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4 College Junior

Campus Food: There's a pretty good variety depending on where you go. I love stopping at the cafés in between classes, they have the best teas.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The commons are really convenient with many food options. The great thing about OSU is that there are tons of places the surround the campus as well so of your not really feeling the campus food there's always another option right around the corner

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is a ton of food options for whatever your taste is and thats fantastic, but the block system is created to make it damn near impossible to fill a block so the university makes money. As annoying as that is, if I want anything within reason an OSU dining hall probably has it

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are so many different places to go around campus that there is nothing to complain about. My personal favorite places to go are Chipotle and Panera.

3 College Student

Campus Food: I like how close dining halls are to my classes, but that's just me

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Opinions vary regarding the food in the commons, but most are negative. Many students feel they are being ripped off when it comes to how much money they spend for their food. Mirror Lake is undoubtedly the most sought-after place to use your meal plan. Buckeye Express is also a student favorite, but fast food wears on you after a few months. 

Compared to what some universities offer their students, you may get disappointed in Ohio's options, though the school has been adding new options and additional locations to some of its top choices. Mirror Lake is good, but you simply can’t eat subs every day for every meal. The lines stretch outside the door at the beginning of the year, too, though they do eventually get shorter. You and your friends will also find yourselves coming up with totally unoriginal nicknames for Buckeye Express, as well. The one redeeming part of OSU’s dining halls is that the staff is very nice.

Facts & Statistics

Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
  • Fresh Express
  • Marketplace
  • Mirror Lake Café
24-Hour Dining
None
Special Options
OSU students can use their BuckID cards at some popular local restaurants and dining options. Visit buckid.osu.edu to see a complete list of merchants.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Boss Dogs
Location: Baker Commons
Food: Grilled options
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Buckeye Express
Location: Baker Hall East
Food: Salad bar, deli, grab `n go
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Burrito Noches Café
Location: North Commons
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 2 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Campus Grind
Location: Drinko Hall
Food: Breakfast menu, salads, sandwiches, Starbucks coffee drinks, sushi
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The Campus Grind
Location: McPherson Lab
Food: Breakfast menu, salads, sandwiches, Starbucks coffee drinks, sushi
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Campus Grind
Location: Vet Med
Food: Breakfast menu, salads, sandwiches, Starbucks coffee drinks, sushi
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Courtside Cafe
Location: RPAC
Food: Breakfast menu, pizza, salads
Hours: Courtside Cafe: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Deli
Location: The MarketPlace
Food: Panini and wraps
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
East/West
Location: The MarketPlace
Food: Pasta and stir fry,
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Grab and Go
Location: The MarketPlace
Food: Salads, sandwiches, and sushi
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Juice 2
Location: RPAC
Food: Juices, smoothies, Seattle's Best coffee drinks, and vitamin supplements
Hours: Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-12 a.m.
Kennedy Commons
Location: 251 W. 12th Ave.
Food: All-you-can-eat buffet
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Mirror Lake Café
Location: 1760 Neil Ave.
Food: Breakfast, pizza, smoothies, and subs
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 2:30 p.m.-2 a.m.
Morrill Commons - Fresh Express
Location: Morrill Tower
Food: Breakfast items, deli, entrees, salads, sandwiches, and wraps
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
North Commons - Fresh Express
Location: North Commons
Food: Breakfast items, deli, entrees, salads, sandwiches, and wraps
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Oxley's By the Numbers
Location: 2035 Millikin Rd.
Food: Pizza, salad, and sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Oxley's Restaurant at the Fawcett Center
Location: The Fawcett Center
Food: Entrees, pastas, salads, and soups Fawcett Center
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
The PAD
Location: The Drake Union
Food: Breakfast items, pizza, sandwiches, sushi, and wings
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 4 p.m.-1 a.m.
Soup Spot and Fresh Greens
Location: The MarketPlace
Food: Sandwiches and soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-8 a.m.
Sprouts Café
Location: Kennedy Commons
Food: Vegan and vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Stone Hearth
Location: The MarketPlace
Food: Baked focaccia, baked casseroles, breadsticks
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
StreetSweets
Location: The MarketPlace
Food: Coffee and espresso drinks, pastries, and smoothies
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
The ViewPoint Bistro
Location: The Drake Union
Food: Appetizers, breakfast, entrees, salads, and sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 114 responses

  • 17% Union Market
  • 17% Mirror Lake: Creamery and Grille
  • 15% Marketplace
  • 14% Sloopy's Diner
  • 10% Kennedy Commons
  • 8% Oxleys: by the Numbers
  • 7% RPAC
  • 7% Woody's
  • 2% All of them
  • 1% KSA cafe
  • 1% They have the best pasta!
  • 0% Morrill Tower
  • 0% OSU Medical Center Cafeteria
  • 0% 12th Ave Bread Company
  • 0% Crane Cafe
  • 0% Anywhere EXCEPT North and Morrill

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 107 responses

  • 23% Convenient
  • 18% So many options
  • 18% Lots of variety
  • 10% Healthy and portable!
  • 8% Overpriced
  • 5% Get blocks not unlimited!
  • 5% Tons of vegan options!
  • 4% State of the art commons
  • 3% Not extremely convenient.
  • 2% Kcomm is love.
  • 2% Repetition of vegan. Entres are unhealthy.
  • 2% Kcomm being open until midnight
  • 1% Not enough options if you want to eat healthy
  • 1% Starbucks Drinks

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 103 responses

  • 22% North Commons
  • 17% Morrill Commons
  • 12% LOTS of fast food near campus
  • 9% Morrill/North Commons has a very limited selection
  • 8% Many unhealthy choices but canes is the worst!
  • 8% I am okay with the food options.
  • 8% Kennedy Commons
  • 5% Whoever said Canes is bad...is crazy
  • 4% 12th Ave Bread Company
  • 3% No healthy options
  • 2% Woodys
  • 1% Union food

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 107 responses

  • 21% Too expensive
  • 21% End up wasting blocks
  • 15% Hard to fill up each block
  • 9% Sometimes inconvenient times for the dining halls
  • 8% Expensive
  • 7% Poor value if you don't have blocks
  • 7% Not very many healthy options
  • 4% Dietary restrictive options get repetitive
  • 3% I don't have a meal plan but my friends complain
  • 2% Not enough dinning halls for number of students
  • 2% Have to manage your blocks
  • 1% Food Stinks

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 263 responses

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