Campus Dining

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5 College Junior

Campus Dining: I personally enjoy the cafeterias on campus because I can always find something that I am in the mood for.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: most things close at 9 besides the off campus restaurants and those are far away from some parts and dorms on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are a lot of options on campus. There are a lot of restaurants on and around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: You can use you flex dollars for groceries, but you end up spending a lot more that you would have.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The fact that it's absolutely mandatory, compounded with my natural ability to eat for much, much less than the dining plan could ever hope to cover, enrages me at the thought of the profit margin being raked in, especially with the crippling debt saddled upon me. Good selection of food however.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 145th
    Best Quality Food
  • 158th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 189th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 725th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 934th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Schilling
Cold Spring, KY
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Don't be surprised when, halfway through your freshman year, you have already become too wide for your twin extra-long dorm bed. Beware of the Freshman 15! Kentucky offers a variety of food that has the ability to more than double your size if you aren't careful. Most students seem to feel that it is overpriced because of the convenience, and nobody seems satisfied with the campus dining plan for the Wildcat Card. However, a great way to balance it out is by investing in the Plus Account. This nifty little addition allows you to spend money like a debit card when your meal plan just isn't quite cutting it.

There are great places on campus to get a cup of coffee and slice of cheesecake for late-night studying. Watch out for those late-night munchies! UK offers a fantastic array of pastries, coffees, and sweets for snacking on. They're so convenient and delicious you barely notice just how much you're eating until you can't wear anything but sweatpants! If you live on central campus, definitely plan on spending some time in the legendary K-Lair Grill. You might also want to spend some time working out afterward, though, to keep from getting too pudgy.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5682 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
If granted on-campus housing
Student Favorites
  • Commons Market
  • K–Lair Grill
  • OVID’s Café
24-Hour Dining
None, but Tolly-Ho is close by and always open.
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Did You Know?
  • The University of Kentucky offers a unique dining upscale luncheon experience in the Lemon Twist Deli. This is a partnership between students, faculty, and dining services that offers students the ability to plan the menus, serve as waitstaff, and prepare the food. The Lemon Twist is open on Tuesdays, and reservations are required. For reservations, call (859) 257-2878.
  • There are many picturesque spots to picnic on campus. Students can be seen enjoying a meal on blankets around campus in the fall and spring.
  • Several of the dorms have kitchens in the basement of buildings that offer students the option to cook.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

AG North Deli
Location: Agriculture Science North
Food: Sandwiches, chips, salad, fruit, soup, dessert
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Blazer Café
Location: Blazer Hall
Food: Entrees, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Blazer Xpress
Location: Blazer Hall
Food: Convenience
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 3 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Location: Student Center Food Court
Food: Chicken, fries
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Commons Market
Location: Kirwan/Blander building
Food: Asian, Indian, Southwest, Greek, Thai, American
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Corner Store
Location: Commons Market
Food: Convenience
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 3 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Location: Patterson Office Tower mezzanine
Food: Coffee, pastries, salad, soup, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
K-Lair Grill
Location: Between Donovan and Haggin halls
Food: Made-to-order breakfast, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, chili, salad, pizza
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Lemon Twist Café
Location: Erikson Hall
Food: Upscale dining
Hours: Tuesday 12 p.m.-1 a.m.
Lemon Twist Deli
Location: Erikson Hall
Food: Made-to-order sandwiches, soups, organic foods
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
OVID's Café
Location: William T. Young Library
Food: Gourmet coffees, sandwiches, salads, entrees
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: KY Clinic
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Commons Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Location: Commons Market
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-11 a.m.
Location: Student Center
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Student Center Food Court
Location: The Student Center
Food: Grab `n' go, breakfast, seafood, burgers, Mexican, deli, entrees
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 30% Ovid's
  • 19% Subway
  • 15% Blazer Cafe
  • 14% Panda Express
  • 9% Chick-fil-A
  • 8% Commons
  • 4% Sbarro
  • 1% We can use meal plan all day for the three.
  • 1% All are good but can only use meal plan after 5pm

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 89 responses

Very poor
  • 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 20 responses

  • 65% Commons
  • 17% Blazer
  • 13% Ovids
  • 4% K Lair

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

  • 56% You eat the same foods a lot
  • 36% There aren't very many healthy options
  • 8% The food is very greasy.

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 27 responses

  • 52% Flex dollars
  • 48% Swipes are taken at most places on campus
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