Campus Dining

Location
Newark, DE
Undergrads
15,558
Tuition (in-state)
$25,940 ($9,670)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Bad hours, not great options, and way too epensive

Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: I do not eat on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: A lot fo choices, all great!

College Senior

Campus Dining: Never been to the cafeteria.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I wish we got more points to use as part of the meal plan because I constantly want to eat at Einstein Bagels and the Trabant food court, two places that have the best food in my opinion.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 81st
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 231st
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 256th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 412nd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 468th
    Best Quality Food

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danielle Todd
Hometown
Newark, Del.
Major
English
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You can survive, and even become a little plump, on dining hall meals. There is always plenty of food, but the food itself it not always so tasty. There are some people who are tremendously fond of the dining hall and sing its praises, but most students find themselves looking for other options pretty quickly. The food courts are a good place to use your points, and students often find themselves choosing fewer meals in favor of points.

After some time, students figure out which dining halls prepare which meals the best and move between them to satisfy their cravings. One of the major motivations to move off campus is the ability to escape the dining hall food. The dining hall experience gives you a new appreciation for cooking, and most students are happy to break away from the poor quality, tasteless meals that the dining plan offers.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
10
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4020 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Russell Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • The Scrounge
  • Trabant Food Court
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Cereal
  • Eggs/omelets
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Burgers
  • Chicken salad
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Pizza
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Anything from Harry Mart
  • Ice cream
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Did You Know?
  • Special diets such as lactose intolerance and vegetarian are accommodated by the dining hall dietician.
  • You can get take-out meals to eat in your room from the dining hall.
  • If you can't tolerate the dining hall food, you can opt for a meal plan consisting entirely of points.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Beach Express
Location: Russell Dining Hall
Food: Meals to go
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Bleecker St.
Location: Morris Library
Food: Coffee/tea, salads, sandwiches, soups, sweets
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-10 p.m.
Dunkin' Donuts
Location: Perkins Student Center
Food: Coffee/tea, donuts
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 2 p.m.-8 p.m.
The Figure Eight
Location: Fred Rust Ice Arena
Food: Hot drinks, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Harrington Market
Location: Russell Dining Hall
Food: Drinks, grab 'n' go items, snacks
Hours: Daily 2 p.m.-1 a.m.
Kent Dining Hall
Location: South Central Campus
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7a.m.-2 p.m., 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
P.O.D. Express
Location: Gore Hall
Food: Drinks, grab 'n' go items, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
P.O.D. Market
Location: Laird Campus
Food: Drinks, grocery items, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-1 a.m.
Pencader Dining Hall
Location: Laird Campus
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Pencader Express
Location: Pencader Dining Hall
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Rodney Dining Hall
Location: West Campus
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Rodney Market
Location: Rodney Dining Hall
Food: Drinks, grab 'n' go items, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-1 a.m.
The Round House
Location: Central Campus
Food: Snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Russell Dining Hall
Location: East Campus
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
The Scrounge
Location: Perkins Student Center
Food: GrilleWorks, Express, Montague's Deli, Zoca
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-8 a.m.
Smitty's
Location: Smith Hall
Food: Sandwiches, snacks, sweets
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Trabant Food Court
Food: Burger Studio, Chick-fil-A, Express, Fusion Cultured Cuisine, Konomi Sushi, Quiznos, Topio's Pizza, YouDee's Bake Shop
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Walter's Café
Location: Hullihen Hall
Food: Salads, sandwiches, soups, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 20 responses

  • 20% UDairy
  • 16% Points and Flex
  • 15% Point available for Starbucks and P.O.D.S.
  • 11% There are a lot of options
  • 7% Pencader dinning is the best
  • 7% Brunch
  • 5% Salad Bar
  • 5% Kent Dining Hall
  • 5% The Scrounge
  • 4% Trabant Food Court
  • 2% Rodney Dining hall
  • 2% Trabant sushi

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 28% Trabant
  • 26% Main Street
  • 14% The Scrounge
  • 7% Bleeker Street
  • 7% Dunkin Donuts
  • 5% Pencader Dinning Hall
  • 3% Rodney Dinning Hall
  • 3% POD
  • 3% Russell Dining Hall
  • 2% Bleecker Street
  • 2% Kent Dining Hall

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 18 responses

  • 24% Abundance of unhealthy options
  • 15% When there is no fruit
  • 13% There is a food court filled with fast food!
  • 13% Trabant sandwiches and snacks are overpriced
  • 11% Trabant is really crowded during lunch time
  • 5% Most of it is frozen and not freshly made
  • 5% The winter 2014 all points meal plan
  • 5% It's expensive and enforced.
  • 5% Not enough variety
  • 4% Food has a lot of calories

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 119 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Convenient hours
  • 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 16 responses

  • 69% Dining halls
  • 25% None!
  • 6% POD

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