Campus Dining

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Campus dining is okay. The food can become monotonous and the taste gets worse and worse as the year goes on. However, it is better than average from other universities I have been to.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I wish it was included in tuition
Then i wouldnt have to worry about food

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: you would think with how much we pay to attend the school the food would be better

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: They could do a lot better for the money they charge. Unlimited amounts of food at each meal is a nice feature, but they need better tasting food most of the time. All the dining halls are within easy walks of the dorms, and you can easily find out which hall is serving what, and when, and you quickly learn where the best food is on which day.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The on campus dinning varies based on which dinning hall you go to.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 75th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 106th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 129th
    Best Quality Food
  • 364th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 458th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Teni Odunsi
San Antonio, TX
Environmental Studies
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There has never been a Baylor student that starved to death, unless it was from deeply-seated psychological issues, because the food on campus is so readily available there really is no excuse not to eat. Many students have become very concerned with being health-conscious and pay more attention to what is in the food that they are eating. If you’re not on a meal plan, eating is dependent upon your willingness to go buy it or get up and cook it. With a meal plan, such lazy aspirations are easily avoided.

The one thing to avoid is eating at peak hours in Penland. You’ll wait in line just to get your ID swiped, and then wait for your food and be rushed to eat. Unless you have a nice two-hour break for lunch, either eat early, late, or somewhere else. Penland is, by far, the most popular place to eat for freshmen, and even some upperclassmen because of its location and selection. The other perk to having a meal plan is that you can get your meals to go. One of the complaints from upperclassmen is that after a few years, all the food starts to taste the same. For some bizarre reason, it seems there is a conspiracy in the dining halls to wean you off cafeteria food and make you an independent eater by the time you graduate. They achieve this by making all the food taste the same. The other drawback is that unused meals at the end of the semester don’t roll over, so a lot of the time you’ll catch yourself eating meals just to use up your allotment.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4312 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • Bear Market Food Court
  • Chili’s Too
  • Common Grounds
  • Java City
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Common Grounds
  • Java City
  • Quiznos
  • Subway
Special Options
You can change your meal plan during the first four weeks of school. Many students suggest buying the plan with the least meals because, as the year progresses, if you need to eat more you can always upgrade your plan but not downgrade.
Did You Know?
  • Guest passes are used in addition to your weekly meal allowance and are great for treating friends and family to a taste of Baylor dining.
  • There is no additional cost for guest passes, and they're great for when friends come in town and you're living on a budget.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Atrium Café
Location: New Science Building
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Bear Market Food Court
Location: Bill Daniel Student Center (SUB)
Food: Quizno's Subs, Chick-fil-A, Ninfa's Mexican Restaurant
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
C3 Convenience Store
Location: Speight Avenue Parking Garage
Food: Snacks, canned goods
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Chili's Too
Location: Dutton Avenue Office
Food: American
Hours: Daily 10:45 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Location: Collins Hall
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Daily Grind Coffee
Location: Bear Market Food Court
Food: Coffee, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Discovery Café
Location: Mayborn Museum
Food: Sandwiches, salads, pastries
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Java City
Location: Moody Library
Food: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-10 p.m.
Location: Memorial Hall
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Location: Penland Hall
Food: Salad bar, grille, Italian
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-3 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 8:45 a.m.-6:45 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Seasons 3:1
Location: North Village Community Center
Food: Sushi, fresh bread, homemade soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Dutton Avenue Office
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 21% SUB
  • 13% Memorial Dining Hall
  • 13% Chicken Quesadilla
  • 13% Cookies!
  • 11% Chicken Sandwich, Beef Gyro, Curly Fries
  • 11% Wing Wednesdays at Penland
  • 8% Omelletes
  • 5% Flying saucer
  • 3% Tater Tots
  • 3% Collins Salad

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 140 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 13 responses

  • 29% You can eat whenever you want
  • 23% The different types of cuisine
  • 19% The people who serve the good are quite nice.
  • 13% There are many retail dining and campus options
  • 13% Guest passes with meal plans
  • 3% Can customize number of meals needed

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 14 responses

  • 36% It's is surprisingly pricy.
  • 21% The food is premade so it's not as healthy or good
  • 14% Some dining halls are closed on weekends
  • 14% No meal plan is perfect for your weekly meal needs
  • 14% The awkward hours

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 64% Penland Dining Hall
  • 18% Dining Halls
  • 9% Everything is good
  • 9% East Village



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