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Complimentary Short-Term Parking

Enjoy short-term complimentary parking when dining at a residential dining commons. Remember to ask for a validation pass from the cashier when entering Bolton, O-House, or Snelling to validate parking upon leaving. Parking will not be validated without a pass. These parking options include:

  • One hour of free parking at Tate Deck prior to 6 p.m. (Parking in the Tate Deck is always free after 6 p.m. with a valid UGA OneCard.)
  • One hour of free parking at South Deck
  • Three parking spaces in E09 have been designated for 20-minute pick-up at Village Summit or Red Clay Café. (Parking is free at East Deck after 4 p.m. with a valid UGA OneCard as well.)

Weekly Food Truck Partners

We've partnered with local food trucks, such as Chick-fil-A, Nedza's, and Rashe's Cuisine, to bring you additional on-campus dining options. Check out the weekly schedule here.

First Come, First Served Seating

No reservation? No problem! A limited amount of first come, first served seating is now available in the dining commons, in addition to the reservation system through the Grubhub app — just ask a team member when you arrive about seating availability. Please note, dine-in reservations are not available at the Niche.

Quick Markets

Have you stopped by our new Quick Markets yet? You can now grab a quick meal from two Quick Markets, which offer a variety of pre-made sandwiches, wraps, salads, frozen entrées, desserts, and drinks as well as items such as cereals, yogurt cups, hummus, chips, and fresh fruit. The Quick Markets are set up near Creswell and Boggs Halls as well as on East Campus next to Busbee Hall.


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Helpful Tips for Dining on Campus

Please consider the following helpful tips for dining on campus and check out the accompanying video as UGA Dining Services Registered Dietitian Katherine Ingerson tours Oglethorpe Dining Commons and builds a heart-healthy meal.

1. Familiarize yourself with the multiple ways to dine on campus.

  • If you are a meal plan customer, you may come to any of our dining commons and visit available stations to build your own to-go plate, use Grubhub to order ahead and pick-up grab-and-go items, or make a reservation to dine-in through the Grubhub app. Please note that menu items on the Grubhub menu vary from our to-go and dine-in options, meaning you will receive a wider selection of meal items by going inside the location to build a to-go plate or make a reservation to dine-in. Hot line items vary from location to location with entrées and sides rotating between lunch and dinner. You can see each available item, as well as the nutrition information, ahead of arrival on Build Your Plate. Learn how to access Build Your Plate through the UGA App here.
  • If the Grubhub wait times are longer than you need, we recommend you enter the retail or dining commons location and choose from available items to take a meal to-go. You can also take advantage of dine-in reservations options available through Grubhub for our dining commons.
  • Explore our 20+ retail dining locations, conveniently located throughout campus. Remember, you can use the 50 Paw Points you received as a thank you for being our customer or the Paw Points associated with select meal plans at each of these locations. (As a reminder, one paw point is equivalent to one tax-free dollar so if you go to a retail location and purchase $5 worth of food, you will use five Paw Points.) Customers can also use credit/debit or Bulldog Bucks. Retail options include coffee shops like Starbucks and Jittery Joes, grab-and-go items in the Markets, and made-to-order meals at locations like East Side Deli, Niche Pizza Co., and Athena Mediterranean Kitchen as well as well-known favorites such as Barberitos, Chick-fil-A, and Panda Express.
  • Have questions about your dining options, allergies, or specific dietary needs? Contact UGA Dining Services Registered Dietitian Katherine Ingerson at ingerson@uga.edu.
  • Check out our videos showing examples of dining processes for both residential and retail dining this semester and view full updates below.

2. Explore the variety of dining locations available on campus.

  • Dining locations in central campus tend to have the most demand. Familiarize yourself with the many different dining options on campus and try a new location. Hours of operation, locations, and opening dates for our retail locations are available here. Many of our retail locations are currently open, with more opening on Thursday.
  • Bolton Dining Commons is also in central campus and experiences high-demand. If you are on the meal plan, try visiting Village Summit, Oglethorpe, or Snelling Dining Commons. Village Summit is open from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Oglethorpe Dining Commons is open 7:00 a.m. -9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Snelling is open Mondays at 7:00 a.m. for continuous service until 2:30 p.m. on Fridays (Snelling will close from 5:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. each day for sanitation and disinfecting) for Grubhub grab-n-go pick up, providing additional variety and dining options. The Niche offers great options for students and residents on the Health Sciences Campus. You can see hours of operations for these locations here.

3. Try visiting to our dining locations during off-peak times.

  • The lunch rush typically occurs between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Try visiting our dining locations during off-peak times for faster service.

