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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: One Earth at Talley is the best food quality and Chic-fil-A in the Atrium is always good. The creamery has incredible icecream. Otherwise, i try to cook at home

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The only thing that really bothers me about the campus meal plan is the high price of eating in dining halls when just using dining dollars. It seems the equivalencies are pretty reasonable. And although the dining halls close early, Talley stays open a little later, so there is always that option.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It is okay... Tally are too expensive, considering the quantity and quality. Dining halls are good when they have events.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The meal plans are great. There are so many places you can go, especially compared to other schools. However, the dining halls sometimes have some really exotic choices. You can always go to Talley or the Atrium if you want. I have the unlimited meal plan and I'm never hungry.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Chick-fil-a is the best option on-campus. Dining halls can be good some days, but mostly just make my stomach hurt.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

The variety and amount of dining locations at NC State may catch your attention. The campus includes three all-you-can-eat dining halls, multiple convenience stores and coffee shops, and food courts filled with choices like Chick-fil-A, Jason’s Deli, and Port City Java. Plus, in 2015, a Starbucks is coming. NC State also has a lot of self-branded restaurants that are so good, you would think they were national chains. However, these restaurants have been customized just for students, like Tuffy’s Diner (named for our beloved mascot), Los Lobos Mexican Grill, Zen Blossom, and On the Oval Culinary Creations.

Furthermore, the price of the meal plan is considerably lower than many universities around the country. The equivalency allows you to purchase a certain amount of food from the quick-serve restaurants using a “meal” from your meal plan. Also, meal plans include dining dollars, which are flexible funds that can be used at any campus dining location, including the vending machines. Cash, debit, and credit are also accepted, making eating on campus easy for those who may not elect into a meal plan. Not only does the variety and cost set NC State Dining apart from the rest, but also the events throughout each semester break up the normal dining routine. Events, such as the All Carolinas Meal, bring new dishes to the table and become student favorites. NC State also works hard to ensure vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available every day, and that allergens are properly labeled.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3400 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
If living on campus
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • Case Dining Hall
  • Clark Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Atrium Food Court
  • Commons Food Court
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
A great deal of restaurants accept the All-Campus Card, which ties your student ID with your bank account.
Did You Know?
  • Fresh Start Mondays is a fall semester program that encourages students to start the week off with healthy food choices and a mile-long walk around campus.
  • Students with nut or gluten allergies can find a list of ingredients on posters in the dining hall and on the dining website. NC State's Rave! Catering program offers gluten-free sandwich options in its catered box lunch program.
  • The Eat Smart, Cook Smart program teaches students how to prepare quick, healthy meals in their dorms or apartments. Students can also participate in basic nutrition classes and tour the dining facilities to learn about healthy options. Nutrition facts and tips are also posted throughout campus.
  • Vegetarian and vegan students will find plenty of options on campus daily. Special "Vegan" signs help students identify the right foods for them, too. The University also hosted National Vegetarian Day October 1 with a host of vegetarian options.
  • Dining Services employs a "nutrition team" of dietitians and student interns who work to increase healthy food offerings and promote special events across campus.
  • You can find the daily menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the University dining website. You can also look up the nutritional value of all the foods offered on campus. Go to
  • University Dining won the 2013 City of Raleigh Environmental Award for their sustainability program.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Atrium Food Court
Location: D.H. Hill Library, Erdahl-Cloyd wing
Food: Chick-fil-a, BrickYard Pizza & Pasta, Zen Blossom, Delirious, WolfPack To-Go, Neomonde
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday closed
Bragaw C-Store
Location: Bragaw Residence Hall
Food: Grab 'n go items, groceries, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–1 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.–12 a.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–12 a.m., Sunday 9 a.m.–1 a.m.
Case Dining Hall
Location: Case Athletics Center, Central Campus
Food: All-you-can-eat: grill, pizza, sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
Clark Dining Hall
Location: Clark Hall, East Campus
Food: All-you-can-eat: deli bar, grill, homestyle entrees, pizza
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–8:30 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m.
Corner Café
Location: McKimmon Center
Food: Light snacks, sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
The Creamery
Location: D.H. Hill Library, Erdahl-Cloyd wing
Food: Ice cream, milkshakes
Hours: Monday–Thursday 11 a.m.–1 a.m., Friday 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 4 a.m.–1 a.m.
Emporium C-Store
Location: Talley Student Center
Food: Grab 'n go items, groceries, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Fountain Dining Hall
Location: West Campus
Food: All-you-can-eat: deli bar, grill, healthy options, home-style entrees, pizza station, rotating specialty bar
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–8:30 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m.
Hill of Beans
Location: D.H. Hill Library
Food: Coffee, cookies, muffins
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–1 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.–1 a.m.
Honors Village C-Store
Location: Honors Commons
Food: Grab 'n go items, groceries, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 12 p.m.–11 p.m.
Newton's Diner
Location: Wolf Ridge Housing Complex, Centennial Campus
Food: American
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m., 7 p.m.–11 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m., 3 p.m.–11 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 9:30 a.m.–11 p.m.
On the Oval Culinary Creations
Location: Wolf Ridge Housing Complex, Centennial Campus
Food: Cold Fusion deli, Fahrenheit pizza, Flashpoint Asian, Newton's Grill
Hours: Monday–Thursday 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Port City Java
Location: Engineering Building II, Centennial Campus
Food: Coffee/tea, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Port City Java
Location: Nelson Hall
Food: Coffee, salads, wraps
Hours: Monday–Wednesday 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m., Thursday 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Port City Java
Location: Carmichael Gym
Food: Coffee, salads, wraps
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
Port City Java
Location: College of Textiles
Food: Coffee, salads, wraps
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Shuttle Inn Café
Location: Textile Building, Centennial Campus
Food: Sandwiches, hot dogs, salads
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Talley Student Union
Food: One Earth, Port City Java, Jason’s Deli, Red Sky Pizza Company, Los Lobos, Tuffy’s Diner, Talley Market
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m., Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m
Tunnel Inn C-Store
Location: NCSU Bookstore Complex
Food: Grab 'n go items, groceries, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–12 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–9 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.–12 a.m.
Vet School Café
Location: College of Veterinary Medicine
Food: Hot entrees, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Wolf Village C-Store
Location: Wolf Village Apartments
Food: Grab 'n go items, groceries, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–11 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 52 responses

  • 23% The cost of signing up for a plan
  • 23% Food options on the weekend
  • 14% Meals don't get refunded
  • 13% The equivalency doesn't cover meals
  • 8% Having limited meal plan option
  • 8% Options are limited or just plain gross
  • 8% The dining halls don't always have the best option
  • 1% Yeah
  • 1% Expensive cost of dining halls when using dining$$

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 137 responses

Very poor
  • 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 52 responses

  • 32% C-store because of prices
  • 29% The dinning halls arent bad but they aren't great.
  • 13% Certain restaurants in the food courts
  • 9% Port city is a rip off
  • 8% Dining Halls
  • 8% The dinning halls have good breakfast food
  • 1% Goo

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 49 responses

  • 37% Convenience
  • 26% The dinning dollars.
  • 20% Unlimited Meal Plan
  • 17% Quantity of food
  • 0% No Early Morning weekend breakfast options.

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 52 responses

  • 51% The Atrium and Talley
  • 26% Dining halls (if you want more food for your $)
  • 16% Talley student center
  • 7% Talley has the best food and the most variety


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