dining hall


General Information

All undergraduate residents living in North and South Campus residence halls are required to enroll in a University meal plan. Meal plans are optional for undergraduate students residing in South Campus apartments.

Your SU I.D. card is required for access to any of the University dining centers. It is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct to use another student's SU I.D. for access to the dining centers and/or meals.


Your Meal Plan week starts Thursday at breakfast and goes through the following Wednesday dinner. Within that period of time, you may eat whatever meals you want at any dining center as long as you don't go over your total meals per week. Unused meals do not roll over to the next week. When choosing a meal plan, think about your eating habits and school work load. This will help you decide what is best for you. Our dining centers are all-you-care-to-eat. You are welcome to go back for seconds if you find something that you like. We suggest that you take smaller portions so there is less waste if you decide you would like to try another menu item.

Special Meals

Kosher - Syracuse University Food Services serves kosher meals every day during the academic year through the Kosher Kitchen, which is part of Shaw Dining Center. The Kosher Kitchen is located in a secure area inside our kitchen at Shaw. The kitchen is supervised and inspected for kosher compliance by a Mashgiach under the direction of the Vaad of Syracuse. In addition to overseeing the preparation and service of kosher meals, the Mashgiach inspects the Food Services warehouse to ensure the kosher products are received, stored, and shipped appropriately. The Mashgiach also assists in locating vendors for kosher products. Shabbat dinner each week is prepared in our Kosher Kitchen at Shaw and is served in the Winnick Hillel Center for Jewish Life.

Halal - Syracuse University Food Services also prepares Halal lunches and dinners. These meals are served at Shaw Dining Center Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Students wishing to participate in the Halal meal program should contact the Shaw Dining Center manager for more information on Halal meals and participation.

Vegetarian and Vegan - A variety of nutritionally balanced vegetarian and vegan options are available in the dining centers. Vegetarian and vegan foods are available at all meals, with new recipes always being developed. Suggestions from students are always welcome.


Dining Centers

Food Services operate five residential dining centers on North Campus and Goldstein Dining on South Campus. These facilities serve the over 6,700 students currently on meal plans. There is always a variety of fresh and tasty foods available. If you don't feel like eating the daily specials, there are many alternatives from our grill, deli, salad bar, daily specialty bar, and vegetarian and vegan selections. In addition, special dinners, floor dinners, study breaks, and other themed events take place in the residential dining centers throughout the academic year.

Food Courts

Food Services operate Schine Dining in the Hildegard and J. Myer Schine Student Center and Goldstein Dining in the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Student Center. Both offer a wide selection of choices from Sbarro, Dunkin' Donuts, Sal's Birdland, Freshens, Jump Asian Style Cuisine, Salad Bar, Grill, Deli Bar, Organic Foods, and Grab 'n Go Items. Students have the option of taking their selections to-go or enjoying their meals in the comfort of the spacious dining rooms. Cash, credit cards and SUpercard FOOD are accepted.

The Food Court at Kimmel Hall features several national franchises, including Dunkin' Donuts, Häagen Dazs, Sbarro, Queso's and Trios. It also has Stirrific Mongolian Grill, where you can enjoy made-to-order stir-fry dishes; Taste Buds Deli, which offers soups and sandwiches; and The Marketplace, a great stop for grab-n-go goodies. Cash, credit cards and SUpercard FOOD are accepted.

Campus Cafes

There are currently 14 cafés conveniently located across campus. Four are associated with dining centers and/or residence halls. The remainder are located at the College of Law, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, the Warehouse (located downtown), Huntington Hall, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Hinds Hall, the Life Sciences Building, the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, Eggers Hall, and Pages in E.S. Bird Library.

Starbucks is available in the Campus West housing complex. This full service Starbucks, connected to West Campus Express convenience store, offers customers all of their favorite coffee drinks, cocoa, tess and baked goods in one location.


FoodWorks and FWII are convenient on-campus grocery stores and snack areas that have something for everyone. They feature a full line of wholesome foods, including fresh produce, dairy and bakery products, frozen foods, and snack foods. Located on Mt. Olympus below Graham Dining Center, FoodWorks accepts cash, SUpercard FOOD, and VISA or MasterCard. To expand the services provided by FoodWorks, SU Food Services opened FWII in DellPlain Hall. Like FoodWorks, FWII offers popular grocery store items in a convenient location. Both stores accept cash, credit cards and SUpercard FOOD.

South Campus Express and West Campus Express are chock full of variety for students who are on special diets or are looking for healthier choices. From convenience items to regular grocery fare, these two stores have something for everyone. These specialty grocery stores accept cash, credit cards, SUpercard FOOD and SUpercard PLUS.

Nutrition Services

Syracuse University Food Services employs a registered dietitian to assist in menu development, provide nutritional information to students, and help plan for an individual's special dietary needs, such as food allergies and other food-related concerns

Confidential nutrition counseling sessions are also available with the nutritionist at Syracuse University Health Services. This service is provided free of charge for students who have paid their health fee. Help is available for students with eating disorders, medical conditions related to diet, vegetarianism, weight management, or those that simply want to improve their eating habits.

Food Allergies

Syracuse University Food Services is committed to providing the highest quality products and services available. Every attempt is made to meet the needs of students with special dietary requirements. If you have special dietary needs, such as a food allergy, we strongly recommend you contact Food Services as early as possible (ideally, prior to your arrival on campus) so that they may prepare to meet your dietary needs.


Housing Assignments are coming! Important items to keep in mind.

The first group of new student room assignments (for those who submitted their housing application prior to the June 1 published deadline) will be emailed to the student's email on July 15th. Once the housing assignment and roommate information is received, we encourage roommates to begin discussing what it will be like to live together. Discussion suggestions include:

  • Who is bringing what?
  • What will be shared?
  • Room standards-cleaniness, music, guests, etc.

It is important for you to know that may of our residence halls are undergoing renovations this summer. While we are excited for you to see the results, residence halls are considered "hard hat" areas, accessible only to the contractors. Please plan to tour the residential facilities in August during Syracuse Welcome. In the meantime, please visit our website in the weeks to come for helpful information pertaining to our residential facilities, meal plan options, and ID Card services.