Campus Dining

Murfreesboro, TN
Tuition (in-state)
$21,826 ($7,210)
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food on campus at MTSU is descent. After eating the food everyday for a year, there does not ever seem to be enough options. Most of the time, the lunches seem really greasy and there does not seem to be many healthy options. The most healthy options on campus are at the stores on campus and the Happy Tomato. There is also a Dining Hall but many students claim that it is expensive without a meal plan. A meal plan is the best way to go when eating on campus daily. Many times the cashiers have trouble with their credit and debit card machines and so people with the flex dollars and meal plans do not have trouble. When someone pays with cash it is even faster, although, many college students do not carry around ample amounts of cash on them all of the time. Some of the best food options are in the Student Union Building. In this building there is: Happy Tomato, which includes a salad and potato bar and a wrap station, Panda Express, Popeyes and a Mexican food restaurant. The Blue Raider Grill is also located in the Student Union Building. This is the hot spot when the weather gets chilly because it is a place that the students prefer and has descent warm food.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is a lot of good food, you can meet new friends like I have while eating at the many locations on campus that sell food.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: its okay if thats what you want to eat all the time. there are a lot of different things to eat but its the same stuff all the time so it gets old.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: The cafe tries to include every ones food preferences. The meal plan is convenient! We have so many options. The best places to eat are the JUB and the Student Union.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: I really like it, but I'm not very hard to impress.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 238th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 473rd
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 723rd
    Best Quality Food
  • 1178th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 1224th
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

MTSU offers a wide variety of dining options, but they're not exactly cheap—you can expect to spend about $7 for a square meal. In addition to the food courts and cafeterias, there are kiosks around campus that offer coffee, baked goods, beverages, and more. The University has made an effort to provide more appealing options for its students. Starbucks is popular.

A major downfall is the lack of a 24-hour dining facility. The Cybercafé is open until 2 a.m., but a vending machine may likely be your only source of late-night sustenance. And, unfortunately, there are times when even your vending option is out of order. Many dorm residents have mini-fridges in their rooms, which can be a great backup to the on-campus selection. But remember: Freshmen who live on campus are required to purchase a meal plan, so you may eat a majority of your meals on campus, whether you like it or not.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3413 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All freshmen living on campus must have a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • The KUC Grill
  • McCallie Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagels
  • Chicken biscuits
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Fried chicken
  • Pizza Hut
  • Subway
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Cybercafé
  • Pizza
Student Favorites
  • Quiznos
  • Starbucks
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

BAS Buy & Fly
Location: Business and Aerospace Building
Food: Coffee, salads, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location: Woodmore Hall
Food: Subway
Hours: Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–2 a.m., Saturday–Sunday 11 a.m.–2 a.m.
The KUC Coffee Shop
Location: Keathley University Center
Food: Ice cream, smoothies, Starbucks coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
The KUC Grill
Location: Keathley University Center
Food: Food court
Hours: Monday–Thursday 6:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 6:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
McCallie Dining Hall
Location: McCallie Dining Room in Corlew Hall
Food: All-you-care-to-eat
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
MTSU Student Union
Location: Student Union Building
Food: Food court
P.O.D. at Peck Hall
Location: Peck Hall
Food: Grab-'n-go items
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
P.O.D. Express at Mass Comm
Location: Mass Comm Building
Food: Hot food, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
The RaiderZone
Location: James Union Building
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday 9 p.m.–8 p.m.
Walker Library Starbucks
Location: James E. Walker Library
Food: Baked goods, coffee, sandwiches, specialty drinks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–1 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.–1 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 133 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 worst food options on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 27% Cyber Cafe
  • 27% McCallie
  • 20% KUC
  • 13% Blue Raider Grill
  • 7% Student Union Building
  • 7% All because I am a Celiac

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 34% Student Union Building
  • 34% KUC
  • 24% McCallies Dinning Hall
  • 5% Blue Raider Grill in the student Union Building
  • 3% None because I am a Celiac

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 14 responses

  • 50% Mean plan includes Flexbucks.
  • 31% It is convient
  • 12% What meal plan!
  • 6% Its to expensive

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

  • 88% Expenisve!
  • 12% Only 3 meals a day.
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