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Campus Food


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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's got a better quality than many other universities and some good variety but it feels very limited by the monotony of the options but even more so by the healthiness of the options. If they all felt like quality food and healthy options I think students would complain less, but because some stations are notoriously greasy or bland, the seemingly wide variety of options feels particularly limited after just one semester there. And the main eating place that students prefer, Roski's in UHall, closes way too early to be a real option, particularly for freshmen students who live furthest from U Hall

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: tries to be healthy, could be more variety

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Could be more options, especially for dietary restrictions

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: It gets repetitive. It can be hard to be healthy. I feel like I eat a lot of snacky foods like granola bars and call it a meal. The best part about food on campus is the convenience stores on campus that accept meal plan money. Even though the prices are jacked up ($6 for a box of cereal!) it's a good option. Did I mention it gets repetitive?

Iggy's and WoW are both horrendous. I've gotten flies or hair in my food multiple times. The quality of produce can be poor- bruised bananas, dry apples, sour grapes, mushy strawberries, and there's a general lack of vegetables.

It's definitely gotten better. They re-did the Asian station and made it more customizable.

Did I mention it gets repetitive?

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: People are overly dramatic and like to claim that it is the worst food to ever enter their mouths, but that's just a typical spoiled outlook. There's not tons of options, but it can be healthy if you decide for it to be.

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Walk into the dining hall on your first day of school, and the Lair is overwhelming. Pizza, pasta, burgers, burritos-where do you start? Is it possible to try everything the Lair offers in one school year? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Although the food is appealing for the first few weeks, it quickly grows old. Occasionally, the menu changes slightly to accommodate student requests. The grill rotates new features each month-sometimes offering a Cajun burger or a bacon cheeseburger-but no matter what you call it, it is still the same burger. There are some highlights: The pasta is excellent, as are the Boar's Head sandwiches in Roski. Bread bowl soup every Wednesday and waffles are very popular. For vegetarians, the choices are limited to salad, pizza, or a veggie burger, although some campus vegetarians claim the veggie burger has meat in it. For students determined to eat healthy, food selection can be a frustrating process.

Finally, campus dining puts students in an interesting position. For students who opt out of the meal plan, the food is expensive, especially with added sales tax. Students with a meal plan often have money left over that is non-transferable; consequently, many students lose hundreds of dollars a year because they could not eat two thousand dollars worth of food. With or without a meal plan, you will pay significant amounts of money to eat on campus, and at the end of the year, the University may profit from your small appetite.

Facts & Statistics

Freshman Meal Plan Required?
A meal plan is required for all freshmen living in traditional-style dorms.
Student Favorites
  • Jamba Juice
  • The Lion’s Den
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Ruby's Diner
Special Options
Domino’s Pizza delivers to on-campus locations, but students often choose to walk to nearby off-campus restaurants like Italy’s Little Kitchen.
Did You Know?
  • Students can submit comments, suggestions, and recipes on a bulletin board in the Lair. Staff members respond in about a day, and often student suggestions influence the menu.
  • LMU features special events like a steak and lobster dinner and a Valentine's Day dinner so that students can use up their Lion dollars.
  • Funds for the meal plan are non-transferable from one year to the next, so use the money wisely.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

C-Lion Convenience Store
Location: Leavy
Food: Convenience Items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
Hotdog Cart
Location: Southwest Corner of McCarthy Hall
Food: Hotdogs, drinks, fruit, chips
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Jamba Juice
Location: Malone Center next to the Lair Marketplace
Food: Shakes and smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jazzman's Café
Location: Hannon Library
Food: Coffee, bagels, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 12:30 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Lair Marketplace
Location: Malone Student Center
Food: Marketplace Cafe & Deli, Ultimate Baja, Far East Fusion, Cucina del Leone, 155 Grill, Smart Market, soup and salad bar
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Lion's Café
Location: Alumni Mall between Foley and Seaver
Food: Pastries, bagels, coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Lion's Corner Café
Location: University Hall
Food: Pastries, organic coffee, salads, and sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Roski Dining Hall
Location: University Hall
Food: 155 Grill, Roski Deli, Expeditions, soup and salad bar
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 17% Lion's Den
  • 15% Pasta at the Lair
  • 14% Anything at Roski's
  • 12% Jamba Juice
  • 10% Mexican Food (Lair)
  • 7% They have good sandwiches, soups, and homdishes he
  • 7% Asian food (Lair)
  • 6% Breakfast Bowl (Roscis)
  • 6% Fruit at Rosci's
  • 2% "homemade" dishes, I meant
  • 2% Lair
  • 1% Roski's Fajitas
  • 1% Crimson Lion

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 85 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 31 responses

  • 27% Definitely wont run out if you get the right one
  • 21% It's like monopoly money
  • 21% The food can be healthy, if you want it too
  • 11% I don't have one
  • 9% Vegetarian options
  • 7% Gluten-free options
  • 4% Lots of options

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 25 responses

  • 27% Food is super expensive
  • 22% Not much choice
  • 18% The hours are set and not that great
  • 16% Community table is bad
  • 11% Many options but it's limited by healthy vs not
  • 5% Money runs out fast

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 28% The lair gets boring after one day
  • 21% The food isn't bad.
  • 21% Iggy's Diner has really greasy food
  • 17% WOW Cafe and Wingery
  • 13% It can be hard to be healthy
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