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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Overall the variety and quality of the food is pretty good. The only thing I can complain about is that because of my course schedule, I can't always make it to a dining hall in time for meals so I have to eat salad or something else light.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: We are given plenty of options to choose from, so if you do not like the food they cooked for that day/meal then you have other options to make a sandwich, salad, cereal, hotdog, hamburger, taco, chicken nuggets, bagel or fresh fruit.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The price for desserts is really good.

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3 College Student

Campus Food: It is overly priced for what you get. i choose to go elsewhere then waste my money.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The omelets at Miller were the only good things there. I had to travel to Harrison and Hannon for all my other meals.

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Anyone used to gourmet meals should be forewarned: You are in Montana now, so get used to a lot of meat and potatoes. The amazing thing about the cafeterias at MSU is the creativity the workers have in making new dishes out of these two ingredients. There are three dining halls (usually referred to as "food service" by students) on campus, and none are very good. Your two choices when eating at University Food Services are to either eat things that taste good but carry loads of fat and sugar (Freshman 15, anyone?), or eat as healthy as possible but hardly be able to choke down the food. Many students do not find either option terribly appealing. The dining halls all have mediocre salad bars and an all-you-can-eat cafeteria, which usually contain a variety of very bland foods. Vegetarians should also be warned that they will be eating a lot of bagels and quesadillas, as the vegetarian options offered are often worse than the rest of the fare.

For catching a good meal on campus, many students choose Avogadro's Number, a decent wrap restaurant known for its interesting combinations of food, located in the student union. A first-year student's best bet is to choose the five-day meal plan rather than the week-long meal plan. This way, they save money on room and board, and can go out for delicious meals around town on the weekends.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
21
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
All campus residents are required to purchase a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • Hannon Dining Hall
  • Miller Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Avogadro's Number
  • Bobcat Grill
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Breakfast burrito
  • French toast
  • Omelets
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Pizza
  • Sandwich bar
  • Tomato soup and grilled cheese
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Cereal
  • Harrison Dining Hall
  • Ice cream
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Did You Know?
  • Several times a semester, the dining halls host theme dinners, such as international night and Chinese New Year.
  • Miller Dining Hall has an omelet bar.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Avogadro's Number
Location: SUB
Food: Wraps and sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Thursday 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.–8 p.m.
Avo's on the Go
Location: SUB, second floor
Food: Sandwiches, soups, wraps
Hours: Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
Bobcat Grill
Location: SUB Bobcat Court
Food: Burgers and fries
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Brewed Awakening
Location: Renne Library
Food: Coffee stand
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sunday 1:30 p.m.–11 p.m.
Freshens
Location: SUB
Food: Frozen yogurt
Hours: Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Hannon Dining Hall
Location: Hannon Hall
Food: Buffet with salad bar
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
Harrison Dining Hall
Location: Johnstone Complex
Food: Buffet
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday–Saturday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.–10 p.m.
Miller Dining Hall
Location: Hedges Complex
Food: Buffet with salad bar
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
SRO Espresso
Location: SUB, across from MSU Bookstore
Food: Coffee, beverages, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.–4 p.m.
The Sweet Shop
Location: SUB
Food: Everything sugary, candy, cookies, pop
Hours: Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tomassito's
Location: SUB Bobcat Court
Food: Italian
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Union Market
Location: SUB
Food: Cafeteria-style soup and salad
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
University Catering
Location: SUB, room 267
Food: American
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Zorba's Greek Café
Location: SUB lower level, Bobcat Court
Food: All that is Greek
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 56 responses

  • 22% Sometimes all the food is crappy
  • 18% Limited hours on the weekend
  • 13% Cost
  • 11% Cost to quality ratio
  • 9% I am not on the campus meal plan
  • 7% Nothing in my opinion plan was perfect for me
  • 6% Limited special diet options
  • 5% Most of the foods are processed, no organic option
  • 4% Hours and menus are deceiving
  • 3% Food is usually bad
  • 2% Sometimes they literally have no food ready for us
  • 1% They have set hours for each meal

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 49 responses

  • 23% The SUB
  • 19% Hannon
  • 11% For Breakfast go to Miller, all other Hannon
  • 10% Miller has special meals for different occasions
  • 8% Miller is getting remodeled and should be awesome.
  • 7% Miller is the main go to for food
  • 6% Harrison, the SUB
  • 6% Harrison is the best lunch especially(sandwhichbar
  • 5% Hannon is really nice and quiet
  • 4% The smaller dining hall.
  • 1% The theme nights the dining halls have

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

  • 38% Miller dining hall
  • 26% None are the worst, just need better food
  • 9% Under construction right now/food poisoning
  • 8% I think they were all equal.
  • 6% Harrison Dining Hall
  • 6% Food in the Student Union Building is great.
  • 3% The food in the halls is very good.
  • 2% Got food poisoning repeatedly
  • 2% All the halls don't have Late night bites
  • 2% Some halls are closed on weekends

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 103 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 things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 50 responses

  • 38% You can eat whenever and wherever you want
  • 19% Late night bites
  • 14% Plenty of options
  • 12% There are multiple options available.
  • 8% Fresh and Montana Made
  • 4% Bagels
  • 3% Cereal
  • 2% Fresh fruit in Hannon dining hall
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