Campus Dining

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

Campus Dining: we have alot of fast food on campus which is good

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I wish we had more options, I get tired of eating the same food all week. I also wish we had better places, and healthier places.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: the food is wonderful but the options that are healthy are very limited and usually are not included in meal plans which makes students who have very little money not have healthy choices and may contribute tot he freshman fifteen

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dining is pretty good, but it is a little pricey. I would like to see things be a little less money and also have a few more healthy options.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There's good food. Staying on campus for the weekends and trying to find food can sometimes be hard.


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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 72 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 worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 8 responses

  • 38% Cost
  • 15% The Fast Food
  • 15% Freshmen Requirement
  • 15% Limited Vegetarian options
  • 8% Overpriced per meal plan
  • 8% Nothing

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 38% Subway
  • 23% Salad bar
  • 23% Garrett Food Court
  • 8% Da vinci's
  • 8% Tower Court (Popeye's Chicken, Smoothie Bar)

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 43% Vending Machines
  • 29% Fast Food
  • 14% Izzis
  • 14% Pizza

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 6 responses

  • 44% The variety given in the food court
  • 33% Fresh Buffet
  • 22% Cash in for real food
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