Campus Dining

Birmingham, AL
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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Always a great variety and fantastic food! The chef does a great job preparing and cooking the foods!

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The hours and food quality is pretty bad.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is good, especially for being mass produced for a college. The chef is professionally trained and has cooked at high end restaurants.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I think our school has a higher end caf. The hours are not the best though.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The Caf is Samford's only dining hall. Sometimes it is great, and sometimes it is not. Usually on the weekends the staff puts very little effort into the food, and it reflects. You are given a substantial amount of bulldog bucks for the food court downstairs,


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 930th
    Best Quality Food
  • 1102nd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 1275th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 1351st
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 1365th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Joanna Reynolds
Maryville, TN
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The Samford caf provides numerous dining choices three times a day. As one student correctly put it, "Breakfast is where it's at!" Munching on cereal in one's room just does not compare to the sausage, eggs, grits, biscuits, fruit, muffins, cinnamon rolls, and orange juice awaiting students in the caf. Occasionally, the omelet bar also opens up, but that special occurrence is usually reserved for the weekends. The most widespread food selections can be found at lunch thanks to the panini/sandwich stand, innovations section, grill, and other stations. At noon, the lines grow monstrously long, so many students resort to quickly grabbing a sandwich or slice of pizza. Fresh fruit is almost always available, and the dessert bar faithfully provides delicious chocolate chip cookies. Pies, cakes, brownies, banana pudding, and cupcakes also make appearances in the rotation.  

If the caf food does not look good one day, there is always the food court just downstairs. Chick-Fil-A, a Mexican station, and a grill that serves gyros are dependable in serving great food alongside other inexpensive snacks. At the beginning of each semester, $130 is granted to each students' ID card, and students often find they can eat at the food court and O'Henry's regularly and still have money left over toward the end of the semester. However, the money does not carry over to the next semester, so exam week often consists of students spending every last cent on tasty goodies.   

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4000 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Freshmen must purchase a 19-meal per week meal plan. This enables them to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Monday through Friday, and lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast is not offered on the weekends, but occasionally breakfast foods are options for lunch.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Due to Samford's smaller size, there is only one cafeteria. It also has a food court containing the ever-popular Chick-Fil-A.
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Breakfast is absolutely fantastic at Samford's caf. Scrambled eggs, biscuits, and fresh fruit are always available to hungry students. Sausage, bacon, and muffins are also often served. When cinnamon rolls are put out, they don't last long.
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
During the week, the food court and O'Henry's Coffeehouse stay open until midnight. There are plenty of options here, as well as vending machines in dorms and other buildings.
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • CVS
  • Jason's Deli
  • Momma Goldberg's Deli
  • Sharp Cleaners
Special Options
The Dwight and Lucille Beeson Center for the Healing Arts has a small members-only faculty-alumni club called the Rotunda Club.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Caf
Location: Ralph W. Beeson Student Center, second floor
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Food Court
Location: University Center, ground floor
Food: Chick-Fil-A, O'Henry's Coffee, Dietz & Watson, The Griller, Wrap Around, Casa Solana, The Potato Gourmet
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 31 responses

Very poor
  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options
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