How to Dine on the UGA Meal Plan

While the coronavirus pandemic has posed several challenges, we remain committed to providing an exceptional meal plan program with access to a variety of dining options. That is why we are not only ensuring you have a safe and healthy experience as you come to campus, but that you also have flexible and easy dining options. We have introduced a new online ordering program, to-go options, and a dine-in reservation system. During this period of temporary dining adjustments, residential dining locations will be open for meal plan participants only. While we are temporarily adjusting some dining operations and menus in response to COVID-19, we are focusing on providing as extensive of a menu as possible during this time and are not limiting the number of times an all-access meal plan participant can visit the dining commons.

Those using credit/debit, Paw Points, or Bulldog Bucks to purchase food may do so at our retail dining locations

Please note that the information below is subject to change and will be updated regularly. 

The videos on this page demonstrating dining in the dining commons and retail locations are intended to be an example of our adjusted procedures and were filmed with a small group to adhere to Phase 1 reopening guidelines in place at the time of filming. 

Pilot Block Meal Plans

We are piloting the addition of two new meal plans this academic year. During the pilot, these plans will be available to students living on- or off-campus* and will provide either 180 blocks per semester plus 300 Paw Points or 180 blocks per semester with no Paw Points. 

These plans provide approximately two meals per day in our residential dining commons, and you may use your blocks at your convenience each semester.  Paw Points add on-campus dining flexibility as we accept them at any of our retail locations, such as Barberitos, Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, and more. Paw Points remain active for one calendar year past a student’s last use of Paw Points. It is to your advantage to use your blocks each semester so as to not forfeit any unused blocks from fall to spring. 

You can learn more about the Pilot Meal Plans here.

Ways to Dine: 

Snelling is open for Grubhub pick-up only and the Niche (on the Health Sciences Campus) is available for to-go only.

Take a Meal To-Go 

Our to-go meal process is a quick and easy way to choose from a variety of food options, including rotating hot entrées and sides, deli and grill items, and more. Meal plan customers are welcome to come to any of our dining commons and visit available stations to choose from a variety of to-go items. As a to-go customer, you'll enter the dining commons through the door labeled for to-go customers, follow the designated paths, and pick your items from the available options. Dining team members will fill your to-go container as you go through the line. Remember to wear your face covering and social distance by waiting for the customer ahead of you to place their order and continue through the line. Menus can be viewed ahead of time on Build Your Plate.

Our retail locations are open for to-go service as well. Paw Points, Bulldog Bucks, and credit / debit cards may be used to purchase meals to-go from any of these locations. 

Please note our food safety practices when taking food to-go. 

Waste Management

Dining Services sources environmentally-friendly materials including 100% paper straws as well as take-out containers made from a blend of fiber and pulp materials. UGA Dining Services also provided meal plan customers with reusable bags made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles. The bags can be used to carry take-out items from dining locations. Meal plan customers may also consider dining-in at a dining commons to reduce the amount of single-use items used. When getting carry-out meals, seek opportunities to use your own reusable utensils, compost any food scraps, and rinse and recycle all eligible containers. Thanks to a partnership with Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department and their commercial compost facility, UGA’s carry-out containers can be placed in compost bins on campus to become a nutrient-rich soil amendment instead of ending up in the landfill. And due to recent changes at the Athens-Clarke County recycling facility, clean and empty paper cups and containers, such as disposable coffee cups, can now go in single-stream recycling along with other standard recyclables. 

Additional trash cans have been and continue to be added at our dining commons.  

Order Online and Pick-up with Grubhub 

Order ahead and pick-up food from select dining commons or retail locations by using Grubhub. Download the app to view menus, locations, and place your order. Meal plan participants may use Grubhub to order food from the UGA dining commons with their meal plan or Paw Points. Please note that the Grubhub menu focuses on providing grab-and-go items, meaning you will receive a wider selection of menu items by choosing the to-go or dine-in options. Those without a meal plan may use Grubhub to order food from select retail dining locations by using credit/debit, Paw Points, or Bulldog Bucks. Please note our food safety practices below when taking food to-go. 

Select locations have special menu items on their Grubhub menus, including:

  • Snelling Dining Commons' Grubhub pizza menu served nightly between 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. The special includes a 10-inch pizza and a two liter of soda.
  • Oglethorpe Dining Commons' tasty chicken fingers box, which includes chicken fingers, fries, and a dipping sauce.

