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Dining Services

Transylvania offers students a varied menu and extended dining hours.

the Raf

Students living in residence halls should purchase a meal plan, either a 19-meal-per-week plan, a 14-meal per-week plan, a 10-meal per-week plan, or a plan offering 160 meals per term. Special meals are available for students with medical needs. In addition, you can try some of the other great eateries on campus—Jazzman’s Café, the Rafskeller, or the 1780 Café.

Forrer Dining Center

The traditional campus cafeteria is anything but ordinary. Located in Forrer Hall, this spacious facility with a window wall overlooking a courtyard is the main dining center. It offers a wide selection, including soft serve ice cream, classic entrees and vegetarian offerings.  This location offers “all-you-care-to-eat” dining. New this year! Try one of our delicious “Fresh, Never Frozen Burgers” at the grill complete with our housemade toppings and condiment station.


Fondly known as “The Raf,” this campus retail location features an all new concept called, The Grille @ Transylvania and a Sub Connection. The Grille offers menu options that include burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, french fries and all your grilled favorites. Sub Connection is a deli sandwich concept that specializes in Made-To-Order salads & subs on fresh baked breads. Located in the Mitchell Fine Arts Center, the Raf is named for renowned botanist Constantine Rafinesque, who taught at Transylvania in the 1800s. Rafinesque is a legend in Transylvania’s history and is now entombed in Old Morrison, the administration building.

1780 Café

Located in Thomson Hall, The 1780 Cafe is the late night dining option on campus. Sandella’s is a fresh made to order concept that specializes in flatbread pizzas & sandwiches, a healthier fast food alternative.

Jazzman's Café

A coffee shop plus a whole lot more! Choose from a large selection of fresh baked goods, salads, sandwiches and desserts. Jazzman’s features freshly brewed coffee, espresso drinks, Chai Tea Lattes, Republic of Tea and much more. Jazzman’s only uses fair trade coffee beans. It is located in the Glenn Building. Jazzman’s Cafe invites patrons to wake up and smell the fresh brewed selection of coffees or kick back and relax to soothing jazz sounds as you enjoy a fresh gourmet salad or hearty sandwich on focaccia.

Do you have particular dietary needs? Please let us know! Our Campus Dining Services Program can accommodate your special dietary requirements. For more information, please contact us at Alanglitz@transy.edu or (859) 233-8217.

For more dining information, see the Transylvania Dining Services site.

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