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Campus Food

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There's many options so it's never the same thing every day. Dining hall food can be boring at times so I like that there's other options available on campus that are delicious.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: I think the Campus Food is great. Compared to many other universities ISU has a lot of options

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: We were offered a variety of options, and we had some pretty good choices. the food was decent

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Watterson Dining Hall is where I ate. While there a variety of options, they were recycled often and got boring quickly. One of my friends was gluten intolerant and it was difficult for her to eat on campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: There are many things to choose from, and the food it yummy!

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At Illinois State University, many of the on-campus dining facilities are where students go to enjoy meals and hang out with friends in between classes. Recently, ISU changed its meal plan. It used to be that students had a sum of money to use throughout the semester, and everything they bought was at a discounted price. Now, ISU has three different meal plan options: the first is an unlimited access plan that does not limit the number of meals available; the second is the traditional meal plan that has a specific number of meals per week that expire every Sunday if not used; and the third is the block meal plan that has a specific number of meals that expire at the end of the semester. Meal plan flex dollars can be used at restaurants located in the Bone Student Center and residence halls.

ISU offers various healthy options for students, including fruits, vegetables, and a salad bar. There are also places for stir-fry and stations where students can make their own sandwiches. A lot of times, the dining centers have weekly food options such as "Greek Day" with gyros and pita chips. There are also home-style dinner options that remind many of their mother’s home cooking. While there are enough food options to make every student happy, some complain that there are not many options for vegans or those students with food allergies.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$4688 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
All students living in dorms are required to purchase a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • The Marketplace in Linkins
  • Southside in Feeney
  • Watterson Commons
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Burger King
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Pizza Hut Express
  • Subway
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bacon and eggs
  • Bagel
  • Breakfast sandwiches
  • Cereal
  • French toast sticks
  • Hash browns
  • Omelette
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Baked potatoes
  • Chicken
  • Mac and cheese
  • Nachos
  • Pasta/pizza
  • Popcorn shrimp
  • Salad
  • Soup
  • Wings
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Cookies
  • Ice cream
  • Jimmy John's
  • Pizza
  • Pokey stix
  • Subway
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
The Alamo II
Did You Know?
At Watterson, students are able to relax and watch their favorite shows or soap operas on a variety of TVs.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Airport Lounge
Location: Fine Arts complex
Food: Baked goods, coffee, salads, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Burger King
Location: Bone Student Center, second floor
Food: American, fast food
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Business Bistro
Location: College of Business
Food: Salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Location: Bone Student Center
Food: Bagels, coffee, grab n' go
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Freshens
Location: Bone Student Center, second floor
Food: Smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Jamba Juice
Location: Fitness Center lobby
Food: Juice drinks, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 12:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
The Marketplace in Linkins
Location: Linkins Center
Food: Entrées, grill items, Mongolian Grill, paninis, pasta, pizza, salad bar, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
McAlister's Deli
Location: Bone Student Center, first floor
Food: Salads, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Pizza Hut Express
Location: Bone Student Center, second floor
Food: Breadsticks, pizza, wings
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Southside in Feeney
Location: South Campus
Food: Baked goods, entrées, pizza, sandwiches, yogurt and salad bars
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Subway
Location: All residence halls
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-12 a.m.
Watterson Commons
Location: Watterson Towers
Food: Asian, baked goods, home-style entrées, grill, health food, ice cream, pizza, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 125 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 51 responses

  • 26% McAlister's Deli
  • 21% Einstein's Bagels
  • 16% Go to uptown Normal. Lots of options and close.
  • 11% Jimmy Johns
  • 10% Subway
  • 7% Linkins Dining Center is the best!
  • 5% Watterson Dining Center
  • 4% Pizza hut

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 48 responses

  • 32% I think they are all pretty good!
  • 23% Burger King
  • 19% Dining hall food
  • 11% Pizza Hut
  • 10% Subway
  • 3% Einsteins Bagels
  • 2% McAlister's Deli

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 45 responses

  • 31% Gets boring
  • 20% Some days the food is bad
  • 15% Very expensive
  • 15% There aren't many options
  • 8% No refunds at the end of the year if unused.
  • 6% All the food is disgusting.
  • 4% Nothing

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 50 responses

  • 43% It allows flex dollars to spend around campus
  • 22% Quick and convenient
  • 17% You get both a meal plan and flex dollars to spend
  • 15% Unlimited
  • 3% There are many options.

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