Campus Dining

Rochester, NY
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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Having our market on campus is one of the greatest things that most of my friends at other schools are constantly telling me they wish they had. Hillside is open until 3 am and has food tailored to what we want to buy. It has almost everything a grocery store has to offer. The only thing is that the food there is a bit expensive, but our meal plans really make it so that doesn't matter.

1 College Junior

Campus Dining: The prices of the meal plans are outrageous for the limited number of options offered! The food isn't cooked well and the options aren't all that healthy or diverse on a daily basis. The lines are crazy long. Seriously, you need a strategy to get fed because the lines are so long. Then, when eventually they swipe you in, you usually end up leaving because none of the food stations are ready, or the food is just inedible (burnt, funky tasting, etc).

1 College Senior

Campus Dining: Food is awful no healthy options and food service people are rude

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dining is great. So many options. However, the plans cost a lot of money.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: Not much variety. Dining halls vary a lot on quality; couple good days mixed with many bad or mediocre.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 138th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 189th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 337th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 381st
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 859th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dave Levy
Randolph, NJ
History and International Relations
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The lack of variety and low quality of food are the top two complaints by students. Meliora, the sit-down style dining area is the best of the worst, but they have limited hours, and if you have class during the lunch hours, you're pretty much out of luck. The Pit is convenient, but it's the lowest rung on the ladder for food quality. They also changed around the meal plans recently and this, if anything, has made the whole situation worse. The prices also, for what you are getting, make you hand over your ID card at the cash register in disgust. A sandwich and a drink at the Club Express will run you about eight dollars. Many are angry that tuition must be so high, only to be given less-than-mediocre choices for food at high prices. As this happens to be the only half-decent food on campus, it also puts student meal plans at risk of being used up quickly. The cheapest place for food would be the Pit, but here on campus, you get what you pay for, and low prices will mean low quality food.

UR Dining still has far to travel in terms of decent food (and acceptable prices) on campus and satisfied students. The meal plan revamps only translate into confused freshmen, angry upperclassmen, and the same level and quality of food served.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4936 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • Danforth
  • Douglass
  • The Meliora
  • The Pit
  • Pure Vida
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Students can use Flex Dollars at several local places including the Distillery
Special Options
There is a Kosher deli as part of Douglass Dining Center, and Uncle Dicky’s parks on the fraternity quad on the weekends, with popular cheese fries and other heart-healthy foods.
Did You Know?
The saying, "There's no such thing as a free lunch," just doesn't hold at UR. Free pizza abounds in the beginning of the year, and at convocation you are treated to a gourmet buffet set up on the lawn, free of charge.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Backstage Coffee House
Location: Eastman Dining Center
Food: Snacks, coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Rush Rhees Library
Food: Sandwiches, beverages, snacks, fruit, bagels
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-10 p.m.
The Corner Store
Location: Douglass
Food: Snacks, drinks, grocery items
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-1 a.m.
Danforth Dining Center
Location: Susan B. Anthony
Food: All-buffet-style, all-you-can-eat, varying foods
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Douglass Dining Center
Location: Douglass
Food: Wraps, quesadillas, "home-cooked" food, soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Eastman Dining Center
Location: Eastman
Food: All buffet-style, all-you-can-eat, varying foods
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Hillside Café
Location: Susan B. Anthony
Food: Pizza, desserts, sandwiches, coffee drinks, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; Saturday 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Sunday 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Meliora
Location: Above Douglass Dining Center
Food: Sit-down with sandwiches, soup, entrees, desserts
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Orchestra Pit
Location: Eastman Dining Center
Food: Hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, fries
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 8 p.m.-12 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
Pure Vida
Location: Lobby of BME/Optics building
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Southside Market
Location: Ground floor of Kiewiet Tower
Hours: Monday-Thursday 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
Location: Third floor ofWilson Commons
Food: Coffee drinks, smoothies, desserts, bagels
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-12:30 a.m.
Wilson Commons C-3 Convenience Mart (The Pit)
Location: Wilson Commons
Food: Blimpie, Bene Pizzeria, Grille Works, convenience store
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-12 a.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 things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 6 responses

  • 38% Declining
  • 25% Lot's of Clubs and Declining
  • 25% Unlimited!
  • 12% It's overpriced.

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

  • 33% The required unlimited plan for freshmen
  • 33% Declining A which we're forced to get. UNNECESSARY
  • 33% Declining costs more than it's worth

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

  • 38% Douglass
  • 38% Danforth
  • 25% The Pit

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

  • 60% Dfo
  • 20% PIT
  • 20% Douglass


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