Campus Dining

Indianapolis, IN
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: there's a lot to choose from but not very many healthy options

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food in the Tower is handsdown the best!!!

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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: great variety if you are on campus in the morning. Nighttime classes... vending machine dinners.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is excellent, especially when they cook it fresh in front of you.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I do not really like the food here.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 354th
    Best Quality Food
  • 1246th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 1257th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 1281st
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 1343rd
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kourtney Forrester
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Most students vehemently agree that on-campus dining is adequate at best. Some students bring sack lunches but most endure the low-quality cuisine that is served on campus. There was a new campus center built just recently that has many different types of food such as pizza, hamburgers, mexian, chicken and salads. At the other popular eating areas (Inlow Hall and the Union Building) the food is equally mediocre, with the exception of an occasional turkey wrap or slice of pizza. To be safe, grab pre-packaged name brands off the shelves.

Listed in this section are several so-called restaurants, but this list is very deceptive because there are not really any individual restaurants on campus, except in the food court at the University Place Hotel and Conference Center. Almost every place listed here is simply a separate section in one big common area. So, don’t let the fancy name “Rio Frontera” in the underground Café fool you—it is simply the section of the line that serves nachos. Also, if students are hungry after 3 p.m. it is pretty difficult to get a bite to eat on campus. The only options are vending machines and the 24-hour McDonald’s in Riley Hospital. But, for redemption’s sake, Chancellor’s, the campus sports bar, is one of the first steps in improving IUPUI campus dining. It offers better food quality and later hours than most on-campus dining facilities.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • Chancellor’s Restaurant
  • McDonald’s
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Many students head over to the north end of campus and cross Indiana Avenue to pick from several off-campus restaurants that offer a variety of foods. The restaurants include Au Bon Pain, Best Taste China Buffet, Pizza Express, Nothing But Noodles, Taco Bell, Quiznos Subs, and Donato’s Pizza. These are all within walking distance of most classes.
Did You Know?
Our Den is a newly-renovated on-campus bar with plasma television sets and modern interior design. This is a great spot to come to right after a final or a midterm and hang out with friends while watching the Colts or Pacers.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Bistro
Location: University Place Hotel
Food: Breakfast
Hours: Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 6 a.m.-10 a.m.
Caribou Coffee
Location: Campus Center
Food: Grab and go snacks, coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Chancellor's Restaurant
Location: University Place Hotel
Food: Upscale American dining
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Location: Campus Center
Food: Chicken sandwiches, fast food
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jaguar Connection
Location: Taylor Hall
Food: Grab and go
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Law School Café
Location: Inlow Hall (the law school building)
Food: Sub Generation, Starbucks, Outtakes
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Mamma Leone's
Location: Campus Center
Food: Pizza
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Riley Hospital for Children
Food: Fast food, burgers
Hours: Daily 24 hours
Mondo Subs
Location: Campus Center
Food: Subs
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Our Den
Location: University Place Hotel
Food: Sports bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-11 p.m.
Location: Campus Center
Food: Grab and go
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Outtakes Express
Location: Union Building
Food: Grab and go, convenience store
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Rio Frontera
Location: Campus Center
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Spotz Grill
Location: Campus Center
Food: Hamburgers, fries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Wild Greens
Location: Campus Center
Food: Salads, baked potatoes, soup
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 129 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 worst food options on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 29% There are only 2 places to get food
  • 29% Nothing. All are pretty good choices
  • 24% Too much fast food
  • 18% Food is way overpriced

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

  • 47% The Campus Center
  • 33% Everything
  • 20% Inside University Tower

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 8 responses

  • 67% The new dining hall is pretty nice.
  • 33% The Tower

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

  • 58% It's just really expensive
  • 42% The dining hall has limited hours.


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