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University Housing

Hamlin Hall, Room 448
550 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-3570
housing@oakland.edu

University Housing

Hamlin Hall, Room 448
550 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-3570
housing@oakland.edu

two female students carrying plates of food in a dining hall

Dining

Enjoy the convenience of on-campus dining with OU’s vast and varied menu selections. Fast food outlets, deli, snack bars, baked goods, made-to-order salads and meals, coffee shops, and cafeteria-style dining can all be found right on campus.

Whether you like to fit in three meals a day or eat on-the-go, you’ll find the meal plan that best fits your schedule at OU. Every plan allows you to pay for meals in advance, using the convenient GrizzCard, and eat anywhere you like on campus.

Where and When to Eat
Vandenberg Dining Hall (second floors, Vandenberg Hall)
Vandenberg's all-you-can-eat dining center provides extensive menu choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including home-style dishes, soups, brick oven pizzas, vegetarian choices, gluten free options, Mongolian grill and desserts.

Vandenberg Dining Hall
  • Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. 
Pioneer Food Court (main level of Oakland Center)
This eclectic food court includes Subway, Panda Express, Chick-Fil-A, Moe's Southwest Grill, and more! View hours.

The Market (main level of Oakland Center)
Grab a drink, a salad, or a quick bite to eat. This quick stop shop also has donuts, muffins, bagels, and pastries to grab and go! View hours.

Convenience Store (second floor of Pawley Hall)
In a rush? This snack center offers coffee, bagels, soup, doughnuts, fruit, salads, sandwiches and refreshments.  View hours.

Frankie's Cafe (main level of Kresge Library)
Featuring Peet’s Coffee and Tea, this café also offers fresh fruits and confections.  View  hours. 

Atrium Cafe (main level of Human Health Building)
In a rush? This snack center offers coffee, bagels, soup, doughnuts, fruit, salads, sandwiches and refreshments.  View hours.
Healy Cafe (main level of Elliot Hall)
Opened in 2011, the Tim and Marsha Healy Café serves a selection of fresh food items and Starbucks products.  View hours.
Tilly's Convenience Store (main level of Oak View Hall)
A combination café and convenience store, Tilly’s carries everything from hot soups and sandwiches to frozen foods and snacks, in addition to many other types of grocery and toiletry items.
Einstein Bros. Bagels (upper level of Engineering Center)
Einstein Bros. Bagels offers coffee, bagels, bagel sandwiches, frozen drinks, breakfast sandwiches, desserts and chips.  View hours.
Bear Cave (lower level of Oakland Center)
Offering pizza, sliders, fries, and other delicious fast food options.  View hours.

Hillcrest Dining Hall (first floor of Hillcrest Hall)
Hillcrest's all-you-can-eat dining center provides extensive menu choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including international cuisine, soups, brick oven pizzas, vegetarian choices, gluten free options, barbecue and desserts.
  • Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
The Hive (third floor of Hillcrest Hall)
A combination café and convenience store, The Hive carries everything from hot soups and sandwiches to frozen foods and snacks, in addition to artisan sandwiches.  View hours.

Plum Market (Oakland Center)
This Michigan-based grocery chain carries seasonally fresh composed salads, all natural mean and seafood entrees, grab and go artisan sandwiches and organic snacks, soups, and freshly brewed coffee.  View hours.

Zingerman's at Plum Market (Oakland Center)
Serving Zingerman's coffee located next to Plum Market, this café also offers snacks and sweet treats.  View  hours.  
Residence Halls
Meal Plans
For students who live in the residence halls, a meal plan is included in the price of room and board. These plans give students the opportunity to eat at any of the dining facilities on campus. Arrangements also can be made for box lunches and sick trays.

Students are permitted a maximum of four meals per day.  Students also have declining points (meal dollars) to be used to purchase food at any food facility on campus. Note that one declining balance point equals one meal dollar. Unused declining balance dollars roll over from fall to winter semesters, but Chartwells will retain any declining balance dollars not used by the end of winter semester.

Once a meal plan has been submitted to Chartwells, it cannot be changed during that semester. Residence halls residents will have the opportunity in the fall to select a different meal plan for the winter semester during a designated meal plan change period. This meal plan change period is announced to residents via email in October, and students are expected to submit a completed change form during the designated time frame.

Residence Hall Meal Plans

Meal PlansMeals Per Semester (Vandenberg Dining Center)Meal dollars per semester for food purchases elsewhere on campus
280280
225335
165450
Voluntary
Meal Plans
Residents of the student apartments, as well as faculty, staff and students who do not live in the residence halls, may purchase a voluntary meal plan.

Please note the following details about voluntary meal plans:
  • Unused dollars roll over from fall to winter semester, and may be used on breaks, but must be used by the end of the winter semester.
  • Unused dollars do not roll over from year to year.
  • Residents are reminded via email in November that if they wish to select one or more voluntary meal plans for the winter term, they may do so prior to the end of the fall semester, or any time after the start of the winter semester.
  • Details on available plans may be viewed below.
Declining Balance
With this plan, you can eat at any dining establishment on campus while the cost of each meal is deducted from your remaining balance.

OU offers $250, $500 and $700 plans during fall and winter semesters. Unused dollars roll over from fall to winter semester, and may be used on breaks, but must be used by the end of the winter semester. Unused dollars do not roll over from year to year. Chartwells will retain any declining balance dollars not used by the end of the semester.
Block Meal Plans
This plan allows you to eat a certain number of meals at the Vandenberg Dining Center during any given semester.
  • 8 Meal Block Cost: $65.27
  • 15 Meal Block Cost: $117.71
  • 35 Meal Block Cost: $258.94
  • 50 Meal Block Cost: $347.93
  • 75 Meal Block Cost: $495.89
Block Meal + Declining Balance Plans
This is a combination plan that offers you a certain number of meals at the Vandenberg Dining Center. You also have declining balance points (meal dollars) to be used to purchase food at any food facility on campus. Note that one declining balance point equals one meal dollar. Under this plan, the number of meals remaining carry over from week to week until the end of the semester. There are three plans you may choose from, and you will find them described below. Unused dollars roll over from fall to winter semester, and may be used on breaks, but must be used by the end of the winter semester. Unused dollars do not roll over from year to year. Chartwells will retain any declining balance dollars not used by the end of the winter semester. Each of the three plans costs $1,575.

Meal PlansMeals Per Semester (Vandenberg Dining Center)Meal dollars per semester for food purchases elsewhere on campus
280280
225335
165450
Summer Voluntary Meal Plan
This meal plan provides 10 meals per week throughout the chosen session(s).
  • Summer Session I Meal Plan: $632.50
  • Summer Session II Meal Plan: $632.50
  • Summer Session I and II Meal Plan: $1265.00
GrizzCash
GrizzCa$h is a debit account that can be opened in OU’s ID Card Office. Once you open a GrizzCash account, you can use it to purchase food at any dining location on campus.

Each time you make a purchase using GrizzCash, the amount spent is subtracted from your balance. GrizzCash carries over each semester. Additional GrizzCash can be added to your account at any time.
Purchasing a Voluntary Meal Plan
Apartment residents will receive an email prior to move-in detailing how to purchase a meal plan through University Housing. Meal plans purchased in this way will be charged to student accounts.

Residents, commuting students, faculty, and staff members may also purchase one or more plans through Chartwells at any point during the semester. Meal plans purchased through Chartwell's must be paid with a personal credit card.