Campus Food

YesI'm interested, let this school know MaybeBookmark for later NoShow me better matches What does it mean to express interest?
Oops! There was an error.

Reload the page and try again.

Saving your interest We will attempt to notify this school of your interest. This school has been saved to your schools listyour schools list. This school has been removed from your recommended schools list.
For more schools, visit your recommended schools list.

Campus Food

Reviews

{{ error }}
close
4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are a variety of foods/dining options available on campus. There is even a farmers market that comes every Tuesday and students are able to buy wholesome, fresh vegetables and fruits

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Some food is fresh, other food sits in the heating rack for hours. Most of the time I get the grab and go stuff for convenience, but it gets old after awhile.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I never really ate on campus but I heard the food was alright.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The options are limited on campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: For me, the best fast food places on campus are panda express, burger king, subway, and pollo loco. The market place and the convenience stores are expensive. The dining dollars are great to use for all of these on campus dining locations.

{{review.UserDisplayString}}

{{review.SectionLabel}} at {{review.EntityName}}:

{{review.Votes}} found this useful - Did you? Was this useful? Yes Report

Sorry, there are no reviews.

  • {{settings.pageNumber}} of {{settings.maxPages}}
  • Pages:
  • ... {{page}}

Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

View student contributors

Freshmen are not required to have a meal plan, but it's a good idea if you live in the dorms, as it helps ease all of the sudden responsibilities. It's also a good idea to be prepared to get creative with dishes, especially if you want to eat healthy food. Mostly CSUN provides students fast food options like Subway, Burger King, and other establishments you would find at a mall food court. Don't worry: You always have plenty from which to choose—just not a lot when it comes to keeping down the Freshman 15. Staples like pizza and burgers are plentiful, as are coffee joints—Freudian Sip coffee stops are all over campus.

The options may not always be healthy, but the workers in the cafeterias have healthy attitudes, always greeting students with a smile. However, if you are looking for more options than what's available in the cafeterias, your best bet is to venture off campus, as food in the area is much more varied and interesting to the palate. Also, the food off campus is probably as expensive—if not less so—as the cafeteria, and at least you can get what you actually want for the same price.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
14
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3360 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
All students who live in a dorm without a kitchen are required to have a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Geronimo's Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Freudian Sip
  • Panda Express
  • Subway
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagels
  • Baked goods/pastries
  • Breakfast burrito
  • Cereal
  • Smoothies
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chinese
  • Pizza
  • Sandwiches
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Did You Know?
Rumor has it, Geronimo's will make you whatever kind of food you want if you just bring in a recipe.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Arbor Grill
Location: Arbor Court
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go food, Grill & Greens, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
Burger King
Location: Matador Food Court at the Bookstore Complex
Food: Fast food
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
The Edge
Location: Matador Bookstore
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go food, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
El Pollo Loco
Location: Matador Food Court at the Bookstore Complex
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday–Thursday 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Freudian Sip – Arbor Grill
Location: Arbor Grill
Food: Coffee/tea, smoothies, sweets
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
Freudian Sip – Bookstore
Location: Matador Bookstore
Food: Coffee/tea, ice cream, sweets
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
Freudian Sip – Library
Location: Oviatt Library
Food: Coffee/tea, ice cream, sweets
Hours: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Freudian Sip – Sierra Center
Location: Sierra Center
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–3 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Freudian Sip – University Student Union
Location: University Student Union
Food: Coffee/tea, smoothies, sweets
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
Geronimo's Dining Hall
Location: University Student Union
Food: Hot breakfast, pastries, salad bar, pizza, pasta bar, Mexican, vegetarian, sandwich bar, various entrees
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–12 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.–8:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.–9 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.–12 a.m.
Juice It Up!
Location: Matador Food Court at the Bookstore Complex
Food: Smoothies
Hours: Monday–Thursday 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
La Tienda
Location: University Student Union
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go food, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 12:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
The Marketplace
Location: Sierra Center
Food: Bamboo Asian food, Checkers deli, Pizzazz Italian/pizza
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Mercantile Exchange
Location: University Student Union
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go food, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Orange Grove Bistro
Location: University Club
Food: American
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Panda Express
Location: Matador Food Court at the Bookstore Complex
Food: Chinese
Hours: Monday–Thursday 10:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Pub Sports Grill
Location: University Student Union
Food: Mexican, sandwiches, salads; also serves alcohol
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
Subway
Location: University Student Union
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
West Side Store
Location: Sierra Center
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go food, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 63 responses

  • 19% The Arbor Grill.
  • 16% Sub Way
  • 13% The pub
  • 13% Sierra center
  • 11% The Market
  • 9% Fast food
  • 7% Fruits
  • 4% Boba
  • 3% Vegetables
  • 3% Farmers Market
  • 1% Housing
  • 1% Everything

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 197 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 worst food options on campus?    Based on 54 responses

  • 38% Vending Machines
  • 24% Fast food
  • 15% The food is generally pretty good.
  • 15% Pizza and burger king
  • 7% Pizza and vending machines
  • 1% Burger King

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 39 responses

  • 41% Low variety of healthy options
  • 39% Meals get expensive
  • 14% No healthy options
  • 6% There is a variety so nothing is bad to me.

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 57 responses

  • 45% Don't have one
  • 31% Convenient locations
  • 24% Don't have to buy our own food every night

Videos

4
pageviews remaining

Non-registered users are limited to 5 school profile page views per month.

Register for free to gain full access!