Campus Dining

Seattle, WA
Tuition (in-state)
$29,938 ($12,383)
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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I usually eat off campus, but when I did eat on campus the variety was good, however no matter how many options you have if the range of food doesn't change (which it doesn't) the food gets old. The quality is pretty good, though, considering how much is made in such a short amount of time. I think the prices are pretty good however it really depends on how much you eat too. There aren't too many options where you can use your meal plan, but it's really nice when you can go somewhere a little different, like a snack shack or something, and use your meal plan for that.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Most of the dining halls have a lot of "stands" each offering different types of food. There's also couple campus markets that are open till 1 AM which is nice if you want a midnight snake.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There is a requirement for a meal plan for those in dorms and it is often difficult to even want to eat on campus since there are so many restaurants by the college.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Overpriced, mediocre food. But it's not always bad.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is fine, but doesn't have a great amount of variety, so you get pretty sick of it by the end of the year.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 77th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 114th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 117th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 128th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 287th
    Best Quality Food

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sugiyama
Seattle, WA
English/Women's Studies
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For convenience sake, food on campus can be split into three categories: typical cafeteria style, restaurant style, and lastly, national or local restaurant chains. As far as college campus menus go, UW has a pretty big selection and provides many different types of cuisine. Some students seem satisfied with the selection and the quality of eats, while others still get bored of the limited options and can't seem to find "the right food." There's definitely nothing to complain about in the coffee department-this is Seattle, "the birthplace of espressos and lattes." Students agree that price inflation is a fairly large problem, and prices definitely seem steeper within campus perimeters than they would outside of campus, but even so, students continue to eat at the Husky Den regularly.

Non-cafeteria food seems to be the most popular. During lunch hour at the Husky Den, the lines at Subway and Pagliacci's Pizza dwarf the lines at the lesser known venues like At Home. The Husky Den is definitely the most popular lunch spot, and 8 gets pretty crowded at night, as well. The appeal of both of these places lies partly in their restaurant-style seating (more so than many college cafeterias). All in all, there are as many complaints as there are raves. UW has a wide selection of foods and venues, but college students tend to go a little crazy within even those limits. It's not cheap to live off of campus food, which makes the menu redundancy, for those that see it as such, much more frustrating. Even so, UW students are pretty lucky with the selection and quality of campus food, and it keeps on getting better. With the addition of Eleven 01, the former Terry Café, plenty of dormies will have access to much better food than is available to them now.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$5310 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All residents of the dorms are required to have a dining plan.
Student Favorites
  • Pagliacci Pizza
  • Pickles and Fries
  • Red Radish
  • Subway
  • The Triple "S"
  • Wild Greens
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • BBQ Chicken
  • Café on the Ave.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Delfino's Chicago Style Pizzeria
  • Guanaco's Tacos
  • Ichiro Japanese Restaurant
  • Jamba Juice
  • Northwest Fish & Chips
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • Pita Pit
  • Pizza Brava
  • Rite Aid
  • Safeway
  • Seattle Sun Tan
  • Starberry
  • Udublicious
  • University Teriyaki
  • Which Wich
  • Wing Zone
  • Yunnie Bubble Tea
Special Options
There are about 20 off-campus merchants that accept the Husky Card.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

8 at McMahon
Location: McMahon Hall, lower level
Food: Cereal, homestyle favorites, organic, pizza, salad bar, snacks
Hours: Sunday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Balmer Café
Location: Balmer Hall, ground floor
Food: Briazz salads and sandwiches, chips, bakery items, and beverages
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Burke Café
Location: Burke Museum
Food: Pastries, sandwiches, salads, plus juices, teas, coffee, and espresso drinks
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
By George
Location: Odegaard Library, lower level
Food: Coffee, deli, grill, Mexican, salad bar, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Café 815 Mercer
Location: South Lake Union
Food: Baked goods, bagels, coffee, donuts
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Court Café
Location: Health Sciences (E Court), second floor
Food: Soups, sandwiches, salads, bagels, muffins, cookies, chips, beverages, espresso
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dawg Bites
Location: Intramural Activities Building (IMA)
Food: Espresso, salads, sandwiches, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Eleven 01 Café
Location: Terry/Lander Hall, first floor
Food: Italian and other regional cuisines, sandwiches, salads, snacks, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Location: Physics-Astronomy Building
Food: Coffee, espresso
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Husky Den
Location: Husky Union Building (HUB), main floor
Food: Asian, bagels, burgers, coffee, Italian, Mexican, pizza, snacks, Subway
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Ian's Domain
Location: McCarty Hall, lower level
Food: Convenience store items
Location: Paul G. Allen Center, Computer Science and Engineering
Food: Internet cafè
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Rotunda
Location: Health Sciences (I Court)
Food: Baked goods, coffee, espresso, pasta, salads, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Supreme Cup
Location: Gates Building (Law School)
Food: Tully's coffee, baked goods
Suzzallo Espresso
Location: Suzzallo Library
Food: Tully's coffee, baked goods
Tower Café
Location: UW Tower, fourth floor mezzanine
Food: Sandwiches, salads, soups, pastries, bagels, Tully's coffee
Vista Café
Location: Foege Building (BioGenome Building)
Food: Tully's, pastries, drinks, breakfast, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 152 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 17 responses

  • 44% Left over dining money is lost after a year.
  • 40% Things are tooooo expensive
  • 16% It is very repetitive

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

  • 42% The variety available.
  • 38% Being able to buy groceries with dining money.
  • 21% It's not great, really expensive

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

  • 67% University Village and the Ave.
  • 33% The dining halls

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 62% Chinese food at the HUB.
  • 38% Pagliacci pizza



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