Campus Dining Services

We, at Northwood Dining, are a team of professionals dedicated to providing our customers quality products at a fair value along with excellence in standards of service. We strive to listen and respond to the needs of our customers, in open and trusting relationships.

Our customers and employees are our greatest assets; without either we would not be here. We pledge to serve our customers with the finest selection of high quality products at the best possible value.

We pledge to provide our customers with fresh, sustainable, innovative hospitality experiences, and we will bring the highest level of customer service each and every day.

Looking for On-Campus Employment? We have multiple openings (Student Workers, Part Time and Full Time) - visit the Creative Dining Careers page and look for openings at Northwood University!

Dining Locations

Dow Commons Dining Hall

Located in Dow Commons between Dubois and Miner Hall, across the Mall Walk from the bookstore. This is an all-you-care-to-eat dining facility that features numerous made-to-order items, at a variety of stations. This location accepts Meal Swipes, Flex, Points, cash, credit and Faculty Meal Swipes.

Our customers should be aware that we offer plant based (Light Life) burgers, gluten free pizza crusts, gluten free pasta and gluten free breads upon request. For specific dietary needs please speak to our staff for personalized options. Please note that all items are produced in a kitchen environment that handles the Eight Major Allergens, and while we work to limit cross contact we can not guarantee that zero cross contact occurs.


Located in Jordan Hall, across from the Church Building. Serves Starbucks Beverages and freshly Grilled items. This location accepts Flex, cash, credit and Points.

Wolf Den

Located in the Hach Center. This location serves freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, Greek yogurt smoothies and flatbreads. This Location accepts Flex, cash, credit and Points.

North Village Bistro and Marketplace

Located adjacent to the lobby of the North Village Apartments. The Bistro serves Creation Coffee beverages, fresh baked pastries, Sandwiches/Paninis and restaurant quality dinner entrees. The Bistro also offers a 10% discount to customers when using Flex. The Marketplace offers 24/7 self check-out with a wide variety of items for your dorm or your apartment. The Bistro accepts Flex, cash, credit and Points. The Marketplace accepts Flex, credit and Points.

Meal Plans

  • 250 Plan — 250 meals per semester and $300 in Flex per semester (15 meals per week average)

  • 215 Plan — 215 meals per semester and $600 in Flex per semester (13 meals per week average)

If you live in Miner, Dubois or Naegele Village you must purchase one of the above.

  • 135 Plan — 135 meals per semester and $375 in Flex per semester (8 meals per week average)

  • 85 Plan — 85 meals per semester and $800 in Flex per semester (5 meals per week average)

If you live in North Village you can purchase any of the plans above.

  • 30 Plan — 30 meals per semester and $100 in Flex per semester (2 meals per week average)

The 30 Plan is for students who live off-campus only.

Dietary Needs


You can view detailed nutritional information on our menu offerings courtesy of Creative Dining.

Food Allergies

All of our employees are trained to identify the eight major allergens within food, and we do our best to label items with a “contains” statement if they contain any of the major eight. However, always feel free to ask our staff for further clarification on an items ingredients. Also, if you require special assistance or have a severe allergy please reach out to our Executive Chef or our Sous Chef in the Dow Dining Hall so we might better assist you.


Biodegradable Platform

We, at Northwood Dining, use only biodegradable or reusable material in our service to customers. We also work hard to reduce food waste. Here are just a few reasons why.

Why Reduce Wasted Food and Packaging? Together, food and packaging/containers account for almost 45% of the materials landfilled in the United States, and some of these discarded materials are food-related packaging and containers. To reduce food reaching landfills, save money, and help communities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency started the Food Recovery Challenge. The Challenge is part of EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program, which seeks to reduce the environmental impact of materials through their entire life cycle. Food service establishments generate a significant amount of wasted food and packaging. Between 4 and 10 percent of food purchased by food service operations in the U.S. is thrown out before reaching the plate. By reducing the amount of food and packaging discarded, they can significantly reduce their waste stream and save money.

Reasons to Reduce Wasted Packaging Containers and packaging alone contribute over 23% of the material reaching landfills in the U.S., and some of these discarded materials are food-related containers and packaging. Additionally, packaging makes up a majority of the litter that ends up on our beaches and other waterways. This is a problem because fish, birds, and other aquatic wildlife are often harmed by ingesting plastic bags and other debris from packaging. Waste in the ocean also causes navigation hazards for boats and results in losses to the shipping, fishing, and tourism industries.

Did you know that eliminating packaging can conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions? You can calculate the greenhouse gas impacts of reducing, recycling, and composting your organization’s packaging using EPA’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM).

Menus of Change

We, at Creative Dining Services, have partnered with Harvard University and the CIA (Culinary Institute of America), to develop Menus of Change. This provides simple and easy building block to make a difference in the world. Check it out and Flip your Protein today!

Reusable To-go Containers

The Green Container Movement has been so successful that we have heard several of our customers would like to use them in our retail locations as well. Well, we have heard you and starting this Fall Semester Reusable To-go Containers can be used at all of our great dining locations. Keep the Green Container Movement going!

To-go Policy:

  1. Ask the cashier for a to-go container

  2. Pay a $5 deposit on the container (cash or credit) and swipe, or pay, for a meal

  3. Fill your to-go container and take it with you

  4. Bring back your dirty container to the cashier and get a clean one

  5. During finals week we will refund your $5 if you bring the container back


Did you know that we, at Northwood Dining, recycle? Over 13 tons a year of cardboard and over 4 tons of metal. We also work with local food banks to make sure we waste as little food as possible. Everyone can do their part by taking fewer napkins and eating the food they take from a buffet. Make a difference, starting today!

Purchasing Locally

Purchasing from local suppliers helps reduce our carbon footprint and helps to provide a wider variety of products to our customers.

Check out some of our Local Partners: