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3 College Senior

Campus Food: I normally have classes located on East Campus and eat at the bistro located there.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: If you do not mind eating the same things all the time, then a meal plan is for you. I got sick of the food very quickly, and I wished they had more healthy and higher quality options for the price you pay.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Depends on where and when you go.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: i loved the carryout options because I could eat lighter food on the go ,

3 College Senior

Campus Food: I just wish that there was more health food and that they would change up what is on the menus alot more.


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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 111 responses

  • 20% Bistro
  • 16% Subway
  • 12% Santorini's Mediterranean Grill
  • 11% Biggby
  • 8% Late night carry-out
  • 7% Dining Halls
  • 7% The cafes
  • 6% Take out
  • 4% Extreme Greens in the Burnhams
  • 4% I would like to see more store options.
  • 2% Burnhams
  • 1% Draper carryout
  • 1% The Crow's Nest
  • 0% Mugshots in Valley 1
  • 0% Cilantro's in Valley I
  • 0% Valley 2 stir fry
  • 0% 2 fellas!
  • 0% Cilantros in valley 1
  • 0% Valley 2

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 87 responses

  • 19% Valley 3
  • 16% Only having valley 2 and Bigelow open on weekends
  • 16% I just wish they could have more of a variety.
  • 10% Valley 2 on Sundays
  • 10% The cafeteria
  • 8% Dining Halls
  • 6% Only having a couple dining halls open on weekends
  • 6% The end of the school year calls for leftovers
  • 3% Everything besides Bistro in terrible
  • 2% Late-Night at Bigelow
  • 1% Need more options in general.
  • 1% Burnhams

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 103 responses

  • 25% You don't get refunded what you don't use.
  • 22% It is way over priced
  • 13% You can't bring guests in using your meals
  • 13% Bad food
  • 8% Not enough healthy options.
  • 6% Unused meals don't role over to the next week.
  • 6% PARKING
  • 5% Sometimes have the same meals too often
  • 1% Not enough gluten free options

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 186 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 things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 101 responses

  • 30% Dining Dollars included
  • 24% You can eat as much as you want!
  • 15% Some food is decent
  • 14% Special events in the dining halls with good food
  • 9% I wish there were more healthy choices
  • 5% The dining dollars would have to be the best.
  • 2% Meal equivalency at other campuses
  • 1% Nothing
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