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Campus Food


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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I went to Runk most often and the food was pretty great, especially in the first few weeks. The buffet style, at first, seems wonderful and like you'll be eating like a king/queen. After a few weeks, you notice the same food over and over again, often the leftovers sitting out for a couple days. It gets tiring, but what else can you expect from a college dining hall?

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It varies depending on what dining hall you go to and at what time.

1 College Junior

Campus Food: Food on campus is awful. I got food poisoning from O-hill my first year. I did not get a meal plan after my first year, but first years are required to be on meal plans. The food not only is unhealthy, but also there are limited options and it doesn't taste good. I absolutely hated the food, and I would not recommend eating in the dining hall unless that's your only option.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Campus food could be much better, especially since first years are required to purchase the unlimited meal plan. However, plus dollars and meal exchanges are essential and come in handy.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food is okay depending on where you go. I think Newcomb is the far superior dining hall, with its wide variety of options and fantastic service. However, seating there is hard to find and I do not like its hours and availability. Ohill is the worst. The food doesn't have a lot of variety and there was a recent food poisoning outbreak that happened last semester. Plus, the employees kind of scare me at times (looking at you Ms. Kelly at the sandwich line). Runk is actually pretty good, but it is so far away that it isn't even worth it. Meal exchange is my savior. Chick fil a = happiness.

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Most students find the on-campus dining to be pretty standard, as far as cafeteria food goes. Some say that they love the dining halls, but these students are few and far between. The salad, wrap, cereal, and ethnic/alternative food stations are normally pretty reliable in that everyone can probably find something to eat there. The biggest complaint seems to be that the food is always the same, and it is sometimes difficult for vegetarians and vegans to find something that suits their needs. New initiatives on campus have been launched to help students both broaden their nutritional horizons and balance their meals. The dining halls try to give appropriate serving sizes and variety and offer the services of nutritionists to all students who have a meal plan.

After you tire of the dining hall, you can use Plus Dollars, CAV advantage, or cash in the PAV, bakery, the Castle, or any other on-campus food facility. Though the food in these places is much better than the dining hall routine and predictability, it is not always the healthiest. You won’t go hungry at UVA, even if you won’t be eating as well as you did at home. Many students enjoy Sunday brunches, with a make-your-own omelet station and all sorts of other fatty foods to soak up the alcohol from the night before. The PAV and the bakery, located on the ground floor of Newcomb Hall, are always pleasant breaks from the cafeteria, offering Pizza Hut, Chik-Fil-A, sushi, a smoothie station, and a delicatessan. Despite the standard repetition, the dining hall does offer a good number of options, as well as the opportunity to chat with friends and have lively group meals.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4380 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • Greenberry’s (Alderman Café)
  • Pavillion XI
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Did You Know?
With your meal plan, you get a certain amount of Plus Dollars, which allow you to purchase food at all the on-campus eateries (the regular meal plan only allows you to go to one of the three dining halls on grounds), and at both Domino's Pizza locations in Charlottesville. Be sure to use all of your Plus Dollars by the end of the academic year, as you will not get them back.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Alderman Café
Location: Alderman Library, fourth floor
Food: Coffee, tea, baked goods, bagels
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-11 p.m.
The Bakery
Location: Newcomb Hall, ground floor
Food: Coffee, bagels, breads, pastries, salads, soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
C3 at Lambeth
Location: Lambeth Field apartment complex
Food: Snacks, chips, beverages
Hours: Monday-Friday 5 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
C3 at Newcomb
Location: Newcomb Hall
Food: Snacks, chips, beverages
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 p.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.-11 p.m.
C3 at Runk
Location: Hereford College
Food: Snacks, chips, beverages
Hours: Daily 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Castle
Location: Bonnycastle Dorm, ground floor
Food: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream (ice cream), Grille Works (grilled hamburgers, chicken, fries, Philly sandwiches and breakfast items), Kettle Classics Soup Station (soups, beverages, breads), Montague's Deli (sandwiches)
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Crossroads
Location: West Campus
Food: Pao's Panini (specialty sandwiches), Sbarro's (pizza, Italian), The Stoplight Grill (burgers, fries)
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday 3 p.m.-2 a.m., Sunday 3 p.m.-12 a.m.
Fine Arts Lounge
Location: Fiske-Kimball Fine Arts Library, ground floor
Food: Breakfast biscuits, bagels, pastries, coffee, soup, deli sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Java City
Location: UVA Bookstore
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Language Houses
Location: The French House, Spanish House, Shea House
Food: Dinner variety
Hours: Monday-Thursday 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Newcomb Hall
Location: Central Grounds
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-4 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Observatory Hill
Location: Next to the first-year dorms
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-4 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Pavilion XI
Location: Newcomb Hall, Ground Floor
Food: Chick-fil-A (chicken sandwiches, waffle fries), Cranberry Farms (turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes), Freshens (smoothies, ice cream, yogurt), Montague's Deli (made-to-order deli)
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Poolside Café
Location: Aquatic Fitness Center
Food: Smoothies, sandwiches, salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Runk Hall
Location: Hereford College
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10:40 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Sidley, Austin, Brown, and Wood Cafè
Location: Student Faculty Center, 1st floor
Food: Bene Pizzeria (pizza, calzones), Grille Works (burgers, fries), Kettle Classics (soups, breads) World's Fare (international hot entrees, sides), Montague's Deli (specialty sandwiches)
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
West Range Cafè
Location: Next to Garrett Hall
Food: Coffee, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 104 responses

  • 19% Runk dining hall, or the lunch food trucks.
  • 17% Pavillion XI
  • 14% Dumpling Truck
  • 11% Newcomb Dining Hall
  • 10% West Range Cafe
  • 8% Crossroads
  • 7% O'Hill
  • 6% Fine arts cafe
  • 5% The Castle
  • 2% Rising Roll
  • 1% I can only access Newcomb dining hall though.
  • 0% Safwaf
  • 0% Anything from the corner

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 172 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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