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Campus Food


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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Food is great for the most part. However, freshmen are forced into an abusive 21 meal/week plan. It's impossible to use all your "swipes" without overeating.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There is a fairly wide variety of dining options on campus, and if that's still not enough variety for you, you can always use your meal money off campus as well.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Vanderbilt offers a great variety of foods that caters to different cultures and peoples needs.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Overall, a lot of the food is high quality. However, the meal plan swipes are way too much food to consume in one sitting. Also, the meal plan periods can be difficult to work around depending on your class schedule.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The amount of food is overwhelming at first, and they have a huge variety. The only problem is walking all that way to get food. They do their best to keep students fed, and the munchie marts are great for snacks and convenient meals

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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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Other than dinner at Rand, students are very positive about the quality of the food. Fortunately, there are so many other choices on most days that it is hard not to find something you like. But, on-campus weekend dining options are extremely limited.

Vanderbilt has recently overhauled its meal plan system, which gives students a great deal more flexibility in their food options. However, despite the high quality and selection of what is available, the prices are ridiculously inflated, and there isn’t a grocery store within walking distance—the cost of living is very high within the “Vanderbubble.”

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$4886 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • Commons Center
  • The Pub
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Best Wok
  • Bread and Company
  • Bruegger's Bagels
  • Cabana
  • Calypso Café
  • Chili's
  • Chuy's (Midtown)
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Iris Café
  • Michaelangelo's Pizza
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • Noshville
  • Obie's Flying Tomato Pizza
  • P.F. Chang's
  • Papa John's
  • Provence Breads & Café
  • Qdoba
  • Roma Pizza and Pasta
  • Sam's Place Sports Bar & Grill
  • Satay Thai Grill
  • Smoothie King (Elliston)
  • Smoothie King (Rec Center)
  • Sunset Grill
  • Sweet CeCe's
  • Wendy's (21st)
  • Wendy's (West End)
  • Zumi Sushi Japanese Kitchen
Did You Know?
  • VU meal plan hours are as follows. Breakfast is Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Lunch is daily 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dinner is daily 4:30 p.m.-11 p.m.
  • Students can only use their ID cards at certain campus restaurants during these hours. Meals during "off hours" must be purchased with campus "meal money."

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bamboo Bistro
Location: Alumni Hall
Food: Asian
Hours: Monday–Thursday 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
The Commons
Location: Commons Student Center
Food: Chef’s Table, deli, grill, pasta, pizza, salad bar, soup, sweets, wok station
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Food for Thought Café
Location: Central Library
Food: Desserts, paninis, salads, sides, soups
Hours: Monday–Thursday 9 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.–8 p.m.
Grins Vegetarian Café
Location: Schulman Student Center
Food: Kosher, paninis, salads, wraps, sweets, vegetarian
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Last Drop Coffee Shop
Location: Sarratt Student Center
Food: Coffee/tea, smoothies, sweets
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–3 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.–9 p.m.
Pi and Leaf
Location: Rand Lounge
Food: Grill, pizza, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
The Pub at Overcup Oak
Location: Sarratt Student Center
Food: Burgers, chicken fingers, paninis, salads, sandwiches, themed dinners
Hours: Monday–Thursday 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.–9 p.m.
Location: Morgan Hall
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
Rand Dining Center
Location: Sarratt Student Center
Food: Chef James Bistro, Comfort Food, Deli, Lunch Paper, Salad Bar, Tex Mex
Hours: Monday 7 a.m.–3 p.m., Tuesday–Wednesday 7 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Thursday–Friday 7 a.m.–3 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location: Branscomb Quadrangle
Food: Hawaiian, paninis, pizza, salads, sandwiches, tacos, wraps
Hours: Monday–Thursday 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Rocket Subs
Location: Carmichael Towers, basement
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Thursday 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.–10 p.m.
Suzie's Café
Location: Blair School of Music and Featheringhill Hall (Engineering)
Food: Bagels, coffee, muffins, sandwiches, wraps
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 73 responses

  • 19% Commons
  • 18% The Pub
  • 14% Grins
  • 14% Pi/Leaf
  • 12% Kissam
  • 11% Rand
  • 5% Bamboo Bistro
  • 3% Quiznos
  • 1% Hospital Cafeteria
  • 1% ABP
  • 1% Rand Cookies!
  • 0% Mctyeire dinner on Thursdays

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 107 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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