Love to eat delicious, quality food? Then you’re in luck! As of 2023,

James Madison University has been ranked #4 for best college cafeteria by Best Value Schools.“

When your event requires food, JMU will provide an enjoyable and memorable dining experience.Your Conference Assistant will work with you to determine the best dining options for your group; utilizing our buffet-style dining halls or working with Special Events and Catering to customize your meals. During the summer, there are two main dining halls open: East Campus Dining Hall (E-Hall) and Main Campus Dining Hall (D-Hall). Both locations offer endless food options from everyone’s favorite food classics (such as grilled cheese, pasta, and homemade ice cream) to healthy and vegetarian options (such as fresh salads, baked potatoes, and flavorful sandwiches). E-Hall does require a minimum of 200 people for conference service rates.

Your event’s meeting and lodging locations, in addition to personal preference, determine which dining hall your party will use. Upon arrival, your guests receive JMU Conference Cards that they can use to enter the dining hall during designated mealtimes. JMU Special Events and Catering is a full-service and licensed beverage provider. They offer a variety of options for your event’s needs, ranging from casual snacks to a full 3-course meal. If your event calls for an informal meal on the go, tasteful boxed meals may be an appealing alternative for you.

Outside vendors are not permitted.

All overnight groups are required to eat their meals on campus. 

If you prefer to eat off-campus, there are dozens of great restaurants within 15 minutes of campus, including many unique locally-owned options. For more information, please see our Area Information page.

2024 Dining Rates - (per person/per meal)

Meal Type:

2024 Rate








$34.74 + 12.3% tax*

*12.3% tax is made up of a 7% local meals tax and a 5.3% state sales tax


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