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Northwestern Dining is an inclusive, chef-driven, and community-based dining program. Our goal is to meet the needs of students so that everyone feels included and valued.  We do this by offering a range of choices for a variety of dietary needs and lifestyles. We have options for those who choose to eat according to their religious beliefs, including two kosher kitchens at Allison and Elder Residential Communities and halal options at all Residential Dining Commons. For students who choose to eat vegetarian or vegan, we offer daily rotating selections at our Rooted stations. Other stations feature plant-based side and main dishes. Pure Eats stations at each dining hall offer options for those avoiding the top eight allergens, sesame, and gluten. We do not bring peanuts or tree nuts into our residential kitchens.

With our 11 retail dining venues on campus—including MOD pizza, Starbucks, and local restaurants—we are always serving something delicious.

Meal Plans

All first year and transfer students are automatically enrolled in the Open Access meal plan which provides unlimited meal swipes per week within any of the resident dining halls. The plan also provides three meal exchanges per week to use in selected on-campus retail locations, plus $125 dining dollars that may be spent at any on-campus retail location each quarter.

Visit the Dining website for more information about our menus, locations, and hours of operation.

Special Dietary Needs

If you have food allergies, celiac disease, or another condition that requires a special diet, set up a consultation with our campus dietitian at and visit the Dining website.