Campus Dining

Lexington, KY
Tuition (in-state)
$19,864 ($9,676)
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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: it's in between good and great really. You have blazer cafe which is good but can get repetitive and then there's Ovid's which is wicked good but not much of a selection. Also literally do not eat at commons. In the student center there's Starbucks, subway, Panda Express chick fil a and sabarro which is a nice selection.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food could be better, but Ovids in the library is definitely the best place to eat on south campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: So many options with decent quality! A lot of restaurants near by let you use your meal plans with them as well.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are a lot of dining halls, but they mostly revolve around the same, decent-but-not-awesome, food.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dinning at UK is great because there is a variety of places to choose from. You could go to subway or chick fila or you could just get fruit and a bowl of soup! There are soooo many options at commons.

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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

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 83 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • 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 21 responses

  • 31% Ovid's
  • 19% Subway
  • 15% Panda Express
  • 15% Blazer Cafe
  • 8% Commons
  • 7% Chick-fil-A
  • 5% Sbarro

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

  • 58% You eat the same foods a lot
  • 38% There aren't very many healthy options
  • 4% The food is very greasy.

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 68% Commons
  • 21% Blazer
  • 11% Ovids

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 21 responses

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