Campus Dining

Location
Columbus, OH
Undergrads
38,884
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
Admission Difficulty
Average
More statistics . . .
YesI'm interested, let this school know MaybeBookmark for later NoShow me better matches What does it mean to express interest?
Oops! There was an error.

Reload the page and try again.

Saving your interest We will attempt to notify this school of your interest. This school has been saved to your schools listyour schools list. This school has been removed from your recommended schools list.
For more schools, visit your recommended schools list.

Reviews

{{ error }}
close
3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It not bad compared to the mass of all universities, but for how much this school costs and its semi-prestigious status, I think they completely overprice food and use this block system to take as much money as possible from the students to increase their revenue and profits. We already pay an excessive amount for admission into the university (especially us out-of-state students) and there's no way a small breakfast sandwich should cost $4.75.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are so many choices it is amazing.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: They do not really have a lot of availability at night when everyone is done with classes. Also do not have a lot of variety at most of the places.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Lots of places to eat with great variety and price

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining halls are always open and the buffet style is great. Fresh Express, Sloopys, and Burritos offer a variety of food that works with your meal plan.

{{review.UserDisplayString}}

{{review.SectionLabel}} at {{review.EntityName}}:

{{review.Votes}} found this useful - Did you? Was this useful? Yes Report

Sorry, there are no reviews.

  • {{settings.pageNumber}} of {{settings.maxPages}}
  • Pages:
  • ... {{page}}

Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 10th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 20th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 31st
    Best Quality Food
  • 62nd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 77th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gilburt L. Chiang
Hometown
Marietta, Ga.
Major
Electrical engineering
View all previous student authors

Opinions vary regarding the food in the commons, but most are negative. Many students feel they are being ripped off when it comes to how much money they spend for their food. Mirror Lake is undoubtedly the most sought-after place to use your meal plan. Buckeye Express is also a student favorite, but fast food wears on you after a few months. 

Compared to what some universities offer their students, you may get disappointed in Ohio's options, though the school has been adding new options and additional locations to some of its top choices. Mirror Lake is good, but you simply can’t eat subs every day for every meal. The lines stretch outside the door at the beginning of the year, too, though they do eventually get shorter. You and your friends will also find yourselves coming up with totally unoriginal nicknames for Buckeye Express, as well. The one redeeming part of OSU’s dining halls is that the staff is very nice.

Facts & Statistics

Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
  • Fresh Express
  • Marketplace
  • Mirror Lake Café
24-Hour Dining
None
Special Options
OSU students can use their BuckID cards at some popular local restaurants and dining options. Visit buckid.osu.edu to see a complete list of merchants.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Boss Dogs
Location: Baker Commons
Food: Grilled options
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Buckeye Express
Location: Baker Hall East
Food: Salad bar, deli, grab `n go
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Burrito Noches Café
Location: North Commons
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 2 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Campus Grind
Location: Drinko Hall
Food: Breakfast menu, salads, sandwiches, Starbucks coffee drinks, sushi
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The Campus Grind
Location: McPherson Lab
Food: Breakfast menu, salads, sandwiches, Starbucks coffee drinks, sushi
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Campus Grind
Location: Vet Med
Food: Breakfast menu, salads, sandwiches, Starbucks coffee drinks, sushi
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Courtside Cafe
Location: RPAC
Food: Breakfast menu, pizza, salads
Hours: Courtside Cafe: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Deli
Location: The MarketPlace
Food: Panini and wraps
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
East/West
Location: The MarketPlace
Food: Pasta and stir fry,
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Grab and Go
Location: The MarketPlace
Food: Salads, sandwiches, and sushi
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Juice 2
Location: RPAC
Food: Juices, smoothies, Seattle's Best coffee drinks, and vitamin supplements
Hours: Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-12 a.m.
Kennedy Commons
Location: 251 W. 12th Ave.
Food: All-you-can-eat buffet
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Mirror Lake Café
Location: 1760 Neil Ave.
Food: Breakfast, pizza, smoothies, and subs
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 2:30 p.m.-2 a.m.
Morrill Commons - Fresh Express
Location: Morrill Tower
Food: Breakfast items, deli, entrees, salads, sandwiches, and wraps
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
North Commons - Fresh Express
Location: North Commons
Food: Breakfast items, deli, entrees, salads, sandwiches, and wraps
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Oxley's By the Numbers
Location: 2035 Millikin Rd.
Food: Pizza, salad, and sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Oxley's Restaurant at the Fawcett Center
Location: The Fawcett Center
Food: Entrees, pastas, salads, and soups Fawcett Center
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
The PAD
Location: The Drake Union
Food: Breakfast items, pizza, sandwiches, sushi, and wings
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 4 p.m.-1 a.m.
Soup Spot and Fresh Greens
Location: The MarketPlace
Food: Sandwiches and soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-8 a.m.
Sprouts Café
Location: Kennedy Commons
Food: Vegan and vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Stone Hearth
Location: The MarketPlace
Food: Baked focaccia, baked casseroles, breadsticks
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
StreetSweets
Location: The MarketPlace
Food: Coffee and espresso drinks, pastries, and smoothies
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
The ViewPoint Bistro
Location: The Drake Union
Food: Appetizers, breakfast, entrees, salads, and sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 22% Union Market
  • 21% Marketplace
  • 16% Mirror Lake: Creamery and Grille
  • 12% Kennedy Commons
  • 12% Sloopy's Diner
  • 10% Oxleys: by the Numbers
  • 1% KSA cafe
  • 1% All of them
  • 1% Woody's
  • 1% They have the best pasta!

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 192 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Availability
  • 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 21 responses

  • 39% So many options
  • 30% Convenient
  • 12% Healthy and portable!
  • 6% Overpriced
  • 3% Repetition of vegan. Entres are unhealthy.
  • 3% Lots of variety
  • 3% State of the art commons
  • 3% Tons of vegan options!

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 45% North Commons
  • 21% Morrill Commons
  • 21% Kennedy Commons
  • 10% 12th Ave Bread Company
  • 3% Many unhealthy choices but canes is the worst!

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 21 responses

  • 39% End up wasting blocks
  • 27% Too expensive
  • 15% Sometimes inconvenient times for the dining halls
  • 12% Hard to fill up each block
  • 6% Not very many healthy options
4
pageviews remaining

Non-registered users are limited to 5 school profile page views per month.

Register for free to gain full access!