Campus Dining

Burlington, VT
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$35,612 ($15,284)
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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are several different dining halls each with a variety of options. Harris/Millis and Simpson feature buffet style serving. Simpson also has restaurant style dining but the portions are a bit small. The Davis Center has a few different options which you can use points at and L/L has the Marche which allows debit and point transactions. Overall, decent food and many different options.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There's great food here. Contrary to popular belief, not everything is tofu and veggie burgers. There's a lot of traditional food (hamburgers, pasta, pizza, grilled cheese, etc.) and all of it is very good and (relatively speaking) healthy. There are plenty of vegetarian/vegan options as well. They do a good job of making sure everybody can eat what they like and what they're comfortable with eating.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: At first dining seems amazing. Then like most colleges you get used to the food so I guess you can't accurately judge. However, my vegan and vegetarian friends have a ton of options. Also if you don't like the food they have out you can asks the chefs to make you something custom.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I live for late night waffles and pizza. I love my dinning hall, at Harris Millis. We have a nice range of different foods. No kosher... We have sushi on Trinity and the Davis center, which is awesome and quite tasty. Redstone has the best food and it has tablets to order prepared meals if you arent feeling the walking around and grabbing the usual plates. And occasionally there is a SUNDAY BAR. We love our ice-cream. There are different kinds of meal plants. I have the freshman unlimited with 100 points to use in the Marche (you can find basic necessities and yummy treats) and its open till 1am on weekends. Post parting place to go? THE MARCHE.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: not good at all. as soon as you can, get off the meal plan and just buy your own groceries.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 18th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 42nd
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 47th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 248th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 455th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jason Bushey
Burlington, VT
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The University of Vermont receives high marks from students as far as the quality and taste of food. It loses points for its overpriced food, unchanging menu, and noticeable lack of Kosher food (except during Passover). For more independent students, there are several cooking facilities in each dorm section. Unfortunately, this option is available only primarily to upperclassmen since all freshmen are required to have a meal plan. It is possible to do both with certain meal plans.

UVM actually has fairly good dining hall food when compared with other schools. Taking the food for what it is—bulk-purchased, vitamin-enriched, mass-produced cuisine—it is actually pretty tolerable. Everyone will have his or her fair share of complaints, but overall, they do a fair job. An alternative to the crowded dining halls are a number of made-to-order areas that offer wraps, sandwiches, and a variety of other tasty treats. But don’t expect any deals—a box of cereal often costs five dollars and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream will cost a dollar more than anywhere else. And remember, the food is not meant to be the best food you’ve ever had—it is there so you won’t starve. While it probably does not beat your mom’s home-cooking, UVM does have a better-than-average food program.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3414 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • Feel Good sandwiches on first floor of Davis Center
  • Haris-Millis
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Feel Good in Davis Center where you can get grilled cheese sandwiches made by student volunteers.
Did You Know?
Feel Good is a student-run deli that prepares grilled cheese sandwiches made with local ingredients. All the profits go to The Hunger Project.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Alice's Cafè
Location: Athletic Campus
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The Atrium
Location: Central Campus
Food: Homemade soups, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Ben & Jerry's
Location: Davis Center, second floor
Food: Ice cream
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Brennan's Pub and Bistro
Location: Davis Center, first floor
Food: Burgers, fries, salad, wings
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 3 p.m.-1 a.m., Sunday 3 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Commons Marketplace
Location: Davis Center, second floor
Food: Pizza, sandwiches, soup, sushi, vegan
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cook Commons
Location: Central Campus
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Cyber Cafè
Location: Central Campus (Bailey Howe)
Food: Coffee, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Delehanty Deck-Trinity
Location: Central Campus
Food: Salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Location: Athletic Campus
Food: Entrees, pasta, pizza
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Henderson's Café
Location: Davis Center, third floor
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Manor
Location: Central Campus
Food: Breads, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
New World Tortilla
Location: Davis Center, second floor
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Simpson Dining Hall
Location: Redstone Campus
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Simpson Store
Location: Redstone Campus
Food: Snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Sunday 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
The University Marché
Location: Central Campus
Food: Coffee, snacks, vegan, vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Waterman Cafè
Location: Central Campus
Food: Pizza, salads, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 9 responses

  • 33% It's expensive to eat healthy.
  • 17% Waste of money.
  • 11% There are not enough different places
  • 11% Not enough options
  • 6% Marche is ridiculously expensive
  • 6% Pretty good food and not too expensive
  • 6% Great food selection
  • 6% Allergy friendly items
  • 6% Local coffee and produce

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 69 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 9 responses

  • 50% Definitely points plan rather than unlimited plan
  • 29% Points so you don't have to sit in a dining hall
  • 14% The points food is better by far, more options.
  • 7% Points are much easier for on the go food

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 42% Davis center is a rip off.
  • 42% Unlimited dining halls
  • 17% Specifically Cook dining hall. That place is nasty

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 9 responses

  • 78% Lots of options when on points
  • 11% Nothing, don't buy it.
  • 11% At least it's convenient
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