Honestly, it is probably better than lunch at your local high school, but no one would attempt to put USD dining and Applebee’s in the same category. In fact, many students complain about the taste, variety, and price of campus food. Fountain beverages are overpriced compared to surrounding convenience stores, and most cafés have lower prices than USD’s Aramark Food Service. However, you can argue all you want—nothing will change.
Students living on campus need to watch their Flex Money, which is money used for food bought anywhere outside the Commons Dining Hall in the North Complex. If used too much, you will run out of Flex Money before the semester ends. In addition, unless you’re an athlete or big eater, you will probably want the most Flex Money possible compared to Commons meals on your food plan. Flex Money can be used anywhere in the CSC, for most pop machines on campus, and in the Speed Bump in the North Complex. Students living off campus can purchase Coyote Cash, turning their ID card into a pre-paid credit card. This comes in handy for anyone eating daily on campus or for students who can convince their parents to put money on their card. Coyote Cash can also be used at some businesses off campus, too, including a few gas stations, Pizza Hut, and Little Italy’s.