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Campus Food


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3 College Senior

Campus Food: The dining hall food is just okay. Sometimes they'll surprise you with something good, but for the most part it's just mediocre. Having a meal plan is such a great convenience though when you're out of class and just want something quick or if you're eating with fronds and want to be affordable.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Hawks Nest has good options, but eating on campus all the time can get boring and repetitive

3 College Junior

Campus Food: I've always felt that the service is lacking quality. The food is generally alright, but can get pretty repetitive.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are so many options on campus food and the convenience is great. The main dining hall wag I did not like very much. The food was decent but always made people sick that people often called the "waggles." Wag changed the main meal everyday but it was never that appealing. Dubs was very good, great sandwiches and hot meals. Hawks is really good but you can only use meal swipes at dinner time. If hawks was meal swipes all day there are healthier options and it is in a convenient location on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Always an option, somewhere on campus. Dubs is great and so is Wag breakfast, but Wag is usually just ok

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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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With 15 dining locations, UNCW Campus Dining gives students whatever they're in the mood for. Wagoner Dining Hall, aka "Wag," is the main dining hall on campus and is one meal swipe, all-you-can-eat. The variety of stations within Wag makes sure there is something for everyone, whether it's a full-spread homecooked-style meal or just a bowl of cereal. Dub's Café is like a miniature Wag that is more central to classes and is a very popular lunch spot. Hawk's Nest is food court-style dining and is always a good choice. It's open until 10 p.m., so it's common to see a lot of students there late after meetings or club activities.

Apart from those three main, larger locations, there are convenience stores, coffee shops, grab-and-go-style joints, and bagel and sandwich eateries scattered throughout the rest of campus. The convenience stores are just that—convenient. Located by the main residential areas, it's easy to do grocery shopping on campus or just pick up a quick bite. "Landwich" sandwiches from The Landing are delicious, and students can't go wrong with a $5 footlong from Subway. Einstein Bros. Bagels is always spot-on when it comes to great bagels and is busy each morning and into the lunch hours. In general, meal plans are combinations of meal swipes and food dollars. Meal swipes will be used at Wag, Dub's Café, and for certain meals in the evening at Hawk's Nest. Every other location will accept food dollars, which work like a declining debit account, and more money can easily be added. So students should choose their plan based on where they find themselves eating more often; students have a two-week grace period to adapt their plans. After freshman year, a meal plan is not required, even if students remain living on campus. And a side note: Don't be surprised when UNCW Campus Dining workers, especially at Einstein and Wag, remember and learn your name! They love their jobs and love UNCW just as much as the students do.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3396 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All traditional housing students are required to have a meal plan (those living in Galloway, Belk, Graham, Hewlett, Schwartz, Cornerstone, International House, Honors, on-campus apartments or suites). After freshman year, even if a student remains living on campus, meal plans are optional.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • Dub's Café
  • Hawk's Nest
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Green Spot (at Hawk's Nest)
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagel and coffee from Dunkin' Donuts, Einstein, or Java City
  • Classic Wagoner breakfast
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Barbecue sliders or BLT (at Green Spot located in Hawk's Nest)
  • Cannonball sandwich (at The Landing sandwich shop)
  • Chick-fil-A sandwich
  • Quesadillas or any Mexican food options from Jole Mole (at Hawk's Nest)
  • Quiznos or Subway sub
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Candy or snacks from P.O.D., The Landing marketplace, or any other convenience store on campus
  • Freshens smoothie (at Hawk's Nest)
Special Options
Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are prepared at the dining halls, and a variety of options are available with the availability of different locations.
Did You Know?
Wagoner Dining Hall was updated and renovated over the summer of 2012 and reopened in August as "Wag 2.0."

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Courtside Bagel Shop
Location: Trask Coliseum
Food: Bagels, coffee, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
Dub's Café
Location: Warwick Center
Food: All-you-can-eat—various stations such as a deli, grill, pasta, and salad bar
Hours: Monday–Thursday 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Dunkin' Donuts
Location: Seahawk Crossing
Food: Bagels, coffee, donuts, and wraps
Hours: Daily 6:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Location: Fisher Student Center
Food: Bagels, coffee, muffins, pastries, soups, various drinks and sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–3 p.m.
Fair Trade Market
Location: Cameron Hall, second floor
Food: Bakery treats, salads, sandwiches, snacks, Starbucks coffee
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Hawk's Nest
Location: Fisher Student Union
Food: Food court: Chick-fil-A, grill, locally-grown meal stations, Mediterranean, Mexican, Quiznos, salad, smoothies, sushi
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–10 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.–10 p.m.
Java City
Location: Randall Library
Food: Coffee, bagels, muffins, fruit, pastries, and salads
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.–11 p.m.
The Landing
Location: Seahawk Landing Building 5
Food: Ice cream, salads, sandwiches, and smoothies
Hours: Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Main Street Express
Location: Fisher University Union
Food: Convenient store beverages, grab-and-go foods, and snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Market Place
Location: Seahawk Landing Building 6
Food: Convenient store beverages, candy, fruits, and snacks
Hours: Daily 10 a.m.–12 a.m.
P.O.D. Market
Location: Seahawk Crossing
Food: Convenient store beverages, grab-and-go and grocery items, snacks
Hours: Daily 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
Seahawk Station C-Store
Location: University Apartment M
Food: Convenient store grocery items, personal necessities, and snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–12 a.m., Saturday–Sunday 3 p.m.–12 a.m.
Location: Fisher Student Union in Main Street Express
Food: Pizzas, salads, sandwiches, soups, and subs
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Wag Out
Location: Side of Wagoner Dining Hall
Food: Desserts, drinks, fruit, pasta, pizzas, salads, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday–Friday 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m.
Wagoner Hall
Location: End of Chancellor's Walk, off of Walton Drive
Food: All-you-can-eat: American, dessert, ethnic, deli, fruit, homecooked, pasta, salad stations
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–9 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 99 responses

  • 18% Hawks nest
  • 12% New dubs
  • 11% Einstein Bro.'s Bagels
  • 10% Landwich
  • 10% Chick-fil-a
  • 10% Subway
  • 8% Wagoner Dining Hall
  • 7% PCJ
  • 7% Dunkin Donuts
  • 5% Wag-Out
  • 1% Greenspot specifically, not hawks nest in general

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 143 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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