Campus Dining

Location
Vancouver, BC
Undergrads
22,908
Tuition (in-state)
$21,781 ($4,970)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: A lot of options and all over the place. You have a meal plan and flex dollars and can pay in places like Starbucks, Subway, Triple O's, Tim Hortons with flex dollars. There is residence dinning (the cafeteria) as well as a convenience store and other restaurants around that you can pay with your UBC Card. There are also a bunch of options that accept cash.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are really two categories of on-campus dining. In rez and out of rez. In rez, the cafe options range from suitably average to shockingly bad. Do not eat the plastic box sushi. It will hurt you. They do have a good selection of french fruits and the pastries, especially the cinnamon buns, are quite good. The prepared food, however, is extremely hit and miss. The late night convenience stores in rez will devour your money with alarming speed.

Out of rez, the dining is actually quite decent. With a good variety of food options in the SUB, including Starbucks, Subway(Which has the most belligerent Subway ladies ever) A&W, Bernouli's Bagels, Blue chip cookies, and The Honor Roll Sushi. There is also a new food truck driving around campus which has excellent hot sandwiches. There are also two Tim Horton's on campus and a liquor licensed Triple O's. There are also the slightly higher end Point Grill and Sage restaurants, and a new "gourmet" pizza shop that just opened up. Overall, if you don't mind a hike, there are very decent dining options.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are several different options for dining at UBC Okanagan from Xtreme Pita to the campus pub "The Well". The variety of food is great! There are many different options but if you don't have a meal plan eating on campus everyday can get expensive fast.The Well is open until 2 am where they serve excellent pizza!

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining Hall Foods Are Horrible, Other Choices Okay – First thing first, although UBC prizes itself to be a "green campus" and having a lot of organic foods, the foods in the dining hall is almost always horrible and is not worth the buck. Given that other choices on campus include several "cafe" around campus and a few other AMS owned business that caters anywhere from Italian to Japanese food. Some other choices are available at the University Marketplace (not strictly speaking on-campus but it's close enough) that you won't get bored of it. Much greater dining opportunity outside of the university though. Either that or you need to cook for yourself

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Everything closes pretty early. Unless you're willing to hike to the village, you'll have trouble getting food after about 9. Residence dining halls close at 8, most restaurants in the SUB close shortly after. However, the food is decent during the daytime. There are a lot of different offerings because the UBC population is really diverse. You can get tons of Asian food, and the school is good at offering vegetarian choices too. There aren't many restaurants on campus, but the village is not far and then the city is only a bus ride away.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 122nd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 132nd
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 148th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 371st
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 665th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jimmy Feng
Hometown
Vancouver
Major
Theater Production and Design
Grad Year
2015
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UBC Food Services generally does a very good job locating dining venues. There is at least one café in every academic building on campus for students to grab coffee and snacks between classes. Restaurants are mostly located at the north half of the campus mostly in the Student Union Building (SUB) or University Marketplace (The Village) with a few dining halls scattered across the campus. Due to UBC's diverse student population, the variety of international cuisine found in dining halls is superb. However, students have questioned the quality of food. If you are going to dining halls at nonpeak hours, don't expect food of spectacular quality; they usually serve leftovers from breakfast or lunch hours. Though, the quality of food can be questionable, Food Services is very strict with the cleanliness of the work environment. There have been no reported cases of food poisoning in purchases from Food Services locations. Food prices can be quite expensive depending on your choice of food. On average, about $7 a meal can keep you full (excluding beverages). Some students can be strategic and save loads of cash by eating according to consistent promotions. Promotions include $1 per slice pizzas every Tuesday at Fresh Slice, two-dollar burger Fridays at the SUB, Groupons from Pita Pit, etc. Students generally feel that dining hall prices are too steep for the quality of food. However, due to first-year resident meal plans being mandatory, the high food prices are easily dismissed by first-year students.

