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Campus Food

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2 College Freshman

Campus Food: There isn't much variety. Near the end of the year, the students are annoyed that the same foods are served every day of the week. More variety would be really nice.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The value of the food in the cafeteria is great. You really do get what you're paying for, and a lot of it is all like home cooked meals. There is such a variety of options to have in the cafeteria, which is why we're ranked no.7 in the nation. We have many nutritious meals available and many vegetarian and vegan options, which is really cool. I think the workers in the cafeteria also make the experience good because they go out of their way to talk and get to know you.

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5 College Senior

Campus Food: Gustavus is ranked as having one of the top college cafeterias in the country. It's a bit overpriced, but there's a wide variety of food every day as well as choices for vegetarians and gluten-free options for people with allergies. There's also a snack area where you can buy bottled drinks and bags of chips and things like that. There's also a small coffee shop with drinks and baked goods.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Great options, plenty of choices.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Very good food. Lots of healthy options. Can get a little repetitive, though, so a lot of students tend to get creative with meal combinations.

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Grow to love the Evelyn Young Dining Room—it’s the only option you have on your meal plan! Though the Courtyard Café caters to the coffee and pastry crowd, the Market Place (otherwise known as "the Caf") will have to satisfy the rest of your hunger pangs. However, this does not pose a problem for most students, being that the food is held in very high opinion by students. Centrally located in the campus center and open every day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., there is never any reason to miss a meal. Students can choose from a variety of options, including a rotisserie, deli subs, pizzas, pastas, hamburgers/sandwiches, Mexican, Chinese, vegetarian, a salad bar, and a gluten-free area. Plus, selections at these stations often change, making different foods available, depending on the day. There is a bakery where you can find even more pastries and desserts (and order your friend's birthday cake). And you’ll be doing yourself a favor to memorize the pizzeria’s number: It makes stellar pizza and cheesy bread that can be ordered for pickup any time the Market Place is open.

The Market Place is set up differently than a lot of schools’ dining options. There is no “flex” plan—rather, each item has a set price, and you pay for what you buy. This system is known as "à la carte" and reduces an incredible amount of wasted food. There are three meal plan options, which change according to how much money you want to spend on food. Students also have the option to shop for basic groceries in the Market Place and use their meal plan money for the purchases. They can buy cereals, crackers, soups, cookies, and other boxed foods. The Market Place's greatest strength is the variety and potential for students to customize and create their own dining experience. Gustavus understands that a school truly runs on its stomach.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3230 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
The Market Place (in the Evelyn Young Dining Room)
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Courtyard Café
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Made-to-order omelets on Thursday mornings, when you can customize your individual omelet personally prepared by the chef.
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Thursday Night Steak Night
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Ice cream
  • Toasted cookies
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
GustieWare! It's a green initiative to encourage students to reduce their use of disposable takeout boxes. Gustavus has bought thousands of Tupperware-like containers appropriately named "GustieWare" for students to use when they're getting food to-go and for the students to return once they're done.
Did You Know?
There are toasters where you can create your own toasted subs, warm your cookies, or bake your pizza slice a little longer!

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Courtyard Café
Location: Lower level of the Jackson Campus Center
Food: Coffee, tea, cookies, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m., 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
The Market Place (in the Evelyn Young Dining Room)
Location: Upper level of the Jackson Campus Center
Food: Baker's Market, Country Garden, Cyclone Pizzeria, Grab & Go, Gustie Grille, Hello Wok, Market Deli, Rotisserie, United Nation, Vari Veggy
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 18% Buffet style with many options
  • 18% The variety
  • 11% Pasta Bar
  • 11% Steak Night
  • 11% Hot breakfast items
  • 8% Sandwich Bar
  • 8% Burrito Bar
  • 5% Sesame Chicken
  • 5% Fries
  • 3% Beer Battered Chicken
  • 3% Ice cream

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 39 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 things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 14 responses

  • 38% You sometimes have money left over at end of month
  • 25% The food is very expensive
  • 17% Sometimes you run out of money during the month
  • 12% Food tastes great but breaks the bank
  • 8% There is the same food every week

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 39% There aren't any bad options
  • 33% Caf food on the weekends
  • 22% The cafeteria is amazing
  • 6% Store bought ramen

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 14 responses

  • 44% Caf opens from 7am to 11pm. food is always availab
  • 33% They charge you by each item, not a set amout
  • 22% They have so many options
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