On-Campus Dining

Fuel your body, nourish your mind

From the all-American burger to the all-natural, organic, locally grown, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options and more—you’ll find it all at Drake’s on-campus dining halls.

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Meal Plans

Everyone living in student housing must select a meal plan. Meal plans are optional for everyone living in off-campus housing. Choices include many combinations of pre-paid, all-you-care-to-eat meals and Dining Dollars you can use at any campus dining location.

Meal Plans

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Bulldog Bucks

You’re going to love flexible and convenient Bulldog Bucks. How it works: load money onto your Drake Card and scan like you would a debit or credit card to buy food or anything else on or off campus at participating restaurants.

Bulldog Bucks

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At each meal there are “Mindful,” meals carefully prepared to meet guidelines for excellent nutrition and moderate calorie totals. An on-campus dietitian can help plan meals for you if you have special dietary needs.

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On-Campus Dining Locations

Wherever hunger strikes on campus, you’re likely never too far away from a tasty bite.

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Hubbell Dining Hall

Offering vegan, vegetarian, organic, natural, locally grown and gluten-free options, the Hub is the quintessential destination for Drake dining. Recently remodeled and reimagined, the space encourages students to meet with friends to hang out or study while getting a nutritious meal. So grab a bite from one of the expansive all-you-care-to-eat stations and stay awhile.

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Starbucks at Olmsted

Whether you’re a black coffee connoisseur or a Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino fanatic, this full service Starbucks location will have what you’re looking for. Plus, it’s a great place to catch up with friends or get a quick cram session in.

Cowles Café

Studying hard in the Cowles Library? Grab an energizing snack, to-go sandwich or coffee from the Cowles Café to keep you going.

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Spike's Spot

If you need a quick pick-me-up or mini fridge staples, the campus convenience store is the spot to hit. From milk and frozen meals to granola bars and soda, Spike’s Spot has you covered.