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Campus Food

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Great food but healthier options preferred.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Next to nothing kosher on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's not great. But it's not like I had a lot of options considering it's expensive to pay for food all the time, and you're forced to have a meal plan freshman year.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Several options but after a while you get tired.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I think their food is pretty good for a college campus and pretty satisfying as well.

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The school has two dining halls, both with pretty standard college buffet food. The variety sounds good—pizza, pastas, made-to-order sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, salads, and ice cream are only a few of the daily staples—but nothing is of very high quality. Most students don’t mind the food at first, but they get really sick of it sometime around Halloween of their freshman year. This is about how long it takes to realize that all the different foods have the same greasy taste. Even the salad and the ice cream are almost indistinguishable if you don’t look at them.

Freshmen usually start with the comfortable 14-meal plan, which allows for 14 meals at the dining hall per week. Unless you were raised on Sizzler, you’ll probably drop that to the eight-meal plan for your second semester, which is the minimum UM allows for a student living on campus. Either plan gives the student “dining dollars” that can be used like a debit card at the restaurants on campus. The 14-meal plan comes with $150 in dining dollars per semester, and the eight-meal plan gets you $200. This money is pretty valuable since UM has an excellent selection of fast food restaurants on campus. There’s a food court with Nikos, Panda Express, Jamba Juice, and Starbucks, and there’s even an overpriced take-out sushi bar if you feel like blowing all your dining dollars on the first day. Other places to eat include Sbarro, Subway, and the Rathskeller, a sports bar and popular meeting place. If you don’t use all of your dining dollars by the end of the semester, you can always head over to the campus convenience store and spend the remainder on junk food and prehistoric donuts.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
20
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5192 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
  • Mango & Manny's Market Place
  • Nikos
  • Wendy's
24-Hour Dining
None
Special Options
Most of the places in the food court are only open for lunch, but Sbarro, Subway, and the Rat are usually open later.
Did You Know?
  • The dining halls stay open late once per semester for a "midnight breakfast" to help students who are up late studying for finals.
  • The dining halls are stocked with current issues of the student newspaper, as well as free copies of the local papers and USA Today for students to read while eating.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Convenience Store
Location: UC
Food: Snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 a.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 a.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
Convenience Store
Location: University Village
Food: Snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Jamba Juice
Location: Hurricane Food Court
Food: Smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Jenkins Snack Bar
Location: Jenkins School of Business
Food: Snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mahoney/Pearson Dining Hall
Location: Next to Mahoney/Pearson Residential College
Food: Buffet-style options
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Mango & Manny's Market Place
Location: Hurricane Food Court
Food: Caribbean
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Market Square
Location: Hurricane Food Court
Food: Salad bar, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Nikos
Location: Hurricane Food Court
Food: Mediterranean
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Oasis
Location: UC
Food: Kosher deli
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Olo Sushi
Location: Hurricane Food Court
Food: Sushi
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Panda Express
Location: Hurricane Food Court
Food: Chinese
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Salsarita's
Location: Hurricane Food Court
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Satellite Carts
Location: Various walkways and courtyards around campus
Food: Chips, cookies, soda, and other snacks for between classes
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sbarro
Location: UC
Food: Pizza/Italian
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Stanford Dining Hall
Location: Next to Stanford Residential College
Food: Buffet
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Starbucks
Location: Near Richter Library
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Subway
Location: Law School
Food: Sandwiches, salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wellnes Center Juice Bar
Location: Wellness Center
Food: Energy drinks, juice, smoothies, protein bars
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wendy's
Location: Hurricane Food Court
Food: Fast food
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 54 responses

  • 23% The food court in the SAC
  • 19% The rat
  • 14% Lime
  • 11% UC Food Court
  • 11% Starbucks
  • 8% Einsteins and Jamba Juice!
  • 3% Outtakes
  • 2% Nothing open during breaks
  • 2% Nothing is ever open
  • 2% Einsteins
  • 2% Oasis
  • 1% Of what I've tried, the Oasis was the best.
  • 1% Tossed
  • 1% Everything closes too early
  • 1% Mahoney Dining Hall
  • 1% Subway

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 49 responses

  • 21% Lack of healthy options, healthy options not great
  • 21% Chartwells Sucks
  • 16% Overpriced
  • 13% Set meal times instead of being open 24 hours
  • 10% Food is unhealthy, overpriced, and tastes bad.
  • 6% Selection of fruits and breakfast items not great
  • 4% Lack of edible food options
  • 3% I don't have a meal plan
  • 3% There is never enough food left
  • 3% There should be a 10 or 12 meal plan

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 142 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 best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 50 responses

  • 41% You get a lot of food
  • 17% Chartwells sucks, and won't work with S.G
  • 14% Food isn't bad, isn't always good though.
  • 10% I have not been satisfied...
  • 8% All you can eat
  • 5% Food is good, we get a variety week to week.
  • 5% I don't have a meal plan

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 40 responses

  • 45% Campus dining hall
  • 34% Hecht/Stanford dining hall
  • 9% Mahoney/Pearson Dining hall
  • 7% Food court (bad value, decent selection)
  • 4% Gave me food poisoning
  • 2% I keep kosher, nothing on campus is kosher

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