Campus Dining

Tuscaloosa, AL
Tuition (in-state)
$22,950 ($9,200)
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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dining off campus is actually really great. Chipotle and Newk's are number one contenders

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is alright. There are only 4 dining halls on campus that get atrociously busy around the lunch and dinner hours.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: the dining hall options are ok. good when you catch them on a good day for specials.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: the food on campus is pretty good. sometimes it gets boring eating pretty much the same things nearly everyday. most dining halls have the same thing everyday (hamburgers, tacos, pizza... etc.) and then one feature item for the day. if you don't like the feature item for the day you usually get stuck eating a hamburger or pizza everyday.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Several options to choose from on campus and within each dining hall! Our school is growing so the more the merrier!


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 16th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 72nd
    Best Quality Food
  • 96th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 170th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 190th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Josh Morris
Bath, Maine
Public Relations
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Students enjoy the wide variety of food that UA’s campus offers. The Ferg’s Fresh Food Company seems to be the students’ favorite. If you live on campus, meal plans are the way to go. If students need to grab a bite on the go, the Ferg offers many fast food restaurants, including Chick-fil-A and Burger King. If you’re in a real rush, grab a snack from one of the many vending machines on campus by using your Action Card. If it is late, students can enjoy Lakeside Diner. Also, many of the dorms have all-you-can-eat buffets for a set price.

With the many options students have to pick from, campus food never gets old. There are eight meal plans students can choose from to make their dining experience fit their needs. Even without a meal plan, students can enjoy the food on campus by using their Action Card or paying with cash. Students say the food on campus can be pricey, but with Bama Cash and Dining Dollars, students can enjoy campus food without using their own money.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3050 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All campus residents are required to purchase a meal plan. However, those who pledge a fraternity or sorority can cancel their plans within one week of receiving a bid letter.
Student Favorites
  • Buffalo Phil's
  • Crimson Café
  • Fresh Food at the Ferg
  • Lakeside Diner
24-Hour Dining
Lakeside Diner
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None, but Dining Dollars are accepted at Buffalo Phil's, Crimson Café, Domino's Pizza, and Strip Teas and Coffee. Students are automatically given 300 dining dollars per semester
Did You Know?
  • Want a quick snack before going into class? Well, over 100 vending machines on campus accept Bama Cash.
  • The Gorgas House was the first structure built on UA's campus. It was the dining hall until the mid-19th century. It was also one of only four buildings on campus to survive the Civil War.
  • Need a pick-me-up before going to class? If so, take advantage of the coffee carts located around campus.
  • Bama Dining allows parents to send birthday cakes to their sons and daughters to let them know they care. There are two different-sized cakes, and both include paper plates, napkins, and forks.
  • Bama Dining also offers care packages. Parents can send their children a Welcome, Halloween, Sports Fever, Fuel for Finals, Welcome Back, Valentine's Day, Spring Break, or Finals Stretch package.
  • If students decide to pledge a fraternity or sorority, they can cancel their meal plan with Bama Dining, but it must be done within one week of receiving a bid.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bidgood Bistro
Location: Bidgood Business Building
Food: coffee and specialty drinks, smoothies, and grab-and-go items
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Bryant Sports Grill
Location: Bryant Hall
Food: Made-to-order entrees, carved meats, sides, desserts, made-to-order deli, salad bar
Buffalo Phil's
Location: Burke Hall
Food: Chicken
Hours: Daily 2 p.m.-2 a.m.
Burke Dining Hall
Location: Mary Burke Hall
Food: Home-style entrees, salad bar, stir-fry, ice cream
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Doster Café
Location: Doster Hall
Food: Meat, fresh vegetables, Southern-style entrees, and desserts
Ferguson Center Food Court
Location: Ferguson Center
Food: Home Zone, Bene Pizza and Pasta, Blimpie, Bama BBQ, Pan Geos, Chick-fil-A, Burger King, Salad Garden, Bento Sushi, Kettle Classics, Express Grab & Go
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Fresh Food Company
Location: Ferguson Center
Food: Healthy
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Frëshens Smoothie Company
Location: Ferguson Center
Food: Smoothies, drinks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Java City
Location: Gorgas Library
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Julia's Market
Location: Tutwiler Hall
Food: Convenience store
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-1 a.m.
Lakeside Diner
Location: Between Lakeside East and Paty Hall
Food: Burgers, patty melts, breakfast items
Hours: Open 24 hours
Lakeside Dining Hall
Food: Asian cuisine, home-style entrees, chop house burgers, grilled items, pizzas, pastas, deli sandwiches, salad bar, desserts, and beverages
Location: Ferguson Center
Food: Coffee, drinks, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 21% Chic fil a
  • 17% Fresh Foods
  • 17% Bryant Dining
  • 16% Subway
  • 11% Burke
  • 10% Chicken, pizza, grilled cheese, steak
  • 5% Greek housing
  • 4% Omletes

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 135 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 worst food options on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 35% Lakeside
  • 16% Rice
  • 14% Nothing, everything is good
  • 11% Stuffed Peppers
  • 8% Not being allowed to use your own cup
  • 8% Cold sandwiches
  • 5% Not enough healthy options
  • 3% Carrots

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 27 responses

  • 51% Very costly
  • 27% You have to to have one your freshman year
  • 8% Hours are inconvenient
  • 8% Limited options for food
  • 5% Food gets old quick

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 24 responses

  • 52% Unlimited access as a freshman
  • 18% Social atmosphere
  • 15% Open late, easy to get food
  • 12% The people who work there
  • 3% The meal plan is over priced. Don't buy one


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