Campus Dining

Location
Austin, TX
Undergrads
37,083
Tuition (in-state)
$33,128 ($9,790)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I didn't live on campus, and barely ate at the facilities

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It's very dependent on the dining hall you go to; many are overpriced.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Can't expect too much from dining hall food and you shouldn't to begin with. It's average. Plenty of vegetarian options. If you live on campus, you get a meal plan, though the prices of eating in the dining hall are so inflated, you really aren't saving money.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining at The University of Texas at Austin offers a lot of options for people that are vegan, vegetarian, or even have food allergies. The menus are on display and show the ingredients that could be harmful to people with allergies with symbols. The dining halls have also taken initiative to advertise eating smaller portions as well as not wasting food. They also started an ecological project that helps students help the environment by reducing waste and save money by being part of the program.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Wish we had more dine-in dollars, it's not enough for 2 meals everyday. And need healthier late-night options besides wendy's

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 38th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 47th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 54th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 70th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 78th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tony Griffin
Hometown
Houston, TX
Major
Marketing
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Overall, not many people love dorm food, especially on-campus dorm food. Some of the private dorms, such as SRD and Castilian, have pretty good food, but for the most part, Bevo Bucks are the best way to go because they can be used at so many places. The Union is a good bet with many different choices, and Wendy’s is open late, so you can “Eat Great, Even Late.” Jest’A Pizza is a good option. Even though dining hall food may not be your favorite, there is always something to eat because there are so many choices. Even as a vegetarian, there are always plenty of options—though you’ll never be on the Atkins diet because the vegetarian options are mostly carbs.

Students seem to agree that Kinsolving may have the best dining hall on campus. San Jacinto is the newest dorm and has a fairly good reputation for dorm food. Jester’s dining hall gets mixed reviews. A great way to make your on-campus dining experience the best that it can be is with Bevo Bucks. With your on-campus housing contract you are given $300 of Bevo Bucks, which can be used at many different restaurants on and around campus. So when you get sick of dorm food, your meal plan will still give you many other options.

Facts & Statistics

Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
All campus residents are required to purchase a meal plan.
Student Favorites
  • Chick–fil–A
  • Wendy’s
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • 7-Eleven
  • Aster's Ethiopian Restaurant
  • Austin's Pizza
  • Big Bite Pizza & Grill
  • Burger King
  • Campus Convenience Store (Dobie Mall)
  • The Castilian Cordova Cafe
  • Chili's
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Crave Thai and Sushi
  • Cuatros
  • CVS
  • Denny's
  • Dobie Cafeteria
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Drag Mart
  • Flying Falafel & Po-Boys
  • Gatti's Pizza
  • Hoa Hoa Restaurant
  • Jack in the Box
  • Jamba Juice
  • Kismet Cafe
  • LonghornDelivery.com
  • Mangia Chicago Stuffed Pizza
  • McDonald's
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • Miltos Pizza
  • Niki's Pizza
  • Pie Guys Pizzeria
  • The Pita Pit
  • Pizza Hut
  • Pluckers
  • Popeyes
  • Potbelly Sandwich Works
  • Quiznos Sub
  • Romeo's Ristorante Italiano
  • Schlotzky's Deli
  • Slices & Ices
  • Smoothie King
  • Spicy Pickle
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
  • Taco Cabana
  • Taco Shack
  • Terra Burger
  • Texadelphia
  • Texas Expresso
  • Tiff's Treats
  • UTX Mart
  • Wendy's
  • West Campus Market
  • Which Wich Superior Sandwiches
  • Wing Zone
  • The Yogurt Spot
Special Options
There are egg roll stands on Guadalupe in front of the Co-op and Barnes and Noble, and on 21st Street in front of Littlefield Fountain with lots of cheap food options. Double Dave’s has a catering truck in front of the PCL where you can grab a slice of pizza between classes. Other stands include Groundhog Coffee Carts (21st & Speedway, Law School), Pato’s Tacos (East & West of RLM on 26th), Arturo’s II (Doty Fine Arts Center), Speedway Coffee Company (24th & Speedway, RLM), University Coffee Company (University and W. Dean Keeton, 23rd and San Jacinto, and Communications Plaza), and O’s to Go (24th and Speedway). In addition to these, there is Subway in the Law School, O’s Restaurant at 24th and Speedway, as well as the Dobie Food Court, which has many different options.
Did You Know?
  • The Castilian (a private dorm one block off campus) rated Cordova Café the 3rd best cafeteria in Austin behind Luby's and Furr's a few years ago. Residents and non-residents with Bevo Bucks, who buy a meal plan, or who pay the per-meal rate, can enjoy the all-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet 7 days a week.
  • You can use your Bevo Bucks at non-food places on campus, such as the UT Duplicating Service and the UT Learning Center.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

40 Acres Bakery
Location: Jester City Limits Food Court
Food: Cookies, pastries, Starbucks coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cypress Bend
Location: San Jacinto Residence Hall
Food: Convenience store with grill and deli
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Freshens
Location: Jester City Limits Food Court
Food: Smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-9 p.m.
Jest A' Healthy Store
Location: Jester City Limits Food Court
Food: Healthy and organic food items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Jest A' Pizza
Location: Jester City Limits Food Court
Food: Pizza
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-12 a.m.
Jester City Limits Food Court
Location: Jester Residence Hall
Food: A la carte cafeteria
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Jester City Market
Location: Jester Residence Hall
Food: A la carte and grocery items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
Jester Second Floor Dining Hall
Location: Jester Residence Hall, Second Floor
Food: All-you-can-eat buffet
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:15 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Kin's Market
Location: Kinsolving Residence Hall
Food: Grab-n-go food items, groceries, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
Kinsolving Dining Center
Location: Kinsolving Residence Hall
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Littlefield Patio Café
Location: 2503 Whitis Ave.
Food: Made-to-order breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 212 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 23 responses

  • 33% Food isn't worth the price you pay for it
  • 27% Food isn't very good
  • 23% Not enough money overall
  • 10% Not all the money is used.
  • 3% Not much variety
  • 3% Expensive with lots of fried food

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 31% Jester
  • 27% Kinsolving
  • 19% Food stands on campus
  • 12% Littlefield Patio Cafe
  • 8% Cypress Bend
  • 4% NEZ

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 18 responses

  • 38% The money lasts a while if you use it right
  • 35% Variety
  • 19% The food is pretty good!
  • 8% There is healthy food

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 50% Jester
  • 38% JCL
  • 6% Cypress Bend
  • 6% Littlefield
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