Campus Dining

San Francisco, CA
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3 College Student

Campus Dining: The food can be good, but it is just too expensive!

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: The quality and selection of food is great, but the late-night options are non-existent on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I've never been fond of the cafeteria life in general, but they do have a variety of healthy choices and that is what I like. I try to day healthy and they make it easier with the salad bars they have.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are not that many options and the food is overpriced.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: it's hard to be objective because i'm in year 2 and getting pretty sick of the cafeteria food. it's not that bad of food I guess, but you'll get tired of anything after a while. also, i'm vegetarian. since I don't really like salad (it's not a meal that will fill me up) my options are kinda limited. I don't get much protein.

rather than a swipe-per-meal system like some colleges have, our meal plan works like using your ID as a debit card. we all have to buy the same meal plan at the beginning of the year. a lot of boys who eat a lot run out early. a lot of girls who don't eat quite as much have left over funds. it kinda equalizes itself at the end of term when people with extra start treating people who ran out. but even thought he fund carry over from fall to spring, they don't carry over from spring to next fall, and they don't refund. and the caf food is very very overpriced.

the food is made by a catering company who has a contract with the school, not an actual USF staff. since that co monopolizes on campus food, you're totally reliant on them to feed you.

it's hard to tell if as the semester goes by if the food quality gradually goes down or if our tolerance for eating the same food over and over goes down.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 61st
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 205th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 210th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 372nd
    Best Quality Food
  • 477th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jiordan Castle
Huntington, New York
English (Writing Emphasis)
Grad Year
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The food at USF is of better quality than you’ll find at most schools, especially because USF offers more organic, homemade, and vegan/vegetarian options. However, the high prices reflect the quality, and since USF is a relatively small school, there are only a few on-campus dining locations, and all of the food is handled by one company: Bon Appétit. The main cafeteria is officially referred to as "the Market," located in the University Center in the center of Main Campus, which means it gets especially crowded during lunch and dinnertime. And freshmen are required to have the meal plan (referred to as “Flexi-cash"), which costs more than $2,000 per semester.

Most dining joints on campus have inconvenient closing times, the exception being the late-night favorite Crossroads, an informal café located by the University bookstore in the basement of the University Center (beneath the cafeteria). There’s also a grocery/café in Lone Mountain called the Wolf & Kettle, which has an assortment of overpriced grocery items, coffee, refrigerated sandwiches, and made-to-order quesadillas. Many students complain about the food on campus, but any dissatisfaction typically comes from repetition. For freshmen on the meal plan, it’s easy to get bored with the food, and just as easy to overspend and use "Flexi" all too quickly. And for those lucky enough to ration their meal plan money wisely, it’s equally good to keep in mind that money from the prior semester rolls over into the next, so you get to use every penny. Fortunately, there are tons of fantastic restaurants, cafés, and supermarkets close enough to campus that students (even those at the mercy of the meal plan) can get away when need be.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$4150 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Students living on campus must have meal plans. Any unused amount from the fall semester rolls over into the spring semester.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
The Market Café
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Outtakes Café
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Fruit and yogurt parfaits
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
House-made salads and sandwiches
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Anything from Crossroads!
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
  • The vegan/vegetarian bar in the cafeteria is open daily from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. There are vegetarian soups, entrées, and vegan pastries (e.g., donuts, muffins, etc.). The 15-foot salad bar has organic greens, local produce and fruits, chef-made salads, and house-baked breads available daily, as well.
  • Wolf & Kettle Café is a special self-service food mart on the Lone Mountain Main Campus.
Did You Know?
For a shorter wait time, but fewer options, head up to the Wolf & Kettle Café on the first floor of Lone Mountain.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Club Ed Café
Location: School of Education, bottom floor
Food: Coffee, grab-and-go sandwiches, sweets
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Doctorial Saturdays (every other Saturday) 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Crossroads Café
Location: University Center, bottom floor
Food: Ice cream, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Kendrick Café
Location: Kendrick Hall, first floor
Food: Salads, sandwiches
The Market Café
Location: University Center, first floor
Food: Everything
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Friday 7a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Outtahere Café
Location: University Center, first floor
Food: Salads, sandwiches
Outtakes Café
Location: Lone Mountain
Food: Self-service food market, quesadillas
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m-6 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 80 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 best food options on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 25% The bakery
  • 18% Peet's Coffee
  • 18% Yogurt and fruit
  • 14% Pasta
  • 11% Mexican Food
  • 11% The smoothies!
  • 4% Thai Food!

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 9 responses

  • 33% Convient
  • 27% Includes Peet's Coffee
  • 13% Healthy
  • 7% Vegan friendly
  • 7% Quality ingredients
  • 7% Options
  • 7% There are no good things about the meal plan

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

  • 36% Asian chicken
  • 29% Sushi at night
  • 14% Pasta
  • 14% The Mexican food
  • 7% Any meat dish

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 9 responses

  • 24% The quality isnt that great
  • 24% Overpriced!!
  • 24% The limited options.
  • 16% Hell of EXPENSIVE!
  • 12% Hella expensive


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