Campus Dining

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Although the dining options have improved since I attended, I am not a big fan of the dining hall. The food was extremely over priced as well as very limited. When studying late at night there was sometimes zero options to choose from. There was also a Peets Coffee, but it was often closed, and again was very limited in what it offered.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Honestly after a month yo just get tired of the same food.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: There is one main cafeteria and two smaller ones that are more like convenience stores. The Caf, the main one, has several food stations offering primarily Asian foodstuff, some Italian, grill, Mexican, a bakery, a deli, a vegetarian, and a small drink kiosk. The variety is there but the prices are OUTRAGEOUS! You'll spend 30 bucks a day to eat proper, well balanced meals. Trust me, the taste and quality isn't worth 30 bucks a day. You're better off cooking for yourself.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is good...for the first month. After you've tried everything once or twice it gets boring. Sure, it was exciting eating curly fries and burgers every day, but even that gets old. Plus, you soon realize that the food isn't even that great. The burrito meat is questionable, the pasta is bland, the chicken is never cooked differently. I blame the company USF uses (Bon Appetit). I may sound spiteful, but at a certain point everyone feels this way. Especially the Freshman because they're forced to have a meal plan (an expensive one) and if you don't spend it all by the end of the year there is no refund & no roll over to the following year; the money is simply gone. So basically they have to eat most of their meals at school. Pizza, burritos, salad or burgers. Those are the main options. Every day, it never changes. The problem most people have though are the hours. It closes way too early (8pm). Some classes aren't even over by then. It's closed during certain holidays even though most on-campus housing students are still there. By far, this has been the most complained about issue, but it hasn't been resolved. It's also really expensive so students without the meal plan have to spend $4 for a water bottle. It's okay at first, but it gets bad. At least the caf is nicely designed.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The cafeteria has pretty good food. They accommodate vegetarians, vegans as well as people who like everything in between. They have rotating international food - Thai food one month, Japanese the next, Mexican after that. Its not any more expensive then other schools dining options or even going out to eat. The variety that is offered is nice. It's not something that you would get bored with in a hurry.


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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 83 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 13 responses

  • 23% The bakery
  • 21% Peet's Coffee
  • 18% Yogurt and fruit
  • 10% Mexican Food
  • 10% Pasta
  • 10% The smoothies!
  • 5% Salads, deli, grill
  • 3% Thai Food!

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 11 responses

  • 32% Convient
  • 27% Includes Peet's Coffee
  • 14% Healthy
  • 14% Vegan friendly
  • 5% Options
  • 5% Quality ingredients
  • 5% There are no good things about the meal plan

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 27% Asian chicken
  • 19% Sushi at night
  • 19% The Mexican food
  • 19% Pasta
  • 12% Any meat dish
  • 4% The prices and quality leave a lot to be desired

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 12 responses

  • 23% The quality isnt that great
  • 23% Overpriced!!
  • 21% The limited options.
  • 18% Hell of EXPENSIVE!
  • 15% Hella expensive


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