Campus Dining

Location
Blacksburg, VA
Undergrads
23,366
Tuition (in-state)
$25,915 ($10,923)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: You can get basically anything you want at the best quality.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Everyone says Virginia Tech dining is the best, and I would have to agree. I am a very picky eater, and I can always find something on campus that sounds good and is healthy as well.

5 College Student

Campus Dining: We've been ranked #1 in the country for our campus dining program. The only problem is it's hard to find a quality meal late at night, but you will get used to it.

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4 College Student

Campus Dining: Best food. You just have to be mindful of what you spend on your account. Some dining halls' food cost more than others.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food on campus is amazing. There are so many options and everything is very good quality and good.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1st
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 1st
    Best Quality Food
  • 7th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 11th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 16th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Heather Priestley
Hometown
Toano, VA
Major
Wildlife Science
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All college students love to eat, and there seems to be something for everyone when it comes to food on Tech’s campus. If you’re super hungry, D2 offers the all-you-can-eat option. D2 is also a good place to find meals specially prepared for vegetarian and vegan students. For a wider variety of foods there is Owens Food Court, which features international foods, deli sandwiches, smoothies, a salad bar, Philly cheesesteaks, burgers, and desserts. It’s easy to find healthy choices in each dining hall, and students can go online to find out nutritional information for all the dishes served around Tech. However, if you’re craving some fast food, take your meal plan and head on over to Hokie Grill where you can visit Pizza Hut, Chick-fil-A, and Cinnabon. Many Tech students purchase meal plans and eat on campus a few times a week. Freshmen are required to get a meal plan and can choose from three meal plan options.

Eating on campus is very popular at Tech, so sometimes dining halls get very crowded during the lunch and dinner rush. With 11 dining halls to choose from and hundreds of different dishes, it takes a while to try it all. Even though freshmen are required to purchase a meal plan, most don’t mind, and some students enjoy Tech food so much that they continue to get meal plans for the rest of their years as students.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3216 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Hokie Grill & Co.
  • West End Market
24-Hour Dining
None, but Dietrick Express is open till 2 a.m.
Special Options
Burke Johnston Student Center (known by students as GBJ) houses a Burger King and small coffee and sandwich shop. Though the meal plan won’t cover these meals, it can be more convenient to eat at GBJ than to trek all the way across campus to one of the dining halls. There are also a number of places to eat around the perimeter of campus, as well as near the Math Emporium for students taking classes or studying there.
Did You Know?
  • You can get lobster with your meal plan at West End. West End earned the title "Best College Specialty Restaurant in the United States" in 1999.
  • In 2008, the Princeton Review ranked Virginia Tech number one in Best Campus Food.
  • Owens Dining Hall is home to the Farms & Fields Project, dedicated to supporting sustainable food systems while offering organic and locally grown products.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Au Bon Pain
Location: Squires Student Center Food Court
Food: Coffee, pastries, salads, sandwiches, soup, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:45 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7:45 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Au Bon Pain
Location: Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown
Food: Coffee, pastries, salads, sandwiches, wraps
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
D2
Location: Dietrick Dining Center
Food: All-you-can-eat: Asian, deli, desserts, grilled items, Mexican pasta, pizza, salad bar, vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Deet's Place
Location: Dietrick Dining Center, lower level
Food: Coffee, ice cream, pastries, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-12 a.m.
DXpress
Location: Dietrick Dining Center, lower level
Food: Grab 'n go items, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
Hokie Grill & Co.
Location: Owens Dining Center
Food: Pizza Hut, Blue Ridge Barbecue, Chick-fil-A, Cinnabon, soup and salad bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Owens Food Court
Location: Owens Dining Center
Food: Asian, desserts, Italian, Mexian, salad, sandwiches, yogurt
Hours: Daily 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sbarro
Location: Squires Student Center Food Court
Food: Pizza, pasta
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Shultz Dining Hall
Location: Shultz Dining Center, lower level
Food: All-you-can-eat: desserts, homestyle entrees, pasta, pizza, soup and salad bar
Hours: Monday-Thursday 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Shultz Express
Location: Shultz Dining Center, upper level
Food: Coffee, grab 'n go items, salads, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-10:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Vet Med Café
Location: Virginia Maryland Veterinary Hospital
Food: Breakfast, burgers, pizza, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
West End Market
Location: Cochrane Hall
Food: Grilled items, Italian, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 11% Qdoba
  • 11% West End: Leaf and Ladle
  • 11% ABP
  • 11% D2
  • 11% West End
  • 9% Hibachi/Sushi
  • 9% Various (including nutella) Crepes
  • 9% Owens: Farms and Fields
  • 7% Burgers
  • 4% 1872 Fire Grill
  • 2% MTO Wraps and Sandwhiches
  • 2% Flips
  • 2% Owens
  • 2% Hokie Grill

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 127 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 things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 10 responses

  • 22% All the prices are half off for meal plans
  • 20% Able to use at so many dining facilities
  • 15% Able to select amount of money
  • 15% Rolls over to next semester
  • 12% Makes it convenient and fast
  • 10% There is a great variety of very good food
  • 5% There are places with swipe to enter.

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 10 responses

  • 40% It's expensive
  • 40% None
  • 10% Give you too much food
  • 10% Sometimes it's too much

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

  • 64% Nothing is really bad
  • 36% D2 is good not great

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