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Across the street from the Katzenbach bus stop is the Neilson dining hall. Neilson has two separate dining rooms to accommodate students as well as catered events simultaneously.

Many may not know, but even though Neilson is spelled as Neil it is actually pronounced as Nel, as in Nelson! Neilson dining hall is the most mispronounced dining hall on the Rutgers New Brunswick campus.

Student Dining hours


Breakfast: 7 – 11 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dinner: 4 – 9 p.m.


Continental Breakfast: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Brunch: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lunch: 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Dinner: 4 – 8 p.m.

Student Take out

Student Takeout is not open for dinner on holiday weekends, theme meals, Easter Sunday and Boardwalk Bonanza(closes early). There are altered service hours before holidays and MidKnight Breakfast. Take-out portions are limited. If you have a hearty appetite, you may swipe twice for an additional portion, but the maximum amount of meal swipes are two per customer.

Student Takeout Hours:

Monday – Friday

Breakfast: 7 – 10:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dinner: 5 p.m. – midnight (Monday – Thursday)
Sunday: 4 – 10 p.m.

Service hours are subject to change.

The Cook Cafe is located at the Cook Student Center on the Cook/Douglass campus, offers a variety of meals, bottled beverages, pastries, and snacks. See our retail policy for meal swipe specifics.


Weekdays:  8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Weekends: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Grill closes two hours before closing

The Douglass Cafe is located in the Douglass Student Center on the Cook/Douglass campus. It offers a variety of meals, bottled beverages, pastries and snacks. See our retail policy for meal swipe specifics.


Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Weekends: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Located in the Douglass Campus Student Center, enjoy great tasting coffee, sandwiches and baked goods that will keep you going throughout the day.


Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Weekends: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Harvest Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health is located in the Food Science and Nutritional Sciences Building West

Harvest IFNH offers creative dishes that are focused on whole, minimally processed food, with “from scratch” culinary techniques that develop flavor without additives. The Harvest menu offerings will feature house-made grain & legume salads as part of an abundant and varied salad and fruit bar, a noodle bowl station with a trio of broths and dozens of add-ins, a juice and smoothie bar, brick-oven, along with daily entrées and sides. Harvest provides breakfast and lunch service.



Weekdays: 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Closed on weekends.

Located in the Douglass Campus Student Center, enjoy hand-tossed pizza and a variety of hot and cold meals and bottled beverages. See our retail policy for meal swipe specifics.


Weekdays: 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Weekends: noon – 10 p.m.

Every Thursday, the scarlet red mobile truck serves gourmet medieval themed meals fresh off the grill that are easy to grab and go such as “The Twisted Gyro” (lamb with baby spinach & feta cheese) and “The Bent Excalibur” (grilled Guinness marinated sirloin). While serving unconventional meals, it also offers a fun experience for customers who can enjoy satellite television. To find out the truck’s daily locations check out their Twitter and Facebook pages.

The Knight Wagon also takes meal swipes and RU Express, the university debit program and cash. See our retail policy for meal swipe specifics.

Rutgers’ Starbucks Truck makes its way around each campus throughout the week. When on this campus, it is typically across from the Biel Road bus stop. The famous Starbucks Truck, being that it is only one of six in the country, serves all there is from any other Starbucks location including the sandwiches and pastries. The truck takes RU Express and to receive constant updates on the Starbucks Truck, follow them on Twitter.