Campus Dining

San Diego, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$18,236 ($6,578)
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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Dining is a bit more expensive on campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Having meal plan your freshman year is amazing because you get money everyday to eat the SDSU dining options. These range from Rubios, Starbucks, Panda Express, Pasta, Daphnes, and Habit to the dining hall where they offer buffet style food. I would recommend getting the biggest meal plan.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The on-campus food is okay, it is what you would expect from any college campus in my opinion. I do wish that there were more fresh/vegetarian option, and more late night options.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I personally enjoyed having the flex 5 meal. It gave me food for the weekdays, and then on weekends I was usually off campus or going out to eat with my friends. I recommend using your food at Olive Oil Cafe, Starbucks, and UTK. Or, for fast food, anywhere inside East Commons. I personally do not like cuic, and only went there first semester.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: I would have to say it's the best I've seen. You can use your meal plan for everything! They have Panda, Subway, Rubio's, a smoothie place, greek food, sushi, and so much more. They are so diverse in the food option.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 142nd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 260th
    Best Quality Food
  • 287th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 322nd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 365th
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brennan Wasan
San Diego, CA
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Your on-campus dining experience all depends on your personal tastes. San Diego State offers a plethora of fast food options and not much else. There is only one dining hall as opposed to the 10-plus locations of fast food outlets. If you are a healthy eater, it will be quite difficult for you to satisfy your appetite here at SDSU. There are no really healthy alternatives except for the Salad Bistro, which sometimes carries less than fresh ingredients. Sub Connection is perhaps the best option for those looking to eat something relatively healthy. A few of the restaurants do not accept meal plans and that can be a hassle for students living in the dorms. If you're a fan of chain restaurants, you'll probably be happy eating on campus. If you're not, you've got to either sacrifice your current eating habits or bring your food in from off campus.

The Dining Hall facility is rather nice, and the food it offers is above average, granted that it is produced in masses. Some of its selections include pizza, BLTs, omelets, waffles, and cereal. The selection of fast food is decent, but there is not much else besides it. The Commons offer all the fast food choices that you would find driving down the suburbs, not to say that's a good thing. Once you've eaten at a place a few times, you'll quickly grow tired of it. Eating at the same places day after day will definitely induce a loss of appetite. San Diego State would greatly benefit from fresher food and a stronger variety of dining alternatives. Another dining hall located closer to the heart of campus would also offer a lot to students who are looking for an alternative to fast food.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4680 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
A freshman meal plan is only required for students living in on-campus dorms. Freshmen living off campus are not required to have a meal plan.
Student Favorites
  • Panda Express
  • Rubio's
24-Hour Dining
None, although there are a few locations near campus.
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Aztec Center also has a Starbucks that is open late, which hosts jam sessions, live music, and poetry readings.
Did You Know?
San Diego State University has five Aztec markets located all around campus. If you need to go to the store but don't want to travel far, the Aztec Markets are perfectly convenient.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Aztec Markets
Location: Aztec Center, Cuicacalli Suites, East Commons, University Towers, West Commons
Food: Market
Hours: Varies by location
Betty's HotDogger
Location: Across from South Art Building on Avenue of Arts
Food: Hot dogs, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Daphne's Greek Express
Location: East Commons
Food: Greek
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Dining Room
Location: Cuicacalli Suites
Food: Buffet-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10:15 s.m.,11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Grill
Location: Cuicacalli
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Juice It Up
Location: East Commons and West End Plaza
Food: Smoothies, fresh juice, healthy snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Just Chill
Location: Aztec Center
Food: Frozen yogurt
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Panda Express
Location: East Commons
Food: Chinese, sushi
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill
Location: East Commons
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Salad Bistro
Location: East Commons
Food: Create-your-own salad
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Salad Sensations
Location: Aztec Center
Food: Salads
Hours: Monday- Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Aztec Center
Food: Italian
Hours: Monday Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
So-Cal Chicken
Location: East Commons
Food: American, grilled chicken, salads, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Aztec Center, College Avenue, West End Plaza
Food: Coffee, pastries, tea
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (may vary by location)
Sub Connection
Location: West End Plaza, East Commons
Food: Subs
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Taco Bell Express
Location: West End Plaza
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The UT Grill and Market
Location: University Towers
Food: Buffet-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-9 p.m.
Location: East Commons
Food: Italian, pasta, pizza, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 159 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 best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 21 responses

  • 28% You can stack up on snacks
  • 25% A lot of food
  • 14% Fast food places included on meal plan
  • 11% Options are great
  • 8% High quality food at Cuic
  • 6% Nothing
  • 6% Unreasonable high price with tax
  • 3% Convenience. Cuic Dining Hall has some decent food

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 21% Chipotle
  • 21% Panda Express
  • 18% The habit
  • 16% Olive Oil Cafe
  • 13% Salad Bistro
  • 12% Farmer's Market

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 24% Pizza
  • 24% Greek Food
  • 24% None
  • 20% Sushi
  • 4% Everything
  • 4% So Cal Chicken

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 19 responses

  • 59% If you don't use it, you lose it.
  • 18% Limited places to use it
  • 14% Cuic Sucks
  • 9% I loved my meal plan. I miss it!


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