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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: On campus the food isn't that great, however being in Chicago means that there are great and amazing food options not that far away.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I am a commuter student, so having to buy food was a pain in the butt. But overall, the selection and area is great. And what I've had of campus food isn't too bad either.

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3 College Student

Campus Food: not bad for the price

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I don't have a meal plan so I don't know what that's like. I hear it's okay. The campus is close to a lot of good restaurants and grocery stores so that's nice.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: We are in the heart of Chicago, good food is everywhere. Open your mouth to all the possibilities.

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Any student may apply for a meal plan. Students that live on campus may pay for a meal plan in addition to their living costs with Residence Life. Residents assigned to apartments may choose to apply for an optional, supplementary meal plan. The plan includes 150 meals for the academic year (fall and spring semesters), plus $250 in "flex" dollars to spend at the student’s discretion within the dining facility. Please understand that this plan is strictly supplementary, as it allows an average of five meals per week. Supplementary meal plans cost approximately $1,600; several hundred plans are available for purchase each year and are made available on a first-come, first-served basis until all are sold. Detailed meal plan information will be included in your housing contract packet.

However, for those living in apartments, apartment units do have full kitchens that include a full-sized refrigerator, oven, range, and dishwasher. Residents without meal plans cook for themselves and often share cooking duties with their roommates. Two major grocery stores are within walking distance of the residence centers, or students may order groceries online through a commercial provider (such as Peapod™). Meal preparation is an important part of the independent living experience available to students.

Facts & Statistics

Freshman Meal Plan Required?
If you live in the University Center dormitories, a meal plan is required. Otherwise, no freshman student has to have a meal plan to live on campus.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
The University Center
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Plum Café offers delicious eats throughout campus. Treat yourself to hot breakfasts, lunch, and snack items, as well as enjoy a peaceful meeting spot.
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Caribou Coffee
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Starbucks - Michigan Avenue
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Harold's Chicken Shack
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Pauly's Pizzeria
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Looking for flavor with less fat and calories? The best cooks know the secrets for preparing great tasting food that's good for you. They know how to make it healthy and delicious. They've learned ways to prepare flavorful healthy food and so can you. They bake, steam, toss, grill, simmer, top, and stir-fry their way to flavor and health. Tasty, healthy food starts with the right ingredients, but the way you cook it can make all the difference.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Location: 525 S. State St., second floor
Food: Coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
University Center Dining Room
Location: 525 S. State St., second floor
Food: Everything you can imagine
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 108 responses

  • 14% Panera
  • 13% Pretty much anything on Wabash
  • 10% Panda Express
  • 10% Devil Dawgs
  • 9% Five Guys
  • 9% Toppers
  • 7% Pauly's or Harolds
  • 6% Flaco's Tacos
  • 6% Cafecito
  • 5% Artist cafe
  • 4% Epic burger
  • 1% Chicago Curry House
  • 1% Wingstop!
  • 1% Pat's Pizza
  • 0% Chop Sticks Sushi & Grill
  • 0% Bar Louie
  • 0% Blackie's
  • 0% Peets
  • 0% Subway
  • 0% Wing Stop

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 176 responses

Very poor
  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options


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