Campus Dining

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$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: There are food choices suitable for each individual. I guarantee you will find something to your liking. I am all for the Italian food. I do not currently have a meal plan. However, I do often enjoy our options.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I loved our dining halls, although I did begin to tire of them by the end of the year. Quality was fairly solid with a few stand-out delicious dishes and a few awful things I don't want to remember. Dining halls close at 10 PM but they stop serving actual prepared food at about 8. After that it's just pizza, salad, and cereal. One major complaint was that they don't open until 10 AM on weekends.

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: I would avoid EVK, go to Parkside only when necessary, and go to Cafe 84 whenever possible. Food quality is poor except for Cafe 84. There are many resturants on and around campus as well.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: They have good restaurant options, but if I ever go to EVK again it will be to protest the food there.

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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
Hometown
Colorado Springs, CO
Major
Theater
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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?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
21
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5200 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
  • Baja Fresh
  • Carl's Jr.
  • Parkside Dining Hall
24-Hour Dining
Trojan Grounds
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
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?

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 7 a.m.–10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
California Pizza Kitchen
Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center
Food: Pizza
Hours: Monday–Thursday 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Location: George Lucas School of Cinematic Arts
Food: Coffee/tea
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center
Food: Coffee/tea, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
EVK Restaurant & Grill
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.–10 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
The Habit Burger Grill
Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center
Food: Burgers, sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Thursday 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–3 p.m.
The Lab
Location: Figueroa Boulevard
Food: American, gastropub
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 12 p.m.–10 p.m.
Law School Café
Location: Basement of Law School
Food: Breakfast, grab 'n go items, salads, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Lemonade
Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center
Food: Salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Thursday 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Literatea
Location: Nazarian Pavilion
Food: Coffee/tea, grab 'n' go items
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Little Galen
Location: Heritage Hall
Food: Grill, pizza, salads, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday 6 a.m.–9:30 a.m., Tuesday–Friday 6 a.m.–9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
McKay's
Location: Next to Radisson Hotel
Food: American
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–10 a.m., 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Moreton Fig
Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center
Food: Seasonal farm-to-table cuisine
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Nekter Juice Bar at Shop Café
Location: School of Architecture
Food: Coffee/tea, sandwiches, sweets
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Panda Express
Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center
Food: Asian
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–8 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.–10 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Popovich Café
Location: Popoviche Hall, Marshall School of Business
Food: Salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–8:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–3 p.m.
Rosso Oro's Pizzeria
Location: Figueroa Boulevard
Food: Pizza
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Seeds Marketplace
Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center
Food: Breakfast, grab 'n' go items, homestyle entrees, salads, sandwiches, snacks, sweets
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Seeds Marketplace
Location: Soto Street Building, Health Science Campus
Food: Breakfast, coffee/tea, grab 'n' go items, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–3 p.m.
Traditions
Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center
Food: Southern
Hours: Monday–Wednesday 12 p.m.–10 p.m., Thursday 12 p.m.–12 a.m., Friday 12 p.m.–10 p.m.
Trojan Grounds (Starbucks)
Location: Birnkrant Residence Hall
Food: Coffee/tea, grab 'n' go items, snacks
Hours: Daily 24 hours
Tutor Café
Location: Viterbi School of Engineering
Food: Coffee/tea, grab 'n' go items, hot food, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
URBNMRKT
Location: Grand Avenue
Food: Fresh fruit/vegetables, grab 'n' go items, salads, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–3 p.m.
Verde
Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday–Thursday 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 130 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 19 responses

  • 31% Campus Center
  • 22% Parkside and Cafe 84
  • 22% Gourmet Options (Lemonade & Nektar)
  • 16% Weekly farmer's market
  • 9% Little Galen

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 15 responses

  • 53% It's expensive
  • 37% The dining halls aren't open late
  • 5% No meal plan
  • 5% The food sucks

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 53% EVK
  • 47% EVK

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

  • 100% Convenience

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