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At Liberty, you can choose from a wide variety of eateries to suit your schedule, dining habits, and tastes.
With 20+ dining locations across campus and a nationally ranked dining hall that offers over 20 unique stations — including one dedicated to gluten- and allergen-free dishes — you’ll never get bored. And you’ll always have somewhere to make memories with your friends. From the Montview Student Union to the Food Court at Reber-Thomas (our dining hall), Liberty University’s campus dining options can help make your college experience even more special.
Liberty Dining Services uses Eco-Products, a company that provides 100% biodegradable flatware, plate ware, and cups. Their products are also BPA free, compostable, and made from renewable energy sources, such as cane sugar.
Our urban farming herb garden grows various types of herbs — including basil, thyme, parsley, rosemary, and more — which are used in dishes served throughout Liberty University’s dining hall.
We use napkins that are made of 100% recycled paper, and our Xpressnap dispensers encourage customers to take (and waste) fewer napkins.
92% of the chemicals Liberty Dining uses are “Green Seal” certified, concentrated, or sustainable.
We seek to purchase products from local farms and dairies and participate in farm-to-school initiatives. To fulfill our Better Tomorrow commitment through Sodexo at Liberty University, we track our local purchases to ensure 20% of our food purchases are made locally every year.
We are proud to feature 100% Fair Trade- and USDA-certified Aspretto coffee, as well as 100% USDA-certified, organic, and ethically sourced Numi teas. Everything that touches our coffee is green, including our 10% post-consumer fiber cups, renewable resource stirrers, and Fair Trade sugar wrapped in recyclable paper and printed with vegetable dye.
The Food Court at Reber-Thomas* (Liberty’s dining hall) provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers over 20 unique stations to choose from, including:
- A Mongolian grill
- A barbecue meat smoker
- An international station
- A large salad bar
- A vegan station
- Fresh sushi
- Made-from-scratch pasta
- A nacho and burrito station
- A burger station
- Made-to-order omelets
- Coffee and smoothies
- And much more!
Our commitment to dining excellence has been recognized by both College Magazine (CM) and Niche.com in recent months. CM recognized our program’s dedication to sustainability, healthy options, and variety by adding us to their Top 10 Colleges with the Best Dining Options list in December 2020! We were also ranked #3 in Virginia and #18 in America for Best College Food by Niche.com for 2021.
From our general manager to our front-line servers, all of our employees work diligently to address the dietary needs of Liberty students, especially those with food allergies, Celiac disease, or other special dietary requirements. Because of Liberty’s commitment to meeting various dietary needs, our program won the award for Best Food Allergy Training at a University from AllerTrain in 2017.
Our award-winning Simple Servings station at the Food Court at Reber-Thomas offers meals prepared without gluten or 7 of the most common food allergens: peanuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soybeans, shellfish, and tree nuts.
For those with gluten intolerance, we offer gluten-free pitas, pasta, buns, bread, pizza crust, and more at dining locations around campus. And our Gluten Intolerant Options (GIO) program allows students with a gluten dietary restriction to swipe for gluten-free items at no additional charge (gluten-free options are available to students not enrolled in the GIO program for a small fee).
Liberty’s meal plans are designed to maximize your college dining experience. We offer 2 residential meal plan options: Freedom Dining and Freedom Dining PLUS+.
- Both of these plans provide unlimited access to Liberty University’s Food Court at Reber-Thomas. With either plan, you will also receive $200 per semester ($120 in Dining Dollars and $80 in Flames Cash). And both plans give you 10 meal swipes per week (to be used at locations other than the main dining hall — including Grounded Hand Crafted Burgers, Zaza Stonefire Pizza, and Mein Bowl in River Ridge Mall)!
- The Freedom Dining plan’s swipes can be used at select locations on campus, while the Freedom Dining PLUS+ plan allows swipes at any dining location for select menu items.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Liberty University’s restaurant options?
You can visit a wide variety of restaurants at Liberty University — from national chains like Baskin Robbins, Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut, and Starbucks to Liberty-specific locations like Hey Cow! See our “Other Dining Options” section above for a complete list of places to eat at Liberty.
Does Liberty University have commuter meal plans?
Yes! If you’re a residential student living off campus, we have designed unique meal plans for you. Check out additional details about Liberty University’s dining plan options.
How do you use meal swipes at Liberty University?
Our residential dining plans provide unlimited access to our main dining hall. Additionally, you’ll receive 10 meal swipes per week that can be used for select items at other food places on Liberty’s campus. Find out more about where you can use your meal swipes with either the Freedom Dining or Freedom Dining PLUS+ plan.
What are PLUS+ swipes at Liberty University?
For a slight upcharge each semester, you can upgrade to our Freedom Dining PLUS+ plan — which lets you use your meal swipes for select items at any location on campus!
What’s the difference between Liberty University’s Dining Dollars and Flames Cash?
Every semester, you’ll receive $120 in Dining Dollars and $80 in Flames Cash. Dining Dollars can be used to buy food at any dining location on campus, as well as 3 Liberty Dining restaurants within the Food Hall at the local River Ridge Mall—Grounded Hand Crafted Burgers, Zaza Stonefire Pizza, and Mein Bowl. Flames Cash isn’t just for food — you can use it for many purposes, both on and off campus. Visit our Flames Cash page for a complete list of ways to redeem your Flames Cash.