Campus Dining

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Some students are not necessarily fans of the food served in the dining hall on campus, however the university does supply many other options for food. There are flex dollars, and meal plans that include these dollars, that can be used at a wide variety of places off campus. You are also given the option to add more money to the amount of flex dollars available on your student ID card, and can also use these dollars at the local coffee shop. I choose to use my money outside of the dining hall due to the poor quality of the food. It may look and taste extremely good...but you will regret eating it later.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: 250 dining dollars each semester, best thing ever. Cool Beans & Gulls Nest are amazing. At commons (the dining hall) there are so many different things to choose from to eat which is amazing. The quesadillas are great too!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I really enjoy all of the options to eat on campus. My favorite are the special nights they have in Bistro for certain holidays, and Gullsnest.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Campus dining allows the students to get what they need but I would not say it is exceptional. Overall it is not bad. My favorite places to eat are the Commons and Gulls Nest but Gulls Nest is not part of the meal plan so it will cost the student money.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Better then most campuses, spread out around campus


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 83rd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 146th
    Best Quality Food
  • 151st
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 175th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 176th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Harsh Desai
Salisbury, MD
Biology/ Pre-medicine
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Good eating. This phrase certainly characterizes the on-campus dining options at Salisbury. All students living on campus are required to have a meal plan, except for those in Chesapeake Hall. The plans range from unlimited visits to the Commons—the dining hall—to plans providing five meals a week. Whatever the plan, the Dining Services staff does its best to provide a variety of dining options. These are divided between the Marketplace and Bistro. The Marketplace provides fried food, Mexican, Italian, Chinese, burgers, and other fast foods. The Bistro provides more upscale, healthier meals for those not prone to burgers every night. Furthermore, every couple of weeks, the Bistro holds themed nights such as Easter Dinner or Champagne Breakfast at Dinner. For students on the go, there are satellite dining locations that provide burgers and sandwiches. Most prominently, the Gull's Nest is a one-stop sub, burger, pizza, and salad joint.

While the food is certainly great, the atmosphere is the icing on the cake. The Commons has several different dining rooms that allow for a large amount of students. Bistro dining, attached to the Bistro, is a soft atmosphere with soothing lighting. Dorchester dining, the largest of the dining rooms, provides long tables for many students to sit together and converse and is definitely the hub of socializing. The Rotunda contains several picnic tables for a much more open dining experience. No matter which seating area you choose, the Commons is a place to socialize and meet other students and is a great place for fostering friendships.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4300 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Meal plans are only required for freshmen living on campus, as they are for all on-campus residents. Commuters are free to decide whether or not to purchase a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Cool Beans Café
  • Gull's Nest
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bacon and eggs
  • Breakfast sandwiches
  • Cereal
  • Pancakes
  • Weekend Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Buffalo Chicken sub (from Gull's Nest)
  • Jack Daniel's ribs
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Meatball sub
  • Wingdings
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Cool Beans smoothies/coffee
  • Potato chips
  • Subs/sandwiches from the Gull's Nest
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Acorn Market
  • Adams Rib's
  • Arby's
  • Bagel Bakery
  • Brew River
  • Checkers
  • Common Grounds
  • The Deli
  • Denny's
  • De'Pietro's
  • Domino's
  • Five Guys
  • Flavors Italian Grill
  • Fractured Prune
  • Hardee's
  • Hunan Palace
  • Lighthouse Diner II
  • Market Street Inn
  • No. 1 China Buffet
  • Papa John's
  • Pat's Pizzeria
  • Popeye's
  • Quizno's Subs
  • Red Door Sub Shop
  • Rise Up Coffee
  • Salsarita's
  • SoBo's Wine Bistro
  • Subway
  • TCBY
  • Trax Deli
  • University Park
  • Uno's Chicago Grill
  • Viva Espresso
  • Wendy's
Special Options
The Commons dining hall always works to accommodate those with special dining needs. First, there are always significant vegetarian options available. Also, if a student is ill, that student may request sick meals that may be picked up by a friend. Also, the Bistro, which is the upscale food section in the hall, has special dining nights covering food from many countries, cultures, and regions.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Commons Bistro
Location: Guerrieri Center
Food: Upscale buffet, variety
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Commons Marketplace
Location: Guerrieri Center
Food: All-you-can-eat, variety
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:15 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7:15 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Cool Beans Cyber Café
Location: Guerrieri Center Atrium
Food: Starbucks Coffee, smoothies, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Gull's Nest
Location: Guerrieri Center
Food: Subs, sandwiches, salads, soups, other snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
Satellite Dining
Location: TETC, Fulton Hall, Henson Hall, Caruthers Hall
Food: Breakfast sandwiches, burgers, sandwiches, salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 53 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 food options on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 40% Seagull Square, Gulls nest
  • 20% There's none
  • 10% Starbucks
  • 10% Roly Poly
  • 10% Commons
  • 10% Gull's Nest

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 6 responses

  • 40% All you can eat
  • 30% Dining dollars
  • 20% Nothing, it's expensive and the food is crap
  • 10% Great food!

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 6 responses

  • 44% Eating the same thing at the Commons
  • 33% Dining Dollars dissapear if you dont use them
  • 22% Nothing, it's all you can eat!


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