall is Rutgers worst dining hall, in my opinion. It's dark, has a very old school feeling, and not the cleanest place on earth.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is one dining hall that is absolutely amazing which is the one on livingston the dining hall on college ave is just absolutely outdated and the food in there you really need to learn what to eat and what to not eat from there. I will avoid that dining hall at all costs or just get take out from there because eating in the actual dining hall is not pleasant.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: It's hard to generalize because at Rutgers, there are many different dining halls. Some are certainly better than others!

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining hall does have a variety of foods to eat but, the closing time and lack of variety in the late night meal stand and the lack of a healthy variety at the late night stand make the dining experience dull and unhealthy.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 26th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 51st
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 53rd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 203rd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 210th
    Best Quality Food

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jill Weiss
Ardsley, NY
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A quick swipe of a Rutgers ID card grants students entry into any of the University's dining halls, but whether there is edible food within is another story. For many students, meal plans often go to waste when fine dining is only a block away at College Avenue's infamous grease trucks. For a mere $4.50, Rutgers students feast on foil-wrapped, grease-saturated sandwiches guaranteed to satisfy hunger or speed chances of an early heart attack. However, if you come to Rutgers and want to avoid the Freshman 15 (with the grease trucks near your residence hall, it is rumored to become the Freshman 30), healthy food is available at the five dining halls Monday through Friday from 7 a.m until 8 p.m, and on the weekends from 10 a.m until 7 p.m.

For students with different eating styles, vegan and vegetarian lines are also present. Salad bars, fruits, and vegetables are also served daily, as well as dry cereal. Rutgers's dining halls are not like eating at home, and it is easy to fall into the trap of eating burgers and fries everyday. Dining services host numerous "RU Eating Right" sessions in the dining halls to warn freshmen about the dangers of eating unhealthy. However, most students are satisfied with the dining halls because they all feature something that they would eat, even if it's Cookie Crisp cereal or a crunchy peanut butter sandwich on white bread for dinner.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$4370 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Freshmen are required to have at least 210 meals per semester. Options of 255 and 281 meals per semester are also available.
Student Favorites
  • Deli lines and sushi bar on College Avenue
  • Douglass Café
  • Made-to-order strawberry, orange, or banana smoothies on Busch
  • Pizzeria Uno
  • The Rock Cafe
  • Sbarro
  • Specialty days offered at each of the dining halls
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
  • At the Douglass Student Center, you can swipe your card at the Douglass Café from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. for breakfast and from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. for dinner. You can also swipe your meal card at Pizzeria Uno from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. for dinner.
  • At the Livingston Student Center, you can swipe your meal card at the Rock Café from 7 p.m.-10 a.m. for breakfast and at Sbarro from 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. for dinner.
  • On College Avenue, students can dine at the Rutgers Club, which was built in 1915. For one meal swipe and $2, students can enjoy a meal every Monday and Thursday from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Did You Know?
  • To avoid the Freshman 15, Rutgers has organized an RU Healthy Dining Team that sets up tables in the dining halls to educate students on healthy eating habits.
  • At the beginning of both semesters, students can take a survey about the dining halls and receive a $25 credit added to their RU Express accounts.
  • Students can get a grease truck fat sandwich named after them by eating six sandwiches in 30 minutes.
  • You can take out lunch and dinner at each of the four dining halls.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Brew Ha-Ha's
Location: Douglass Student Center
Food: Coffee, pastries, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Brower Commons Dining Hall
Location: College Avenue Campus
Food: Cafeteria-style variety
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Busch Dining Hall
Location: Busch Campus
Food: Cafeteria-style variety
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cooper Dining Hall
Location: Douglass Campus
Food: Cafeteria-style variety
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Location: Food Science Building
Food: Variety
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dunkin' Donuts
Location: Livingston Student Center
Food: Variety
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Neilson Dining Hall
Location: Cook/Douglass
Food: Cafeteria-style variety
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Rock Café
Location: Livingston Student Center
Food: Variety
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
Location: Livingston Student Center
Food: Italian, pizza
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Tillet Dining Hall
Location: Livingston Campus
Food: Cafeteria-style variety
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 26% Au Bon Pain
  • 23% Pasta, chicken
  • 23% Stuff yer face
  • 13% Food trucks
  • 6% Hansel and Griddle - Easton Avenue
  • 3% Gerlanda's
  • 3% Old man rafferty's
  • 3% Tumulty's

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 176 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • 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 18 responses

  • 50% Many options of where to eat
  • 27% Nothing - it's a waste of money
  • 14% Knight Wagon
  • 5% Salad bars
  • 5% Made-to-order bars (ex: omelettes, pasta)

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 18 responses

  • 33% It is very expensive to have a meal plan
  • 23% Sometimes the food isn't cook properly
  • 23% Selection of food offered
  • 20% The unused meals don't rollover

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 58% Brower commons
  • 8% Douglass cafe
  • 8% Sbarro


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