Because USD is on a hill and relatively isolated, getting food off campus without a car can be a bit of a challenge. Down Linda Vista Road are Fiji Yogurt, Urbane Café, Zpizza, Domino's, Tio Leo’s, Starbucks, 7-Eleven, Sushi Freak, and Carl’s Jr., which are all popular destinations. Without a car, the walk is about 10 minutes down and up to 15 minutes back. Of course, with a car, you’ll have access to many more restaurants in San Diego. The city of San Diego has so many great options for food. Anything you’re in the mood for is only a short drive away. From The Cheesecake Factory to Taco Bell to authentic Chinese and Thai food in Hillcrest, San Diego truly has it all.
Going out to dinner off campus can be really fun and a great way to escape the occasional monotony of the Student Life Pavilion. Unfortunately, the cost of going out to dinner can be expensive. Aside from the implied cost of food, there’s also money spent on parking, a valet, or wasted gas looking for free parking. Public transportation, too, can get pricey. Arguably, the best time to go off campus for dinner is during the week when everything is less crowded—both parking lots and restaurant booths.