Facts & Statistics

Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Minimum meal plan is required if first year students live in Totem Park or Place Vanier
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • Totem Park
  • Vanier's
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
The Point Grill
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Breakfast at Tim Hortons
  • Hashbrown
  • Sandwich
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
The Point Grill
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Magda's at Totem Park
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Booster Juice
  • Domino's Pizza (Dunbar Street location)
  • Mahony & Sons
  • Pie R Squared
  • The Pita Pit
Special Options
There are mini marts around campus, including one in the Gage Towers, one in Gordon Shrum, and another in Coquilhala Common Block.
Did You Know?
  • University MarketPlace, more commonly known as "The Village," is home to multiple non-university-run restaurants and stores.
  • Cookies at Blue Chip Cookies are heavenly. Warning: Addiction to cookies has been reported.
  • All restaurants listed on this page accept Campus Meal Plan Cards and give an additional 5 percent discount if used.
  • A café run by UBC Food Services is located in every academic building on campus. All cafés accept Campus Meal Plan Cards.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

A&W
Location: Student Union Building, main floor
Food: Fast food
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Baja
Location: David Lam Research Centre
Food: Mexican
Blue Chip Cookies
Location: Student Union Building, main floor
Food: Cookies
Café MOA
Location: Museum of Anthropology
Food: Café-style entrées, soup
Hours: Daily 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Caffè Perugia
Location: Life Sciences Centre
Food: Italian, sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Gage Mini Mart
Location: Walter Gage Residence Hall
Food: Convenience items, snacks
The Honour Roll
Location: Student Union Building, lower level
Hubbard's at Vanier
Location: Gordon Shrum Common Block
Food: Convenience items, snacks
Ike's Cafe
Location: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Food: Coffee/tea, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday–Wednesday 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Thursday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
IRC Snack Bar
Location: Instructional Resources Centre
Food: Sandwiches, snacks
Koya Japan
Location: Student Union Building, main floor
Food: Japanese
Law Café
Location: Allard Hall
Food: Café-style entrées, sandwiches, snacks, soup
The Loop Café
Location: Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
Food: Locally-sourced entrées, salads, snacks, soup
Hours: Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Magda's at Totem Park
Location: Coquihala Common Block
Food: Convenience items, snacks
Magma Café
Location: Earth Sciences Building
Food: Sandwiches, snacks, soups
Manchu Wok
Location: Student Union Building, main floor
Food: Chinese
Neville's
Location: Neville Scarfe Building
Food: Sandwiches, snacks, soups
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:45 a.m.–2:45 p.m.
Niche Café
Location: Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Food: Café-style entrées, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 12 p.m.–4 p.m.
Pacific Spirit Place
Location: Student Union Building, main floor
Food: Bakery, pasta bar, salad and soup bar, sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Pharmacy Café
Location: Pharmaceutical Sciences Building
Food: Salads, sandwiches, snacks, soup
The Point Grill
Location: Marine Drive Residence
Food: Upscale
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Pond Café
Location: Ponderosa Centre
Food: Coffee/tea, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Reboot Café
Location: ICICS Addition
Food: Coffee/tea, salads, sandwiches, soup
Sage
Location: Leon and Thea Koerner University Centre
Food: Asian fusion, Indian, seafood
Sauder Exchange Café
Location: Henry Angus Building
Food: Coffee/tea, pasta, sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Stackables Deli
Location: David Lam Research Centre
Food: Sandwiches, snacks, soup
Starbucks
Location: Student Union Building
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Starbucks – Fred Kaiser
Location: Fred Kaiser Lobby
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Starbucks – UBC Bookstore
Location: UBC Bookstore
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
Stir It Up Café
Location: Buchanan Block A
Food: Sandwiches, snacks, soup
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Subway
Location: Student Union Building, main floor
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Thursday 8:30 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tim Hortons
Location: Forest Sciences Centre
Food: Coffee/tea, sandwiches, soup, sweets
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tim Hortons - Trek Express
Location: David Lam Research Centre
Food: Coffee, doughnuts, smoothies
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Totem Park Dining Room
Location: Coquihala Common Block
Food: Grill, international cuisine, salad bar, sandwich bar
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:15 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 7:15 a.m.–7 p.m.
Triple O's
Location: David Lam Research Centre
Food: Fast food
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Vanier's Dining Room
Location: Gordon Shrum Common Block
Food: Grill, international cuisine, salad bar, sandwich bar
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:15 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 7:15 a.m.–7 p.m.

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