Campus Dining

Huntsville, TX
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College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I have not yet tried the campus food. However they offer a lot of options to chose from.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: its okay it has its days

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining halls should stay open later, other than that everything is okay

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Campus food is not meant to be lived on. They are all quick eat options.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: We have an ok selection of food options. My complaint is that some of the dining halls are not in convenient locations.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 499th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 681st
    Best Quality Food
  • 989th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 1201st
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 1202nd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Roberautrice Eddie
Hanau, Germany
Broadcast Journalism
Grad Year
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3370 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Freshmen are required to live on campus and have a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
South Paw
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Breakfast burritos from Tortilla Fresca
  • Burger King breakfast items
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Subway subs
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Einstein Bros. Bagels
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
There aren't many vegetarian or kosher options at SHSU, but there are a variety of healthy choices in each dining hall. Sushi, salads, fruits, and wraps are available at every dining hall on campus.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

19th Hole Café
Location: Raven Nest Golf Club
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Location: Gaertnar Performing Arts Center
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–3 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Old Main Market
Location: Old Main Market
Food: All-you-care-to-eat
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m., 5 p.m.–8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m., 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.–9 a.m., 11 a.m.–1 p.m., 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–2 p.m., 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
Paw Print
Location: Lowman Student Center, first floor
Food: Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Pizza Hut, Quiznos
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go food, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
POD – Lee Drain
Location: Lee Drain Building
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go food, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
POD – The Woodlands Center
Location: The Woodlands Center
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go food, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
South Paw
Location: South side of campus, across from the Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Food: Starbucks, Subway, Sushic, Tortilla Fresca
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Newton Gresham Library
Food: Coffee
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 110 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

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

  • 25% The cost
  • 25% Sometimes the food will be the same
  • 15% Little options to choose from.
  • 15% Have to pay for some food you dont want.
  • 10% Sometimes the food not cooked
  • 5% Little vegetarian options
  • 5% Low quality food

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 57% Paw Print or South Paw
  • 14% Starbucks
  • 7% Nachos
  • 7% Chicken Nuggets
  • 7% Cinamine rolls
  • 7% Old Main Market

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

  • 47% Bearkat Bucks
  • 20% There very healthy and keep you full.
  • 20% Keep you going
  • 13% Look foward to the food

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 60% Sometimes Old Main
  • 20% Sushi in a box sold at all campus food places
  • 10% Old Main
  • 10% South Paw


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