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5 College Junior

Campus Food: The food here is fantastic, mostly because of how many options there are. I think the initial meal plan requirements are unnecessary and a little annoying, but my experience with dining services at SU has been an overwhelmingly positive one.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food on campus is very expensive but they definitely do their best to deliver what students pay for.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Overall, food is pretty good, but the lines are always really long. You always have to wait a pretty good amount of time if you want to get any of the really good meals.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Except for the cost, which is expensive, the quality of food is pretty good

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I don't have to make it, they have a bunch of different options, and so far I haven't hated anything!


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3990 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All campus residents are required to purchase a meal plan.
Student Favorites
  • The Bottom Line
  • The Hawk’s Nest Bistro
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Many students grab microwavable goodies from the local grocery store or the Cave and eat in their rooms. Others like to go all out and use one of the common kitchens in the dorms to make their own culinary delights.
Did You Know?
  • If you live on campus, you are required to have a meal plan at all times.
  • Though all students who live on campus are required to have meal plans, the rates are lower for juniors and seniors than they are for freshmen and sophomores. And though money in your account does roll over at the end of each quarter, it does not roll over at the end of each year. Thus, it has become a tradition for SU students to head to the Cave and C-Street to spend their last dollars on anything from bags of coffee to flats of soda.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Bottom Line (TBL)
Location: Piggot Atrium
Food: Espresso, breakfast pastries, bottled beverages, hot sandwiches, soups, salads, and munchies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30a.m.-8p.m., Friday 7:30a.m.-2p.m.
The Cave
Location: Basement of Campion Hall
Food: hot entrées, sandwiches, soups and a wide variety of convenience foods, sundries and snacks
Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:45a.m.-2p.m. and 6-11p.m. Friday 10:45a.m.-2p.m. Saturday 2-6p.m. Sunday 6-11p.m.
Cherry Street Market (C-Street)
Location: Second floor of the Student Center
Food: Mediterranean, pasta, Latin, Asian, American, salad bar, grill, gourmet sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7a.m.-2p.m. and 4:30-7p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 8a.m.-2p.m. and 5-7p.m.
Hawk's Nest Bistro (The Bistro)
Location: Third floor of the Student Center
Food: Soups, personal pizzas, quesadillas, hot or cold sandwiches, espresso, smoothies, bubble teas, desserts
Hours: Monday - Thursday 11:30a.m.-11p.m. Friday 11:30a.m.-Midnight Saturday 6p.m.-Midnight Sunday 2-10p.m.
The Sidebar
Location: Sullivan Law Center
Food: Espresso, hot panini sandwiches, soups, smoothies, sandwiches, salads, bottled beverages.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30a.m.-7:30p.m., Friday 7:30a.m.-2p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 68 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 food options on campus?    Based on 42 responses

  • 32% Cherry Street Market in the main cafeteria
  • 16% The Bistro
  • 13% The Cave in Campion
  • 12% The Sidebar in the Law Building
  • 9% Bytes Cafe in the Limieux Library
  • 7% The Hawk's Nest Bistro.
  • 6% Uwajimaya store 5 minutes away down 6th Ave
  • 5% The Bottom Line
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