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Campus Food


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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: You get used to it

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's college food you can't expect much

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: For me I would have to say campus food was better than most schools I looked at before deciding on coming to URI. I am a very picky eater which is where I ran into problems. At the dinning hall I wouldnt really eat sandwiches, homestyle, stir fry, or the pasta. I mainly stuck to salad, grilled cheese, and plain pasta with butter. I would say my favorite meals hope offered was breakfast. They always had something good for breakfast (which is my favorite meal of the day), I love the combo meal option because I am addicted to parfaits, salads, and smoothies. I would have to say for me there isnt a wide variety but that is also because I am picky. I believe for the average person the choice in food is just right.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: i love it it is the best food ever so delicious ha

3 College Student

Campus Food: On campus is bad, off campus is good


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Dining Halls at URI are hit or miss, and some people love the food, while others hate it. It is certainly not gourmet, but is pretty good, and most students are satisfied with it. Mainfare and Butterfield dining halls are buffet-style. Students who live on campus must have their hand scanned to enter either dining hall, while commuters can just swipe their student ID. Students who live off campus have smaller, less-expensive meal plans than those who live on campus. There are two main types of meal plans: The board plan, which allows a certain number of meals per week, and the point plan, where students can add points, or credit, to their ID card.

Variety is key in a college dining hall. Since you eat the same food every day, it is good to mix it up so you don’t get bored. Both Mainfare and Butterfield, better known as “Hope” and “The Butt,” have a lot of variety, so students have a lot of food to choose from. There are also often vegetarian and vegan dishes, so all students will have a fair selection. Many student's main concern with the dining halls is that they tend to get very busy at certain times and the lines are very long.


Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4180 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All students who live on campus are required to have a meal plan.
Student Favorites
  • Bagelz
  • International Steak
  • Kingston Pizza
  • Ronzio’s
  • Spikes
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
There is no place off campus that accepts meal plans, but students can use their Ram accounts at a number of local establishments.
Special Options
Students can set up a Ram Account, which is accepted a many places on campus. The Ram Account is a savings account that students could deposit money into. Students are able to use their URI ID as a credit card at participating restaurants, the bookstore, vending machines and laundry rooms in resident halls.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Butterfield Dining Hall
Location: Butterfield Hall, next to Memorial Union
Food: Buffet with entrees, desserts, pasta, pizza, salad, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Hope Corner Store
Location: Inside Hope Commons
Food: Variety/convenience store
Hours: Monday-Thursday 4 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Friday 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 6 p.m.-11 p.m.
Mainfare Dining Hall
Location: Hope Commons
Food: Burger station, deli, entrees, pasta bar, salad bar, stir-fry station
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Ram's Den
Location: Memorial Union
Food: Deli, hot grill meals, salad bar, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 68 responses

  • 24% Hope stir fry!
  • 18% Pasta Bar at Hope
  • 15% Food places in the Emporium
  • 12% Ram's Den
  • 10% Rhody Market smoothies
  • 9% Combo Meals
  • 7% Peking Tokyo in the Emporium
  • 2% Simply thai
  • 2% Albie's Place

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 63 responses

  • 28% Unhealthy food.
  • 23% Super expensive
  • 20% Very little variety
  • 12% Not many desserts
  • 8% Awful food, no variety
  • 4% I don't even have a meal plan, I can't afford it
  • 2% Fake food
  • 2% Commuter plans are expensive.
  • 1% Run out quickly

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 133 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 best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 62 responses

  • 32% Unlimited swipes at the basic level.
  • 28% The Ram's Den uses the meal plan
  • 19% You can eat at outside food places on campus.
  • 17% Combo Meals
  • 2% Sub-par food, lack of on campus dining areas
  • 1% Standard meal plan only allowed in 2 areas
  • 1% Going to the bathroom afterwards

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 52 responses

  • 44% Times the dining hall is open.
  • 19% Not enough healthy options
  • 14% Homestyle
  • 13% Not enough variety
  • 8% Rhody Market
  • 3% Fake food
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