Campus Dining

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Undergrads
25,641
Tuition (in-state)
$10,984 ($6,520)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Theres a variety of things to eat on campus, panda express, subway, el pollo loco etc.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are different types of food and variety. There are snacks or whole meals to choose from.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The campus dining is for the most part alright, nothing outrageously expensive and nothing super valued. The quality of the food is not too bad though.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: When I am on campus on Saturdays, some of the stores are not opened, so it is hard to find a bite on campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are many places on campus to eat. There are also a lot of different varieties of food to chose from. The only thing, is the food is really expensive.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 77th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 109th
    Best Quality Food
  • 150th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 350th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 379th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Julie Ritchie
Major
English/Liberal Studies
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Freshmen are not required to have a meal plan, but it's a good idea if you live in the dorms, as it helps ease all of the sudden responsibilities. It's also a good idea to be prepared to get creative with dishes, especially if you want to eat healthy food. Mostly CSUN provides students fast food options like Subway, Burger King, and other establishments you would find at a mall food court. Don't worry: You always have plenty from which to choose—just not a lot when it comes to keeping down the Freshman 15. Staples like pizza and burgers are plentiful, as are coffee joints—Freudian Sip coffee stops are all over campus.

The options may not always be healthy, but the workers in the cafeterias have healthy attitudes, always greeting students with a smile. However, if you are looking for more options than what's available in the cafeterias, your best bet is to venture off campus, as food in the area is much more varied and interesting to the palate. Also, the food off campus is probably as expensive—if not less so—as the cafeteria, and at least you can get what you actually want for the same price.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
14
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3360 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
All students who live in a dorm without a kitchen are required to have a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Geronimo's Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Freudian Sip
  • Panda Express
  • Subway
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagels
  • Baked goods/pastries
  • Breakfast burrito
  • Cereal
  • Smoothies
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chinese
  • Pizza
  • Sandwiches
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Did You Know?
Rumor has it, Geronimo's will make you whatever kind of food you want if you just bring in a recipe.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Arbor Grill
Location: Arbor Court
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go food, Grill & Greens, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
Burger King
Location: Matador Food Court at the Bookstore Complex
Food: Fast food
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
The Edge
Location: Matador Bookstore
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go food, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
El Pollo Loco
Location: Matador Food Court at the Bookstore Complex
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday–Thursday 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Freudian Sip – Arbor Grill
Location: Arbor Grill
Food: Coffee/tea, smoothies, sweets
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
Freudian Sip – Bookstore
Location: Matador Bookstore
Food: Coffee/tea, ice cream, sweets
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
Freudian Sip – Library
Location: Oviatt Library
Food: Coffee/tea, ice cream, sweets
Hours: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Freudian Sip – Sierra Center
Location: Sierra Center
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–3 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Freudian Sip – University Student Union
Location: University Student Union
Food: Coffee/tea, smoothies, sweets
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
Geronimo's Dining Hall
Location: University Student Union
Food: Hot breakfast, pastries, salad bar, pizza, pasta bar, Mexican, vegetarian, sandwich bar, various entrees
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–12 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.–8:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.–9 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.–12 a.m.
Juice It Up!
Location: Matador Food Court at the Bookstore Complex
Food: Smoothies
Hours: Monday–Thursday 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
La Tienda
Location: University Student Union
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go food, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 12:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
The Marketplace
Location: Sierra Center
Food: Bamboo Asian food, Checkers deli, Pizzazz Italian/pizza
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Mercantile Exchange
Location: University Student Union
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go food, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Orange Grove Bistro
Location: University Club
Food: American
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Panda Express
Location: Matador Food Court at the Bookstore Complex
Food: Chinese
Hours: Monday–Thursday 10:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Pub Sports Grill
Location: University Student Union
Food: Mexican, sandwiches, salads; also serves alcohol
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
Subway
Location: University Student Union
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
West Side Store
Location: Sierra Center
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go food, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 19% Fast food
  • 17% The pub
  • 13% Fruits
  • 13% Sierra center
  • 11% The Arbor Grill.
  • 9% The Market
  • 6% Vegetables
  • 6% Sub Way
  • 6% Boba

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 175 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 13 responses

  • 50% Low variety of healthy options
  • 29% No healthy options
  • 21% Meals get expensive

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 19 responses

  • 41% Convenient locations
  • 32% Don't have one
  • 27% Don't have to buy our own food every night

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 44% Vending Machines
  • 40% Fast food
  • 16% Pizza and burger king

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