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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
M, T, Th, F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
W: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

University Housing

Hamlin Hall, Room 448
550 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-3570
housing@oakland.edu
M, T, Th, F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
W: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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
Atrium Cafe (Human Health Building)
This great, on-the-go snack center offers coffee, bagels, soup, donuts, fruit, salad, sandwiches, and more!

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed
Bear Cave (Oakland Center)
The Bear Cave offers a rotation of delicious offerings from  local restaurants during the lunch period (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.). After lunch, the Bear Cave serves up a selection of American favorites, including pizza, chicken fingers, and more. Please refer to dineoncampus.com/oakland for the schedule of restaurant partners featured for lunch during the academic year.

  • Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Friday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed
Convenience Store (Pawley Hall)
In a rush? This snack center offers a great variety of healthy choices such as salad and fruits, as well as comfort food such as sandwiches and donuts.

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed
Frankie's Cafe (Kresge Library)
Featuring Peet's Coffee and Tea, this cafe also offers fresh fruit and confections for students in need of study snacks.

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 4-10 p.m. 
Healy Cafe (Elliott Hall)
The Tim and Marsha Healy Cafe serves a selection of fresh food items, as well as Starbucks products.

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed
Hillcrest Dining Hall (Hillcrest Hall)
Hillcrest's all-you-care-to-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.-7 p.m.; 8-11 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; 8-11 p.m.
The Hive (Hillcrest Hall)
The Hive is always buzzing with students who enjoy Starbucks coffee, artisanal sandwiches, grab-and-go items, and the benefits of a convenience store.

  • Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.-12:30 a.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Pioneer Food Court (Oakland Center)
Oakland University's eclectic food court includes Subway, Panda Express, Chick-Fil-A, Moe's Southwest Grill, Wild Blue - Japanese Kitchen, and more!

  • Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed except for Subway, which is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Plum Market
The market carries seasonally fresh salads, all-natural meat and seafood entrees, organic snacks, soups, and freshly brewed coffee.

  • Monday-Thursday: 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tilly's (Oak View Hall)
A combination cafe 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. 

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Vandenberg Dining Hall (Vandenberg Hall)
Vandenberg Dining Hall's all-you-care-to-eat stations provide extensive options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including Mongolian grill, home-style dishes, brick-oven pizzas, vegetarian and gluten free options, and desserts. 

  • Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; 8-11 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; 8-11 p.m.
Zingerman's 
Serving Zingerman's coffee in addition to sweet treats and other snacks, Zingerman's is the perfect place to stop on the way to class.

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
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 and Hillcrest
Dining Halls)
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 University Housing, may purchase a voluntary meal plan, if desired.

Residents may purchase a plan using the My Housing portal if they would like the cost to be added directly to their student account. Residents may also purchase plans at the Chartwells Dining Services Office in the Oakland Center, or through the Dine on Campus website, if they would like to pay with cash, check, or personal credit card.

Non-residents must purchase plans at the Chartwells Dining Services Office in the Oakland Center, or through the Dine on Campus website.

Please note that voluntary plans may not be changed once purchased. Available voluntary plans are listed below.


Declining Balance

With this plan, you can eat at any dining establishment on campus and the cost of each meal is deducted from your remaining balance. Enrolled students benefit from this plan, as they are not required to pay sales tax on purchases made with declining dollars.

OU offers $250, $500 and $700 plans during the fall and winter semesters. Unused declining dollars roll over from fall to winter semester, but must be used by the last day of finals during the winter semester. Any declining dollars not used by the end of the winter semester will be forfeited.

Block Meal Plans

This plan allows you to eat an allotted number of meals at either of our "all-you-care-to-eat" dining halls, which are located in Vandenberg and Hillcrest Halls. This plan also provides transfer meal equivalency in participating locations in the Pioneer Food Court, The Hive, and Tilly's. You may use as many of your meal swipes as you like during any meal period, providing the opportunity to swipe in guests as desired. Block meals do not roll over from semester to semester, and your block meal plan will expire at the end of the semester in which it was purchased.

8 Meal Block Cost: $69.25
15 Meal Block Cost: $124.88
35 Meal Block Cost: $274.71
50 Meal Block Cost: $369.12
75 Meal Block Cost: $525.66

Voluntary Block Meal + Declining Balance Plans

These combination plans offer a certain number of meal swipes that may be used at the Vandenberg and Hillcrest Dining Halls, as well as declining dollars that may be used to purchase food at any food facility on campus. Under these plans, remaining meals carry over from week to week, but expire on the last day of finals in the semester in which the plan was purchased. Unused declining dollars roll over from fall to winter semester, but must be used by the last day of finals during the winter semester. Any declining dollars not used by the end of the winter semester will be forfeited. Each of the three plans costs $1,697.50.

Meal PlansMeals Per Semester
(Vandenberg and Hillcrest
Dining Halls)
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
GrizzCash 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.