Campus Dining

Los Angeles, CA
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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: parkside is the best. but there are so many options on campus you can always switch things up. prices are good if you live on campus

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: No complaints here. Just what I needed.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are three dining halls, and two are better than the other. The food is what you would expect from people who have to make three meals a day.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Just because of the location of most of my courses, I feel a little restricted to one restaurant. But there is a food court nearby and a hospital cafeteria, that I hear is really good. I try to pack my lunch. What is really good about eating on campus is that students don't have to pay tax, so it's reasonably priced.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: There are places available to eat for commuters.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 129th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 166th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 169th
    Best Quality Food
  • 176th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 209th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

BJ Grip
Colorado Springs, CO
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Campus dining receives more positive feedback than negative, depending on where you go. Convenience plays a big part in on-campus dining, and you are never too far from the nearest place to eat. The food at EVK is never very healthy or tasty, but servings are enormous, and the food is very consistent, while Parkside serves a variety of foreign foods and food with different ingredients than people are used to. Meal plans that allow for freedom of discretion are considered to be the best. Most students in New and North Residential Colleges eat at EVK, but some people make the cross-campus trek to Parkside, which many view as the better dining hall. Most students in apartments cook food and order out on a regular basis. Everyone else varies between deliveries and campus dining.

The great lunch secret on campus is at the Galen Center behind Heritage Hall. Most think it’s specifically for athletes or just don’t even know it’s there, but anyone can eat there during lunch. You can only use your discretionary account, but it’s more than worth it. The booths are big and comfortable, and there are large screen televisions all around with baseball games and live ESPN feeds. The food is the best part, with dishes ranging from turkey wraps to hefty taco salads. If you are looking for a quick bite to eat between classes, try the Tutor Café or Popovich Café for a variety of healthy and delicious sandwiches.


Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5100 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • Baja Fresh
  • Carl's Jr.
  • Parkside Dining Hall
24-Hour Dining
Trojan Grounds
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
There are vending machines scattered across campus, the best of which are in the main lobby of Taper Hall. There will sporadically be restaurants or fast food chains that come on campus to advertise their newest food product, and there are occasional farmers' markets in Alumni Park.
Did You Know?
  • The National Association of College & University Food Services holds an annual Dining Awards contest in which USC placed second for 2002.
  • The famous food fight in the classic college film Animal House was filmed on location at a USC dining hall.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Baja Fresh
Location: The Lot
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Betty Crocker/Seattle's Best Coffee
Location: Commons
Food: Bakery items, coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Café 84
Location: Café 84 Dining Complex
Food: Café 84 Pizza, Casa Italian, the Grill, Jamba Juice, Krispy Kreme, salad bar, Starbucks, Wok Krazy
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Carl's Jr.
Location: The Lot
Food: Burgers
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Colombo Yogurt
Location: The Lot
Food: Frozen yogurt
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
EVK Residential
Location: EVK
Food: All-you-can-eat cafeteria, including stations for grill items, hot entrees, Mexican, a salad bar, vegetarian cuisine, waffles
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Galen Center
Location: Heritage Hall
Food: Gourmet pizza, salads, sandwiches
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Jamba Juice and Starbucks
Location: Café 84 Dining Complex
Food: Coffee, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
La Salsa
Location: The Lot
Food: Mexican grill
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Law School Café
Location: Basement of Law School
Food: Breakfast, lunch, grab 'n go selections
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Doheny Memorial Library
Food: Grab 'n go sandwiches and snacks, tea
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Lot Marketplace
Location: The Lot
Food: Convenience store
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Main Street
Location: The Lot
Food: Convenience store, also offering continental breakfast, ethnic foods, kosher, salads, sandwiches, soups, sushi, vegetarian selections
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Malibu Subs
Location: The Lot
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Parkside Restaurant
Location: Parkside
Food: All-you-can-eat cafeteria and made-to-order ethnic food, including Americana Grill, Eurasian Kitchen, The Grainery, and the Greenery
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Location: Marshall School of Business
Food: Café items, quick meals
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Red Mango
Location: The Lot
Food: Yogurt
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Rice Garden
Location: The Lot
Food: Chinese
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: The Lot
Food: Subs
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Trojan Grounds
Location: Birnkrant Residence Hall
Food: Bakery items, coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Tutor Café
Location: School of Engineering
Food: Deli sandwiches, grab 'n go items, Peet's coffee, salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Upstairs Café
Location: The Lot
Food: Restaurant-style variety
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wasabi Sushi
Location: The Lot
Food: Sushi
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wolfgang Puck's Express
Location: The Lot
Food: Gourmet salads, Italian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Zao Noodle Bar
Location: The Lot
Food: Asian, stir-fry
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 125 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 14 responses

  • 27% Campus Center
  • 23% Gourmet Options (Lemonade & Nektar)
  • 23% Parkside and Cafe 84
  • 15% Weekly farmer's market
  • 12% Little Galen

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 13 responses

  • 53% It's expensive
  • 33% The dining halls aren't open late
  • 7% No meal plan
  • 7% The food sucks

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 54% EVK
  • 46% EVK

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 10 responses

  • 100% Convenience


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