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.


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

  • If you are a meal plan customer, you may come to Bolton, Oglethorpe, Village Summit, and the Niche Dining Commons and visit available stations to build your own carry-out plate or dine-in with first come, first served limited seating. You can also use Grubhub to order ahead and pick-up grab-and-go items at Oglethorpe and Snelling. Please note that menu items on the Grubhub menu vary from our carry-out and dine-in options, meaning you will receive a wider selection of meal items by going inside the location to build a carry-out plate or dine-in. Hot line items vary from location to location with entrĂ©es 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.
  • Explore our 20+ restaurants, coffee shops, and market locations, conveniently located throughout campus. Remember, you can use 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 Joe's, 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 dining commons, restaurants, coffee shops, and markets this semester and view full updates here.

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 locations are available here.
  • Bolton Dining Commons is 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.