Campus Dining

Cincinnati, OH
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$25,816 ($10,784)
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2 College Student

Campus Dining: The food is unhealthy with very little variety and tastes horrible

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Sometimes I want to call the health inspector for some of the dining halls. They're nasty, I've seen roaches AND mice in the back where you put your dishes.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is a big variety of food and different places to eat

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Thankfully I don't have to always eat on campus. My favorite is the two story Starbucks in the Student Life Center. You can have your coffee or one of their food options while you take advantage of the free wi-fi and meet classmates. The prices are more expensive than the store closest to my house though, and I strongly suggest buying and registering a gift card for the rewards if you are a Starbucks liver as I am. I reached gold rewards in less than half of one semester. Expect to wait a while for any food or drink at any place on campus though. There is a Burger King, Subway, Pizza place, and several other fast food places in TUC and the Stident Life Center.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: On campus there are four dining halls to choose from, each having their own variety of foods and most of the dining halls switch it up every other day so you're not getting the same thing day in and day out. These are buffet style and eat all you can. We also have three Starbucks shops, two cafes, and restaurant chains like Taco Bell and Chick-Fil-A. We even have a sushi place that's quite popular. If you can't find what you want on campus there are even more options just across the street from campus on all corners. On top of that, a strip mall was just built and with that five more restaurants like DiBella's Subs and Waffle House. Seriously, it's really hard to get tired of the food on and around campus when you have more options that you can count.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 140th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 180th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 199th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 306th
    Best Quality Food
  • 728th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Kellerman
Cincinnati, Ohio
Journalism/Spanish minor
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When it comes to on-campus dining, there aren't a lot of options. For the most part, if you visit the student center, expect to chow down on your typical fast food menu items: burgers, fries, pizza, and chili. The lines are generally pretty horrible from noon until 2 p.m. because students are taking breaks from class to grab lunch. It's not ideal to go to Tangeman if you're looking for a quick, healthy meal. Subway is a great addition to the on-campus food lineup because it's one of the only healthy food options. There's also a new Chick-fil-A. However, these places can be extremely busy at lunchtime. Oftentimes, there is a line out to the door, so if you can wait until mid-afternoon for a meal, it's probably worth the wait.

The dining halls are decent but expensive if you don't have a meal plan. They tend to be steady as far as business goes, but you can get in and out quickly. The food isn't amazing—it's basically dining hall food—but students will appreciate the variety the dining halls have to offer. For the most part, there are several different stations where students can get any kind of meal they like. The stir-fry station, when it's offered, is great and a healthier option than pizza and hamburgers. But you could probably get it cheaper at the Chinese restaurants off campus.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4140 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Omelets
  • Pancakes
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Stir-fry
  • Subway
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Ice cream
  • Pizza
  • Toppers
Student Favorites
  • Stadium View Café
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Students can use their student ID/Bearcat card at many local restaurants.
Special Options
Students can use their Bearcat card at Caminetto Euro-American Bistro in the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Hotel at the University of Cincinnati. Occasionally, when the weather is warm, a hot dog cart can be spotted near TUC at the center of campus.
Did You Know?
According to University Food Services, 300,000 burgers, 300,000 grilled cheese sandwiches, 160,000 pizzas, and 700,000 servings of ice cream are served to dining hall patrons each year.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bearcat Lounge
Location: Kingsgate Conference Center
Food: American
Hours: Daily 4 p.m.–10 p.m.
Bleecker St. Café
Location: Plainfield Road
Food: Café food
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Burger King
Location: TUC Food Court
Food: Fast food
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location: Kingsgate Conference Center
Food: American
Hours: Monday–Friday 6:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 7 a.m.–11 a.m.
Campus View Café
Location: University Hall
Food: Coffee, pizza, salads, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Catskeller Game Room & Sports Lounge
Location: Tangeman University Center (TUC)
Food: Bar-style foods, pizza
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Location: TUC Food Court
Food: Fast food
Clermont Cougar Café
Location: Peter-Jones Building
Food: Café food
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
College of Business Café
Location: Lindner Hall
Food: Bagels, coffee, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location: Aronoff Center for Design and Art
Food: Coffee, salads, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–2 p.m.
Kuma Neko
Location: TUC Food Court
Food: Sushi
Hours: Monday–Thursday 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
MainStreet Express Mart
Location: TUC
Food: Coffee, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–6:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Market on Main
Location: Campus Rec Center
Food: Groceries
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.–7 p.m.
Mick & Mack's Contemporary Café
Location: TUC
Food: Burgers, pasta, salad, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Papa John's
Location: TUC Food Court
Food: Pizza
Hours: Monday–Thursday 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Quick Mick's
Location: TUC
Food: Bagels, pastries, salad, sandwiches, soup, wraps
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Starbucks - College Conservatory of Music
Location: College Conservatory of Music
Food: Coffee, espresso, bakery, teas, smoothies
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Starbucks - Medical Science Building
Location: Medical Science Building
Food: Baked goods, coffee
Hours: Monday–Friday 6 a.m.–5 p.m.
Starbucks - Steger Student Life Center
Location: Steger Student Life Center
Food: Coffee, espresso, bakery, teas, smoothies
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Stratford Market
Location: Stratford Heights Pavilion
Food: Grab-'n-go items
Subway - CARE/Crawley
Location: CARE/Crawley
Food: Salads, subs
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Subway - Steger Student Life Center
Location: Steger Student Life Center
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Thursday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Taco Bell
Location: TUC Food Court
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday–Thursday 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 130 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 food options on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 31% Subway
  • 19% Papa Johns
  • 19% Chick-Fil-A
  • 12% Taco Bell
  • 12% Burger King
  • 6% Dining Hall

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Center Court Dining Hall
  • 50% There are no bad foods on campus

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 9 responses

  • 55% Unlimited swipes
  • 45% The variety of choices

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Cant use meal plan at places like Starbuck's
  • 40% Very pricey with not many options


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