Campus Dining

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good options, but I wish they were open longer.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Nothing special but I still get a meal plan as an upperclassman just for the convenience.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: UVA kind of rips off incoming first years by making them choose between the two most expensive dining options when they enter the university. Some dining hall meals are better than others (read: meatloaf and lemon bars) but generally, you learn to eat for sustenance and not pleasure. The dumpling cart (which takes plus dollars), however, serves some of the best dumplings I've ever had.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The options are all varied and generally really great.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food isn't great but it isn't bad either. The food might be repetitive but you'll almost always be able to find something you like. There are three dining halls and several other more fun places to get food, like the Pav (chick-fil-a!), where you can use meal exchanges or plus dollars. As a first year it's really nice having the unlimited meal plan!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 381st
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 478th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 493rd
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 501st
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 1181st
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Haley Bryant
London, UK
Media Studies
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Most students find the on-campus dining to be pretty standard, as far as cafeteria food goes. Some say that they love the dining halls, but these students are few and far between. The salad, wrap, cereal, and ethnic/alternative food stations are normally pretty reliable in that everyone can probably find something to eat there. The biggest complaint seems to be that the food is always the same, and it is sometimes difficult for vegetarians and vegans to find something that suits their needs. New initiatives on campus have been launched to help students both broaden their nutritional horizons and balance their meals. The dining halls try to give appropriate serving sizes and variety and offer the services of nutritionists to all students who have a meal plan.

After you tire of the dining hall, you can use Plus Dollars, CAV advantage, or cash in the PAV, bakery, the Castle, or any other on-campus food facility. Though the food in these places is much better than the dining hall routine and predictability, it is not always the healthiest. You won’t go hungry at UVA, even if you won’t be eating as well as you did at home. Many students enjoy Sunday brunches, with a make-your-own omelet station and all sorts of other fatty foods to soak up the alcohol from the night before. The PAV and the bakery, located on the ground floor of Newcomb Hall, are always pleasant breaks from the cafeteria, offering Pizza Hut, Chik-Fil-A, sushi, a smoothie station, and a delicatessan. Despite the standard repetition, the dining hall does offer a good number of options, as well as the opportunity to chat with friends and have lively group meals.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4380 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • Greenberry’s (Alderman Café)
  • Pavillion XI
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Did You Know?
With your meal plan, you get a certain amount of Plus Dollars, which allow you to purchase food at all the on-campus eateries (the regular meal plan only allows you to go to one of the three dining halls on grounds), and at both Domino's Pizza locations in Charlottesville. Be sure to use all of your Plus Dollars by the end of the academic year, as you will not get them back.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Alderman Café
Location: Alderman Library, fourth floor
Food: Coffee, tea, baked goods, bagels
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-11 p.m.
The Bakery
Location: Newcomb Hall, ground floor
Food: Coffee, bagels, breads, pastries, salads, soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
C3 at Lambeth
Location: Lambeth Field apartment complex
Food: Snacks, chips, beverages
Hours: Monday-Friday 5 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
C3 at Newcomb
Location: Newcomb Hall
Food: Snacks, chips, beverages
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 p.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.-11 p.m.
C3 at Runk
Location: Hereford College
Food: Snacks, chips, beverages
Hours: Daily 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Castle
Location: Bonnycastle Dorm, ground floor
Food: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream (ice cream), Grille Works (grilled hamburgers, chicken, fries, Philly sandwiches and breakfast items), Kettle Classics Soup Station (soups, beverages, breads), Montague's Deli (sandwiches)
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Crossroads
Location: West Campus
Food: Pao's Panini (specialty sandwiches), Sbarro's (pizza, Italian), The Stoplight Grill (burgers, fries)
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday 3 p.m.-2 a.m., Sunday 3 p.m.-12 a.m.
Fine Arts Lounge
Location: Fiske-Kimball Fine Arts Library, ground floor
Food: Breakfast biscuits, bagels, pastries, coffee, soup, deli sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Java City
Location: UVA Bookstore
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Language Houses
Location: The French House, Spanish House, Shea House
Food: Dinner variety
Hours: Monday-Thursday 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Newcomb Hall
Location: Central Grounds
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-4 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Observatory Hill
Location: Next to the first-year dorms
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-4 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Pavilion XI
Location: Newcomb Hall, Ground Floor
Food: Chick-fil-A (chicken sandwiches, waffle fries), Cranberry Farms (turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes), Freshens (smoothies, ice cream, yogurt), Montague's Deli (made-to-order deli)
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Poolside Café
Location: Aquatic Fitness Center
Food: Smoothies, sandwiches, salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Runk Hall
Location: Hereford College
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10:40 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Sidley, Austin, Brown, and Wood Cafè
Location: Student Faculty Center, 1st floor
Food: Bene Pizzeria (pizza, calzones), Grille Works (burgers, fries), Kettle Classics (soups, breads) World's Fare (international hot entrees, sides), Montague's Deli (specialty sandwiches)
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
West Range Cafè
Location: Next to Garrett Hall
Food: Coffee, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 82 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 worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 10 responses

  • 40% Not many options that are healthy and tasty
  • 27% It is way too expensive for the quality.
  • 20% Long lines to get into dining halls at peak hours.
  • 7% Long lines for the hot foods
  • 7% Little for Jewish students during Jewish holidays

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 31% West Range Cafe
  • 25% Runk dining hall, or the lunch food trucks.
  • 25% Pavillion XI
  • 12% Newcomb Dining Hall
  • 6% O'Hill

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 11 responses

  • 48% Miss Kathy, the greatest dining hall employee EVER
  • 19% Cookies
  • 14% Salad bar
  • 14% Convenience
  • 5% Sunday Sundays

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 82% O-Hill and Newcomb frequently aren't great.
  • 18% Ohill has stepped up their game
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