Campus Dining

Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
2,154
Tuition
$44,570
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Oxy tries their best to offer us healthy options! Love the creative meals at the marketplace and the comfort food at the cooler.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The quality of the food itself is great. It's better than most other college campuses. There are a lot of vegetarian/vegan options for those who need those options. The food gets a little repetitive sometimes, but it's pretty good for dining hall food.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining halls suck because they have a decent amount of variety, but it's all so s****y. The prices also are horrendous; it averages out to about $10 a meal, which unless you're an athlete and you eat massive amounts of food, is ridiculous. Meal plans are a waste of money, and almost everything you can buy with flexdine is also overpriced. Places that are slightly off campus, like in Dinkytown, are pretty good though (most of them anyways).

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food at Oxy is great. The Marketplace is the most popular dining facility where they cook fresh food daily and sometimes even prepare it to order. The food options may get a bit repetitive, but they always make an effort to switch it up and offer special plates for special occasions. There is also the Cooler, which offers delicious grill options to order. Overall, the food is greta quality and the service is amazing. Every dining facility on campus accepts meal plan money, which is very convenient. And even though the food may seem a bit overpriced, you come to realize that your meal plan account is more than enough to cover the expenses.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food at Oxy is very good, and at the Marketplace, where they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, much of it is organic and several of the fruits and vegetables are from locally grown places. For the most part the food is pretty healthy and the cooks really make good, flavorful meals. What I especially like about the food is that they really cater to vegetarians and vegans, and campus dining always makes sure that there are plenty of options. Basically for every meat dish, there is a vegetarian or vegan one. The Marketplace serves breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. They make a variety of dishes and the cooks switch it up, but also stick to a routine for certain meals for lunch or dinner. For example, every Monday one of the food stations in the Marketplace serves Indian food for dinner. Every Monday and Wednesday they serve stir fry for lunch, which is very good, while Tuesdays are pizza days at lunch.The different food stations are good because it ensures that you do not have to eat the same thing everyday. The Cooler is more of a quick food place, there are sandwiches, ice cream, fruit, and different drinks, among other things. The food here is pretty good too, and it is a good place to hang out with friends at night, since it closes late at night, whereas the marketplace closes at 7:30 pm. The employees in both facilities are very friendly and both facilities are always clean. The only con about the Cooler is that the food they have is always the same, so people typically do not eat dinner here every night. The food prices are cheap; while some students spend more than others, many students typically do not have to worry about running low on money and have plenty left over at the end of the semester.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 46th
    Best Quality Food
  • 53rd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 61st
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 76th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 128th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Campus dining at Oxy is definitely a case of quality over quantity. While the food is good and well made, there's very little variety. There are only two places to eat on campus, the Marketplace and the Tiger Cooler, which can become very tiring, and those two places have fairly limited menus to choose from. A limited amount of choices to eat should be expected because of the small size of the school. Students say that the food is pretty reasonable, but it's the lack of choices that makes the dining experience at Oxy below par. If you want variety, your best bet is to eat off campus.

Most students would like more places to eat, or a way to spend meal money off campus or bring off-campus vendors in, but so far nothing has become of that. The food is better than most colleges, but not spectacular either, which coupled with the lack of variety makes it simply bearable. A lot of students have taken up the smallest meal plan, and then supplemented that with buying groceries off campus and making their own food on weekends. Since a meal plan is required with on-campus living, this appears to be the most popular solution to the lackluster meal selection. Other students eat off campus a lot, or get together and cook large communal meals together, too. Simply put, the dining is better than most, but the lack of variety can get very frustrating. No student ever complained that the food was outright bad in any of the surveys, but they did show a serious desire for more options. Because of the easily accessible grocery stores and nearby places to eat, eating was very low on most students' lists of problems they had with the school.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$5800 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Students who live on campus, excluding Berkus and SEA House residents, are required to buy a meal plan.
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
Pizza delivery from the Tiger Cooler
Did You Know?
  • Students can use their meal money to buy things such as cereal, milk, and cases of soda to store in their room from the Marketplace and Cooler.
  • On Meal Plans A and B, a certain percentage of meal money can roll over from semester to semester if it is not used during the school year.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Coffee Cart
Location: Rangeview Hall, 2nd level Courtyard
Food: Coffee and tea drinks, specialty and organic snacks
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 7:30 [.m.-1:00 a.m.
The Marketplace
Location: Johnson Student Center
Food: Baked goods, deli, entrees, grill, made-to-order pasta, wood-fired pizza
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
The Tiger Cooler
Location: Samuelson Pavilion
Food: Bagels, burgers, late-night snacks, pizza (on-campus delivery availible), salads, smoothies, snack bar, sushi
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday 1:30 p.m.-2 a.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

Student Polls

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