Healthy Eating

As a busy college student, you want to eat well. With nutritious on-campus meals, cooking workshops and more, we’re here to help you feel your best.

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Tips for Eating Well

  • Plan ahead — bring food with you on the go to save money and stay healthy
  • Add fruits and vegetables (fresh, frozen, canned, dried) — because they’re delicious, nutritious and can help you feel good!    
  • Reject diet culture — learn about intuitive eating and understand body diversity
  • Diversify your food choices — it's good for you, and the Earth
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Access to Food Preparing Meals Eating Patterns

Start Slowly

College students are busy, yet now is an ideal time to establish good eating patterns and learn or develop the skill of making your own meals. Meals can be as simple or more involved. Ideally, include three food groups, grains, protein and fruit and/or vegetables, and some fat, to boost health and feel satisfied. Start slowly by making a few meals on your own when you have time. Tap your family for recipe favorites or discover your own. Add diversity over time. Cooking can help you save money, improve health, make social connections and give you more control over what you eat.

Eating Sustainably

Eat more plant-based foods.  Everything we do has a carbon footprint, including eating. Plant-based diets are less taxing on the environment. Including more plant-based foods/meals is good for your health, and the earth.

Preventing Food Waste

Check what you have on hand before making a shopping list. The acronym “FIFO” is helpful—the first food that you’ve brought into your home should be the first food you take out when you’re making your meals. Dates on food packages refer to “best quality” of the food by the manufacturer, and not the safety of the product (with the exception of baby food). Food may be safe to eat well past the dates on the packaging - use your nose and eyes.

Snacking Tuesdays

Convenient access to fresh fruit. Grab a snack. Elevate your mood. Feed your body.

Free Fruit Available Weekly

Different fruits available every Tuesday on North Campus and Wednesdays on South Campus.


North Campus (Tuesdays)

  • Health Promotion 114 SU
  • Campus Living, 106 Red Jacket
  • Counseling Services, 120 Richmond
  • Parking & Transportation, 106 Spaulding
  • Student Union Welcome Booth, SU Lobby
  • Student Unions, 235 SU
  • Intercultural & Diversity Center, 240 SU
  • Student Engagement Office, 150 SU
  • International Student Services, 210 Talbert
  • Tutoring & Academic Student Services, 130 Capen
  • Student Support Services, 209 Baldy
  • Career Design Center, 259 Capen
  • Accessibility Resources, 60 Capen
  • Educational Opportunity Center, 215 Norton
  • Residential Fitness Centers (Richmond, Roosevelt on North Campus; Goodyear on South Campus)
  • WISE (Women in Science & Engineering), 126 Bell
  • Veteran's Lounge, SU 321

South Campus (Wednesdays)

  • 1 Diefendorf
  • Diefendorf, Student Lounge
  • Pharmacy School, 1st floor cafe area
  • Nursing School, Wende Hall, Lounge
  • Hayes Hall, School of Architecture, Library lounge, 2nd floor cafe area
  • Kimball Tower, 1st Floor

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Nutrition Counseling

Meet with UB’s registered dietitian to assess your current lifestyle and get individual nutrition counseling. We offer guidance on nutrition-related medical concerns, as well as provide support regarding eating on campus, body image, saving money on food and more. We promote a non-diet approach to eating that encourages self-compassion, diverse foods and body acceptance. We seek to encourage eating well and enjoying an active lifestyle.

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Eating Disorders

If you or someone you know has an eating disorder — including anorexia or bulimia — we have an Eating Disorders Team that can offer the counseling, medical care and nutritional support you need.

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Health Promotion

Student Life

University at Buffalo
114 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2837; Fax: (716) 645-6234