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1 College Student

Campus Food: Compared to other universities, the food blows. The whole dining system should be more student friendly with more benefits.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I don't like how the valleys are closed on the weekends because I'm too lazy to walk to Valley 2 or Bernhard center to eat. I think they should add more healthy choices to the menu. I do love the desert they serve, it's delicious. I also think they close too early on the weekends.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Overall, it really isn't that bad after you get used to it. There is just a lot of repetitive food weekly and it gets boring always seeing the same stuff out week after week

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: If you live in the valleys, dining choices are limited. I end up eating a sandwich or cereal for just about every meal. If you live by bistro or burnhams, your dining experience will be way better.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are very few healthy options. There's a salad bar in the Burnhams but you can't eat salad for every meal.


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Campus dining halls at Western Michigan are among the top dining halls in the state. There is a wide variety of options, catering to nearly every diet. The dining halls are buffet style, so you can always expect an assortment of options, such as a salad bar, a fruit bar, a wok, and dessert table; plus, these offerings are paired with daily entrées which can be seen in advance at

There are a number of meal plans available to students, such as Bronco Gold (unlimited), Bronco 20, Bronco 15, and Bronco 10, with the numbers representing the amount of meals a student is allotted per week. There are also meal plans available for commuters, some of which are numbered by visits per semester (such as the Commuter 100, Commuter 75, and Commuter 50). There are also dining halls located all over campus for convenience. Students are allotted dining dollars where students can purchase chips, pop or soda, pizza, and other goods.

Facts & Statistics

Freshman Meal Plan Required?
A freshman meal plan is recommended; however, it is not required. Depending on which of the dorms you live in, for instance, Valley I and Valley II, meal plans are strongly encouraged. However, some students in Valley III do not have meal plans, as there is not a cafeteria in that building.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • Bistro3
  • Hoekje/Bigelow Dining Service
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bacon
  • Cereal
  • Omelets
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Pizza
  • Stir-fry
  • Tacos
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Chinese food
  • Ice cream

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bella Vita Café
Location: College of Health & Human Services
Food: Coffee, pizza, salad, sandwiches, smoothies, soup
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Bernhard Café
Location: Bernhard Center
Food: Breakfast, coffee, pizza, salads, sandwiches, snacks, sushi
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: Davis Hall
Food: Blazin' Bronco, Fresh Creations, The Nook, Sweet Sensations, Western Grounds, World Flavors
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Burnham Dining Service
Location: Ernest/Smith Burnham Hall
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Draper Carryout
Location: Draper Siedschlag Hall
Food: Carryout
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Flossie's Café
Location: Sangren Hall
Food: Bagels, coffee, fruit, pizza, salads, sandwiches, snacks, soup
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Hoekje/Bigelow Dining Service
Location: Bernhard Center
Food: Grill
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Parkview Café
Location: College of Engineering
Food: Coffee, pizza, salads, sandwiches, smoothies, snacks, soup
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Plaza Café
Location: Sprau Tower
Food: Bagels, coffee, pizza, salads, sandwiches, snacks, soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Schneider Café
Location: Schneider Hall
Food: Bagels, coffee, fruit, pizza, salads, sandwiches, soups, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Valley I Dining Service
Location: Between Ackley/Shilling and Britton/Hadley
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Valley II Dining Service
Location: Between Garneau/Harvey and Eicher/LeFevre
Food: Stir-fry
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Western Scoops Ice Cream
Location: Bronco Mall
Food: Ice cream
Hours: Monday-Friday 1:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 3 p.m.-9 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 48 responses

  • 22% Bistro
  • 16% Subway
  • 13% Biggby
  • 11% Santorini's Mediterranean Grill
  • 10% The cafes
  • 10% Late night carry-out
  • 8% Take out
  • 7% Dining Halls
  • 2% Extreme Greens in the Burnhams

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 121 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 worst food options on campus?    Based on 35 responses

  • 30% Valley 3
  • 28% The cafeteria
  • 19% Dining Halls
  • 13% Valley 2 on Sundays
  • 6% Only having valley 2 and Bigelow open on weekends
  • 2% Burnhams
  • 2% Everything besides Bistro in terrible

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 44 responses

  • 40% Dining Dollars included
  • 26% You can eat as much as you want!
  • 19% Some food is decent
  • 10% Special events in the dining halls with good food
  • 4% I wish there were more healthy choices
  • 2% Meal equivalency at other campuses
  • 0% Nothing

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 46 responses

  • 32% You don't get refunded what you don't use.
  • 31% It is way over priced
  • 20% Bad food
  • 9% PARKING
  • 4% You can't bring guests in using your meals
  • 2% Not enough gluten free options
  • 2% Not enough healthy options.
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