Eating on Campus: The Hot Take

Here’s a list of where to eat on campus and when it’s open. Info taken from the UMW Dining site, which is subject to change week-to-week. Sometimes information is hard to find, especially around holidays. Check up on UMW Dining’s social media (Facebook is their most used site, but they have Twitter and Instagram, too).

University Center (UC)

This is where you get unlimited meal swipes. You can eat there at any time and as often as you want. However, food is not always being served. You can go in at any time, but you might end up sitting and waiting for the stations to be prepared and stocked (you can look up times individually per station). The employees here are always busy, so remember to be patient and thank them for your food!

Monday – Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Continental Breakfast); 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Brunch); 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Dinner)

Vocelli Pizza (The Nest)

This is the best pizza on campus because it is the only pizza on campus (outside of the UC). If someone asks if you want to eat at The Nest, they’re usually talking about Vocelli. The standard meal is two slices of pizza for one meal swipe. Other prices will be marked at the service station. You can also see a menu of to-order food that can be picked up or delivered. I’ve heard there will be a delivery charge this year, but I have to confirm that. Delivery and most to-order food is also exclusively flex, so keep an eye out on how much you spend here. Grab some of those quality cookies for flex or a meal swipe while you’re there.

Monday – Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Sunday: 11:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Simply to Go (The Nest)

This is our little food market on campus. You can pay with money or flex if you’re on the run and need a sandwich. Food is a little expensive here, and you only have so much flex, but it is another option for you.

Monday – Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday – Sunday: Closed

Naturally Woodstock (The Underground)

I’ve been fighting with the Underground for years on its hours. Everyone push for lunch AND dinner hours when surveys come around. To clarify, Naturally Woodstock is the name of the food service, the Underground is the name of the location under Lee Hall. People usually refer to it as the latter. It offers mostly sandwiches, some drinks, and other food items like chicken and waffles. Some of the food is paid for by meal swipes / meal + flex, although a lot of it is moving more towards flex-based payment.

Monday – Sunday: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Blackstone (Blackstone)

My favorite place. This is where you can get coffee, snacks, cupcakes, tea, and (most importantly) breakfast. They also have sandwiches, which usually cost meal + flex. Breakfast is almost always one meal swipe. Drinks are always flex, snacks can be meal or flex. I love coffee from Blackstone (mocha with almond milk is my favorite, if you wanna try something new). As long as Blackstone has been open, I have been eating their breakfast and drinking their coffee. It’s a wonderful place, especially when you need to be in the HCC in the morning. Be wary of how many meal swipes and flex you have, though; this is a big draining point for a lot of students’ flex accounts.

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Eatz on the Street (Food Truck)

This is almost exclusively flex-based and sometimes hard to catch. It has a habit of disappearing on days it’s supposed to be around, but if you want to grab food real quick and you see it, the food truck is gonna be there for you.

Hours haven’t been posted yet.

Jamba Juice & Lil Joe’s (Jamba Juice)

Jamba Juice is here for all your smoothie needs. If you need some fruit, you can get a 16oz of what you want for a meal or flex. Lil Joe’s has some sandwiches and lunch-based meal food if you want to grab something. Almost all meals are meal + flex. While this is located on the first floor of the UC, it doesn’t count in your unlimited swipes (despite how amazing unlimited smoothies would truly be). This area is also nice to just hang out in, since there’s lots of seating and comfy places to get some work done.

Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Qdoba (Qdoba)

This is one of my favorite places to eat, since it is very customizable. Food is almost always meal + flex and contests Blackstone in its draining rapid draining of flex. Like Jamba Juice, it is located on the first floor of the UC but does not count toward unlimited swipes. It has burritos, burrito bowls, salads, nachos, queso, guacamole, and others. I’m a big fan.

Monday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

Please note that all food closes at around 10 or 11pm, so if you eat late, plan ahead. Weekends can be rough, since food hours are much more limited. Giant is a short walk past the Anderson Center, if you need to buy food to tide you over in weird hours or weekend holidays.

If you have any questions, let me know! As always, I’m here for you first and foremost.