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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, or through Chartwells Dining Services if they would like to pay with a personal credit card.

Non-residents must purchase their plan through Chartwells Dining Services.

Please note the following details about voluntary meal plans: Unused dollars roll over from fall to winter semester, but must be used by the end of the winter semester. Unused dollars do not roll over from year to year. Voluntary meal plans may not be changed once purchased. 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, 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 and Hillcrest Dining Halls during any given semester.

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

Block Meal + Declining Balance Plans

This is a combination plan that offers you a certain number of meals at the Vandenberg and Hillcrest Dining Halls. 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, 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 $1,697.50.

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.
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 Chartwells must be paid with a personal credit card.