Campus Dining

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Undergrads
17,837
Tuition (in-state)
$17,510 ($6,350)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good food, lots of variety.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is a wide variety of places to eat on campus

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are no roll-overs for meal plans, unfortunately.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I like how there's a variety of food offerings on campus but I think they can diversify it even more.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There aren't too many options, but they have the basic ones.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 196th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 231st
    Best Quality Food
  • 267th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 581st
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 756th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kyleena Harper
Hometown
Sierra Madre, CA
Major
English
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The food options on campus are really good compared to other schools. There is a wide variety of fast food places, from Carl’s Jr., Panda Express, and Taco Bell in the Marketplace—to Subway, Round Table, and Kikka in the BSC. With time, every student eventually gets sick and tired of the food on campus, but this can be said for every other school.

The food in the Los Olivos Commons is better than most other schools. This is thanks in part to the fact that throughout the year the Commons holds themed food days, such as “Soul Food” or “Mongolian.” It puts a fun spin on food and keeps students from feeling that their meals are always repetitive. The Commons is also a buffet style, with vegetarian options included. There are eight different meal plans to choose from, but be warned: in an effort to avoid wasting those meal points, students sometimes eat just to eat.

If you want to avoid the Freshman 15, don’t pick the meal plan with the highest points possible—you will never use them all! Because U-Hour is from 12 p.m. to
1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday and no one has class, the lines for food at the BSC and the Marketplace are always ridiculously long during this time. Unless you have class right at 1 p.m. and you’re starving, you’re better off waiting for the crowd to die down and head back to class before braving the lines to get something to eat.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
19
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4458 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
If you plan to live on campus, you are required to have a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Los Olivos
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Panda Express
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
It's a three-way tie between french toast, waffles, and omelets.
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Grilled cheese
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
The Vista Café
24-Hour Dining
Alberto's
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Did You Know?
  • Kellogg West Conference Center and Lodge also has a restaurant, hotel, and facilities for conferences-all of which are run by students of the Collins School of Hospitality Management.
  • The restaurant Kellogg West has themed lunches throughout the year, as well as etiquette dinners.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Carl's Jr.
Location: Campus Center Marketplace (Bldg. 97)
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
ENV Café
Location: Environmental Design Building (Bldg. 7)
Food: Coffee, Sandwiches, Snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Farm Store
Location: Kellogg Ranch
Food: Organic foods from the campus farm and orchard
Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fresh Escape
Location: Campus Center Marketplace (Bldg. 97)
Food: Salads, Soups, Baked Potato Bar
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Freshens Smoothies and Frozen Treats
Location: Bronco Student Center (Bldg. 35)
Food: Smoothies, Frozen Snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
International Grounds
Location: Campus Center Marketplace (Bldg. 97)
Food: Coffee, Pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Kellogg West
Location: Kellogg West (Bldg. 76)
Food: Breakfast, Lunch
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m.
Kikka Sushi
Location: Bronco Student Center (Bldg. 35)
Food: Japanese, Sushi
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Los Olivos Commons
Location: Building 70
Food: Buffet-style
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Panda Express
Location: Campus Center Marketplace (Bldg. 97)
Food: Chinese
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Peet's Coffee
Location: Bronco Student Center (Bldg. 35)
Food: Coffee, Pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Poly Fresh Market
Location: Bronco Student Center (Bldg. 35)
Food: Grab-n-Go, Convenience Store Items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pony Express
Location: Los Olivos Commons (Bldg. 70)
Food: Grab-n-Go, Convenience Store Items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pony Express
Location: Campus Center Marketplace (Bldg. 97)
Food: Grab-n-Go, Convenience Store Items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Pony Express
Location: CLA Building (Bldg. 98)
Food: Grab-n-Go, Convenience Store Items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch
Location: Building 79
Food: Gourmet sit-down cuisine, prepared and run by CPP's HRT students.
Hours: Tuesday 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Round Table Pizza
Location: Bronco Student Center (Bldg. 35)
Food: Pizza, Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Starbucks
Location: University Library (Bldg. 15)
Food: Coffee, Pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-9 p.m.
Subway
Location: Bronco Student Center (Bldg. 35)
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Subway Express
Location: Bronco Student Center (Bldg. 35)
Food: Pre-made Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Taco Bell Express
Location: Campus Center Marketplace (Bldg. 97)
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Vista Café
Location: Residential Suites (Bldg. 60)
Food: American Grill
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 22% Einstein's bagels
  • 19% Subway
  • 17% Poly Trolley
  • 14% Qdoba
  • 11% Panda Express
  • 6% Kikiman
  • 6% Starbucks
  • 3% Carls Jr.
  • 3% Dennys

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 105 responses

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

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 10 responses

  • 33% Don't roll over for next wk. they renew every week
  • 22% Serve the same food almost every time
  • 22% Bored eating the same food
  • 11% The food you buy with points is really expensive
  • 11% Expensive and forced on you with housing.

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 46% Kikka
  • 23% Panda Express
  • 15% Polly trolley
  • 8% Carl's Jr
  • 8% Los Olivos Commons

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 11 responses

  • 53% Eat as much food as you want in Los Olivos
  • 27% Flexible meal options
  • 13% None.
  • 7% You get money to spend anywhere on campus

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