Campus Dining

Baton Rouge, LA
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food in the dining halls could be a lot better. The only reason it is better than high school cafeteria food is because there are more options. I do like having our Paw Points in order to pay for fast food options in the union.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I rated the dining "its okay" and that's only because of the restaurants in the union and the fast food places right next to campus. The dining halls are not my favorite and my friends and I usually on go to them when we are desperately hungry or broke. The dining halls, in my opinion, could do way better but some people really like them. They have a vegan and vegetarian section and they have a variety of things but that doesn't always mean it tastes good. You can catch them on their good days though. The other restaurants are your typical fast food chains and they're just like the ones from home. I can say that the take5, if you live on the west side of campus, will be your best friend. They stay open till 3 AM and have hot and cold food and tons of snacks. Just don't use all you PAW points up before finals!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I would have to say that the dining halls have overpriced meals that really seem more like arbitrarily high numbers rather than accurate representations of the meal you'll be having. PawPoints really are great though, but if you are without a meal plan, spending direct cash is something I hold back from doing since prices are so drastically high.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: It's actually pretty good. In the dining halls, you honestly will get tired of it. It's not that the food is bad, because it's not. It's just the same style over and over again. Some variety is necessary. But the union offers many options from home-cooked style food to healthy salads and smoothies. If you have the time and ability to use Paw-Points at the Magnolia room or a meal transfer there, USE IT! The food is just a little bit better than the dining hall for the same price!

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Once you eat on campus everyday, you start realizing just how few options you have. They replaced better options with more generic cafeteria food type places. For example, we used to have papa johns, taco bell, quiznos and now it is generic poboy and mexican food. The food is EXTREMELY bland in the dining halls. If you like bland cafeteria food it is great for you. Also, their hours on the weekend suck so stock up the week before.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 27th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 72nd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 90th
    Best Quality Food
  • 149th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 261st
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kim Moreau
Baton Rouge, La
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Louisiana is a state known for its food, and in recent years, LSU has gotten better at upholding this reputation. The student union is the place to go, especially in between classes when you cannot walk back to the dining halls. The student union has everything from the Magnolia Room (all-you-can-eat) to McDonald's. The "Tiger Lair," which is on the second level of the student union, has such establishments as Papa John's, Salsarita's (Tex-Mex), and Jamba Juice, just to name a few. Basically, if you want it, you can usually find it. But if you want vegetarian options, your best bet is The 5 (Pentagon) on the Northwest side of campus. 

LSU meal plans have three components. There are cafeteria meals to be used in the dining halls, Paw Points to be used at on-campus eateries, and TigerCASH, which not only works for food, but also for everything from making copies to doing laundry. The best advice is to figure out what you want to eat and select a meal plan that suits you best. If you know you hate food that comes on a slotted tray, steer clear of plans with lots of dining points. The best bet is to get Paw Points or TigerCASH that can be used everywhere.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3618 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
First- and second-year on-campus residents are required to have a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • 459 Commons
  • The 5
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Panda Express
  • Salsarita's
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Grits
  • Omelets
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken
  • Gumbo
  • Pasta
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • McDonald's
  • Outtakes
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • Taco Bell
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
TigerCASH can be used at the LSU Bookstore, computer labs, vending machines, laundry rooms, concession stands, and some off-campus locations.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

459 Commons (Laville)
Location: Behind Acadian Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
The 5 (Pentagon)
Location: North side of campus near Kirby Smith and the Pentagon dorms
Food: Cafeteria food
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
Atrium Café
Location: Design Building
Food: Grab 'n' go items, Outtakes, Starbucks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Biz Café
Location: Business Education Complex atrium
Food: CC's Community Coffee House, Outtakes
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Chick 'n Grill
Location: Pierre's Landing
Food: Chicken
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
The Club
Location: LSU Union Square
Food: Fine dining
Hours: Monday–Wednesday 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Thursday–Friday 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.–9 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Location: LSU Student Union, Level 1
Food: Bagels, coffee, pastries, sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Hebert Law Center Café
Location: Hebert Law Center, second floor
Food: CC's Community Coffee House, Chick-n-Grill, Outtakes
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–4 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
Magnolia Room Restaurant
Location: LSU Student Union, third floor
Food: Buffet
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Location: LSU Student Union, first floor
Food: Fast food
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–10:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.–10:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
Middleton Library Café
Location: Middleton Library, first floor
Food: CC's Community Coffee House, Outtakes
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:45 a.m.–11 p.m., Friday 7:45 a.m.–4 p.m., Sunday 12:30 p.m.–11 p.m.
Outtakes – 459 Commons
Location: 459 Commons
Food: Grab 'n' go items, Papa John's, Sunset Diner
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–3 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sunday 6 p.m.–11 p.m.
Papa John's Pizza
Location: LSU Student Union, second floor
Food: Pizza
Hours: Monday–Saturday 10:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
Smoothie King
Location: UREC, first floor
Food: Smoothies
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m.–11 p.m.
Location: Foster Hall
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Take 5
Location: The 5 (Pentagon)
Food: Convenience items, Quiznos, snacks, Starbucks coffee bar
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–3 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sunday 6 p.m.–11 p.m.
Tiger Lair Food Court
Location: LSU Student Union, second floor
Food: Bayou Bistreaux, CC's Community Coffee House, Chick-fil-A, French Quarter Café, Jamba Juice, On-the-Geaux, Panda Express, Salsarita's
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. (hours vary by restaurant)
Vet School Snack Bar
Location: Veterinary Medicine Building
Food: Chick-n-Grill, Outtakes
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–3 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 112 responses

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

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 24% The Union - Tiger Den
  • 18% The 5 - most of the time
  • 14% Dining hall
  • 12% Starbucks in Barnes and Noble
  • 12% Subway
  • 10% Pierre's Landing
  • 10% Magnolia Room

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 15 responses

  • 26% Very very expensive!!
  • 22% No more meal transfers!
  • 19% Cost isn't worth the food quality at the commons
  • 19% Paw Points don't roll-over after spring
  • 11% Not enough swipes or Paw Points
  • 4% You are limited to a few places

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 15 responses

  • 32% Paw Points
  • 21% Already paid for
  • 18% Ease of access
  • 15% Decent variety
  • 15% The amount of options

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 58% None
  • 17% Sunset Diner (in outtakes and take 5)
  • 17% 459 dining hall
  • 8% Papa john (the 5)
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