Campus Dining

Location
Kingston, RI
Undergrads
11,923
Tuition (in-state)
$28,016 ($12,450)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I do not care for the dinning hall food, makes me sick.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The University of Rhode Island has two different cafeterias for students to get breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The available food is rather good, and both cafeterias offer an extremely large amount of food to meet any nutrition needs for the students that eat there.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good food for a vegetarian.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Its a lot of the same things repeated. I have a major food allergy, but they are pretty accommodating.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: No better, no worse than other universities

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 156th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 185th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 233rd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 278th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 465th
    Best Quality Food

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anthony aRusso
Hometown
Johnston, RI
Major
Journalism
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Dining Halls at URI are hit or miss, and some people love the food, while others hate it. It is certainly not gourmet, but is pretty good, and most students are satisfied with it. Mainfare and Butterfield dining halls are buffet-style. Students who live on campus must have their hand scanned to enter either dining hall, while commuters can just swipe their student ID. Students who live off campus have smaller, less-expensive meal plans than those who live on campus. There are two main types of meal plans: The board plan, which allows a certain number of meals per week, and the point plan, where students can add points, or credit, to their ID card.

Variety is key in a college dining hall. Since you eat the same food every day, it is good to mix it up so you don’t get bored. Both Mainfare and Butterfield, better known as “Hope” and “The Butt,” have a lot of variety, so students have a lot of food to choose from. There are also often vegetarian and vegan dishes, so all students will have a fair selection. Many student's main concern with the dining halls is that they tend to get very busy at certain times and the lines are very long.

 

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
21
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4118 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
All students who live on campus are required to have a meal plan.
Student Favorites
  • Bagelz
  • International Steak
  • Kingston Pizza
  • Ronzio’s
  • Spikes
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
There is no place off campus that accepts meal plans, but students can use their Ram accounts at a number of local establishments.
Special Options
Students can set up a Ram Account, which is accepted a many places on campus. The Ram Account is a savings account that students could deposit money into. Students are able to use their URI ID as a credit card at participating restaurants, the bookstore, vending machines and laundry rooms in resident halls.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Butterfield Dining Hall
Location: Butterfield Hall, next to Memorial Union
Food: Buffet with entrees, desserts, pasta, pizza, salad, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Hope Corner Store
Location: Inside Hope Commons
Food: Variety/convenience store
Hours: Monday-Thursday 4 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Friday 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 6 p.m.-11 p.m.
Mainfare Dining Hall
Location: Hope Commons
Food: Burger station, deli, entrees, pasta bar, salad bar, stir-fry station
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Ram's Den
Location: Memorial Union
Food: Deli, hot grill meals, salad bar, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 83 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 9 responses

  • 55% Ram's Den
  • 27% Hope stir fry!
  • 18% Pasta Bar at Hope

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 6 responses

  • 44% Unhealthy food.
  • 44% Very little variety
  • 11% Super expensive

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

  • 86% Times the dining hall is open.
  • 14% Rhody Market

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 7 responses

  • 75% The Ram's Den uses the meal plan
  • 25% You can eat at outside food places on campus.
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