Campus Dining

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: UNH has an amazing dining program with tons of options, a great staff and awesome food! They aren't always open late, which is a bummer, but when they are you know you're getting great food.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are three great dining halls and they each serve fantastic food. They each have their own little market where you can buy stuff. They are open until nine and have great options.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Good variety of everything. It is self serve which is good.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is good but not like mom makes it back at home. There is a good variety so I have enough to chose from.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Award-winning dining halls. The food is excellent.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 22nd
    Best Quality Food
  • 32nd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 35th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 52nd
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 82nd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kate Dube
Manchester, NH
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UNH Dining Services tries very hard to please as many students as it can and has won numerous awards for its efforts. The students who complain about the UNH campus food selection should realize that dining hall food has to be produced in mass quantity, so in the process of making large amounts of food, many of it may lose some of its flavor, hence the awful reputation that dining hall food has universally received. However, students have a say in how they want their food prepared through "napkin notes.” Students are encouraged to write suggestions and comments on their napkins and place them in a special box at the exit of the three main campus dining halls. Each napkin note is read and responded to via a napkin note board that is placed in the entrance of every dining hall. Many of the students’ concerns and wishes have been accommodated in this way.

While the food can get old on campus, Dining Services also has a “Cat’s Cache” program that allows students to put money on their student ID card, which can, in turn, be used at certain shops downtown to purchase food and many other items. This adds a little variety and excitement to the dining options considering that students aren’t limited to campus grounds when their stomachs start rumbling. Overall, the campus food services genuinely go out of the way to please students.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$4584 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • The convenience stores
  • Holloway Commons
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Kurt's Lunch Box, It's a Wrap, Store 24 convenience store

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Elements at Philbrook
Location: Philbrook Hall
Food: Asian, breakfast, grill, Italian, vegetarian/vegan
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:15 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sunday 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Holloway Commons
Location: Attached to MUB
Food: All-you-can-eat breakfast, entrees, Italian, pizza, sandwiches, stir-fry
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
MUB Food Court
Location: MUB second floor
Food: Various places including Biggies, Godfather's Pizza, The Sandwich Exchange, soup and salad bar, Spoonz, Taco Bell
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Philbrook Café
Location: Philbrook Hall
Food: Convenience store, grab-and-go items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Stillings Marketplace
Location: Stillings Hall
Food: Breakfast, entrees, grill, vegan bar
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:15 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Stillings Hall
Food: Convenience store with breakfast sandwiches, calzones, cheesesteaks, pizza
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
With Panache
Location: Holloway Commons second floor
Food: Bakery-style sandwich shop, bubble tea, coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 103 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 best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 11 responses

  • 39% Great food, and numerous dining halls.
  • 28% Unlimited access
  • 22% The Gold and Platinum plans have dining dollars
  • 11% Handmade aumlets, sandwiches and stir fry

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 11 responses

  • 67% No complaints, food and service is excellent
  • 25% Just costs tooooooooo much
  • 8% Barely no guest passes at all.

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 50% Dinning dollars and cats cash are convenient
  • 40% Dining halls
  • 10% Eating at SAE. Our chef is a 5 star gourmet chef

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 55% The dinning hall food becomes boring after a while
  • 27% None
  • 18% Anywhere but SAE, seriously the food is gourmet


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