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Campus Food

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are options for vegans, vegetarians, etc

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Some places are much better than others. Cafe Nova is the best food on campus but can get very busy at times.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food at Villanova is definitely better than most universities.There is always fresh and healthy options and a variety of options.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food is always good, although sometimes it can be pretty repetitive but dining services works hard to try and have some variation. Meal plans are a bit expensive and limiting on what you can exchange for a meal.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The food here isn't bad. Compared to most college campuses the food is pretty edible. As it should be because of the money a meal plan costs. The trick is to know what to order. There is a lot of variety around campus and within the dinning halls. Even if the main course does not seem so good, you can always eat cereal/salad/fruit. The point system is really nice because it can be used at any dining location, even those that do not take meals. The meals can also be used at Holy Grounds, which means free coffee. Yay.

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College food, no matter where you go, is never close to a home-cooked meal. That’s always one of the reasons going home on breaks is that much better. That aside, Villanova has a decent selection of pretty edible food. All types of eating preferences are looked after, so whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or have religious eating restrictions, dining services offers options for you. Not to mention that if you are hungry, the three cafeterias have decent food—and as much as you can eat. Breakfast is always good, with a variety of eggs, sandwiches, omelets, pancakes, and fruit.

It also helps that there are plenty of food specialty places around campus. The only problem with these, though, is that they tend to close early for a college campus and leave students in a position to get takeout or snack on something in their room. Overall, Villanova has a good taste in what is served. While students like to complain, it’s not all that bad.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$5570 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
  • Bartley-The Exchange
  • Connelly
  • Dougherty
  • The Italian Kitchen
  • The Pit
  • Second Storey
  • The Spit
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Wildcard is accepted at a variety of places, including restaurants, just off campus and down the Main Line
Special Options
While no dining hall on campus is open 24 hours, some of the campus markets like Second Storey in St. Mary's and the Sparket on South Campus operate on extended hours (most days until 12 a.m.). Students are able to use their meal plans to purchase certain items or can use their WildCards to buy other, non-meal plan essentials.
Did You Know?
Villanova's Dining Services won the 2004 Restaurants and Institutions Ivy Award, one of the highest awards for the food service industry.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Belle Air Terrace
Location: Connelly Center
Food: Asian, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
The Corner Grill
Location: Dougherty Hall
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:45 a.m.-6:15 p.m., Friday 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
Donahue Court (the Spit)
Location: Donahue Hall
Food: Buffet
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 4:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m.
Donohue Market
Location: Donohue Court
Food: Convenience store
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-1 a.m.
Dougherty Hall
Location: Basement of Dougherty Hall
Food: Buffet with salad bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 4:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
The Exchange
Location: Bartley Hall
Food: Deli, hot entrees
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8:15 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Holy Grounds
Location: CEER
Food: Baked goods, coffee, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Holy Grounds
Location: Falvey Library
Food: Baked goods, coffee, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Holy Grounds
Location: The Exchange
Food: Baked goods, coffee, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Holy Grounds
Location: Connelly Center
Food: Baked goods, coffee, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Ice Cream Shoppe
Location: Connolly Center
Food: Frozen yogurt, ice cream, milkshakes
Hours: Monday-Friday 12 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-10 p.m.
The Italian Kitchen
Location: Dougherty Hall
Food: Italian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:45 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 10:45 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Law School Café
Location: Garey Hall
Food: Bakery items, grab `n go sandwiches, salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Second Storey
Location: St. Mary's Hall
Food: Convenience store
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-2 a.m.
St. Augustine Café
Location: Liberal Arts Center
Food: Hot entrees, salads, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
St. Mary's Hall
Location: St. Mary's Hall
Food: Buffet with salad bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 4:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 23% Cafe Nova
  • 14% Belle Aire Terrace
  • 13% Campus Corner
  • 12% The law school
  • 9% The Spit
  • 8% Holy Grounds
  • 8% Second storey
  • 7% Exchange
  • 5% St. Mary's Dining Hall
  • 2% The Pit

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 66 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 29 responses

  • 38% Meal Plan Exchanges
  • 29% All you can eat
  • 13% Convenient times
  • 9% The dining hall food is actually really good
  • 9% The Points System the Villanova
  • 2% You'll live off MPE's.

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

  • 46% Confusing at first
  • 29% Meal plans don't work everywhere, like Bartley
  • 21% Expensive
  • 4% Works fine for me.
  • 0% MPE limit.

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 59% The Pit
  • 21% Food doesn't bother me
  • 18% The Spit
  • 3% Holy grounds
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