Campus Dining

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: There are a few all night restaurants and a few open til three or four in the morning.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I do not eat on campus much but the food is pretty good.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: You get to decide on meal plans. We also have different food places on and off campus. People who stay off campus (mostly sophomore, Junior, & senior) have kitchens so they grocery shop.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Campus dining is not terrible but students get sick and tired of the same food all the time. Make sure to rotate where you eat or you'll never go back to certain places.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There should be healthier options instead of Chic-fil-A and Panda Express.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 404th
    Best Quality Food
  • 482nd
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 1061st
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 1093rd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 1218th
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Janna Jones
Booneville, Miss.
Print Journalism
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It’s a good thing the meal plan is only required during freshman year, because it’s a waste for most people. Johnson Commons is only open at strange hours, and it’s all the way across campus from most of the dorms, which is really inconvenient if you’re hurrying to class and want to grab a bite to eat. The great thing, though, is Ole Miss Express, a program that off-campus food venders accept and use that makes the Flex Dollars capable of more than before.

Everyone says that the food is okay in the Union and the Johnson Commons, but you rarely meet a person who prefers to eat there instead of their fraternity or sorority house, their apartment, or an off-campus restaurant. It’s probably safe say the food on campus isn’t that great. If you have to eat at one of these places, pick your food carefully—choose one of the food booths that prepares the food in front of you, since you will get more of your desires met than if you just picked up a prepackaged meal. Some places, like Chick-Fil-A and Bleecker Street Deli, do remain popular and seem to be at least a reliable alternative. If you’re looking for a good food choice that’s different, many students swear up and down that the sushi in the Union is fantastic. If you’re into it, check it out. Maybe it will live up to its reputation.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$2970 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Grille Works for breakfast
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Proud Larry's
Special Options
Ole Miss has a special plan called Ole Miss Express, or Flex Dollars, that works like a debit card. Your parents deposit money on your student ID, and then you can use it at the Union, off-campus restaurants, some local shops, vending machines, and to do your laundry. The main difference is that Flex can only be used to buy food, while Express can be used to buy other items as well. Just think: Flex=food, Express=everything.
Did You Know?
  • There's a meal plan designed specifically for those students who plan to go through rush and join the Greek system. It allows you to only buy a meal plan for one semester, because most fraternities and sororities require you to pay for their own meal plans that include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • There are some local clothing shops in Oxford that accept the Ole Miss Express as a form of payment.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Location: Johnston Hall
Food: Hot grilled sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 p.m.-11 p.m.
Baja Bingham
Location: In between Shurz and Hatch Halls
Food: Pizza, sandwiches, bagels, and snack foods
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
C3 Express
Location: Student Union Building
Food: Grab and go items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Café Roma
Location: Johnson Commons
Food: Pizza
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Johnson Commons
Food: Salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Crosby Convenience Store
Location: Snacks, drinks, ice cream
Food: First floor of Crosby
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-2 a.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Location: Anderson Hall
Food: Bagels, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Java City
Location: Paul B. Johnson Commons
Food: Coffee, frozen drinks, and smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
The JC
Location: The JC
Food: Pizza, home-style, international, deli, salad bar, desserts, made-to-order
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Ole Miss Creamery
Location: Downstairs in the Student Union
Food: Ice cream, smoothies, and pastries
Hours: Seasonal
Pan Geos
Location: Johnson Commons
Food: Different foods from all over the world
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rebel Fairway Grill
Location: UM Golf Course
Food: Grilled entrees
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Location: Johnson Commons
Food: Grilled items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Stockard-Martin C-Store
Location: First floor of Stockard/Martin Dorms
Food: Snacks and drinks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-2 a.m.
Location: Johnson Commons
Food: Deli sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Towers Grille
Location: Stockard and Martin Hall
Food: Snacks, grab and go items, frozen foods, fast meals
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-2 a.m.
Union Food Court ("The Colonel's Place")
Location: Student Union
Food: Bené Pizzeria, Bene Pasta, Chick-fil-A, Drinks, Grille Works, Home Zone, Sushi/Tsunami, Java City (also in Weir Hall), Miso, Zoca, Bleeker Street
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 68 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 food options on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 22% Chick-Fil-A
  • 22% Subway
  • 17% Panda Express
  • 17% The new JC
  • 11% Snack
  • 11% Einstein Bagels

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 6 responses

  • 29% You don't have to go out a buy food!
  • 29% POD has everything you need
  • 21% Flex!
  • 21% Plus one!

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 7 responses

  • 40% Food is not that great and healthy!
  • 30% Nothing
  • 30% You get sick of the same stuff
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