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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: not the best. i do not like sudexo

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I do not like the fact that our campus only has one dining hall, and it is far away. Sometimes you do not want to spend your money, but you do not want to walk to the Hans.

3 College Student

Campus Food: The food isn't horrible, it's just that the dining hall is further from the dorms than it should be, everything is overpriced, and there could be a few more options than what we're given.

4 College Student

Campus Food: Chic fil a is always good and the place next to it that's like chopotle was very good even though it felt like they dont give enough meat sometimes

3 College Student

Campus Food: I like that there's an option for more dining dollars to be used outside of the Hans, but I wish they made a customizable dining plan for freshmen. The variety can be interesting sometimes.

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Meal plans at Drexel can go either way. It really takes being flexible to make it work. For example, the meal plan can be a great deal if a student eats a lot, in which case, all-you-care-to-eat Handschumacher Dining Hall will be an excellent choice. On the contrary, if a vegetarian student doesn't enjoy the vegetarian option and only eats a bagel, this could be an expensive mistake. Seasons offers different sandwiches, salads, and quiches based on the seasons. Students are also a big fan of Northside Dining Terrace, where they can get Subway, Currito, Chick-fil-A, and various convenient-mart foods on the first floor of Kelly Hall. Students can also use their Dragon Dollars here—a major perk.

Students sometimes alternate their lunch choices, but they tend to stick with the lunch trucks for their speed and low prices. Cheap and convenient food is essential because you are hungry at times of the day other than breakfast, lunch, or dinner, so you need options to fulfill that craving to have a pizza or french fries at 3 a.m. Since there aren't cafeterias that stay open 24 hours, restaurants such as California Pizza that are close to campus and open late, come in handy. Lots of choices that require less money always make dining better for everyone.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$5685 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Required for all incoming freshmen who will live in dorms
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Handschumacher Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Currito
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Red velvet waffles at the "Hans"
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Tacos
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Anything from Northside Dining Terrace
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Dining Dollars that are part of the meal plan are only accepted on campus. However, many off-campus restaurants will accept Dragon Dollars, which can be loaded on your student ID like a debit card.
Special Options
Students can visit University Club dining room in MacAlister Hall for an all-you-can-eat option, but it does not take or accept meal plans during the fall, winter, and spring terms. Many students choose to eat food from lunch trucks parked outside of the Center for Automation Technology building, too. These trucks offer Chinese, Thai, Mediterranean, and good old American junk food at a low price. Most only take cash.
Did You Know?
  • The lunch trucks occupy an alley all to themselves. They are the single most popular food source.
  • Sansom Street, between 34th and 36th streets, is a strip of fine and casual restaurants. You might even run into some of your professors at these locations.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Creese Café
Location: Creese Student Center
Food: Coffee/tea, salads, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Handschumacher Dining Hall
Location: Downstairs in Creese Student Union Center
Food: Asian, classics, deli, grill, La Taquiza, Passports, pasta/pizza, vegan/vegetarian
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 11:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
Market 16
Location: 34th Street at Market Street
Food: Asian, sushi, tea
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Northside Dining Terrace
Location: North Campus
Food: Chick-fil-A, Currito, The Market, Subway, Take 3!, Tsunami Sushi
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–1 a.m., Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–1 a.m.
Seasons
Location: Papadakis Integrated Science Building
Food: Seasonal quiches, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Starbucks
Location: Pearlstein Business Learning Center
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Taco Bell
Location: Bookmark Café (adjacent to library)
Food: Mexican fast food
Hours: Monday–Thursday 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.–11 p.m.
ThirtyOne41
Location: Main Building
Food: Coffee/tea, sandwiches, sweets
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 36 responses

  • 20% Sponsored restaurants
  • 18% Full meal, all you can eat with healthy options.
  • 10% Absolutely nothing!
  • 10% Variety of places to choose from
  • 10% Omlettes
  • 8% Grilled cheese at the Hans
  • 8% There are some healthy options
  • 7% Social aspect of eating in the dining hall, big +!
  • 7% There are a lot of fruit and vegetable options.
  • 3% You don't have to remember to bring lunch

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 138 responses

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

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 39 responses

  • 40% The Hans
  • 22% Market 16 (Noodle Place)
  • 10% wherever i cant get what i want
  • 10% Northside
  • 6% Everyone swears the Hans puts laxatives in food
  • 6% Vegetate
  • 4% All the food options on campus are terrible.
  • 2% Fast Foods

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 47 responses

  • 32% Trucks
  • 21% Northside
  • 20% The sponsored restaurants
  • 9% Halal
  • 7% Cucina Zapata
  • 7% Making your own damn food.
  • 5% Home cooked food

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 40 responses

  • 26% Expensive
  • 17% I never use all of my swipes
  • 17% Dining hall can get boring
  • 15% Some of the meals can be quite dull or greasy.
  • 13% The food is horrible.
  • 9% Everything is more expensive than in reality
  • 3% Everything
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