Residents can eat at any of our dining locations and use their Residence Hall or Apartment dining plans. Whether you live on West Campus or North Campus, there are food, beverage and grocery options nearby.
All students living in a residence hall are required to have a dining plan, unless you live in an apartment or studio apartment.
For those students who live in an apartment, we offer an apartment dining plan. Tailored to your busy lifestyle.
Dining commons located in Lander Hall.
Seattle's favorite pizza located inside Local Point.
Neighborhood grocery store in Alder Hall.
Our Zagat-rated restaurant in Elm Hall.
Dining commons centrally located in Willow Hall.
Seattle's favorite pizza located next to Center Table.
Neighborhood grocery store in Oak Hall.
Starbucks Coffee, bakery, sandwiches and more!
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Our resident dining program is designed to provide experiences of community, engagement and nutrition. Our Campus Executive Chef is constantly updating and expanding our menus and employing creative strategies to keep your taste buds and your body happy!
As campus executive chef, Tracey MacRae oversees the full menu of culinary offerings on campus. MacRae’s extensive experience stretches from her original entry-level job making sandwiches at a deli, to later becoming the original chef at Seattle’s Kingfish Café—a contemporary soul food restaurant. She joined UW HFS in 2002 as a sous chef.
A long list of recognitions include: 2019 Premier Illuminating Excellence Award; 2019 Premier Spirit Award finalist; 2013 University of Washington provost luncheon, executive chef by invitation; and 2005, 2007, 2013 Food as Art, a celebration of African American chefs, invited by invitation.
“I love being a part of the wonder and fascination of the journey of food, sharing new cultures, ethnic influences, and flavors with students, educators, and lifelong-learners at this time in their lives,” MacRae said. “It has been my pleasure and pride to be the culinary voice that helps the university lead the way in providing our campus and neighboring community healthful, captivating, delicious, and socially conscientious food.”
Our resident dining program offers choices for students who:
We are committed to creating safe and inclusive food experiences. Learn more about where we buy our food on our Food and Nutrition page.
Many of our residents have dietary restrictions or need specific food alternatives. These needs are respected and observed when we do our menu planning.
If you have any challenges navigating our menu offerings, we are here to help. Please contact Jessica Deer, MS, RDN, your Nutrition & Systems Manager. To schedule a consultation with Jessica, email firstname.lastname@example.org call 206-685-3847.
Throughout the year, we partner with student groups and vendors to bring unique and educational dining experiences to the residential community. Programs include:
Community events are advertised in your residence hall and through HFS social media
The UW Dining Student Advisory Board works with UW Dining leadership to give voice to our student customers’ interests and concerns as key business decisions are made. The board is comprised of about ten residence hall students and meets several times a quarter. Everyone is welcome to apply to be on the board.
UW Dining’s leadership team also meets regularly with the Residential Community Student Association (RCSA), giving students a chance for direct feedback regarding dining issues and decisions.
HFS is one of the university’s largest employers of students. We provide millions of dollars a year in wages to students who work to offset the cost of their education. We provide jobs in dining that accommodate your schedule and give you valuable and meaningful work experience.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please talk to your RA.
The UW Food Pantry provides food assistance to students, who for whatever reason are having a hard time putting food on their plate. It could be the result of a short-term disruption in your finances or a lack of access to other financial assistance. If you are making a choice between the food you need to sustain a healthy life and other pressing priorities we encourage you to take advantage of this resource.