Campus Dining

Location
Athens, GA
Undergrads
24,496
Tuition (in-state)
$28,052 ($9,842)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The new dining hall they are building is supposed to be great

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Certain dining halls are better than others. Same food every other week gets old.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I'm not nearly as impressed with dining on campus as some, but UGA is really solid. Bulldog and Tate Cafe have some of the best food in my opinion and is under $10. Food at dining halls gets old, but it is very satisfying.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food here is the best in the land. I fall in love every time I eat

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food in the dining halls is great compared to other colleges.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1st
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 2nd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 2nd
    Best Quality Food
  • 19th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 22nd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher Joshua Benton
Hometown
Norfolk, VA
Major
English/Magzine Print Journalism/New Media
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The UGA dining halls are extremely social, and it is very easy to meet new people there, as most will invite you to their table if you are alone. If you are a freshman, get the meal plan. While it may seem expensive at first, if you eat three meals a day, you end up paying roughly $3 a meal. Everything is buffet-style, so the food is all-you-can-eat, and you can visit the dining hall as frequently as you want. The only downside is that you are pretty much forced to eat out on Sundays, as the only dining halls open on that day close before lunchtime. There are generally plenty of healthy and vegetarian options at every dining hall, too, if you are a non-traditional eater. Once you’re on the meal plan for the second semester, though, the food gets a little same-y. And everyone gets tired of the dining hall if they choose to pay for a second year as sophomores. It is nearly impossible to sneak into the dining halls because there is an attendant and a biometric hand-scanner system at every entrance.

Every dining hall has the same entrée menu, but each dining hall has its own thematic stations. Bolton is always filled with freshmen since it’s next to the freshman high-rises. Bolton has the least amount of variety, and it generally is worth walking the extra few blocks to go to O-House instead. On the other hand, Snelling is very popular, especially at night since it began offering 24-hour service. Around noon, it is usually packed with a line out the door. While The Village Summit, on East Campus, is the most remote dining hall, it is easily the best. With its fresh fruit smoothies, made-to-order personal pan pizzas, and generally fresher and more carefully prepared entrées, The Village Summit is worth the long(ish) bus ride out. It is important to note, though, that parking can get a little annoying if you drive to any of the dining halls.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
20
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3882 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
No
Student Favorites
  • Late-night at Snelling Dining Hall
  • The Village Summit
24-Hour Dining
Snelling Dining Center
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
The Student Learning Center houses a Jittery Joe's coffee shop that offers baked goods and a variety of coffees. On fair weather days, there is a hot dog vendor who serves on North Campus across from Baldwin Hall. There are also two eateries on South Campus inside the Georgia Center Hotel for Continuing Education-the elegant, gourmet of The Savannah Room and the cafeteria-style offerings of The Courtyard Café.
Did You Know?
  • The dining halls have a day at the end of the year when they request that students return all stolen silverware to each cafeteria. This event has, surprisingly, been a huge success in recent years.
  • UGA Food Services has received 67 national awards for their excellence in student meal plans.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bolton Dining Commons
Location: Baxter Street, near high-rise dorms
Food: Cereal, deli, desserts, healthy options, home-style buffets, omelet station, salad bar, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Bone Appetit
Location: Aderhold Hall
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Bulldog Café
Location: Tate Student Center
Food: Breakfast, Chick-fil-A Express, desserts, grab-n-go, grill, pizza
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dawg Bites
Location: Biological Sciences Building
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Dawg Bone
Location: College of Veterinary Medicine
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dawg Snacks
Location: Tate Student Center
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Oglethorpe Dining Commons
Location: Off Lumpkin Street, next to Oglethorpe House
Food: Asian, cereal station, coffee, dessert bar, home-style entrées, Mexican, premium entrées, salad bar, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Red Clay Café
Location: Joe Frank Harris Commons
Food: Breakfast, desserts, coffee, salads, sandwiches, smoothies, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Snelling Dining Commons
Location: South Campus
Food: Cereal, home-style buffets, omelet station, pasta, pizza, salad bar, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 24 hours, Friday 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Taste of Home Café
Location: Tate Student Center
Food: Homestyle meals
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tate Café
Location: Tate Student Center
Food: Barberitos, Hotei's Asian Grill, Larry's Giant Subs
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
'Tween the Pages
Location: Main Library, lobby
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
The UGA Creamery
Location: Environmental Health Sciences
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Village Market
Location: Joe Frank Harris Commons
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Village Summit
Location: Joe Frank Harris Commons (second floor), East Campus Village
Food: Omelets, pizza, sandwiches, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 191 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 best food options on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 29% East village
  • 24% Any of the dining halls...
  • 20% Tate Plaza
  • 18% Oglethorpe.
  • 6% The best is barberitos, but it's hardly good
  • 4% None?

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 30% Campus eateries are overpriced.
  • 20% Creamy.
  • 20% Nothing. The food in UGA is good.
  • 15% Snelling. It's nasty.
  • 10% Barberitos
  • 5% Everything is posion save the organicfarm cart

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

  • 33% Unlimited food
  • 25% Variety
  • 18% Place to study
  • 14% You can chill
  • 11% Healthy options

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 24 responses

  • 40% That it's an all or nothing plan and the price.
  • 37% Very inconvenient if you don't live on campus
  • 13% Price
  • 10% Nothing
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