- Campus Life
Something For All Tastes
NYU Abu Dhabi offers a wide variety of food options to keep the community energized and nourished morning, noon and night.
Undergraduate students have a meal plan to dine at NYUAD-operated restaurants that offer global fare and rotating menus, and to use at the campus store for essentials like toiletries, basic grocery items, and something to snack on between classes. We also know that a healthy mind needs a healthy body. Many food products at NYUAD have nutrition labels and we have a campus dietician to help students plan a balanced diet and talk about special dietary needs.
Places to Eat
- Dining Halls
- Library Cafe
- Cash Only
- The Torch Club
Design your own burger, sink your teeth into our hand-crafted sandwiches, wraps, and salads, or enjoy a bowl of noodles from our Far East menu. The Marketplace also offers a variety of fresh juices, smoothies, and frozen treats.
Accepts meal plan.
Campus East and Campus West restaurants are community favorites with rotating menus at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This is the place to sample global favorites, including Arabic cuisines, and try roast dinners with all the trimmings, or stone-baked pizzas.
Accepts meal plan.
The Library Cafe is the go-to place for a calm study atmosphere while enjoying specialty tea, fresh coffee, and handmade pastries. It's also a popular spot to catch up with friends.
Accepts meal plan.
There are a number of restaurants on campus that are not operated by NYUAD and do not accept meal plan dirhams, only cash and credit cards. Options include a coffee shop, Japanese restaurant, and a pizza place. Students are also free to venture off campus and into Abu Dhabi for many more dining options. Taxis are easily available on campus, and NYUAD offers shuttle bus services to nearby attractions and central locations.
The Torch Club serves as an alternative table service restaurant that is open only to NYUAD faculty and staff. The spacious outdoor terrace is great for escaping the office for a relaxed meal during the cooler months. The Torch Club is also an excellent location for work functions and events.
Note: NYUAD faculty and staff are also welcome to buy meals at any other campus dining location.
Cooking at Home
All suites in residence have a small kitchenette with a sink, counter space, microwave, and fridge. Residential colleges also have a lounge that includes a community kitchen where students can prepare food. Lounge kitchen equipment includes:
- counter space
- oven with convection, standard, or combination heating, broiling, rotisserie, and bread rising functions
- dining table
- sofa seats
Students are responsible for purchasing utensils, pots, and pans. There's a store on campus that sells essentials.
We Like to Mix Things Up
Variety is the spice of life! We change menus often to keep things fresh and interesting.
Taste of Home
Being away from home doesn't mean missing your favorite food. Our chefs team up with students from all over the world to host cultural food festivals.
We have themed menus during holidays such as Eid al-Fitr, UAE National Day, and Thanksgiving, so you don't miss out on your traditions.
We encourage the usage of water bottles instead of non-reusable plastic water bottles on campus. Water stations are placed across campus to increase access to drinking water and reduce our plastic footprint.
Our reusable container program is a sustainable way for you to take food from dining venues back to your room or work area. Purchase a token to gain access to these reusable containers. After each meal, wash your container and return it back to a cashier counter to have your token returned. The next time you get food to go, hand over your token to have your food packed into a new reusable container.