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Campus Food

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food in the dining halls can get very repetitive. It tastes good, but it's the same thing every day. By the end of the year, I was so sick of eating in the dining halls. Luckily...the meal plan includes $200 of dining dollars that you can use in the food courts (different from the dining halls) which provides a much bigger variety!

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: My only issue is there is a limited variety and very few healthy, good tasting options.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: DeNobili was definitely a favorite of mine and has really great food options, however once that got old there was plenty of variety surrounding campus!

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: 3 dining halls and it is always clean, but the food is not good and you get bored of it

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's great that all the dining halls are unlimited, however the variety of food is lacking. Damen Dining Hall is actually pretty good with the variety of food, and the chicken is always great! Also, no matter where you go the macaroni n'chese is excellent! DeNobli Dining Hall is just average- there is a variety of food, but the variety is always the same. For example, there are a variety of stations (pizza, sandwich, etc.) but they always serve the same food. Simpson Dining Hall is the one lacking the most in variety. All they serve is tacos, pizza, and buttered noodles. So, it's great every once and a while if you're in the mood for tacos, but you definitely won't be able to eat there daily.

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It could be worse. That seems to be the attitude most students have about Loyola’s on-campus dining options. This doesn’t sound like the greatest endorsement, but Loyola does try to mix it up a little bit. Vegetarian and vegan options are always available, and the University goes out of its way to bring in various ethnic foods. One day you’ll find burritos, the next hummus and pitas will be on the menu, and the day after that there will be chicken curry. While the Loyola dining experience is certainly not a veritable cornucopia of culinary excellence, it could be far worse.

One of the primary complaints about Loyola’s dining is that the University has its meal plan system set up so that students can’t use it anywhere except in the dining halls and the two on-campus coffeeshops. Most schools will have a program set up with local fast food establishments or family-owned businesses allowing students to use their campus cards to pay for food; this is not the case at Loyola. It is Aramark catering or nothing for students on a meal plan. Also, Loyola’s Jesuit tradition compels it to make all red meat products unavailable on Fridays during Lent. This is just fine for the practicing Catholics among the student body, but they are the minority in the midst of a vibrant, multi-cultured community.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
19
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4790 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
Simpson Dining Hall and Market
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
oThere is a Subway open beneath Fordham Hall, and there are rumors of a Panera bread opening across the street from Fordham in the new Morgan Building. A Chipotle and a Pita Pit are less than five minutes north of campus.
Did You Know?
  • Looking for some mealtime entertainment? For various holidays, student organizations will occasionally hire bands, ranging from mariachi to reggae, to play in Rambler room during meal times. New televisions installed in the dining halls show music videos and news programs.
  • Some organizations, like the campus ministry, will hold banquets outside of the dining halls throughout the year with upper-class students making home-cooked dishes for the freshmen.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Lake Shore Campus: Damen Hall Express
Location: Damen Hall
Food: Salads, sandwiches, coffee, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Lake Shore Dining
Location: All-you-can-eat buffet
Food: Mertz Hall
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Rambler Room
Location: Grill, deli, salad bar
Food: Centennial Forum Student Union, Mertz Hall
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sunday 6 p.m.-1 a.m.
Simpson Dining Hall
Location: Simpson Living and Learning Center
Food: Grill, deli, pasta, salad bar, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-7:45 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 7:30 a.m.-7:45 p.m.
Simpson Market
Location: Simpson Living and Learning Center
Food: Grill, deli, pasta, salad bar, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Union Station
Location: Centennial Forum Student Union, Mertz Hall
Food: Convenience store with frozen pizzas, ice cream, ramen noodles
Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 36 responses

  • 30% Taste the same everyday
  • 23% It's expensive
  • 11% Required for two years
  • 11% Would rather buy groceries and cook for myself
  • 9% Never grilled healthier options.
  • 7% Too crowded at hot times, when I need to eat
  • 4% The food wasn't great, but usually lots of choices
  • 4% Generally good variety
  • 1% Tomato everything

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 124 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 42 responses

  • 36% Outside food sources (Subway, Chipotle, etc.)
  • 28% Damen Food Court
  • 12% D'Nobili
  • 9% Lu's Deli
  • 8% Bleaker Street
  • 3% Rambler Expresss
  • 3% Engrained is by far the best

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 52% They all have their perks
  • 24% Simpson
  • 12% Damon Dining Hall
  • 9% All of the dining halls
  • 3% DiNobli

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 40 responses

  • 43% Its a buffet
  • 37% It's unlimited
  • 12% I don't participate in a meal plan
  • 8% You have to wait 30 mins, but pretty unlimited
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