Dine-In (Reservations Required)  

Meal plan customers may also dine-in at select dining commons by using the Grubhub app to make a reservation before coming to a location. Reservations are required for dine-in. Limited seating is available in designated areas. In compliance with Georgia Department of Public Health guidelines, DO NOT move tables or chairs. Two- to four-seat tables are reserved for roommates, suite-mates, and family groups. Menus can be viewed ahead of time on Build Your Plate.  

*To best serve the needs of residents and students on the Health Sciences Campus, the Niche will be open for to-go service only.

Meal Plan Quick Stops and Markets

Meal Plan Quick Stop and Quick Market units provide additional areas on campus for you to pick up food. The grab-and-go menu includes a variety of pre-made sandwiches, wraps, salads, desserts, and drinks as well as items such as cereals, yogurt cups, chips, and fresh fruit. 

Our Quick Stop location is set up at D.W. Brooks Drive on Monday – Friday from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Our two Quick Markets are on campus and provide a wider variety of grab-and-go menu options from 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. The Quick Markets are set up near Creswell and Boggs Halls as well as on East Campus next to Busbee Hall. 

These locations accept all-access and block meal plans only. Meal plan participants may use their swipes or blocks to choose menu items from each category. Paw Points, Bulldog Bucks, and credit / debit are not accepted at these locations. Please note that menu items, locations, and hours are subject to change.

General Seating

General seating locations have been established around campus.

  • Grand Hall on the 5th floor of the Tate Student Center (Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.*)
  • North atrium in Stegeman Coliseum (Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
  • Inside Snelling Dining Commons (Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Friday 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
  • Legion Pool parking lot (W06) behind Bolton Dining Commons 
  • Outside Joe Frank Harris Commons 
  • Outside Oglethorpe Dining Commons
  • Outside Miller Learning Center

*Grand Hall in the Tate Student Center's availability is dependent on their schedule of special events.

Food Safety Practices: 

  • To minimize the potential for pathogen growth, cold food needs to stay below 41°F, and hot food needs to stay above 135°F.
  • All food items taken out should be consumed or refrigerated within two hours. Refrigerated leftovers should be consumed or discarded within two days.
  • When reheating refrigerated food, the food must be reheated to at least 165°F within two hours of removing it from refrigeration.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sanitation & Safety

How will dining locations be kept clean? 

  • Extending and maximizing online ordering, take-out, and reservation options 
  • Converting available food stations to full-service lines 
  • Redistributing and spacing out furniture and limited throughout dining facilities 
  • Sanitation practices will include: 
    • Increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitation of all areas, especially door handles, tables, and other shared surfaces 
    • Dining staff will wear personal protective equipment and follow best practices in food preparation 
    • Providing COVID-19 prevention supplies, such as soap, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, paper towels, and trash baskets in common areas, with all actively encouraged to utilize 
    • Providing additional hand-washing stations at dining locations 
    • Increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitation of serving utensils  
    • Increase the frequency of disinfecting dining rooms, service areas, and restrooms 

Do I need to wear a face covering while I'm in a Dining location?
Effective July 15, 2020, the University of Georgia—along with all University System of Georgia (USG) institutions—will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible. Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing. When in a dining location, wear your face covering until you are seated at your table with your food, and remember to replace your face covering before walking through and exiting the building after eating.

Dining Operations

Is the UGA Meal Plan mandatory?
The meal plan offered to each student is voluntary; you choose to be our customer. Students living on-campus are eligible for any of UGA's All-Access or Pilot Block plans. Students living off-campus are eligible for any All-AccessCommuter, or Pilot Block plan

I purchased an all-access meal plan. Will I still have unlimited, all-access entry to the dining commons?
Students who have one of our all-access meal plans will still have unlimited, all-access entry to UGA’s dining commons. While we are temporarily adjusting some dining operations and menus in response to COVID-19, we are focusing on providing as extensive of a menu as possible during this time and are not limiting the number of times an all-access meal plan participant can visit the dining commons.

Can I take food to-go from a residential dining commons? What items are on the menu?
Meal plan customers are welcome to come to any of our dining commons and visit available stations to choose from a variety of to-go items. Our culinary and nutrition teams are focusing on healthy menu items that include variety and menu specialties of each location as well as vegetarian and vegan options. Menu items that can be taken out from the dining commons can be viewed ahead of time on Build Your Plate. Remember if you purchased a meal plan with Paw Points those points are accepted at over 20 on-campus retail locations including Barberitos, Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, and more which also allow you to take food to-go.

