Campus Dining

Location
Villanova, PA
Undergrads
6,584
Tuition
$42,740
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Some places are great, some places are not so great. It can get boring after a while having the same thing, but overall it's pretty good. Tough to eat healthy though if you aren't eating salad.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Some pretty decent food but it gets old.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: not very many options outside of main meal

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are three traditional dining areas at Villanova, one on each of the three campuses (South, Main, and West). These dining options are buffet style, but because of this, meals are expensive if you do not have a meal plan. Villanova has a pretty good variety of foods, and recently has launched an initiative to bring in more vegetarian options. In the past year, Villanova opened a new dining facility on the main campus where it is easy to get lunches or dinners on the go for the extremely busy students, but it still has a setting area to enjoy meals there. Lastly, there are two smaller shops that open later in the day, but stay open later (one serves food till midnight while the other serves food till 2 am). There are not really any healthy options at these smaller dining locations however and options are limited.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I think Villanova has excellent dining. There are always tons of options at the all you can eat dining halls. The only complaint I would have is the meal plans are pricey.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 42nd
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 113rd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 164th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 258th
    Best Quality Food
  • 303rd
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Margaret Rigas
Hometown
Lancaster, PA
Major
History
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College food, no matter where you go, is never close to a home-cooked meal. That’s always one of the reasons going home on breaks is that much better. That aside, Villanova has a decent selection of pretty edible food. All types of eating preferences are looked after, so whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or have religious eating restrictions, dining services offers options for you. Not to mention that if you are hungry, the three cafeterias have decent food—and as much as you can eat. Breakfast is always good, with a variety of eggs, sandwiches, omelets, pancakes, and fruit.

It also helps that there are plenty of food specialty places around campus. The only problem with these, though, is that they tend to close early for a college campus and leave students in a position to get takeout or snack on something in their room. Overall, Villanova has a good taste in what is served. While students like to complain, it’s not all that bad.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$5350 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
  • Bartley-The Exchange
  • Connelly
  • Dougherty
  • The Italian Kitchen
  • The Pit
  • Second Storey
  • The Spit
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Wildcard is accepted at a variety of places, including restaurants, just off campus and down the Main Line
Special Options
While no dining hall on campus is open 24 hours, some of the campus markets like Second Storey in St. Mary's and the Sparket on South Campus operate on extended hours (most days until 12 a.m.). Students are able to use their meal plans to purchase certain items or can use their WildCards to buy other, non-meal plan essentials.
Did You Know?
Villanova's Dining Services won the 2004 Restaurants and Institutions Ivy Award, one of the highest awards for the food service industry.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Belle Air Terrace
Location: Connelly Center
Food: Asian, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
The Corner Grill
Location: Dougherty Hall
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:45 a.m.-6:15 p.m., Friday 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
Donahue Court (the Spit)
Location: Donahue Hall
Food: Buffet
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 4:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m.
Donohue Market
Location: Donohue Court
Food: Convenience store
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-1 a.m.
Dougherty Hall
Location: Basement of Dougherty Hall
Food: Buffet with salad bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 4:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
The Exchange
Location: Bartley Hall
Food: Deli, hot entrees
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8:15 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Holy Grounds
Location: CEER
Food: Baked goods, coffee, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Holy Grounds
Location: Falvey Library
Food: Baked goods, coffee, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Holy Grounds
Location: The Exchange
Food: Baked goods, coffee, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Holy Grounds
Location: Connelly Center
Food: Baked goods, coffee, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Ice Cream Shoppe
Location: Connolly Center
Food: Frozen yogurt, ice cream, milkshakes
Hours: Monday-Friday 12 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-10 p.m.
The Italian Kitchen
Location: Dougherty Hall
Food: Italian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:45 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 10:45 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Law School Café
Location: Garey Hall
Food: Bakery items, grab `n go sandwiches, salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Second Storey
Location: St. Mary's Hall
Food: Convenience store
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-2 a.m.
St. Augustine Café
Location: Liberal Arts Center
Food: Hot entrees, salads, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
St. Mary's Hall
Location: St. Mary's Hall
Food: Buffet with salad bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 4:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 44 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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

  • 29% Cafe Nova
  • 25% Campus Corner
  • 12% The law school
  • 8% The Spit
  • 8% Belle Aire Terrace
  • 8% Holy Grounds
  • 4% Exchange
  • 4% Second storey

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% The Pit
  • 38% The Spit
  • 12% Holy grounds

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

  • 100% Confusing at first
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