Student Affairs

Campus dining returns to full-service operations


The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every facet of the Clemson experience for students. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find an area of campus life that has not undertaken significant changes as a result of this unprecedented situation.

Clemson Dining is a perfect example.

Students meet over a meal outside of McAlister Dining Hall.
Students meet over a meal outside of McAlister Dining Hall.

Following a gradual reintegration of services during Move-In Week — where more than 6,800 residential students populated Clemson’s campus — dining operations are now operating at full bore.

“We have tried to make this as seamless as possible in the hopes we can continue a robust dining experience while meeting social distancing and public health goals,” said Executive Director of University Housing & Dining Kathy Bush Hobgood. “We are excited to have our students back on campus and will continue to make changes as necessary to accommodate their needs to enhance this experience.”

Click here to access Clemson Dining’s home page for hours of operation, campus map, COVID-19 adjustments and more.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available for dine-in service Monday through Friday in Clemson’s two main eateries, McAlister and Schilletter Dining Halls. Breakfast runs from 7-10 a.m., followed by lunch from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and dinner from 4:30-8 p.m. Time is built in between meals for deep facility cleaning. For residents in the Douthit Hills area, the Community Hub — which features the Smokehouse (Southern favorites and burgers rotation), Fusion Café (Italian, Mediterranean, Latin and Asian rotation), Chopped (fresh-made salads) and Pizza — offers lunch (11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) and dinner (4:30-8 p.m.) Monday through Friday.

Both dining halls are operating under a significantly reduced building capacity due to COVID-19. As a result, one of the biggest differences for the 2020-21 academic year is appointed dining times. These are based on a student’s schedule and facility availability. The active capacity of McAlister, Schilletter and the Community Hub can be found in the my.Clemson app by clicking on the COVID-19 tab and building occupancy.

Many food options exist for dine-in service and most stations are open. McAlister offers salad options, whole fruit and mixed fruit options, sandwich choices, sushi (lunch), Gluten Solutions, homeline, grill, pasta, pizza, vegan and desserts. Schilletter offers salad options, whole fruit and mixed fruit options, sandwich choices, True Balance Allergen Solutions, comfort, grill, pizza, vegan and desserts. In addition, students have the option to take their to-go if desired.

Students may also access grab-n-go on weekends at McAlister (8 a.m.-8 p.m.) and Schilletter (12:30-8 p.m.). The Community Hub offers to-go service on Sunday for dinner from 4:30-8 p.m. Grab-n-go options on the weekend at McAlister include grill, homeline, vegan, Gluten Solutions, pasta, salad options (select stations) and Peppino’s Pizza for dinner. Schilletter offers weekend options such as comfort, grill, vegan, salad, dessert and True Balance upon request.


In addition to the main dining halls, most retail locations have opened to students. Click here to access the most up-to-date Fall 2020 dining hours and to access specfici information about each campus location. All Clemson Dining locations accept Paw Points, TigerStripe, debit and credit and feature contactless transactions.

At the West Campus location near McAlister Dining Hall, students can enjoy coffee at Starbucks or everyday favorites such as Raising Cane’s, Twisted Taco and Which Wich (Grubhub order only).

On the East Campus — located within Hendrix Student Center — Einstein Bros. Bagels and Panda Express are operating several hours each weekday. New to the Bryan Mall area this year — which is the area adjacent to Schilletter Dining Hall — Peppino’s Pizzeria offers pizza, calzones, pasta, salad and desserts from 11 a.m.-1 a.m. daily.

For students in Central Campus, Chick-fil-A remains a popular option and holds hours from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 4 p.m. on Friday.

Please note all hours of operation are subject to change based on demand.


Students can also use meal exchange, where you exchange a meal swipe for a meal bundle at select restaurant locations. Unlimited meal plan members are allowed one meal exchange per meal period, or three per day. Block meal plan members are able to use their meal swipes for meal exchanges multiple times in a meal period, until they are out of swipes.

Freshens and Village Market are good examples of meal exchange options on the first floor of the Hub at Douthit Hills. Freshens offers smoothies, acai bowls and breakfast pockets while Village Market offers a continental style breakfast with breakfast sandwiches, yogurt, cereal, Danishes and muffins, coffee and juice, both available 7-11 a.m. Monday through Friday.

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