*A note about to-go options vs Grubhub pick up: please note that  menu items through the Grubhub pick-up service may vary from our to-go and dine-in options, meaning you will receive a wider selection of meal items by choosing the to-go or dine-in options. 

How will I get a fountain drink?
As one of our customer service enhancements this fall, we will have contact-free mobile pours at the Coca-Cola freestyle machines in both retail locations and the dining commons. You will use your phone to scan a QR code and choose which drink you'd like. You can see more details in the video to the right. You can also use a No-Touch Tool to push firmly to activate buttons. Free No-Touch Tools are available from cashiers while supplies last. (You can also use them to open doors!)

Can I dine in the dining commons with my friends?
Meal plan customers may make a reservation to dine-in at select dining commons by using the Grubhub app. Each person wishing to dine in will need to make their own reservation. Limited seating is available in designated areas. In compliance with Georgia Department of Public Health guidelines, DO NOT move tables or chairs. Two- to four-seat tables are reserved for roommates, suite-mates, and family groups.
 
Where can I eat if I am not on a meal plan?
During this period of temporary dining adjustments, residential dining locations will be open for meal plan participants only. Those using credit/debit or Bulldog Bucks to purchase food may do so at our retail dining locations

Grubhub

Are there fees associated with using Grubhub?
There are no additional fees for students using their meal plan to order food through Grubhub. 
 
How does Grubhub know I'm a meal plan holder?
You will need to connect Grubhub to UGA in “Find my Campus” and add your Campus Card, which will connect to your meal plan. Note that locations will appear in Grubhub as they reopen for the semester, so you may not see all of your academic year options available right away.
 
Follow these steps to connect your meal plan:
  1. Download Grubhub app
  2. Go to “My Grubhub” and touch “Sign in”
  3. Look to bottom of screen, find “Ordering on Campus? Find My Campus,” and touch “Find my Campus”
  4. Find UGA and touch “Add affiliation”
  5. Choose affiliation status and add affiliation
  6. Sign into Grubhub, which takes you to UGA Welcome screen
  7. Touch “Add Campus Card”
  8. Takes you to SSO and sign on with SSO
  9. You should get the message “Campus Card, Your card was successfully added to your account”
  10. It will then take you to the UGA Campus shops
  11. At the top of the screen there are the options of “UGA Campus” and “Off Campus”
  12. Users with meal plans will be able to purchase a Grubhub meal with the tender in the Dining Commons Shops and the Dining Commons Reservation Shops
Will Grubhub deliver?
At this time, we do not have a delivery system in place. Students may either order online and pick up food, take food to-go, or dine-in with a reservation.
 
What items are available through Grubhub?
While select dining commons locations have special items on their Grubhub menus, items generally include grab-and-go sandwiches, wraps, salads, desserts, and drinks as well as items such as cereals, yogurt cups, chips, and fresh fruit. A wider selection of meal items are available by visiting a location to build a to-go plate or dine-in with a reservation. 

Online Learning Period

Will dining locations be open during the online learning period, beginning November 30, 2020?
While in-person instruction will transition to online learning after Thanksgiving break, the University will remain open and continue to provide regular campus operations and student life services including dining, housing, health/wellness centers, and campus transit until the end of the Fall semester.  

Will there be a refund for the portion of the dining fee covering the online learning period? 
All meal plans will remain active and available for use through the end of your meal plan contract. Since you will have the option to continue to remain on campus during the online learning period, dining fees will not be prorated.


DawgCheck: Commit to a Healthy Campus

Effective August 10, 2020

The University of Georgia is committed to the health and safety of our campus and our community. Immediate self-reporting is critical to helping us assess and respond to risks and exposures on campus. That’s why we’ve created DawgCheck: an easy-to-use, COVID-19 self-screening tool.

With DawgCheck, track symptoms related to COVID-19 before coming to campus and report a positive COVID-19 test. No symptoms? Great! But we still ask that you respond through DawgCheck before visiting campus. COVID-19 carriers can be asymptomatic, so using the DawgCheck tool before every visit is crucial to help us be proactive in stopping the spread.

If you test positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of visitng campus, we ask that you report your test results through DawgCheck to facilitate contact tracing. 

Access DawgCheck through the UGA app or online at dawgcheck.uga.edu.

If you are a visitor to campus, scroll down to the section For Individuals without a MyID Account to check for symptoms or report a positive COVID-19 test.

Questions? Visit dawgcheck.uga.edu/support to learn more.


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Students who need health care assistance may call the University Health Center at (706) 542-1162 or visit uhs.uga.edu.

For UGA updates and prevention visit uga.edu/coronavirus.