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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food on campus.

3 College Student

Campus Food: It is ok except livingston which has great options

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining options aren't terrible. Each dining hall has its own variety of food and is usually changed every day while other options such as Woody's or Sbarro's are also viable. The only downside is having a meal plan can be expensive especially if it is required based on your living situation.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Best places to eat are the Busch and Livingston dining halls because of the quality and variety of the food. Brower is known for undercooked food as well as bugs and other gross things in the dining hall.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The menu is good especially as it is varied frequently. The meaks are cooked well and many people agree that Neilson Dining Hall id the best or second best on campus.


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A quick swipe of a Rutgers ID card grants students entry into any of the University's dining halls, but whether there is edible food within is another story. For many students, meal plans often go to waste when fine dining is only a block away at College Avenue's infamous grease trucks. For a mere $4.50, Rutgers students feast on foil-wrapped, grease-saturated sandwiches guaranteed to satisfy hunger or speed chances of an early heart attack. However, if you come to Rutgers and want to avoid the Freshman 15 (with the grease trucks near your residence hall, it is rumored to become the Freshman 30), healthy food is available at the five dining halls Monday through Friday from 7 a.m until 8 p.m, and on the weekends from 10 a.m until 7 p.m.

For students with different eating styles, vegan and vegetarian lines are also present. Salad bars, fruits, and vegetables are also served daily, as well as dry cereal. Rutgers's dining halls are not like eating at home, and it is easy to fall into the trap of eating burgers and fries everyday. Dining services host numerous "RU Eating Right" sessions in the dining halls to warn freshmen about the dangers of eating unhealthy. However, most students are satisfied with the dining halls because they all feature something that they would eat, even if it's Cookie Crisp cereal or a crunchy peanut butter sandwich on white bread for dinner.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$4486 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Freshmen are required to have at least 210 meals per semester. Options of 255 and 281 meals per semester are also available.
Student Favorites
  • Deli lines and sushi bar on College Avenue
  • Douglass Café
  • Made-to-order strawberry, orange, or banana smoothies on Busch
  • Pizzeria Uno
  • The Rock Cafe
  • Sbarro
  • Specialty days offered at each of the dining halls
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
  • At the Douglass Student Center, you can swipe your card at the Douglass Café from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. for breakfast and from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. for dinner. You can also swipe your meal card at Pizzeria Uno from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. for dinner.
  • At the Livingston Student Center, you can swipe your meal card at the Rock Café from 7 p.m.-10 a.m. for breakfast and at Sbarro from 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. for dinner.
  • On College Avenue, students can dine at the Rutgers Club, which was built in 1915. For one meal swipe and $2, students can enjoy a meal every Monday and Thursday from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Did You Know?
  • To avoid the Freshman 15, Rutgers has organized an RU Healthy Dining Team that sets up tables in the dining halls to educate students on healthy eating habits.
  • At the beginning of both semesters, students can take a survey about the dining halls and receive a $25 credit added to their RU Express accounts.
  • Students can get a grease truck fat sandwich named after them by eating six sandwiches in 30 minutes.
  • You can take out lunch and dinner at each of the four dining halls.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Brew Ha-Ha's
Location: Douglass Student Center
Food: Coffee, pastries, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Brower Commons Dining Hall
Location: College Avenue Campus
Food: Cafeteria-style variety
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Busch Dining Hall
Location: Busch Campus
Food: Cafeteria-style variety
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cooper Dining Hall
Location: Douglass Campus
Food: Cafeteria-style variety
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Location: Food Science Building
Food: Variety
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dunkin' Donuts
Location: Livingston Student Center
Food: Variety
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Neilson Dining Hall
Location: Cook/Douglass
Food: Cafeteria-style variety
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Rock Café
Location: Livingston Student Center
Food: Variety
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
Location: Livingston Student Center
Food: Italian, pizza
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Tillet Dining Hall
Location: Livingston Campus
Food: Cafeteria-style variety
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 93 responses

  • 16% Food trucks
  • 16% Chipotle
  • 12% Au Bon Pain
  • 11% Stuff yer face
  • 11% Hansel and Griddle - Easton Avenue
  • 8% Pasta, chicken
  • 8% Pretty much anywhere really
  • 5% Old man rafferty's
  • 4% Gerlanda's
  • 2% Tumulty's
  • 1% King pita
  • 1% None
  • 1% Livingston Dining Hall
  • 1% Rock Cafe
  • 0% Douglass Cafe
  • 0% Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • 0% But Brower
  • 0% Nielson Dining Hall
  • 0% Knight wagon
  • 0% There are a ton on College Ave

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

  • 36% Brower commons
  • 7% I dont dine
  • 6% Sbarro
  • 5% Brower is only good for the ice cream
  • 4% The food is fine, sometimes quite good
  • 4% Douglass cafe
  • 3% Brower isn't horrible, just the least best
  • 2% Busch takeout pizza
  • 1% I've heard Brower is awful so I avoid it
  • 1% Busch Dining Hall
  • 1% Kilmer's Market
  • 1% I live off campus and eat at home
  • 1% I eat on Livingston or trucks

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 93 responses

  • 21% Many options of where to eat
  • 16% Knight Wagon
  • 15% Made-to-order bars (ex: omelettes, pasta)
  • 12% Livingston Campus is great
  • 9% Swiping at the cafe.
  • 7% Nothing - it's a waste of money
  • 4% Salad bars
  • 4% Nielson dining hall
  • 4% Pasta line
  • 2% Cook Cafe
  • 2% It isn't really worth it though
  • 2% Woody's at the end of the semester!

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 229 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 things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 93 responses

  • 29% It is very expensive to have a meal plan
  • 24% The unused meals don't rollover
  • 13% You can't even leave the dining hall with food
  • 11% Selection of food offered
  • 10% Sometimes the food isn't cook properly
  • 6% Take out it unhealthy
  • 5% They make me buy more meal swipes than I need
  • 2% No late night options


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