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Campus Food


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3 College Senior

Campus Food: More healthy, raw diet options would be nice.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I love how you can use your purple card for any locations for food on campus, it is the best thing a college student can ask for. Very convenient!

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Todd Dining Hall is absolutely horrible. I do not apologize for that statement because it was the absolute worst part about living on college hill! Anywhere else was average except for my favorite food places such as the ones I marked above. For some unknown reason West End Dining Hall was always better and had fresher food and a wider variety of healthy options. The dining halls did seem to repeat the same weekly eating schedule which got old after a year or even after the first two months there. I do believe that my purple flex plan should offer more meals and pirate bucks being I payed almost 2000$ for it. Overall campus food was good excluding Todd.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dinning halls tend to upset stomach when you first arrive, and over time you realize that they start serving the same foods a lot.

3 College Student

Campus Food: There could be more variety.

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Despite gross amounts of money spent on expansion and catchy location names in recent years, the food on campus has not improved much. The food is decent for the first week of the semester, after breaks, or whenever parents are expected to be in town. The rest of the time, especially before breaks, the food is questionable. Students complain that the food gives them stomach cramps, makes them feel starved just an hour after they have eaten, and makes them gain weight even if they control their eating and work out at the Rec, but the number of dining locations does mean that your next meal is never more than a short walk away, despite the quality. Campus Dining tries desperately, but unsuccessfully, to maintain a façade of trendy and tasty food. West End Dining, the construction of which sacrificed a diverse stand of trees and an historic amphitheater, offers a source for vegetarian, vegan, and organic foods, but the large facility is just another mask for less-than-adequate food. Chick-fil-A and Subway are popular on-campus fast food options, and Sbarro is new on campus, but students say the pizza is the same Wright Place "pizza" as before, just put in a Sbarro box. Those who are worried about the "Freshman 15" during their first year away from home-cooked food should plan to not be dazzled by the food options at ECU. Check the nutrition information on the CampusDish Web site, and work out at the Rec.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3600 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
The Pirate 14+ Plan is recommended because students typically go through a lot more Pirate Bucks than one may think
Student Favorites
  • Chick-fil-A at the Croatan
  • Subway
  • The Wright Place
24-Hour Dining
None, but Subway and The Galley are open late
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
The campus food service has a monopoly on food sold on campus, except for organization bake sales, which are prevalent on Wright Plaza. Bake sales are popular because whatever the groups are selling is generally better than the pseudo-pastries and rubbery cakes that the food service sells.
Did You Know?
  • Pepsi has the contract for soft drinks on campus, so anyone who wants a Coca-Cola has to walk to a restaurant or bring it with them to campus. Some people were so dedicated to Coca-Cola that they used to walk over to the drink machine behind McDonald's, but it is not there anymore.
  • The CampusDish Web site has menus for Todd Dining Hall and West End Dining Hall. Check it out at
  • Campus dining has specials like Taco Tuesday, fried chicken every Wednesday for lunch, theme dinners every Thursday, and premium nights when the food served is actually better than usual.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Location: LAHN Building, Medical Campus
Food: Subs, sandwiches, salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
C3 Express
Location: Kiosk in Bate lobby
Food: Grab-and-go snacks and sandwiches, Starbucks coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Center Court Juice Bar
Location: The Rec Center
Food: Smoothies, yogurt, pretzels, salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
The Croatan
Location: Near Fletcher Music Building, the Brewster Building, and the Rivers Building
Food: Chick-fil-A, Java City, Sushi with Gusto
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Destination 360
Location: Mendenhall Student Center
Food: Bleecker St. Deli, Pirate Grill, Bene Pizza
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Galley
Location: Jones Hall
Food: Bene Pizzeria, JUMP! Asian, Bene Pizza, Subway, Jolé Molé Grill
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-1 a.m.
Java City at Joyner Library
Location: Joyner Library
Food: Specialty coffees, sandwiches, bakery
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m.
Java City at Mendenhall Student Center
Location: Mendenhall Student Center
Food: Specialty coffees, sandwiches, bakery
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Java City Cardiovascular
Location: Cardiovascular building, first floor
Food: Specialty coffees, sandwiches, bakery
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Marie's Place
Location: Minges Coliseum
Food: Snack bar, coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pirate Market & Java City
Location: Jones Hall
Food: Convenience items, Java City, Krispy Kreme
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-1 a.m.
Pirate's Chest
Location: College Hill Suites
Food: Convenience items, toiletries, grab-and-go sandwiches, Java City
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Reade Street Market & Subway
Location: Next to West End Dining Hall
Food: Subway, Sushi with Gusto, convenience items
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m.
Todd Dining Hall
Location: College Hill Drive
Food: Entrees, breakfast, salad bar, pizza bar, grill, deli
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
West End Dining Hall
Location: Reade Circle
Food: The Bistro, the Pitt rotisserie, Reade Street Grill, Wrap and Roll, Fire and Rice Mongolian grill, the Center Isle, Amore
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
The Wright Place
Location: Across the Student Plaza from the Rawl Building
Food: Montague's Deli, Sushi with Gusto, Java City, Krispy Kreme, Sbarro
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 166 responses

  • 18% Chic-fil-a
  • 11% Chilli's
  • 11% Starbucks
  • 10% Todd Dining Hall
  • 10% Subway
  • 9% Destination 360
  • 9% Einstein's Brother's Bagels
  • 9% West End Dining
  • 4% Anywhere!
  • 4% Panda Express
  • 3% I'd like to see something more organic
  • 2% Chicken
  • 0% I really like Starbucks and the bagle place

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 249 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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