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Campus Food

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4 College Senior

Campus Food: There are a lot of options. RIT makes an effort to accommodate many different dietary restrictions. I was able to lose 10 pounds by eating on campus, so it is possible to eat healthy. There are a lot of unhealthy options though, and if you don't control yourself, you can end up gaining a lot of weight.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's not great, but it's not bad either. The food is really not too horrible and I think it could be a lot worse. There are many options available, and you have options to eat healthier.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Not a lot of healthy options here, and when you do find healthy options, they tend to be more expensive. There are very few places to find food on campus on the weekends, however during the week you can find food almost anywhere on campus. Also, if you don't use all of your food debit at the end of the spring semester, you lose what you had left.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I only ate close to the dorms.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: I would improve on the quality of the food, and bring in more healthier options, but Im glad to see that RIT is improving on that.

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Gracie's is the main dining hall for freshmen, and a specified number of meals are allotted in their dining plans. Most students vehemently complain about having to eat at Gracie's so much during their first year. Many students rarely opt to eat at Gracie's more than a few times after their first year. Even students who remain loyal patrons at Gracie's will tell you that the food isn't bad, just monotonous. The food at Gracie's is served in a buffet-style, and it's all-you-can-eat, but students normally find the same foods (or very similar) on the tables nearly every day. The addition of The Crossroads, Sandella's, and Beanz has given students more options to choose from. Many of the eateries on campus accept meal options, debit, or Flex points as payment. Java's and Henry's, however, only accept Flex or cash. Students can put money onto their Flex account at the Bursars office. This money can then be used at the bookstore, any of the food establishments on campus, Subway, the Pita Pit, and any of the vending machines on campus. Debit can be used at most dining halls and in the vending machines only, and it comes as a part of most meal plans. It is important to note that Flex money will roll over to the next quarter, but debit will not.

Overall, the campus food selection at RIT leaves students with plenty of options. There isn't much that you can't get on campus by way of food, and (get this) most of it is actually edible, although many freshmen will tell you that this does not apply to Gracie's. The main complaint is the hours that the halls are open. With the wide variety of eateries on campus, it can be confusing to students which restaurant is open at what time. Students also tend to complain about the lack of a 24-hour eating spot on campus. The fact that there are three markets available on campus is also a great advantage. While the prices at the markets are a bit high, it is possible to use meal options and debit. So, until their debit points run out, students don't mind the prices as much.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$5210 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
  • Sandella’s
  • SAU Cafeteria
24-Hour Dining
  • None
  • None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
Many students will choose to use their meal options at the Corner Store or Sol’s, and purchase groceries rather than going to a dining hall to use their meals. It is important to note that you can only use one meal option during the hours specified for each meal. Also, most meal plans come with debit points that can be used at any of the dining halls, as well as in the vending machines on campus.
Did You Know?
Make sure you let your parents know that they can call and order you a cookie cake from Sol's or a pizza from the dining commons. There's nothing like getting a surprise treat from your parents, whether it's for your birthday, a good grade, or making it through another semester without getting a fine.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Beanz
Location: Grace Watson Lobby
Food: Spot coffee, Freshens smoothies, and pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 4 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Brick City Café
Location: The Student Alumni Building
Food: Hot entrees, sandwiches, salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The Café & Market
Location: The Crossroads
Food: Stations such as Pasta & Pizza, made-to-order salads, deli, grill, Jump (Asian cuisine), Cross bar (chef's daily entree, from Belgian waffles to ethnic cuisine)
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Commons
Location: Hettie L. Shumway Building
Food: Quiznos subs, Hettie's Grill, Stone Oven Pizza & Pasta Cucina, Brick House New York Pizza, and Cuisine du Jour (where specialties are featured daily)
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 1:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
The Corner Store
Location: The tunnels below Nathaniel Rochester Hall
Food: Convenience store, including fresh produce, sandwiches, chips, beverages, microwavable entrees, ice cream, and detergents
Hours: Daily 9 a.m.-12 a.m.
Deli at Golisano
Location: B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing Science Building
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Grace Watson Dining Hall (Gracie's)
Location: Grace Watson Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat buffet, includes Sunday brunch, grill, pizza, subs, specialty bars such as taco bar, baked potato bar, and pita bar, global vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Ritz Sports Zone
Location: Lower level of Student Alumni Union
Food: Oscar's hot burgers, wings, deli sandwiches, and from the Sandella's shop; gourmet wraps, flat bread pizzas, panini, quesadillas, fresh salads
Hours: Monday 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 9:30 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
SAU Cafeteria
Location: Upstairs in the Student Alumni Union
Food: Grilled items cooked to order, along with daily specials, fresh baked goods, hot entrees, vegetarian selections, homemade soups, chili, grill, made-to-order sandwiches, fresh seasonal salad bar
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sol's
Location: The tunnels below Sol Humenn Hall
Food: Variety of classic milkshakes and frozen delights, made-to-order flatbread wraps and pizza, baked treats, and convenience items
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 91 responses

  • 18% Salsaritas
  • 14% RITZ
  • 12% Brick City
  • 11% Crossroads
  • 9% Ben and Jerry's
  • 7% Freshens
  • 7% Midnight Oil
  • 7% University Commons
  • 6% Nathan's Soup and Salad
  • 4% Dining Commons
  • 3% Gracie's Hall, Its a buffett.
  • 2% Artesano's
  • 0% International Market
  • 0% Ctrl Alt Deli
  • 0% Sol Underground

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 64 responses

  • 21% You are restricted to use half on Gracie's
  • 16% You can't use leftover money on non-food items
  • 15% You pay one price and then lose what you don't use
  • 12% Very expensive options
  • 10% You are forced to eat at the most unhealthy place
  • 7% You have no options. Forfeit what you don't use.
  • 6% All debit is too much
  • 4% You have too much left over.
  • 3% Things are expensive with debit
  • 3% Only rolls over from fall to spring
  • 2% Financial Aid isn't going to cover it.

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 69 responses

  • 22% You can get plenty of food with it.
  • 18% You don't have to carry cash everywhere
  • 15% Food isn't bad
  • 13% If you have lots left buy pounds of candy.
  • 11% You can buy food at many places also organic store
  • 9% More than you need, so you can feed upperclassmen.
  • 5% Nothing
  • 4% Lots of options for vegetarians
  • 3% Lots of choices in every dining building.

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 176 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 worst food options on campus?    Based on 63 responses

  • 39% Gracie's... but since it's all you can eat it's ok
  • 24% Gracies
  • 13% Everywhere serves the same thing.
  • 8% RITz, it's too unhealthy
  • 6% Brick City
  • 4% Everything, even Gracie's, is at least alright.
  • 4% The Commons
  • 1% Crossroads
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