Campus Dining

Bowling Green, KY
Tuition (in-state)
$22,248 ($8,722)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Campus has a variety of places to eat like subway, starbucks, and a large assortment of other food in a big cafeteria area in the DUC building

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: There are a lot of coffee spots!

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: There is plenty to choose from, depending on what you want and how much time you have between classes.

1 College Senior

Campus Dining: South campus only has one food option. The food is very limited but edible when you don't have time to leave campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: I love that there are so many options on campus in regards to location. Students can go to Chikfila, Subway, Popeyes, Papa Johns, Steak and Shake, Panda Express, Izzi's Mexican, Einstein's Bagels, Salad Works, Starbucks, Bene Pasta, Fresh Food Company, Froyo, etc... While the location options are great, the options available when purchasing with a meal plan arent as great. Each location only gives students a few options that can be purchased with a meal swipe, if students prefer other options they must use other currency such as meal plan dollars, big red dollars, or cash. That can be inconvenient, but overall campus dining has been great.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 177th
    Best Quality Food
  • 216th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 264th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 745th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 779th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

One of the first things many students want to know about the campus is the quality of food. WKU has many options that are sure to please pretty much anyone. On campus, students can find sandwiches, pizza, burgers, buffets, homestyle cuisine, burritos, pasta, chicken, sushi, and more! Vegetarians and carnivores alike can always find something delicious to eat. 

At each place, there are certain combinations that are on a meal plan. For example, at Subway, students can get a sandwich, drink, and apples, chips, or two cookies.  At Izzi's, students get a burrito, chips, and a drink. The downside is, unless you have a meal plan, the food can get a little pricey. Without a meal plan, combinations can cost $5 to $6, but nothing costs more than what students would normally pay in a restaurant. Of course, at the end of the semester, even the best places can get a little old, and the most delicious places are often the most unhealthy, but, in general, even the pickiest eater can agree that WKU outshines many other places when it comes to dining.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3150 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Freshmen are required to have a meal plan with at least 10 meals per week.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Garrett Food Court
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Izzi's
  • Red Zone
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Buffet at the Fresh Food Company
  • Coffee from Java City
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Burrito from Izzi's
  • Grilled cheese or chicken tenders from the Red Zone
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Something from the Bate Shop
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Baskin' Robbins
  • Buckhead Café
  • Denny's
  • Domino's
  • Froggy's Pizza
  • Lil' Redz
  • Mancino's Pizza & Grinders
  • Mariah's
  • Moe's
  • Papa John's
  • Thai Express
  • Wendy's
Special Options
All places on campus provide a vegetarian option, from grilled cheese to a naked burrito.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bate Shop
Location: Bates Runner Hall
Food: Convenience store
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
Da Vinci's
Location: Snell Hall
Food: Sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
DUC Food Court
Location: Downing University Center
Food: AFC Sushi, Bene Pasta, Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagel
Location: Mass Media and Technology Hall
Food: Bagels, coffee, muffins
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Energy Zone/Freshens
Location: Downing University Center
Food: Ice cream, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Fresh Food Company
Location: Downing University Center
Food: Buffet-style sandwiches, pasta, pizza, salads, stir-fry
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Garrett Food Court
Location: Top of the hill
Food: Bene Pasta and Pizza, Home Zone, Izzi's Southwest, Grille Works, Salad Garden
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Java City
Location: Helm Library
Food: Coffee, muffins, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Java City
Location: Downing University Center
Food: Coffee, muffins, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pit Stop Convenience Store
Location: Next to the Tower Food Court
Food: Convenience store
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
Red Zone
Location: Downing University Center
Food: Burgers
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
Location: Downing University Center
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday 10 a.m.-12 a.m., Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: Garrett Hall
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tower Food Court
Location: Located at the bottom of the hill next to PFT
Food: Edy's Ice Cream, Popeyes, Zoca Southwest
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-11 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 74 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 12 responses

  • 32% Subway
  • 21% Garrett Food Court
  • 16% Salad bar
  • 11% Tower Court (Popeye's Chicken, Smoothie Bar)
  • 5% Da vinci's
  • 5% Fresh Food Company
  • 5% Chick Fil A
  • 5% There is only one option on south campus.

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

  • 38% Cost
  • 19% Nothing
  • 12% The Fast Food
  • 12% Freshmen Requirement
  • 12% Limited Vegetarian options
  • 6% Overpriced per meal plan

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

  • 43% The variety given in the food court
  • 29% Fresh Buffet
  • 14% Cash in for real food
  • 14% More options than most KY schools

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 58% Vending Machines
  • 17% Fast Food
  • 17% Izzis
  • 8% Pizza
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