Campus Dining

Location
Gainesville, FL
Undergrads
30,241
Tuition (in-state)
$28,420 ($6,143)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining halls offer a variety of food of good quality, its easily accessible to the students. There is also a wide choice of other places to eat such as Chipotle, Starbucks, and Chick fil a which is all a part of the UF campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I rarely eat on campus

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The dinning halls are expensive for a meal plan and the food is alright. The meat is not cooked very well

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: The dining halls aren't too bad, and there's usually a lot of decent options. The Reitz and the Hub have several choices for when you get tired of Broward or Gator Dining.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: As someone who doesn't like to cook, I enjoy the food scene on campus. Definitely a lot of fast food (Chick-fil-a, Burger King, Papa John's, etc.) but there are a couple healthier options, and the dining halls always seem to be the healthiest place to go on campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 94th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 108th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 115th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 116th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 155th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chris Kirschner
Hometown
Bronx, NY
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2014
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There are two kinds of on-campus food: the kind that uses up a meal block (Gator Corner and Fresh Food Company/Broward Dining) and the kind that uses up declining balance (everything else). The meal-block variety is pretty cheap, very filling, and easy to get to, and it’ll prevent you from lying to your mom when you tell her you’ve been eating your veggies. They do try to have a good variety, with hot meals, pizza, pasta, salads, cereal, desserts, sandwich fixin’s, and other stuff available at every meal. However, after a couple of semesters, you’ll probably get tired of it, and it’s not really anything to write home about to start with.

The best meal plan option is the declining balance route. You can put as much money as you want on the card, and you can have the option for an automatic reload when your balance gets down to $50. This money never expires, unlike the regular meal plan's "Flex Bucks" option. Flex Bucks give you the option to eat anywhere at the on-campus fast food places (Moe's, Burger King, etc.). At the end of the semester, if your Flex Bucks are not all used up, they go to waste. If you want more food for your money, the declining balance is the way to go. Plus, you will get tired of the dining hall food very quickly.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$4130 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
No
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Broward Dining
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Subway
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Belgian waffles at Broward
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Panda Express
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Starbucks
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Some local restaurants will give discounts to UF students (up to 20 percent) on certain days of the week-don't forget your student ID!
Special Options
On weekday afternoons at the Plaza of the Americas, members of Gainesville's large Hare Krishna population serve up a vegan and vegetarian feast, which is very popular. Technically, it's free, but they ask for a $4 donation.
Did You Know?
If you have the "Declining Balance" meal plan, the money you do not spend at restaurants rolls over to the next semester instead of Flex Bucks that come with the standard-fixed cost meal plan. Flex Bucks do not roll over, so if you are stuck with $45 on the last day of the semester, buy your friends some food!

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Arredondo Café
Location: Reitz Union
Food: Cafeteria
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Beaty Market
Location: Beaty Towers
Food: Deli, assorted snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 a.m.
Burger King
Location: Reitz Union
Food: Burgers, fries
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Burger King @ Broward
Location: Broward Dining Center
Food: Burgers, fries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Camellia Court Café
Location: Harn Museum of Art
Food: American
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Chick-fil-A @ Sun Terrace
Location: Sun Terrace
Food: Chicken
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Chick-fil-A @ the Hub
Location: The Hub
Food: Chicken, fries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Chili's
Location: Gator Corner Dining Center
Food: Southwestern
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Chomp & Go @ Hough Hall
Location: Hough Hall
Food: Grab-n'-go items, salads, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Chomp & Go @ Pugh Hall
Location: Pugh Hall
Food: Grab-n'-go items, salads, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Croutons
Location: Reitz Union
Food: Salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels @ Sun Terrace
Location: Sun Terrace
Food: Bagels, coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels @ the Hub
Location: The Hub
Food: Bagels, coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fresh Food Company (Broward Dining)
Location: Inner Road, next to Broward Hall and across from the Architecture Building
Food: Assorted
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Freshens @ Reitz
Location: Reitz Union
Food: Smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Freshens @ SWRC
Location: Broward Dining Center
Food: Smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Gator Corner Dining Center
Location: Southwest corner of Stadium Road and North-South Drive near the stadium.
Food: Assorted
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Graham Oasis
Location: Gator Corner Dining Center
Food: Deli, grill
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 a.m.
Home Zone
Location: Reitz Union
Food: "Home-cooked" meals
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jamba Juice @ Turlington
Location: Turlington Hall
Food: Smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Java City @ East Campus
Location: East Campus
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Java City @ Engineering Building
Location: Engineering Building
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Java City @ Genetics
Location: Genetics Building
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Java City @ Orthopedics Building
Location: Orthopedics Building
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Java City @ Wellness Center
Location: Wellness Center
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Little Hall Dining
Location: Little Hall
Food: Cafeteria
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Moe's Southwest Grill
Location: Gator Corner Dining Center
Food: Southwestern
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Orange & Brew
Location: Reitz Union
Food: Baked goods, coffee, deli, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 a.m.
Panda Express @ Reitz
Location: Reitz Union
Food: Asian
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Panda Express @ Sun Terrace
Location: Sun Terrace
Food: Asian
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Papa John's
Location: Reitz Union
Food: Pizza
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Pollo Tropical
Location: Reitz Union
Food: Caribbean, Cuban
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Quiznos
Location: The Hub
Food: Subs
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Salad Creations @ Sun Terrace
Location: Sun Terrace
Food: Salads
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Starbucks @ Hub
Location: The Hub
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Starbucks @ Law School
Location: Law School
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Starbucks @ Library West
Location: Library
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-1 a.m.
Starbucks @ Reitz Union
Location: Reitz Union
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Starbucks @ Sun Terrace
Location: Sun Terrace
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Subway @ Reitz
Location: Reitz Union
Food: Subs, cookies
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Subway @ Turlington
Location: Turlington Hall
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 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 32 responses

  • 18% Starbucks
  • 18% Chick-fil-A
  • 15% Subway
  • 12% Einstein Bro's
  • 11% Chik-fil-a
  • 7% Pita Pit
  • 6% Crouton's and Pollo Tropical
  • 4% Home zone
  • 4% Jamba Juice
  • 2% Salad Creations
  • 2% Arredondo Cafe
  • 1% Not Subway

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 293 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 things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 25 responses

  • 31% Dining halls can become bland
  • 22% Not worth your money.
  • 15% Bad variety of food
  • 9% Chick-fil-a is not on the meal plan
  • 7% The 4pm rule
  • 7% Hardly any food on some days
  • 5% Unhealthy choices
  • 4% Strict rules.

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 29% Dining Hall
  • 24% Burger King
  • 18% The dining halls can get old after some time
  • 12% Dinning hall
  • 10% Panda Express
  • 4% Home Zone
  • 2% Non so far

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 25 responses

  • 43% Its convenience...otherwise it is too expensive
  • 29% Nothing, too expensive
  • 29% Subway now counts toward the meal plan
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