Campus Dining

Richardson, TX
Tuition (in-state)
$25,084 ($10,666)
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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dining hall isn't always great, but the other restaurants are better

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Outside of the fast-food section, there are many healthy ethnic options from the buffet area to the pub.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Dining halls are new and very nice, good variety. The student services/student union building has a café and they serve starbucks and food, there's a starbucks café near some apartments and also in the school of management.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is only good the first week of fall semester when the parents are still here, once they leave it's the last thing you want to eat sometimes.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Wish they would add more variety as well as improve the quality of food in dining hall year round instead of just making it good in beginning when parents check out campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 121st
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 193rd
    Best Quality Food
  • 315th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 421st
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 446th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tue Tran
Hanoi, Vietnam
Accounting, MIS
Grad Year
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Many students would testify that campus dining partly jeopardizes their freshman experience at UT Dallas. Required to purchase a meal plan and prohibited from cooking in their suites, freshmen have to walk five to 10 minutes to the student union building—the only dining place on campus—each time they want to fill their stomach. If students time these walks wrong, arriving at the UTD Dining Hall before 11 a.m., after 2 p.m., or any time on the weekends, they will often find nothing to eat except for french fries and burgers. To make it worse, campus dining is rather expensive—averaging $6 to $9 per meal—without offering good variety or high quality. The food itself isn’t too bad, and there are healthy options for students to choose from, but they get tiring quickly. The last insult usually comes from the rare occasions when the Dining Hall actually cooks good food simply to oversell itself to the University visitors and guests. Students feel cheated and shed tears of sadness for those naïve future students who are happy to purchase the highest meal plan when they enroll.

To be fair, the Dining Hall isn’t all bad. It’s close to all campus buildings—except for the residential ones—and its all-you-can-eat policy somewhat compensates for the mediocre quality. When you get past freshman year, you can purchase the one-meal-a-day plan, and enjoy the delicious self-made dinner and breakfast. The Pub and Comet Café, while offering no novelty, give you an escape from Dining Hall food, and also provide good hangout places for you and your friends. However, these places are not reliable, because they close early on weekdays and most of the weekends, and they heavily overcharge for their food.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3300 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Freshmen living on campus have to choose among three plans.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
UTD Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Subway
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Cereal
  • Omelets
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Stir-fry at the Dining Hall
  • Sushi at the Comet Café
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
  • Students with special dietary needs can discuss with the Director of Residential Dining or the dining director to arrange for accommodation. Generally, The Dining Hall offers a good range of vegetarian options.
  • You can order boxed meals online and pick them up later at The Dining Hall. In case of sickness, you can register a designee to collect the meal box for you.
Did You Know?
The residence hall suites do not have their own kitchen, so freshmen living there rarely cook. They either have to eat in the school's dining hall or off campus.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bookstore Coffee Shop
Location: Visitor Center
Food: Coffee, sweets
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Chef's Table
Location: Comet Café (UT Dallas Student Union)
Food: Café-style food
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Comet Café (UT Dallas Student Union)
Food: Fast food
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Novel Brew
Location: Eugene McDermott Library
Food: Coffee, ice cream, soda, tonic drinks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Papa John's
Location: Comet Café (UT Dallas Student Union)
Food: Pizza
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Pub
Location: UT Dallas Student Union
Food: Alcoholic beverages, burgers, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Location: Comet Café (UT Dallas Student Union)
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
UTD Dining Hall
Location: UT Dallas Student Union
Food: Buffet-style food stations serving desserts, grilled food, pizza, stir-fry, vegetarian, etc.
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 76 responses

Very poor
  • 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 7 responses

  • 26% Chick-fil-a
  • 21% Subway
  • 21% The Pub
  • 21% Papa Johns
  • 11% The Dining Hall

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 5 responses

  • 33% Variety of food they serve
  • 22% TONS of vegetarian options
  • 22% Buffet style. Eat as much as you want each meal
  • 22% Lots of desserts
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