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Campus Food


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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Campus food is alright. The ville grill has some good food and its close to the dorms and only costs 1 swipe to get in and you can swipe in friends. The sac has a lot of great options.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is good but there aren't many options

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are a lot of dining options on campus and off campus. In the SAC there is Wendy's, Jazzman's and the best of all, Chick-fil-a. The dining halls are upstairs and down and I appreciate how large they are, I dont feel cramped and the service is great. There is of course The Ville Grill and the CBC, both are nice places to go, if you want a varitey of choises to eat. I just wish there were more places to use swipes. I always run out of flex points and have way too many swipes left that I will never need.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Even the places that don't take flex or swipe are cheap!

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I think that the food and dining services are okay. They have a wide variety somewhat. I feel like some of the places close earlier than they should sometimes.


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The University recently revamped its meal plan options, and despite controversy over the required plan for off-campus students, most seem to appreciate the improved quality and variety. However, commuters make up a large chunk of the student body at U of L, so dining options close early, and many don’t open at all on weekends. Student favorites on campus include Einstein Bros. Bagels, Heine Brothers’, and McAlister’s Select, but many say it’s common to find that only the fast food restaurants are still open for dinner, which can be frustrating. There are a couple of convenience stores on campus where students can use meal points to buy things to eat in their rooms later, like microwaveable meals, bread, and fruit, but if you want to eat at a late hour or are very health-conscious, you might need to live somewhere with a kitchen. However, there are vegetarian options, such as veggie burgers and wraps, veggie sushi, and a popular salad station at The Terrace. Vegans may have a harder time, since cheese comes with pretty much everything, and the coffeehouses run out of soy milk about once a week.

The lines can get long during lunch hour, when the most people are on campus, and you’ll have to wait a while at places like Einstein or Heine. Many groups also gather for lunch in the multi-purpose room connected to The Terrace, and the lines there move quickly. Plus, now that the other coffee shops on campus have become more popular, Jazzman’s usually has short lines, and you can grab a wrap or panini and a drink there in just a couple minutes.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$2920 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Any commuting student who is taking 9 or more credits or any student who lives on campus must have a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
The Terrace in the SAC
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
McAlister's Select
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Breakfast buffet at Damon's
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Paninis at Heine or Jazzman's
  • Sandwiches from Einstein Bros.
  • Sandwiches from McAlister's
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Papa John's
24-Hour Dining
None, but there's a Taco Bell and a McDonald's right next to campus.
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
U of L offers daily vegan and vegetarian options.
Did You Know?
  • Students here are never at a loss for free food. Religious organizations offer free lunch every Wednesday and Friday and dinner every Sunday, President Ramsey provides free small coffees for the whole school at the end of the year, REACH gives away food at most of its events, and numerous organizations sponsor free cookouts throughout the year.
  • Most dorms are equipped with a shared kitchen that has a stove for students to use. Just be sure to bring your own cooking utensils.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Café a la Cart
Location: Davidson Hall and Kersey Hall
Food: Grab-and-go items
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cardinal's Nest
Location: Louisville Hall
Food: Convenience Store
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Damon's Grill
Location: SAC
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 a.m., 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Location: Bingham Humanities Building
Food: Bagels, pastries, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Heine Brothers Coffee
Location: Ekstrom Library
Food: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches, sushi, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
Jazzman's Café
Location: Ground level of SAC
Food: Coffee, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
McAlister's Select
Location: Miller Technology Building
Food: Potatoes, salads, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Papa John's
Location: Ground level of SAC
Food: Pizza, wings
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Quick Zone/Freshens
Location: Ground level of SAC
Food: Convenience store, ice cream, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sub Hub
Location: University Tower Apartments
Food: Subs
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Location: Ground level of SAC
Food: Subs
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Terrace
Location: SAC
Food: Various including Chick-fil-A, Garden Toss (salads), Global Market (international cuisine), Mein Bowl (Chinese), and Smart Market (grab-and-go)
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Location: Ground level of SAC
Food: Fast food
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Westside Dining
Location: University Tower Apartments
Food: All-you-can-eat variety

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 22% SAC
  • 18% Ville Grill
  • 18% Qdoba
  • 12% Papa Johns
  • 8% Cardinal towne
  • 5% It would be convenient if Qdoba took flex points.
  • 4% Cluckers
  • 4% Quills
  • 4% Card Towne isn't campus affiliated restaurants :(
  • 3% Home Run Burger
  • 3% Mt. Fuji

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 104 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 worst food options on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 40% I like them all
  • 37% The ville grill
  • 14% SAC
  • 6% Sandella's
  • 3% CBC

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 32 responses

  • 44% It's required
  • 28% Most of the time you have a lot of money left over
  • 14% Gets spent up too quickly if you're full-time.
  • 7% I live off campus so requiring me to have one is r
  • 7% Ridiculous

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 33 responses

  • 67% Always there when you need it
  • 15% Always have way too much that I can't spend.
  • 10% None
  • 8% I use it for drinks, that is about all


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