The Dining Room
at Newman Hall

Flexible dining options

The Dining Room at Newman Hall offers fresh, flexible dining in modern market-style stations. Flexible dining options like the Late Night Made-to-Order Grill, extended meal hours, and a fully-equipped student kitchen mean you’ll always have plenty of options, no matter what your schedule is!

  • Featuring organic, local, fresh produce, meats, and eggs
  • Special made-to-order gluten-free dining
  • Vegetarian and dairy-free options available at every meal service
  • Tons of flexible dining options
  • Coffee and tea available 24-hours


Have individual dietary needs? We are happy to accommodate.

To make an appointment to speak with our chefs about your needs, email us at dining@sjcnc.org

Dining Stations

Global Harvest
Focusing on international cuisine, this made-to-order station serves up deconstructed items like stir-fries, sushi, BYO pasta, tapas bars, and more, and is a great way for you to craft your perfect plate.


Comfort Station
Featuring traditional lunch & dinner entrees like roasted chicken, lasagna, roasted pork, and pan-seared salmon, all prepared from scratch, this self-serve station will fuel you up with comfort.


Let our staff serve you from our daily selection of homemade and fresh-baked pizzas, pastas, and toasted sandwiches.


Fresco Grill
Featuring a lineup of classic grill items like burgers, chicken sandwiches, and melts, along with vegetarian options and daily specials, this station serves up your favorites.


Fresh Market
Choose from a wide variety of vegetables, grains, greens, proteins, breads & wraps, along with a rotating selection of composed salads and from-scratch soups at the self-serve soup, salad, and deli bar, open continuously from 11:00 AM to 7:30 PM.


Confection Connection
A sweet end to your meals, this station features an assortment of homemade desserts, cookies, cakes, and more.

Dining Hours


  • 7:00 AM-10:00 AM Continental Breakfast
  • 7:00-9:30 AM Hot Breakfast
  • 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Full Lunch (all stations)
  • 11:00 AM – 7:30 PM Sandwich, Salad & Soup Bar
  • 4:45 – 7:30 PM Dinner
  • 8:00-10:00 PM Late Night (Monday-Thursday)


  • 8:00 – 10:00 AM Continental Breakfast
  • 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Full Lunch (all stations)
  • 11:00 AM – 7:30 PM Sandwich, Salad & Soup Bar
  • 4:45 – 7:30 PM Dinner


  • 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM Continental Breakfast
  • 11:00 -2:00 PM Sunday Brunch & Lunch
  • 5:00-7:00 PM Dinner
Resident Meal Plans

Newman Hall offers two meal plans for residents: 14 meals/week and 21 meals/week. Including the Late Night Made-to-Order Grill and Grab & Go meal services, Newman Hall offers 25 meals/week during which to utilize your meal plan, and Sack Lunches, Late Plates, and To Go boxes are available for residents who need to eat on the go or who need to eat outside the regular dining service hours.


Meal plan balances reset each week following the Sunday dinner service.


Residents can upgrade their meal plan to the 21 meals/week plan at any time. Meal plan reductions to the 14 meals/week plan can be requested in the first 3 weeks of each semester by email to housing@sjcnc.org.

Dining App

We are thrilled to announce that the College Fresh Dining app is now available for Newman Hall residents to download and use in the Apple and Google Play app stores.

The College Fresh app includes the upcoming menu for Newman Hall and provides you with the opportunity to list any dietary concerns and rate your past meals to provide feedback directly to our team of chefs, right at your fingertips. During the regular academic year, Sack Lunches and Late Plates can be ordered directly from the app when needed.


Download the App


Sign in with your name and email address, then choose "University of Illinois" as your campus and "Newman Hall" as your dining facility.

Other Dining Options

Late Night Made-to-Order Grill: Ready to fuel up for a night of studying? Enjoy made-to-order grill options in addition to convenient Grab & Go choices Monday-Thursday from 8 pm-10 pm. Order up your grill favorites, cooked while you wait.


Student Kitchen: The fully-equipped Student Kitchen provides everything you need to make whatever you’d like, whenever you’d like (groceries not included). Kitchen reservations can be made at the Hall Office.



Non-residents are invited to join us for meals. Meals can be purchased as you go for the prices posted at the Cashier Station. Outside Meal Plans are also available for students who wish to dine regularly at Newman Hall. Contact us at dining@sjcnc.org for more information.

Non-Resident Meal Plans

Outside Meal Plans are available for non-residents who wish to dine regularly at Newman Hall. Outside meal plans are available as 14-meals per week for the semester or 21-meals per week for the semester. Outside meal plans may be purchased at the Newman Hall Dining Room at any time between the hours of 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday-Friday.


Outside Meal Plan Contract & Pricing

Public Dining Pricing

The Newman Hall Dining Room is open to the public. Meals are all -you-care-to-eat and pricing includes beverages and tax. Meals may be purchased at the Dining Room Cashier Station.


Meal Pricing as of August 2023 is:

  • Breakfast: $10.36
  • Lunch: $13.62
  • Dinner: $15.80