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Campus Food

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is often inconsistent in that it depends on the sodexo employee that prepared it. Some employees are great and do a great job, while others are lazy and lack quality control skills.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: All around the dining is ok, but there are definitely cool spots. Beans in the Hospitality building is a student run coffee house that's pretty cool. They also have pretty good smoothies in the library. Einsteins is always great too.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Dining halls have the same old food daily.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is good if you're expecting absolute crap, but it has no nutrition, bad taste, and gives you the runs.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is always something available that is appetizing and healthy. The dining halls try to serve a variety of food that appeals to many people. The consistency of the food quality depends on the meals and the chefs. Breakfast is fairly consistent. Lunch and dinner options vary depending on what is being served. The beef is terrible.

If I'm not eating in the dining halls, I go to Subway or Einstein's Bagels on campus. They accept Meal Plan Cash and offer a great alternative to Sodexo food.

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The phrase "dorm food" is notorious at most schools, but DU's on-campus dining isn't that bad. Sodexho Marriott, the campus food and beverage supplier, tries to be creative and provide students with variation, but inevitably some meals in the dorms are served repeatedly. Many sophomore students complain about being required to have a meal plan, and some opt either to shop for their own food or eat off campus, regardless of the plan. The expense of eating off campus is eased by applying flex points at some off-campus vendors, although students sometimes say they wish more off-campus restaurants accepted flex points.

Several cafés are located strategically throughout campus, boosting tired students with quick caffeine shots when needed. The cafés also have wired connections and plenty of outlets for computers, making them perfect study spots. Many healthy options such as fruit salads, yogurt parfaits, and light sandwiches are available. If the sugar bug bites, though, don't miss out on the baked goodies, including giant peanut butter cookies and chocolate chip brownies.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$4300 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
  • Jazzman’s Café
  • Village Commons
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Black Jack Pizza
Did You Know?
  • All coffee served on DU's campus is supplied by fair trade coffee growers. Starbucks used to be the reigning coffee supplier on campus, until a DU student persuaded administration to make the switch.
  • All sophomore residents or those living in Johnson-MacFarlane or Centennial Halls are required to have a meal plan. A meal plan also is available for upper-class or graduate students who commute, or live in apartments and have access to a kitchen, but still like to eat on campus.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Centennial Halls
Food: Breakfast, coffee, sandwiches, entrees, soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:15 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 4:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m.; Friday 7:15 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Centennial Halls Convenience Store
Food: Snacks, pre-packaged sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 12 p.m.-11 p.m., Friday 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-8 p.m.
Daniels Café
Location: Marcus Commons, Daniels College of Business
Food: Sandwiches, beverages
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Gilbert Cyber Café
Location: Ben Cherrington Hall
Food: Sandwiches, beverages
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Jazzman's Café
Location: Driscoll Center
Food: Smoothies, coffee and espresso drinks, bagels, cookies, and ready-made sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
J-Mac Convenience Store
Location: Johnson-McFarlane
Food: Snacks, pre-packaged sandwiches
Hours: Sunday-Friday 2 p.m.-4 p.m., 8 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday 2 p.m.-9 p.m.
Law School Café
Location: College of Law Building
Food: Sandwiches, beverages
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Nelson Hall
Food: Breakfast, coffee, sandwiches, entrees, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 4:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Newman Center Cart
Location: Newman Center
Food: Sandwiches, beverages
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Olin Hall Café á la Cart
Location: Olin Hall
Food: Sandwiches, beverages
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sidelines Pub
Location: Driscoll North, lower level
Food: Burgers, hot entrees, appetizers, malts and shakes, beer and wine
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Village Commons
Location: Driscoll North, lower level
Food: Salad bar, soups, sandwiches, snacks, pizza
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 65 responses

  • 23% Nagel Dining Hall
  • 19% Einstein's Bagels
  • 16% Subway
  • 16% Nelson Dining Hall
  • 12% Anderson Academic Commons
  • 8% Centennial halls
  • 2% Jazzman's Cafe
  • 1% Ali Baba
  • 1% Driscoll
  • 1% None

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 138 responses

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