The food on campus is generally seen as one of the best aspects of the school. Seattle University has forged a strong relationship with Bon Appétit, the company that provides food services on campus, and they offer a variety of options across campus, from Latin and Asian in C-Street to coffee drinks in the Sidebar and The Bottom Line and hot sandwiches in the Cave. The most common complaints have to do with availability, given the somewhat odd hours of operation for some places (which includes the lack of a 24-hour option), as well as the somewhat repetitive nature of the food. But those complaints are relatively few, and even those who have grown tired of the food almost never have anything bad to say about its quality.
The Cave is usually visited only by students from Campion, Chardin, and the Murphys, given its squirreled away location in the Campion basement. The Bistro is open 'til midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and is a popular draw until it closes, but even then many students probably still don’t want to have to head home and would prefer an option that is open longer. C-Street opens at 7 a.m. on weekdays, perfect for commuter students or those with a really early class but not quite early enough for some.
The price is another issue, and when every student is required to buy a meal plan if they are living on campus, it can only serve to increase aggravation somewhat. Most tend to buy the smallest meal plan possible and only add money as needed, at least in part because, though your account does roll over at the end of each quarter, it does not at the end of each year, and some people don’t like having to splurge a lot during the last week of school and waste their money. There is always the option of cooking on campus, as each floor has access to a full kitchen and grocery stores range from mini-marts to Pike Place itself. It’s not a bad deal to eat on campus, but be prepared to have to get creative yourself.