There are a variety of dining options at Sam Houston State, with a few snacks and coffee spots, but there are three main places to eat at on campus. Old Main Market provides students healthier options. South Paw is a popular dining hall with a Subway, Starbucks, Tortilla Fresca, and Sushic: The Sushi Company. Aside from cash, credit, and debit, all of these options accept Bearkat Bucks and do not count as meals on the meal plan. Paw Print is another spot on campus. It has a Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut, and Quiznos, and just like at South Paw, all of these places accept Bearkat Bucks and do not count as meals on the meal plan. There are not a lot of kosher, vegetarian, or organic options available on campus, but sushi and wraps are available at just about every dining hall and snack bar.
Meal plans are required for freshmen, and they have three options from which to choose; there are other options for upperclassmen. Each plan offers a set number of meals per week or semester. Along with the meals offered in each plan, students also get a set number of “Bearkat Bucks,” which can be used at the on-campus restaurants in Paw Print and South Paw. The best choice value-wise is to get a meal plan—they are reasonably priced and very much worth it. Overall, SHSU is packed with quality dining options that appeal to a majority of the students.