On-campus dining really depends on how picky a student is when it comes to food. There is only one main dining hall at UCM due to the small size of the campus, so there are not many other on-campus places to go to for food, except the library café, known as the Lantern, and the bookstore, which only sells snacks. However, the dining hall does offer some variety with its different food stations, some of which include vegetarian options: the Blue Plate (serving home-cooked options), Caliente, Paisano’s, Kung Pow, Grill, and the salad bar. Even though students appreciate the convenience of the dining hall, many complain of getting bored eating the same food repeatedly and wish there were more options. Students also complain about the dining hall hours of service, which pack students in at restricted times and aren't necessarily flexible with student weekend schedules.
Overall, though, dining at UCM is bearable, with the number of options being limited, but fair. Buying food at the dining commons is most convenient for on-campus residents, since their housing plan covers food. On the other hand, off-campus students tend to bring their own lunches, since they can make unique, cheaper meals at home, suited to their personal tastes. The price of the dining commons has been known to go up every semester, which shocks off-campus residents without a meal plan when they see the prices. The price change does not necessarily stop them from purchasing food items, though. Luckily, for students far away from home, the chefs do attempt to provide home-cooked options, catered to everyone’s needs, including those of vegetarians. The food is also healthier compared to other, larger universities, since there are not any fast food chains on campus.