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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: I attended a different university previously and hated the dining. At UNCW there are so many options you will probably spend most of your time just trying to decide where to go. Numerous dining halls with good food and late hours which are really beneficial to those of us that have late classes. The alternate dining areas are awesome. Lots of little areas to pick up quick snakes and coffee everywhere it seems. Not only are there healthy options in almost any dining area you go to, but they also have healthy vending machine options that have snacks picked but nutritionist. You will not go hungry here!!!

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There aren't a ton of healthier options in the cafeteria, but it is alright.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food isn't terrible, but it's not fantastic either.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: not the best but not bad either... and I love to eat

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 115th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 358th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 373rd
    Best Quality Food
  • 513rd
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 789th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chloe Miller
Cary, NC
English Literature
Grad Year
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With 15 dining locations, UNCW Campus Dining gives students whatever they're in the mood for. Wagoner Dining Hall, aka "Wag," is the main dining hall on campus and is one meal swipe, all-you-can-eat. The variety of stations within Wag makes sure there is something for everyone, whether it's a full-spread homecooked-style meal or just a bowl of cereal. Dub's Café is like a miniature Wag that is more central to classes and is a very popular lunch spot. Hawk's Nest is food court-style dining and is always a good choice. It's open until 10 p.m., so it's common to see a lot of students there late after meetings or club activities.

Apart from those three main, larger locations, there are convenience stores, coffee shops, grab-and-go-style joints, and bagel and sandwich eateries scattered throughout the rest of campus. The convenience stores are just that—convenient. Located by the main residential areas, it's easy to do grocery shopping on campus or just pick up a quick bite. "Landwich" sandwiches from The Landing are delicious, and students can't go wrong with a $5 footlong from Subway. Einstein Bros. Bagels is always spot-on when it comes to great bagels and is busy each morning and into the lunch hours. In general, meal plans are combinations of meal swipes and food dollars. Meal swipes will be used at Wag, Dub's Café, and for certain meals in the evening at Hawk's Nest. Every other location will accept food dollars, which work like a declining debit account, and more money can easily be added. So students should choose their plan based on where they find themselves eating more often; students have a two-week grace period to adapt their plans. After freshman year, a meal plan is not required, even if students remain living on campus. And a side note: Don't be surprised when UNCW Campus Dining workers, especially at Einstein and Wag, remember and learn your name! They love their jobs and love UNCW just as much as the students do.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3396 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All traditional housing students are required to have a meal plan (those living in Galloway, Belk, Graham, Hewlett, Schwartz, Cornerstone, International House, Honors, on-campus apartments or suites). After freshman year, even if a student remains living on campus, meal plans are optional.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • Dub's Café
  • Hawk's Nest
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Green Spot (at Hawk's Nest)
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagel and coffee from Dunkin' Donuts, Einstein, or Java City
  • Classic Wagoner breakfast
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Barbecue sliders or BLT (at Green Spot located in Hawk's Nest)
  • Cannonball sandwich (at The Landing sandwich shop)
  • Chick-fil-A sandwich
  • Quesadillas or any Mexican food options from Jole Mole (at Hawk's Nest)
  • Quiznos or Subway sub
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Candy or snacks from P.O.D., The Landing marketplace, or any other convenience store on campus
  • Freshens smoothie (at Hawk's Nest)
Special Options
Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are prepared at the dining halls, and a variety of options are available with the availability of different locations.
Did You Know?
Wagoner Dining Hall was updated and renovated over the summer of 2012 and reopened in August as "Wag 2.0."

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Courtside Bagel Shop
Location: Trask Coliseum
Food: Bagels, coffee, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
Dub's Café
Location: Warwick Center
Food: All-you-can-eat—various stations such as a deli, grill, pasta, and salad bar
Hours: Monday–Thursday 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Dunkin' Donuts
Location: Seahawk Crossing
Food: Bagels, coffee, donuts, and wraps
Hours: Daily 6:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Location: Fisher Student Center
Food: Bagels, coffee, muffins, pastries, soups, various drinks and sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–3 p.m.
Fair Trade Market
Location: Cameron Hall, second floor
Food: Bakery treats, salads, sandwiches, snacks, Starbucks coffee
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Hawk's Nest
Location: Fisher Student Union
Food: Food court: Chick-fil-A, grill, locally-grown meal stations, Mediterranean, Mexican, Quiznos, salad, smoothies, sushi
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–10 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.–10 p.m.
Java City
Location: Randall Library
Food: Coffee, bagels, muffins, fruit, pastries, and salads
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.–11 p.m.
The Landing
Location: Seahawk Landing Building 5
Food: Ice cream, salads, sandwiches, and smoothies
Hours: Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Main Street Express
Location: Fisher University Union
Food: Convenient store beverages, grab-and-go foods, and snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Market Place
Location: Seahawk Landing Building 6
Food: Convenient store beverages, candy, fruits, and snacks
Hours: Daily 10 a.m.–12 a.m.
P.O.D. Market
Location: Seahawk Crossing
Food: Convenient store beverages, grab-and-go and grocery items, snacks
Hours: Daily 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
Seahawk Station C-Store
Location: University Apartment M
Food: Convenient store grocery items, personal necessities, and snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–12 a.m., Saturday–Sunday 3 p.m.–12 a.m.
Location: Fisher Student Union in Main Street Express
Food: Pizzas, salads, sandwiches, soups, and subs
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Wag Out
Location: Side of Wagoner Dining Hall
Food: Desserts, drinks, fruit, pasta, pizzas, salads, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday–Friday 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m.
Wagoner Hall
Location: End of Chancellor's Walk, off of Walton Drive
Food: All-you-can-eat: American, dessert, ethnic, deli, fruit, homecooked, pasta, salad stations
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–9 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 55 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 food options on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 47% Hawks nest
  • 33% New dubs
  • 7% Subway
  • 7% PCJ
  • 7% Dunkin Donuts

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

  • 67% Food dollars
  • 22% Multiple options to choose from
  • 11% A ton of fattening food

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 9 responses

  • 56% Overpriced items
  • 44% No variety

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% Wag



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