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Campus Food


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2 College Junior

Campus Food: The quality of the food is not very good. There are only a few restaurants I will eat at. The fact that I can't use a meal swipe at most places until after 4 is terrible.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food was fairly good, but you will eat the same thing over and over.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: My advice is to switch things up as much as possible. I really enjoyed getting grilled chicken at blazer and grilled chicken sandwiches at K-lair (to keep things healthy). I also would go to ovid's and get wraps for lunch too.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Dining on campus is great. There are many different places to eat with many different varieties of foods, all of which are very convenient. If I had to change one thing about dining on campus, I would make sure that all dining halls accepted meal swipes at any time of day.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Overall, it's not bad. There aren't many healthy options, but it's ultimately the student's choice to eat healthy or not.


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Don't be surprised when, halfway through your freshman year, you have already become too wide for your twin extra-long dorm bed. Beware of the Freshman 15! Kentucky offers a variety of food that has the ability to more than double your size if you aren't careful. Most students seem to feel that it is overpriced because of the convenience, and nobody seems satisfied with the campus dining plan for the Wildcat Card. However, a great way to balance it out is by investing in the Plus Account. This nifty little addition allows you to spend money like a debit card when your meal plan just isn't quite cutting it.

There are great places on campus to get a cup of coffee and slice of cheesecake for late-night studying. Watch out for those late-night munchies! UK offers a fantastic array of pastries, coffees, and sweets for snacking on. They're so convenient and delicious you barely notice just how much you're eating until you can't wear anything but sweatpants! If you live on central campus, definitely plan on spending some time in the legendary K-Lair Grill. You might also want to spend some time working out afterward, though, to keep from getting too pudgy.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5682 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
If granted on-campus housing
Student Favorites
  • Commons Market
  • K–Lair Grill
  • OVID’s Café
24-Hour Dining
None, but Tolly-Ho is close by and always open.
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Did You Know?
  • The University of Kentucky offers a unique dining upscale luncheon experience in the Lemon Twist Deli. This is a partnership between students, faculty, and dining services that offers students the ability to plan the menus, serve as waitstaff, and prepare the food. The Lemon Twist is open on Tuesdays, and reservations are required. For reservations, call (859) 257-2878.
  • There are many picturesque spots to picnic on campus. Students can be seen enjoying a meal on blankets around campus in the fall and spring.
  • Several of the dorms have kitchens in the basement of buildings that offer students the option to cook.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

AG North Deli
Location: Agriculture Science North
Food: Sandwiches, chips, salad, fruit, soup, dessert
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Blazer Café
Location: Blazer Hall
Food: Entrees, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Blazer Xpress
Location: Blazer Hall
Food: Convenience
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 3 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Location: Student Center Food Court
Food: Chicken, fries
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Commons Market
Location: Kirwan/Blander building
Food: Asian, Indian, Southwest, Greek, Thai, American
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Corner Store
Location: Commons Market
Food: Convenience
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 3 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Location: Patterson Office Tower mezzanine
Food: Coffee, pastries, salad, soup, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
K-Lair Grill
Location: Between Donovan and Haggin halls
Food: Made-to-order breakfast, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, chili, salad, pizza
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Lemon Twist Café
Location: Erikson Hall
Food: Upscale dining
Hours: Tuesday 12 p.m.-1 a.m.
Lemon Twist Deli
Location: Erikson Hall
Food: Made-to-order sandwiches, soups, organic foods
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
OVID's Café
Location: William T. Young Library
Food: Gourmet coffees, sandwiches, salads, entrees
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: KY Clinic
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Commons Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Location: Commons Market
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-11 a.m.
Location: Student Center
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Student Center Food Court
Location: The Student Center
Food: Grab `n' go, breakfast, seafood, burgers, Mexican, deli, entrees
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 215 responses

  • 18% Chick-fil-A
  • 16% Ovid's
  • 15% Subway
  • 11% Panda Express
  • 9% Blazer Cafe
  • 9% Intermezzo
  • 4% Common Grounds
  • 4% Commons
  • 4% All are good but can only use meal plan after 5pm
  • 4% Rising roll
  • 2% We can use meal plan all day for the three.
  • 1% Sbarro
  • 1% K-Lair
  • 0% Taco Bell
  • 0% The 90
  • 0% The 90/ Fresh Food Company
  • 0% Fresh Food company
  • 0% Smash burger
  • 0% Einsteins Bro. Bagels
  • 0% Lions den

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 268 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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