Campus Dining

Salt Lake City, UT
Tuition (in-state)
$22,642 ($7,139)
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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Wish there was more organic options

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There isnt very much variety and the people working in the food carts arent very pleasant with the students.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The union has a great variety of choices but up at the dining halls it is awful.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: I have Dining Dollars, which is a great way to pay for food. You can put as much money as you want on your uCard, and you get 10% off every purchase. I also go to the Union for lunch, or the downstairs cafe in the Marriott Honors Community, which was very convenient. There's a lot of options to choose from, but I've never seen any food places open late at night. While the food tastes great, especially at the Crimson View, it's not exactly healthy, and I haven't seen any healthy options aside from Jamba Juice.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Campus dining offers quite a variety of options to pick from as far as food choices go. There isn't a ton of healthy options and it is about as bad price-wise as eating out anywhere else, but overall a pretty good choice.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 353rd
    Best Quality Food
  • 431st
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 541st
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 563rd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 570th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brian Washburn
Salt Lake City, UT
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The cafeterias on campus are located in the residence halls. If you live there, you must have a meal plan, but anyone can buy one if they want. The cafeteria food is OK, with quite a bit of repetition that gets old fast to the students at Utah. The ability to transfer meals with your food plan is a nice option, though, because you don’t have to eat every meal in the dorms.

There are two other options instead of the cafeterias, and they are the food court/restaurant-style eateries. One is located in the Business Building, and the other is known as The Point, located in the Huntsman Cancer Institute (for more information on The Point, see the off-campus restaurants section). The cafeteria at the Union Building is mediocre, but there’s a Chinese restaurant, a sandwich shop, Mexican food, and a Pizza Hut there, as well as options for vegetarians. Lots of people eat there because of its central location. There are also snack bars in the Annex and University Services Building. But if you can, pack a lunch because it's not cheap!

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3986 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All campus residents are required to purchase a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Union Food Court
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
The Point
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Hamburger
  • Philly cheese steak
  • Pizza
  • Salad
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
If your schedule conflicts with class or work, you can arrange for a to-go meal from the Heritage Center C-store known as a sack meal; one sack meal is allowed per day.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

105 Café Annex
Location: Annex Building
Food: Coffee, grab 'n go items, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Crimson View Restaurant
Location: Union Building, fourth floor
Food: Breakfast, deli, American traditional
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The England Hub
Location: Eccles Health Sciences Education Building
Food: Box lunches, breakfast, grab 'n go items, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Heritage Center Crimson Corner
Location: Heritage Center
Food: Convenience/groceries
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-12 a.m.
Heritage Center Dining Room
Location: Heritage Center
Food: Buffet
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Mom's Cafe at the Marriott Library
Location: Marriott Library
Food: Coffee, bagels, grab 'n go items, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
OSH Café
Location: Orson Spencer Hall
Food: Grab 'n go items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Social & Behavioral Science Building
Location: Social & Behavioral Science Building
Food: Variety
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Union Food Court
Location: Union building, first floor
Food: American, Asian, Italian, Mexican
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Union Outtakes
Location: Union building
Food: Bagels, coffee, prepackaged food
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
USB Café
Location: University Services Building
Food: Snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 123 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 19 responses

  • 25% Food trucks!
  • 25% The little restaurants in some of the buildings.
  • 22% Panda Express
  • 19% Crimson View
  • 6% Cafe Trang
  • 3% Caputo's in CITHB

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 17 responses

  • 38% Dining hall food is terrible
  • 35% Expensive
  • 23% Dining hall food is unhealthy
  • 4% Not always a lot of variety as the year progresses

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 79% Heritage Center Dining Hall
  • 14% Food kiosks
  • 7% There are lots of food options on campus.

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 14 responses

  • 65% Transfer meals for Panda Express and Crimson View
  • 35% Flex Money
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