Campus Dining

Durham, NH
Tuition (in-state)
$28,882 ($16,422)
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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Someone hand makes each one of my meals. Outside of the meal plan, eating with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Chef is amazing. The guy is a gourmet 5 star chef, and you can tell. I live for SAE food

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: A decent variety of places to eat with lots of choices

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: UNH has award winning dining. The food is great. The service is great. And the hours are pretty convenient. While most colleges and universities have certain, limited hours of operation, our three dining halls are open continuously all day. The food can get boring and repetitive though, especially by mid-semester.

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College Freshman

Campus Dining: Everyone gets tired of dining hall food after a while. But from what i've experienced at other schools when I went to visit, UNH has a pretty good quality of food in comparison. It's also in "all-you-care-to-eat" fashion so once you swipe in you can eat as much as you'd like. Unlimited swipes is a bit more expensive, and freshman are required to use this plan but it's totally worth it while you're adjusting to your new schedule and new life.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I LOVE the food on campus!


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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
$4474 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 97 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 things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 6 responses

  • 36% Great food, and numerous dining halls.
  • 36% Unlimited access
  • 18% The Gold and Platinum plans have dining dollars
  • 9% Handmade aumlets, sandwiches and stir fry

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 56% Dinning dollars and cats cash are convenient
  • 33% Dining halls
  • 11% Eating at SAE. Our chef is a 5 star gourmet chef

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% The dinning hall food becomes boring after a while
  • 17% Anywhere but SAE, seriously the food is gourmet
  • 17% None

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 8 responses

  • 88% No complaints, food and service is excellent
  • 12% Just costs tooooooooo much


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