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Campus Food

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The variety for freshman dinning was not that great as the FFC was always busy and had quite repetitive foods.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: While there are some very nice dining options on campus, many of these close early or are not open at time when the average college student eats, which is typically fairly late at night. Also, the healthy choices can be hard to come by.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Normally food is not that bad, but there could definitely be more options in the FFC. CharMar is ridiculously expensive.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Food from Ner Israel dining room is included in tuition, kosher, and fits in with students' schedule

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I can only describe the med campus food. The buildings include the Daily Grind, a cafeteria, and the Greenhouse Cafe. The food options are standard/average and as a vegetarian I really only focus on vegetarian options, particularly salads, which are present.

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On-campus dining isn’t spectacular, but it has drastically improved recently. In recent years, the freshman and upperclassman cafeterias have been completely renovated, and the quality and selection of food have greatly improved. The freshman cafeteria, called Fresh Food Café, is an all-you-can-eat buffet that always offers a mix of pizza, salads, sandwiches, burgers, vegetables, meats, and desserts. It also has vegan and kosher selections, although you have to pay extra for the kosher meal plan. This cafeteria is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and focuses on using fresh ingredients and always has a healthy option or two. The upperclassman cafeteria, Nolan's, is in Charles Commons; it's not an all-you-can-eat buffet, but it offers gourmet salads and sandwiches, pizza, grilled foods, and pastas. Students can also use their meal plans at Charles Street Market and Einstein Bagels.

The main complaint students have about the meal plan is that they are required to purchase it as long as they are living on campus. The meal plan is expensive, and many students would rather cook for themselves or eat at the many local eateries. The dining halls get repetitive after several months of eating in them two or three times daily. However, most schools require students to purchase a meal plan if they are living in University housing, so this complaint comes from college students nationwide. Overall, JHU provides students with many on-campus dining choices, and the school is constantly trying to improve these services.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
14
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5912 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • Levering Food Court
  • Nolan's
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Einstein's has pretty good bagels, coffee, and breakfast sandwiches that students get very often. It's pricey, but there's a good selection.
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Definitely varies, but Nolan's always has a great selection of make-your-own pasta, grilled sandwiches and burgers, a salad bar, and other healthy options. FFC is good and always getting better, but it's more repetitive.
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Boar's Head sandwiches from Charles Street Market
  • Fresh Food Café "Late Night" includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, burgers, etc.
  • Sushi from Charles Street Market
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Café Hon
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Donna's
  • Eddie's Market
  • Egyptian Pizza
  • Freshii
  • Hopkins Deli
  • Ledo Pizza
  • Maxie's Pizza Bar & Grill
  • Miss Shirley Café
  • One World Café
  • Orient Express
  • Pete's Grille
  • Roland Park Bagel
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Sandella's Flatbread
  • Sghetti Eddie's
  • Subway
Special Options
Most upperclassmen who live off campus do not use their J-Card to purchase meals. The J-Card can be used at a variety of places, on and off campus. Underclassmen typically have J-Cash and meal plans, so they are widely used on campus and around Charles Village.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Café Q
Location: MSE Library, first floor
Food: Bagels, coffee, muffins, pre-made subs, sandwiches
Hours: Daily 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Charles Street Market
Location: Below Wolman Hall
Food: Gourmet deli, grocery items, prepared foods, snacks, sushi
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Thursday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 a.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-3 a.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-1 a.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Location: Below Wolman Hall
Food: Bagels, breakfast sandwiches, coffee, deli sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fresh Food Café
Location: 3400 N. Charles St.
Food: All-you-can-eat buffet with kosher options
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Levering Food Court
Location: Levering Hall
Food: Selection of fast-casual restaurants such as burgers, Italian, Mexican, subs
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Nolan's
Location: Charles Commons
Food: Grill items, pasta, pizza, salads
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5 p.m.-12 a.m., Friday-Saturday 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Pura Vida Organic Coffeehouse
Location: Levering Hall
Food: Coffee, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 65 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 best food options on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 29% Charles Street Market (CharMar)
  • 29% Levering Cafe
  • 13% Chipotle
  • 13% Brody Cafe
  • 10% Sushi
  • 6% The Bunn Shop

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 13 responses

  • 44% The options can be repetitive
  • 33% Quite pricey for what you get
  • 17% FFC is oily still
  • 6% Ffc is great now

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

  • 82% FFC
  • 18% Charmar

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

  • 67% Dining dollars only option for sophomores' great
  • 33% Not having to spend a lot of money off campus
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