Campus Dining

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I try to eat at Rendezvous most of the time because Turner often does not have that great of food. The Shack always has nice food, and the workers are awesome and friendly.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Let's be honest, cafeteria food can never be that great. Luckily, there are plenty of options just in case something isn't savory. Lunches at Turner are better than the dinners so be advised. Two more places on campus to eat lunch are the Sub and downstairs in the Rendezvous complex. The sub has absolutely amazing food but most of the places are only open for a few hours. Rendezvous is the same in terms of availability but it is better than eating Turner everyday!

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is great but the price is a little spendy if it's in a plan. Grill Nation in the SUB has the best fries and milkshakes you will ever have! Mandalay Express in the SUB is better than Panda Express too.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: While the food is really good (Rendezvous food court is my favorite), it is a little expensive.

3 College Student

Campus Dining: I have only eaten on campus a couple of times because i live off campus. My answers are based on what I have hear from my friends who do live on campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 509th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 668th
    Best Quality Food
  • 787th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 803rd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 937th
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Eryn Lowe
Communications/TV Broadcasting
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Coming out of high school, the school cafeteria leaves a certain image of mystery meat and coleslaw on a student's mind. The ISU food service works to make meals as scrumptious, delicious, and nutritious as possible. Chartwells is a catering service that also helps out with ISU meals and events.

The student union building is continually full of students taking advantage of on-campus eating opportunities. Students can enjoy socializing, eating, and doing last-minute studying all at the same time. The food comes in a wide variety of warm stuff for the winter and good cold sandwiches for summer meals on the run. For the most part, students like to eat at the SUB because of the convenient location. When students have the time, they are more likely to hit Goody's across the street. Turner Hall is not very popular because mostly students living in residence halls eat there. A hungry student is definitely more likely to be seen eating fast food than eating on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3413 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
It's required for all residence hall students unless they are in their junior or senior years.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Rendezvous Food Court
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Cereal
  • Eggs
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Grilled cheese
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Student Favorites
Rendezvous Food Court
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
There really aren’t any other dining options. Chartwell’s caters events for the students and the University.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Earl R. Pond Student Union
Location: Earl R. Pond Student Union
Food: Einstein Bros. Bagels, Grillnation, Mandalay Express
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Rendezvous C-Store
Location: Rendezvous Center
Food: Convenience store
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–11 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.–11 p.m.
Rendezvous Food Court
Location: Pond Student Union Building
Food: Adobe Café, Al Dente, Mondo Subs, Portneuf Pizza Co., Quickenyaki, VousDoo Grill
Hours: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Samuel Horne Bennion Student Union
Location: Samuel Horne Bennion Student Union
Food: Food court
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Turner Dining Commons
Location: Between Turner Hall and Garrison Hall
Food: All-you-care-to-eat
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 45 responses

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