Campus Dining

Location
San Marcos, TX
Undergrads
24,223
Tuition (in-state)
$16,858 ($7,732)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: As good as college dining is expected to be. There could definitely be more healthy options for students to choose from.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: I think we have a really good variety of food on our campus

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: most of the eateries are par for the course of a campus, nothing too special.

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College Senior

Campus Dining: I never eat on campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Texas state needs way more healthier options. The US is already extremely high in obesity and if healthy food was more convient to obtain, those ratings could possible decrease.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 65th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 91st
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 157th
    Best Quality Food
  • 374th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 932nd
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nate Stanley
Hometown
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Major
Anthropology
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Texas State has a variety of food choices. There are two buffets on campus, and both have a special grill where you can request food like omelets and stir-fry made the way you like it. Every dining hall has either a salad bar or a place where you can have a gourmet salad made for you. Texas State tries to provide some healthier options for on-campus dining. The most popular food court, and the one open the latest, is Jones Dining Hall. 

Since prices are a bit high without a meal plan, if you don't live on campus, you may want to pack your own lunch. The other option would be just to get a meal plan, which isn't too expensive. You can start using your meal trades at 10:30 a.m. at the Lair, while at all other places you can use meal trades as soon as they open.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
16
Average Meal Plan Cost
$2400 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
If you live on campus, you have to have a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • Commons Dining Hall
  • The Den Food Court
  • Harris Dining Hall
  • Jones Food Court
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Blimpie Subs
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Panda Express
  • Pizza Hut
  • Starbucks
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Breakfast tacos
  • Chicken biscuit
  • Einstein bagels
  • Omelets at Commons
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Chicken sandwich
  • Italian (Jones)
  • Orange chicken (Panda Express)
  • Salad
  • Soup
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Chips
  • Cookies
  • Fruit
  • Pizza
  • Pudding
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Asian Garden
  • Carino's Italian Grill
  • Carl's Jr.
  • Centerpoint Station
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Coffee Pot Bistro
  • Colloquium Bookstore
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Fazoli's
  • Freebirds
  • Furr's
  • Grins Restaurant
  • Gumby's Pizza
  • Italian Garden
  • Jack in the Box
  • Los Cucos Mexican Café
  • Mochas & Javas
  • Nutrishop
  • Panhandlers Pizza
  • Pizza Hut
  • Pizza Island
  • Pluckers Wing Bar
  • Sac-N-Pac
  • Sean Patrick Grub & Pub
  • Smoothie Factory
  • Subway
  • Taco Cabana
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Texenza Coffee
  • Thai Thai Café
  • Tres Hermanas Restaurant and Cantina
  • Wendy's
  • Which Wich Superior Sandwiches
  • Woody's Bar-B-Que
  • Zookas Ultimate Burritos
Special Options
  • At Jones Dining Hall, you can order a whole pizza.
  • Texas State does make sure to cater to students who are vegetarian or vegan by making salad bars available at nearly every dining hall, as well as providing options such as veggie burgers.
Did You Know?
A farmers' market comes to the Texas State quad monthly. There, you can buy fresh breads, vegetables, fruit, homemade preserves, desserts, and much more. Texas State is all about sustainability!

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Commons Dining Hall
Location: In front of Flowers Hall on Bobcat Trail
Food: All-you-care-to-eat
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Den Food Court
Location: Academic Services South Building
Food: Einstein Bros. Bagels, Freshens Frozen Treats, Main Street Grille, Marco Polo's Stirfry, Outtakes C-Store, Pizza Hut, Sisi's Grillritos, Texas Gourmet Wrap Co.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (Hours vary by location.)
Harris Dining Hall
Location: Next to the Rec Center
Food: All-you-care-to-eat
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Jones Food Court
Location: Jones Dining Hall
Food: Chillin N Grillin, Coupe DeLicious, El Palacio, Fill 'Em Station Wings, Mr. B's Grinders, Panda Express, Route 90 Grill, Skeeter's Junction BBQ, Tuscano Pizzeria
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m. (Hours vary by location.)
The Lair, First Floor
Location: LBJ Student Center
Food: Chick-fil-A, Blimpie, Starbucks
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Hours vary by location.)
The Lair, Second Floor
Location: LBJ Student Center
Food: Casa Ortega, Coyote Jack's, Freshens Frozen Treats, Outtakes Quick Cuisine, Pizza Hut, Sushi & Socrates, Wild Greens
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Hours vary by location.)
Paws 'N Go
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rec Sports Smoothie Stand
Location: Rec Center
Food: Smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 1 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Student Polls

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

  • 23% Chick fil a
  • 17% Dining halls
  • 12% Panda Express
  • 12% Starbucks
  • 9% Au Bon Pain
  • 8% Freshens
  • 8% Einsteins
  • 5% Pizza Hut
  • 5% Commons or Harris

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 175 responses

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

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

  • 28% Dining Halls
  • 25% Too many unhealthy options
  • 19% None everything you like is here on campus
  • 9% Jones
  • 6% The lack of actual variety
  • 6% Too many gross substitutes for unhealthy foods
  • 3% Freshens
  • 3% Very few allergy friendly options

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 25 responses

  • 54% You buy more meals than you actually use
  • 21% Usually run out of swipes
  • 14% You can't get more dining dollars
  • 7% Swipes left are lost after Spring Semester
  • 4% You tend to have too many or not enough swipes.

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 26 responses

  • 34% Lots of choices
  • 23% Dining dollars
  • 21% Not much. Overpriced.
  • 21% Extra meals roll over from Fall
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