Welcome to Dining Services at Virginia Commonwealth University

Diversity is one of the many great things about the college experience. It's also one of the important things you can expect from VCU Dining Services. We offer a wide range of dining options, favorite national bands and nutritional, vegan and vegetarian meal choices.

Shafer Court Dining Center

Our Award Winning Program has been recognized by several national organizations, including:

Jonah's Picture Jonah's - a culinary emporium
Bronze Award, 2012
Multiple Concepts/Marketplace, National Association of College & University Food Services
Jonah's Picture Jonah's - a culinary emporium
Best in Business, 2010
Overall Best in Show for On-Campus C Stores, National Association of College & University Food Services
Market 810 Guest Restaurant Program in Market 810
Golden Award, 2009
National Association of College Auxiliary Services
Shafer Court Dining Hall Shafer Court Dining Center
Public Institution Winner, Dining Halls of Distinction, 2009
University Business Magazine

Opportunities and Events for Students

  • Guest Restaurant in Market 810 - Three times each semester a local, minority-owned authentic ethnic cuisine restaurant is invited into Market 810 to prepare meals for our students. Click here to find out our next Guest Restaurant.
  • Special Events - throughout the semester, enjoy events such as a karaoke night, VCU Basketball Watch Parties, and cornhole tournaments (locations vary). If an event is held in a dining center, there is no additional charge to the students once they're inside.
  • Midnight Breakfast - at the end of each semester, VCU Dining Services partners with the SGA to host a late night breakfast for all students with breakfast foods, games and contest.
  • Scholarships - ARAMARK Higher Education, LLC., VCU Dining Services contracted food service provider, contributes $25,000 in scholarship money each year. These scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated outstanding academic scholarship in the classroom, while promoting diversity and multiculturalism at VCU. Click here for more information.

Opportunities for Community

  • Through its partner in service, ARAMARK Higher Education, LLC., VCU Dining Services provides jobs to over 500 people from the local community.
  • As part of our Dining Program, we partner with local minority-owned restaurants to bring ethnic cuisine to the students.

Continuously Adopting to New Trends

  • Renovations in the Student Commons will bring a Taco Bell and an expanded Chick-fil-A, opening Fall 2013.
  • IHOP Express, Raising Cane's and Croutons, Salads & Wraps opened October 2011 in Laurel & Grace Place.
  • Wendy's and Einstein Bros. Bagels opened September 2011 in the Gateway Building on the MCV Campus.
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels in Shafer Court Dining Center opened January 2011.
For more information on our locations and hours of operation, click here.