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Campus Food


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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: the best place to eat is bryant but that meal plan is more money

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food can get repetitive fast if you go to the same dining hall. But all of them is so far apart that getting to them can be a pain.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: All food is very convienent

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food at the dining halls is really not that great other than the pizza however there are so many other option on campus that you can still use your ACT card for that it really makes up for the lack of quality and options in the dining halls.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is great. The only thing that caused me not to rate 4/5 stars is the lack of healthier foods in most of the dining halls.


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Students enjoy the wide variety of food that UA’s campus offers. The Ferg’s Fresh Food Company seems to be the students’ favorite. If you live on campus, meal plans are the way to go. If students need to grab a bite on the go, the Ferg offers many fast food restaurants, including Chick-fil-A and Burger King. If you’re in a real rush, grab a snack from one of the many vending machines on campus by using your Action Card. If it is late, students can enjoy Lakeside Diner. Also, many of the dorms have all-you-can-eat buffets for a set price.

With the many options students have to pick from, campus food never gets old. There are eight meal plans students can choose from to make their dining experience fit their needs. Even without a meal plan, students can enjoy the food on campus by using their Action Card or paying with cash. Students say the food on campus can be pricey, but with Bama Cash and Dining Dollars, students can enjoy campus food without using their own money.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3156 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All campus residents are required to purchase a meal plan. However, those who pledge a fraternity or sorority can cancel their plans within one week of receiving a bid letter.
Student Favorites
  • Buffalo Phil's
  • Crimson Café
  • Fresh Food at the Ferg
  • Lakeside Diner
24-Hour Dining
Lakeside Diner
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None, but Dining Dollars are accepted at Buffalo Phil's, Crimson Café, Domino's Pizza, and Strip Teas and Coffee. Students are automatically given 300 dining dollars per semester
Did You Know?
  • Want a quick snack before going into class? Well, over 100 vending machines on campus accept Bama Cash.
  • The Gorgas House was the first structure built on UA's campus. It was the dining hall until the mid-19th century. It was also one of only four buildings on campus to survive the Civil War.
  • Need a pick-me-up before going to class? If so, take advantage of the coffee carts located around campus.
  • Bama Dining allows parents to send birthday cakes to their sons and daughters to let them know they care. There are two different-sized cakes, and both include paper plates, napkins, and forks.
  • Bama Dining also offers care packages. Parents can send their children a Welcome, Halloween, Sports Fever, Fuel for Finals, Welcome Back, Valentine's Day, Spring Break, or Finals Stretch package.
  • If students decide to pledge a fraternity or sorority, they can cancel their meal plan with Bama Dining, but it must be done within one week of receiving a bid.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bidgood Bistro
Location: Bidgood Business Building
Food: coffee and specialty drinks, smoothies, and grab-and-go items
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Bryant Sports Grill
Location: Bryant Hall
Food: Made-to-order entrees, carved meats, sides, desserts, made-to-order deli, salad bar
Buffalo Phil's
Location: Burke Hall
Food: Chicken
Hours: Daily 2 p.m.-2 a.m.
Burke Dining Hall
Location: Mary Burke Hall
Food: Home-style entrees, salad bar, stir-fry, ice cream
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Doster Café
Location: Doster Hall
Food: Meat, fresh vegetables, Southern-style entrees, and desserts
Ferguson Center Food Court
Location: Ferguson Center
Food: Home Zone, Bene Pizza and Pasta, Blimpie, Bama BBQ, Pan Geos, Chick-fil-A, Burger King, Salad Garden, Bento Sushi, Kettle Classics, Express Grab & Go
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Fresh Food Company
Location: Ferguson Center
Food: Healthy
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Frëshens Smoothie Company
Location: Ferguson Center
Food: Smoothies, drinks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Java City
Location: Gorgas Library
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Julia's Market
Location: Tutwiler Hall
Food: Convenience store
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-1 a.m.
Lakeside Diner
Location: Between Lakeside East and Paty Hall
Food: Burgers, patty melts, breakfast items
Hours: Open 24 hours
Lakeside Dining Hall
Food: Asian cuisine, home-style entrees, chop house burgers, grilled items, pizzas, pastas, deli sandwiches, salad bar, desserts, and beverages
Location: Ferguson Center
Food: Coffee, drinks, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 78 responses

  • 18% Fresh Foods
  • 16% Chic fil a
  • 12% Bryant Dining
  • 10% Burke
  • 10% Subway
  • 9% Ferg Center food court
  • 8% Chicken, pizza, grilled cheese, steak
  • 7% Greek housing
  • 3% Omletes
  • 3% Canes
  • 1% Lakeside
  • 0% Salad bar
  • 0% Vegan sushi
  • 0% Fresh fruit
  • 0% Zoe's under the Stadium
  • 0% Topios

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 72 responses

  • 31% Lakeside
  • 20% Not enough healthy options
  • 8% Rice
  • 8% Expensive options
  • 8% Nothing, everything is good
  • 8% Stuffed Peppers
  • 5% Cold sandwiches
  • 4% Carrots
  • 4% Not being allowed to use your own cup
  • 2% Pasta
  • 2% You will go to lakeside constantly.

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 75 responses

  • 29% Unlimited access as a freshman
  • 17% Open late, easy to get food
  • 11% The people who work there
  • 10% Social atmosphere
  • 8% Multiple places to go/spread out
  • 7% Fresh Foods
  • 4% Bryants Breakfast
  • 4% The meal plan is over priced. Don't buy one
  • 4% It is okay to eat alone I promise.
  • 3% Pizza at burke is the best!
  • 3% Late night Lakeside themed nights

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 171 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 79 responses

  • 27% Very costly
  • 22% You have to to have one your freshman year
  • 16% Food gets old quick
  • 11% Limited options for food
  • 8% Hours are inconvenient
  • 8% Some of the dining halls are too far away
  • 4% Most close early, for me. 7-8 pm.
  • 3% Nasty food


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