DePauw offers two types of dining venues. Longden dining hall is in the basement of Longden residence hall (next door to three other freshman dorms), and offers cafeteria-style eating with a different meal daily (although a few favorites can reappear more often than others). This is a great place for students who are in a hurry to get to class because it allows them to pick up a meal, eat, and run. Also, for those whose appetites can be unpredictable, Longden is a great place to grab either a lot or a little bit of food. The Hub, as the name would suggest, is the dining venue found in the center of campus, in the Student Union building. The Hub offers a little more variety of assorted fast-food options, and it is generally a hang out for first-year students. The Hub is valuable, not only for midday munchies, but the essential face time of the freshman meet and greet.
Each student is given an identification card that provides entrance into residence and dining halls, and serves as a credit card for which meals are paid for from their prepaid meal plan. This is nice because the food prices are high. It also allows students to shop in the Hub and Longden's convenience stores, to purchase snack items (potato chips, soda, and bottled water). This is essential for students because it provides them with the perfect late night, midterm paper, or test snack. Upperclass Greek students utilize a different meal plan that runs through their Greek houses, although the University dining plan is still available.