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.