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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Actually food is okay not many choices.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: the only good thing about our meal plan is the dining dollars.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining hall is pretty mediocre. The food isn't inedible, but it's definitely not great. In comparison to larger schools' dining halls, like the KSU Commons, Mercer's dining hall has a lot less variety and a lower quality of food. The only things I would recommend from the dining hall are the cookies and grilled cheese sandwiches. The University Center and Mercer Village restaurants are definitely the best places to eat. They include Chick-Fil-A, Subway, Burger Studio, Margarita's Mexican Grill, Jittery Joe's, Ingleside Village Pizza, Fountain of Juice, and Francar's Buffalo Wings. Unfortunately, if you are a freshman living on campus, you are required to get the unlimited swipes meal plan. That means you can eat at the dining hall as much as you want, but you only get $200 per semester for the other dining options. Make sure you take advantage of the student discounts at restaurants off campus. Mercer students get 10% off at Moe's Southwest Grill!

College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I take all night classes, so I don't eat on campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food on campus could be described as average. Mercer University possesses one dining room, one area in which a person could purchase food from Subway, Chick-fil-A, Burger Studio, or Ala Carte items like fruit cups, ice cream, and drinks, and a place called Bear Necessities (in which one can also purchase snacks, microwaveable meals, and other items a college student may need on campus). Mercer requires all freshman students to purchase an unlimited meal plan, and refuses to let a person upgrade to a 14-meal plan until he or she has complete 30+ hours. This plan is not horrible - it makes the university earn more money - but I believe if one has to buy an unlimited meal plan that better food should be served. The dining room is designed as a wheel, with the food choices all in the middle in a circle. There is a grill, salad bar, sandwich station, fried station, pizza, cereal, and dessert bar. However, one is not necessarily allowed to make their own food, except for getting cereal or a salad. The menu rarely changes. Despite that fact, though, it is food and I am grateful to at least have food to eat!
Many students can put Bear Bucks or Dining Dollars on their Bear Card (like a debit card) and use those at either Bear Necessities, the Bear Rock Cafe (includes the Chick-fil-A, Subway, etc.), or various restaurants around Macon. There are always options available, one just has to look for them sometimes.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1012nd
    Best Quality Food
  • 1073rd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 1143rd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 1191st
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 1267th
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Janelle Richardson
Seattle, Wash.
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Due to Mercer’s small size, there are only two real dining options on campus: the FFC cafeteria and the UC Food Court. The limited options for food can inevitably get repetitive; however, there are several off-campus dining options that are literally next door to campus, which helps to counteract Mercer’s small selection. Unfortunately, another con to Mercer dining is that there are not many truly healthy or vegetarian/kosher meals available on campus.

There are six meal plan options for Mercer students. Freshmen are required to get the Unlimited Meal Membership, which is the priciest of all the plans and amounts to unlimited meals all semester long at the FFC. After freshman year, there are more options available. Block plans tend to be the most popular—they provide 40, 85, or 120 total meals at the FFC per semester, plus dining dollars, which can be used at the UC Food Court. There are also two meal plans that offer 10 or 14 meals a week. Since upperclassman apartments have kitchens, many older students choose not to purchase a meal plan. Students without meal plans can still purchase food from both the FFC or the UC Food Court by paying cash, but this is not a popular option as it is somewhat expensive.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5453 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Freshmen and sophomores are required to get a meal plan regardless of housing status.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Fresh Food Company
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Subway
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Chick-fil-A biscuits
  • Omelets from the omelet bar in the FFC
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Pasta from the FFC
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Options are limited after 11 p.m.
24-Hour Dining

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bear Necessities
Location: Connell Student Center
Food: Convenience store
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Burger Studio
Location: University Center Food Court
Food: Grill
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Location: University Center Food Court
Food: Fast food
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Fresh Food Company (the Cafeteria)
Location: Connell Student Center
Food: Grill, salad bar, various food stations, vegan options
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
The Side Bar Café
Location: Walter F. George School of Law
Food: Breakfast, coffee, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: University Center Food Court
Food: Subs
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-11 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 63 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 things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 10 responses

  • 54% At least you know there is a warm meal available.
  • 23% I was never part of the campus meal program
  • 8% Good salad bar with nice variety
  • 8% Baked/steamed vegetables!!!
  • 8% Different lunches and dinners every day

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 7 responses

  • 60% Very expensive to the wallet.
  • 20% Required to get unlimited plan.
  • 10% I was never part of the campus meal program
  • 10% Caf closes kind of early

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

  • 70% Cafeteria on the Weekend
  • 20% Cafeteria
  • 10% Never ate a meal on campus as a graduate student.

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

  • 83% University Food Court
  • 17% Cafeteria
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