Campus Dining

Location
Storrs, CT
Undergrads
16,736
Tuition (in-state)
$29,074 ($11,242)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: UConn is one of only 3 schools that allows for the all you can eat option. You get unlimited swipes to all the dining halls and there are also a good amount of places that just opened in the new downtown.

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4 College Student

Campus Dining: About 8 dining halls on campus, good variety but can be a bit of a walk for food.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are a lot of dining halls spread around campus so there's always somewhere to eat. You can also see all the menus of the dining places online to see if your favorite meal will be somewhere that day.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: I love the union market! There are always great options there!

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2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food, quite honestly, is awful in most dining halls. On a rare day, one can hope for food that is out of the ordinary and actually tastes good. There is virtually no meat option in the dining hall, so I've had to add an iron pill to my every day routine because I'm not getting any from eating here. The variety is incredibly limited, usually can expect the same things everyday. Throughout the entire campus, only two dining halls are open "late" and that's until 10:00. The mean plans are rather expensive, but include unlimited swipes into any dining hall, points to use in different places around campus (Panda Express, Subway, etc.) and flex passes to use at the grab and gos around campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 48th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 69th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 84th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 104th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 106th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jordan Acker
Hometown
Harwinton, CT
Major
Journalism & Sociology
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UConn offers a wide selection of food at the dining locations on campus. All undergraduate students residing in non-apartment spaces are required to purchase a meal plan. There are three plans to choose from, ranging in price from $2,267 to $2,504. These give you unlimited access to dining halls and different amounts of flex passes and points (used to purchase items at other food locations on campus or to “flex in" friends to dining halls who don’t have plans). Meal plans may be changed during the first three weeks of the semester. Each dining hall posts its daily menus online and provides enough range that you can always find something you like. The locations are scattered around campus enough that you’re near one all of the time. Food must be consumed in the dining halls, with the exception of ice cream, a piece of fruit, pastries, or beverages—which can be taken out. Students are responsible for clearing their tables and placing food trays in the correct return location.

If you don’t have time to sit down and eat, visit one of the cafés or "Grab & Go" locations. "Grab & Gos" accept flex passes and points for purchase of sandwiches, snacks, and wraps. Cafés offer the necessities to keep your caffeine levels high to power through those long days of studying. The Student Union offers more food options that require the use of points. There are several food choices in the Student Union market, including Mexican food, pizza, and salads. Blimpie, Panda Express, and Wendy’s restaurants are also located in the Union, along with UConn’s own Chuck & Augie’s. The Dairy Barn is UConn’s delicious homemade ice cream shop, but it is also sold in the Student Union at The Blue Cow. With all of these food locations, you won’t go hungry at UConn.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$5284 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
All students living in traditional undergraduate housing are required to have a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
South Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Chuck & Augie's
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Breakfast sandwiches (egg sandwiches, sausage sandwiches)
  • Omelets
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Pasta bar
  • Pizza
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • The Blue Cow ice cream
  • Wings
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
Lizzie's is a food truck located between Arjona and Monteith, and it sells breakfast and lunch sandwiches, soup, soda, and more.
Did You Know?
Unfortunately with flex passes and points, if you don't use them, you lose them. Get the full use of your meal plan and use them all before the semester ends because they won't roll over to the next one.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Blimpie
Location: Student Union
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Blue Cow
Location: Student Union
Food: Candy, ice cream, slushies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 4 p.m.-11:15 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Bookworms Café
Location: Library
Food: Bakery, deli
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Buckley Dining Hall
Location: Buckley Hall
Food: Marketplace
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7:15 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-7:15 p.m.
Chemistry Café
Location: Chemistry Building
Food: Coffee shop fare
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Chuck & Augie's
Location: Student Union
Food: Appetizers, entrées, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 3 p.m.-9 p.m.
Gelfenbien Commons
Location: Towers Quadrangle
Food: Marketplace
Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m.-7:15 p.m.
Halal (Muslim) Dining
Location: Gelfenbien Commons
Food: Muslim
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
HillStop Grab & Go
Location: Putnam Dining Hall
Food: Grinders, snacks, wraps
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Lu's Café
Location: Family Studies Building
Food: Coffee shop fare
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
McMahon Dining Hall
Location: McMahon Hall
Food: Marketplace
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2:15 p.m., Sunday 4:15 p.m.-10 p.m.
Millie & Maude's (Grab & Go)
Location: South Hall
Food: Sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-10 p.m.
North Dining Hall
Location: North Hall
Food: Marketplace
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7:15 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-7:15 p.m.
Northwest Marketplace
Location: Northwest Hall
Food: Marketplace
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7:15 p.m., Sunday 4:15 p.m.-10 p.m.
NOSH Kosher Food Dining
Location: Gelfenbien Commons
Food: Kosher
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Off the Eaten Path (Grab & Go)
Location: Gelfenbien Commons
Food: Pizza, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 1 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 1 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-9 p.m.
Panda Express
Location: Student Union
Food: Chinese
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Putnam Dining Hall
Location: Israel Putnam Refectory
Food: Marketplace
Hours: Daily 7 a.m.-7:15 p.m.
South Dining Hall
Location: South Hall
Food: Marketplace
Hours: Daily 7 a.m.-7:15 p.m.
The UConn Dairy Bar
Location: 3636 Horsebarn Hill Rd. Extension/Department of Animal Science
Food: Homemade ice cream
Hours: November-February 11 a.m.-5 p.m., March 11 a.m.-6 p.m., April-May 11 a.m.-7 p.m., June-August 11 a.m.-8 p.m., September 11 a.m.-7 p.m., October 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Union Street Market
Location: Student Union
Food: Grill, Mexican, pizza, salads, sandwiches,
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-1 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Up & Atom Café
Location: Biological Sciences/Physics Building
Food: Breakfast
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wendy's
Location: Student Union
Food: Fast food
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m-12 a.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-2 a.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
West Side Wraps (Grab & Go)
Location: Northwest Marketplace
Food: Grinders, snacks, wraps
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 2 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 2 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Whitney Dining Hall
Location: Whitney Hall
Food: Marketplace
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7:15 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-7:15 p.m.
Wilbur's
Location: Wilbur Cross Building
Food: Café food: coffee, bagels, sandwiches, kosher
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 109 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 14 responses

  • 31% South and Northwest dining halls.
  • 25% The marketplace in the student union
  • 22% There's a lot of food that we can order.
  • 6% Le Petit March
  • 6% Whitney Dining Hall (on a good day)
  • 6% Wally's
  • 3% Kosher station at Towers

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 36% Putnam. Whitney.
  • 21% McMahon dining hall only serves small portions.
  • 21% There is none
  • 14% Need to be sure there is actually a vegan option
  • 7% Buckley and South

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 12 responses

  • 45% Cannot convert flex passes into points.
  • 35% Points don't roll over
  • 15% Meal plan is very expensive and can be restrictive
  • 5% Some dining halls suck

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 13 responses

  • 62% It's unlimited if you live on campus
  • 29% Points
  • 10% 8 different dining halls

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