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Campus Food


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3 College Junior

Campus Food: Campus food for the most part is good the dining halls are too unpredictable but having options like Subway, Chik Fil A, Panda and other options in the Union is always great.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Campus food is not that bad. LSU Dining should incorporate more food options.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: I gained so much weight on my meal plan. I've been back at home for less than a month and it's all falling off because I'm eating food that I can cook myself. Until the dining halls can provide truly healthy meals and a better salad bar, I'm not getting a meal plan again.

3 College Student

Campus Food: From what I have experienced, the food options within the student union are the best. I like the options and the consistent quality of the food. The dining halls have their off days, and those are the days I usually end up going so I just prefer a quick meal from the student union or my own lunch from home.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Not enough healthy options in dining halls


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Louisiana is a state known for its food, and in recent years, LSU has gotten better at upholding this reputation. The student union is the place to go, especially in between classes when you cannot walk back to the dining halls. The student union has everything from the Magnolia Room (all-you-can-eat) to McDonald's. The "Tiger Lair," which is on the second level of the student union, has such establishments as Papa John's, Salsarita's (Tex-Mex), and Jamba Juice, just to name a few. Basically, if you want it, you can usually find it. But if you want vegetarian options, your best bet is The 5 (Pentagon) on the Northwest side of campus. 

LSU meal plans have three components. There are cafeteria meals to be used in the dining halls, Paw Points to be used at on-campus eateries, and TigerCASH, which not only works for food, but also for everything from making copies to doing laundry. The best advice is to figure out what you want to eat and select a meal plan that suits you best. If you know you hate food that comes on a slotted tray, steer clear of plans with lots of dining points. The best bet is to get Paw Points or TigerCASH that can be used everywhere.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3904 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
First- and second-year on-campus residents are required to have a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • 459 Commons
  • The 5
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Panda Express
  • Salsarita's
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Grits
  • Omelets
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken
  • Gumbo
  • Pasta
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • McDonald's
  • Outtakes
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • Taco Bell
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
TigerCASH can be used at the LSU Bookstore, computer labs, vending machines, laundry rooms, concession stands, and some off-campus locations.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

459 Commons (Laville)
Location: Behind Acadian Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
The 5 (Pentagon)
Location: North side of campus near Kirby Smith and the Pentagon dorms
Food: Cafeteria food
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
Atrium Café
Location: Design Building
Food: Grab 'n' go items, Outtakes, Starbucks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Biz Café
Location: Business Education Complex atrium
Food: CC's Community Coffee House, Outtakes
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Chick 'n Grill
Location: Pierre's Landing
Food: Chicken
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
The Club
Location: LSU Union Square
Food: Fine dining
Hours: Monday–Wednesday 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Thursday–Friday 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.–9 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Location: LSU Student Union, Level 1
Food: Bagels, coffee, pastries, sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Hebert Law Center Café
Location: Hebert Law Center, second floor
Food: CC's Community Coffee House, Chick-n-Grill, Outtakes
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–4 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
Magnolia Room Restaurant
Location: LSU Student Union, third floor
Food: Buffet
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Location: LSU Student Union, first floor
Food: Fast food
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–10:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.–10:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
Middleton Library Café
Location: Middleton Library, first floor
Food: CC's Community Coffee House, Outtakes
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:45 a.m.–11 p.m., Friday 7:45 a.m.–4 p.m., Sunday 12:30 p.m.–11 p.m.
Outtakes – 459 Commons
Location: 459 Commons
Food: Grab 'n' go items, Papa John's, Sunset Diner
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–3 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sunday 6 p.m.–11 p.m.
Papa John's Pizza
Location: LSU Student Union, second floor
Food: Pizza
Hours: Monday–Saturday 10:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
Smoothie King
Location: UREC, first floor
Food: Smoothies
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m.–11 p.m.
Location: Foster Hall
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Take 5
Location: The 5 (Pentagon)
Food: Convenience items, Quiznos, snacks, Starbucks coffee bar
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–3 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sunday 6 p.m.–11 p.m.
Tiger Lair Food Court
Location: LSU Student Union, second floor
Food: Bayou Bistreaux, CC's Community Coffee House, Chick-fil-A, French Quarter Café, Jamba Juice, On-the-Geaux, Panda Express, Salsarita's
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. (hours vary by restaurant)
Vet School Snack Bar
Location: Veterinary Medicine Building
Food: Chick-n-Grill, Outtakes
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–3 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 58 responses

  • 17% Very very expensive!!
  • 15% Paw Points don't roll-over after spring
  • 12% Cost isn't worth the food quality at the commons
  • 12% I wish I had more paw points and less swipes
  • 10% The quality and taste of the food is unpredictable
  • 10% No more meal transfers!
  • 8% Not enough healthy choices
  • 6% Not enough swipes or Paw Points
  • 6% You are limited to a few places
  • 5% Doesnt carry over to next year
  • 1% NO vegetarian options!!

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 58 responses

  • 17% The Union - Tiger Den
  • 13% Subway
  • 11% The 5 - most of the time
  • 11% Starbucks in Barnes and Noble
  • 11% Chick Fil A and Panda Express in The Union
  • 10% Magnolia Room
  • 9% Dining hall
  • 7% Pierre's Landing
  • 7% On the Geaux
  • 5% CC's coffee in library

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 149 responses

Very poor
  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 60 responses

  • 29% Paw Points
  • 17% Already paid for
  • 15% Ease of access
  • 12% The amount of options
  • 11% Decent variety
  • 8% Using Tiger Cash Off Campus
  • 4% Never wondering if you'll eat today
  • 3% I don't have a meal plan.

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 52 responses

  • 34% 459 dining hall
  • 27% None
  • 12% Papa john (the 5)
  • 11% It depends on the person
  • 11% Sunset Diner (in outtakes and take 5)
  • 5% The 5
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