Campus Dining

New Orleans, LA
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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: You have to get creative after a while.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Could be more options for places to eat and better quality from the dining hall.

College Junior

Campus Dining: We don't have campus dining.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: As someone who puts a great amount of effort into making good food, having little access to a kitchen (one that is horribly stocked and despairingly messy) and getting the majority of my meals from a dining hall has been a struggle. I visit the Loyola University dining hall next door much more frequently than I do Tulane's.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Most students utilize Bruff to satisfy their hunger; it is fairly good for a college cafeteria. Students also have many other options.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 277th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 308th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 681st
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 985th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 1157th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Toppenberg
Knoxville, TN
Spanish/Latin American Studies
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All freshmen are required to have an unlimited meal plan at Bruff, and the sentiments toward this requirement depend on whom you talk to. To some, Bruff is merely a means of eating, and they don’t frequent it more than necessary. For others, Bruff is a great place for socializing and hanging out with friends. Because you can swipe into Bruff up to 99 times a day, many people find themselves running in to grab a drink or some fruit in between meals. Aside from the cultural phenomena of Bruff, there is a wide selection of food ranging from pizza, pasta, and burgers to local-favorite dishes and vegetarian selections. While some complain that the food gets old, the staple foods are always available, and Bruff is constantly trying to improve the quality and selection of its food. The other eateries on campus are set up so that meal dollars (or Greenbucks) buy essentially the same things as real cash. However, for the most versatility it’s best to choose the “debit” option over the Greenbucks system. You can use the cash you put on your student ID to buy much more than food this way, so it’s a lot more convenient (and still safer than carrying cash).

One of the favorites at Bruff is its breakfast buffet, which includes an omelet bar that runs all day on the weekends, and the occasional “theme nights” that have specific types of food, like Asian Fusion for Chinese New Year or Irish food for St. Patrick’s Day. The Rat, in the basement of the LBC, serves WOW Chicken and is one of the few options for late-night cravings. There is also Le Gourmet, which is an organic deli-type establishment that offers a healthy (yet expensive) alternative to other on campus food. You can also always get food delivered or go out to eat if the monotony of Bruff gets to you. Most freshmen will agree that, despite the complaints, Bruff has a special place in their hearts.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$4940 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • Byblos
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Le Gourmet
Did You Know?
Students have the option of putting "Greenbucks" or debit money onto their Tulane cards to eat in the LBC. It's best to go with the debit option, because you can only spend Greenbucks on food and not for laundry, coffee at PJ's, or at the bookstore.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bruff Commons Dining Room
Location: Bruff Commons, 2nd floor
Food: All-you-can-eat: Cereal, dessert bar, grill, hot meals, salad bar, soup, vegan and vegetarian items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Der Rathskeller (The Rat)
Location: Lavin-Bernick Center, basement
Food: Quesadillas, salads, snacks, wings, wraps
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-4 a.m.
The Drawing Board
Location: Richardson Memorial (lower level)
Food: Breakfast, fruit, pastries, salads, sandwiches, snacks, wraps
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
LBC Food Court
Location: Lavin-Bernick Center
Food: Byblos Mediterranean Cuisine, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Energy Zone, Euro, Panda Express, Quiznos, Smart Market, Sushi Nori, Taco Bell
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Le Gourmet
Location: Mayer Residence Hall
Food: specialty salads, pastas, prepared gourmet sandwiches, desserts
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
McAlister Market
Location: Bruff Commons
Food: Convenience items, groceries, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.-11 p.m.
Reily Smoothie Center
Location: Reily Student Recreation Center
Food: Beverages, fruit, sandwiches, salads, smoothies, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 54 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 5 responses

  • 33% You can swipe older students in!
  • 22% You can use NOLA bucks for crepes and pizza
  • 22% Your Wavebucks roll over to the next semester
  • 11% You can choose from a variety of different options
  • 11% You can use your wavebucks at Hilell

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 31% LBC, Luff
  • 31% Places that take NOLA bucks
  • 31% Le Gourmet
  • 6% Off Campus

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 7 responses

  • 55% Bruff
  • 36% Not enough Nola Bucks
  • 9% Bruff meals are over-priced.

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 100% Bruff


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