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Campus Food


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3 College Senior

Campus Food: We have different places to order food from but not everything worth the wait

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: nothing like mama's cooking but it will do.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: the annex cafe is good for lunch and dinner but it's typically crowded. the omelet at blackburn is amazing though but it depends on who's making it.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food isn't terrible, but it does run right through you and it costs too much for the quality.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food isn't necessarily poor, but the lack of variety eventually leads to dissatisfaction.


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The Freshman 15 could easily become the Freshman 30 if you get carried away by the amount of good, albeit unhealthy food available at the campus dining halls, cafes, and restaurants. Some of the dining halls have food themes depending upon which day of the week it is (e.g., Soul Food Thursdays), so variety is not a problem. Even though they are not as readily available as traditional eating options, vegetarian and vegan options are available in both the Armour J. Blackburn Cafeteria and the Bethune Annex dining hall.

There are five meal plans available, and students who live on campus can choose between 19- and 14-meal plans. Students who are frequently off campus are allotted a 10-meal weekly plan. Commuter students can also sign up for a five-meal plan served Monday through Friday, and all students can participate in the Dining Dollars program which works as a debit for all campus eateries. Dining Dollars are popular with a lot of students because of the flexibility involved—meal plans don’t apply to all University dining facilities—and because they are not restricted to eating on campus with the repercussion of losing any allotted meals. The only drawback about Dining Dollars is that, even though you can carry over any unused fall semester dollar points into the spring semester, students will lose any unused points at the end of the spring semester.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4140 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
If living in a freshman dorm
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Blackburn Café
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
The PunchOut
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Omelets
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Burgers
  • Soul food Thursday
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Pizza
  • Starbucks
Student Favorites
The Punch Out
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bethune Annex Café
Location: Bethune Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat: baked goods, breakfast, deli, homestyle entrées, international, pasta, pizza, salad bar
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–9 a.m., 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.–7 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.–6 p.m.
Bethune Annex C-Store
Location: Bethune Annex
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go foods, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–9 a.m., 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m., 4:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
Blackburn Café
Location: Blackburn Student Center
Food: All-you-can-eat: baked goods, breakfast, deli, homestyle entrées, international, pasta, pizza, salad bar
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.–7 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.–6 p.m.
Blackburn C-Store
Location: Blackburn Student Center
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go foods, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m, Saturday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
The Canteen
Location: Howard Service Center
Food: Sandwiches, Simply To Go items, snacks, Starbucks coffee
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Jazzman's Café
Location: Administrative Building
Food: Coffee, sandwiches, sweets
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Law School Dining Room
Location: Law School
Food: Coffee, fresh fruit, hot foods
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Meridian Hill C-Store
Location: Meridian Hill Hall
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go foods, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 2 p.m.–10 p.m.
The PunchOut
Location: Blackburn Center (ground level)
Food: Mein Bowl, Pandini's, Sankofa Café, Subconnection, WOW Café & Wingery
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
The Restaurant at Blackburn
Location: Blackburn Center
Food: Coffee, homestyle entrées, salads, soup, sweets
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Simply to Go – Divinity
Location: School of Divinity
Food: Coffee, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 12 p.m.–7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Simply to Go – Medicine
Location: College of Medicine
Food: Grab 'n' go foods, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Location: Howard University Bookstore
Food: Coffee, desserts
Hours: Monday–Friday 5:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 7 a.m.–8 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 169 responses

  • 19% The punchout
  • 11% Georgia Ave
  • 11% You will end up spending most your dining $
  • 10% U Street (Ben's Chili Bowl, Busboys & Poets, etc)
  • 10% Delivery services
  • 10% The Annex Cafe
  • 9% Sankofa!
  • 5% Breakfast
  • 4% Starbucks
  • 3% Subway
  • 3% Chick fil a
  • 1% Oohh's and aahh's
  • 0% BlackBurn cafe
  • 0% BlackBurn
  • 0% The Hilltop Burger Truck
  • 0% Hilltop Burger
  • 0% Florida Ave grill
  • 0% Chipotle
  • 0% Chick fil a is NOT on campus anymore
  • 0% Food Corner or Negril

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 261 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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