Campus Dining

Eugene, OR
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food is diverse in school's cafeteria. Most students can accept the food there.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is pretty good, for the most part.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: I have little experience eating in the on-campus dining facilities. I usually eat off-campus or at home. But from what I've seen the options are good and generally healthy, which is a huge plus.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: UO has the best menu options around! We love to eat healthy but there is always room for delicious munchies!

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Only freshmen can eat at the dining halls really. They are on meal plans, which pay for the food at the dining halls. If you're not on a meal plan, you have to pay cash or card, and they prices are ridiculous. If you have a freshmen friend, you may have them treat you to dining hall food (such as if you are in Greek life and you have freshmen pledges). The foods much better than most campus dining halls, but it is probably not as good as what you're used to (if your family is used to homemade food). Still, most students can make it until spring term before they resort to actually just buying cereal and eating in their dorm rooms. Also, don't buy ramen. You will not eat it, since there is actual food, already cooked and waiting for you just steps away. It is like bringing ramen to a hotel with free room service...only you have to go and pick it up.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 25th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 31st
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 36th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 40th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 78th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amy Beemer
Pacific Palisades, CA
Grad Year
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In the past few years, the University of Oregon has expanded its on-campus dining to include a full coffeehouse, bakery, and grill. The University offers a selection to suit any appetite, from two dining centers providing all-you-can-eat buffets to the popular Grab 'n' Go Marketplace and its fast food options. Students see the food itself as standard dorm fare, but the variety of options makes it more palatable. You can usually find something on campus that you're not sick of, even if it's not the highest-quality cuisine. There is only one meal plan available—a points-based system—but it comes in three different sizes, depending on your appetite.

You can use your points at the main campus eateries and even treat your friends with your meal plan. Occasionally, you may want to indulge in the EMU's food court, which doesn't accept the point system. Too much of this can get really expensive, though. One interesting feature of Oregon's meal plan is that students are encouraged to submit recipes to the dining services director and may even have their food incorporated into the dining hall offerings. Check out the dining section of the housing services website ( for more details.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Dorm residents are required to have a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Carson Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Big Mouth Burrito
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Breakfast burritos
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Anything from Big Mouth Burrito
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Common Grounds Café
Student Favorites
  • Common Grounds Café
  • Fire ‘n Spice Grill
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
UO Campus Cash is accepted at AAA Hearth Cafe in Lawrence Hall, Atrium in Williamette Hall, The Buzz in the lower level of the Union, Daily Grind in the Knight Library, Mangiamo in the main level of the Fishbowl, Holy Cow in the main level of the Union, Lillis Cafe in the Lillis Business Center, Pita Pit in the main level of the Marketplace, Panda Express and Subway in the main level of the Marketplace, and Union Market in the lower level of the Union.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Barnhart Dining Center
Location: Barnhart Hall
Food: All-you-care-to-eat buffet
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–2 p.m., 5 p.m.–8 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Big Mouth Burrito
Location: Hamilton Commons
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 4:30 p.m.–10 p.m.
Carson Dining Hall
Location: Carson Hall
Food: All-you-care-to-eat buffet
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m., 5 p.m.–8 p.m., 8:30 p.m.–11 p.m., Saturday–Sunday: 10 a.m.–2 p.m., 5:00 p.m.–8 p.m., 8:30 p.m.–11 p.m.
Common Grounds Café
Location: Hamilton Commons
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–2 a.m., Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–2 a.m.
DUX Bistro
Location: Living-Learning Center North
Food: Coffee/tea, sandwiches, salads, smoothies
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–11 p.m., Saturday–Sunday: 12 p.m.–10 p.m.
Fire 'n' Spice Grill
Location: Hamilton Commons
Food: Grill, stir-fry
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Fresh Marketcafé
Location: Global Scholars Hall
Food: Coffee/tea, deli, market, pasta, soup, sushi
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Grab 'n' Go Marketplace
Location: Hamilton Commons
Food: American
Hours: Daily 7 a.m.–11 p.m.
Puddles Café
Location: Barnhart Hall
Food: Coffee/tea, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 115 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 17 responses

  • 32% Global Scholars
  • 25% EMU
  • 14% Big mouth Buritto
  • 11% Hall
  • 7% Barnhart
  • 7% Common Grounds
  • 4% Grab'n'Go

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 15 responses

  • 24% Convenient
  • 20% Expensive but GOOD food!
  • 20% Satisfying
  • 16% Great for lazy people
  • 12% Never hungry
  • 8% Expensive for fake food.

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 10 responses

  • 33% Lack of BBQ options
  • 33% Lack of variety
  • 25% Not a lot of lean protein or fresh fruit.
  • 8% Bad food

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 75% Fire and Spice --> the line is too long
  • 25% Big Mouth Burrito


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