On average, an NYU student pays $60,000 in tuition, per year to attend the university. On top of this, the dining plan costs another $19,000. Since many students are quarantining in their dorms during the pandemic, many expected decent meals for the high price they are paying. From moldy fruit to salad boxes without salad, many NYU students were receiving poor meals that did not contain the recommended nutrition levels. To show their disappointment and mistreatment, many NYU students have been making TikTok videos about their upsetting quarantine meals.
According to NYU’s website, students who have traveled to states where COVID-19 cases are spiking are required to enter quarantine in their dorms before attending in-person classes. The quarantining students must have their temperatures tested and are only allowed to leave their dorms for medical emergencies. To compensate, NYU promised to provide each student with three meals and a snack each day. However, many TikToks have revealed that students are not receiving the food they expected. For example, Benji, a freshman at NYU, explained how the school was not able to provide her with the vegan meal option she requested. After she was brought a steak salad and cheese, she posted a video on TikTok to demonstrate her disappointment. While NYU mentioned that they were going to issue $100 gift cards for students to order their own food, the mistreatment of students was extremely concerning.