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Campus Food


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3 College Senior

Campus Food: Some options are good some are not. It really varies.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is comparable to most other schools.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I absolutely hate the meal time periods. If you mess up and eat at 10:45 for "breakfast" it actually goes on the lunch meal period so then you can't use a meal again until after 4:30.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: A little bit below average

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The options in the dining hall get old.

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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
$2925 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
Did You Know?
  • NC State prides itself on having an award-winning dining service with more than 35 locations across campus. Variety, quality, healthy options and nutrition transparency are hallmarks of the program.
  • NC State Dining was named Innovator of the Year by Food Management Magazine in 2015.
  • NC State was the first college/university in the country to complete all of the requirements for the Partnership for America's Healthier College Initiative.
  • NC State Dining was named one of the Top 15 Healthiest Non-Commercial Food Services Operations by FoodService Director Magazine in 2014.
  • NC State's Agroecology Farm provides vegetables for campus dining halls.
  • Udi's named NC State Dining one of the top 5 gluten friendly campuses.
  • Students with nut or gluten allergies can find a list of ingredients on posters in the dining hall and on the dining website.
  • 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

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 best food options on campus?    Based on 179 responses

  • 30% The Atrium and Talley
  • 19% Dining halls (if you want more food for your $)
  • 9% Talley student center
  • 8% All resturants surrounding including Chipotle
  • 8% Hillsborough Street!
  • 7% Talley has the best food and the most variety
  • 7% Port City Java
  • 6% The Oval.
  • 4% Cameron Village
  • 1% University Towers is very good
  • 1% The dining halls!
  • 0% Everything pretty much sucks.
  • 0% Jason's Deli
  • 0% Smoothie U
  • 0% Starbucks!

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 265 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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