Campus Dining

Location
Lawrence, KS
Undergrads
17,130
Tuition (in-state)
$23,748 ($9,678)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: In the evenings and nights it's hard to find stuff to eat on campus. The dining halls have okay food, but the Underground or the Union are better, when they're open. Everything is pretty expensive because it's convenient. Lawrence is very vegetarian-friendly.

College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I don't eat on campus

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I feel that the dining hall was great on certain days, because it was some days that the food was not good and I would just not eat. On other days it would be great. The good thing about your KU card was you could use it as a credit card, for example Dominos would take your Cuisine Cash as actual money, which is great for us broke college students. Buffalo Wild Wings used your Beak'em Bucks if you didnt want to carry cash around. I'm just waiting on chipotle to get on that card usage

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is actually pretty good. For the scholarship hall, they cook their own food but for the dorms, they have a dine-in cafe. , which has a variety of food, form Mexican to Chinese to salads. It's pretty good too.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Some thing were okay in my dining hall but mainly I did not enjoy it

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 107th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 117th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 151st
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 234th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 247th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Thompson
Hometown
Overland Park, KS
Major
Journalism/Environmental Studies
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Dorm food can be hit or miss, but students sometimes say they miss the convenience of dorm cafeteria food once they move out and are responsible for cooking their own food. The most popular dorm cafeteria is definitely Mrs. E’s in Lewis Hall, and it's available to anyone with a meal plan. E’s offers a great view of campus and usually has a variety of food and dessert options. The Studio in Hashinger Hall is a popular spot to grab a bite with friends or get one of the to-go sack lunches.

There are a variety of food options available in the dorms and even more options at other locations around campus. The Union and the Underground are the most popular eating destinations on campus, offering sandwiches, pizza, fast food, salads, and even sushi. The Union is a good place to do homework when finishing up lunch because there is a lot of seating available. There is something for everyone on campus, whether you are looking for junk food or healthier options. The prices can be high and places on campus can get really crowded during peak lunch hours, but the convenience can’t be beat.

 

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3454 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Only for freshmen who live on campus
Student Favorites
  • AFC Sushi
  • Boulevard Grill
  • Brella's
  • Pizza Hut
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Bambino's at the Grove
  • Ben & Jerry's
  • Bigg's BBQ
  • Buffalo Bob's Smokehouse
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Dominos Pizza (delivery)
  • Gumby's Pizza
  • On the Border Mexican Grill
  • Perkins Family Restaurant and Bakery
  • Pita Pit
  • Pizza Shuttle
  • Spangles
  • Taco John's (any of three Lawrence locations)
  • Wendy's (any of two Lawrence locations)
  • Wheat State Pizza
  • You can't use your meal plan off campus, but KU has Beak 'em Bucks that can be used at campus dining locations, as well as the following off-campus places:
Special Options
Bring your own lunch and sit at one of the tables or booths at the Union.
Did You Know?
KU Dining Services offers an online nutrition analysis program called NetNutrition, which can help you calculate the nutrition values of food on campus.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

AFC Sushi
Location: Kansas Union (The Market) and the Underground
Food: Sushi
Hours: The Market: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; The Underground: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Boulevard Grill
Location: Kansas Union (The Market)
Food: Burgers, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Brella's Sandwich Crafters
Location: Kansas Union (The Market) and the Underground
Food: Sandwiches, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Chick-fil-A
Location: The Underground
Food: Fast food
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Crimson Café Food Court
Location: Burge Union
Food: Brella's, The Carvery, Freshens Smoothies, Mill Valley Salad Bar, Pizza Hut
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ekdahl Dining Commons (Mrs. E's)
Location: Daisy Hill
Food: Grill, pasta, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Fresco! Cuisine
Location: Kansas Union (The Market)
Food: Pasta bar
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Garden Gourmet
Location: Kansas Union (The Market)
Food: Salad
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
GSP Dining Center
Location: GSP-Corbin Hall
Food: All varieties
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:45 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:45 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Oliver Dining Center
Location: Oliver Hall
Food: All varieties
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Pizza Hut
Location: Kansas Union (The Market) and the Underground
Food: Pizza
Hours: The Market: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; The Underground: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Quesarito
Location: Kansas Union (The Market)
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Studio
Location: Hashinger Hall
Food: Burgers, grill, pizza, wraps
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 103 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 13 responses

  • 32% It's not open till 11 on weekends.
  • 28% Breakfast ends before I get out of class.
  • 24% Dining Halls close at 7:30
  • 12% It's usually crowded.
  • 4% Lack of options for private dorms

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

  • 44% The underground
  • 32% Mrs. E's
  • 24% The Union

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

  • 47% It can be unlimited
  • 37% As much food as you would like
  • 16% There are a lot of choices.

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 75% Oliver hall dining
  • 25% All of the dining halls
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