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Campus Food


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3 College Student

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

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The best part of the meal plan are the Combo Meals. These are 3 "free" meals a day that include: parfait, bagel w/ cream cheese, bagel egg & cheese (w/ sausage or bacon), a wrap, personal pizza, and smoothie. They are absolutely amazing to have, especially when in a hurry. The stir-fry/pasta bar at Hope is pretty good too. You get to add your own ingredients to the pasta or rice and it's cooked right in front of you. The mac&cheese is to die for and Butterfield's chicken nuggets are amazing. The biggest issue for me is that there aren't enough healthy options. They have a limited selection of fruit, which isn't always good, and they sometimes will only serve corn as the "vegetable" for dinner. The lunches always include fried food, and are almost never good for you. It's hard to resist the bad food, so the Freshman Fifteen is definitely a reality for a lot of people. Breakfast is always the same: scrambled eggs, home fries, oatmeal (which is actually not bad when you add brown sugar to it), pancakes/french toast/waffle sticks, and baked beans (why? Nobody really knows). Drink selection is decent, but they often will forget to refill the machines. Another great part of the food here is the restaurants in the Emporium. You can order from several places at the top of campus (the Emporium) and have the food delivered right to your dorm! They have EVERYTHING that you are craving and most places will deliver until 2am or so. You can even have money added to your Ram Account, which is like a debit card, but just for places on campus and some places off campus (like Panera in Wakefield!). This money can also be used for doing laundry. It's a big help because you don't have to worry about having coins. For me this option just makes sense.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I do not have the meal plans but I have eaten at the dining halls and other on campus locations, and its all delicious and I look forward to eating.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Its not bad it could use some work

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4 College Student

Campus Food: For the most part, they try and give us options with specials at the sandwich station and homestyle but after a while it becomes boring/bland. I do like that there are unlimited swipes at the basic level but since butterfield closed, the basic plans can not eat anywhere but hope and at night at the rams den. I do enjoy that ram card and hungry rhody allows us to get food other than dining hall food to spice it up.

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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

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 102 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 food options on campus?    Based on 36 responses

  • 40% Hope stir fry!
  • 28% Pasta Bar at Hope
  • 26% Ram's Den
  • 4% Food places in the Emporium
  • 2% Rhody Market smoothies
  • 0% Combo Meals
  • 0% Peking Tokyo in the Emporium

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 31 responses

  • 41% The Ram's Den uses the meal plan
  • 27% Unlimited swipes at the basic level.
  • 25% You can eat at outside food places on campus.
  • 2% Sub-par food, lack of on campus dining areas
  • 2% Standard meal plan only allowed in 2 areas
  • 2% Combo Meals

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 66% Times the dining hall is open.
  • 19% Homestyle
  • 9% Rhody Market
  • 3% Not enough healthy options
  • 3% Not enough variety

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 32 responses

  • 34% Unhealthy food.
  • 26% Very little variety
  • 20% Super expensive
  • 14% Not many desserts
  • 6% Awful food, no variety
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