The food at USF is of better quality than you’ll find at most schools, especially because USF offers more organic, homemade, and vegan/vegetarian options. However, the high prices reflect the quality, and since USF is a relatively small school, there are only a few on-campus dining locations, and all of the food is handled by one company: Bon Appétit. The main cafeteria is officially referred to as "the Market," located in the University Center in the center of Main Campus, which means it gets especially crowded during lunch and dinnertime. And freshmen are required to have the meal plan (referred to as “Flexi-cash"), which costs more than $2,000 per semester.
Most dining joints on campus have inconvenient closing times, the exception being the late-night favorite Crossroads, an informal café located by the University bookstore in the basement of the University Center (beneath the cafeteria). There’s also a grocery/café in Lone Mountain called the Wolf & Kettle, which has an assortment of overpriced grocery items, coffee, refrigerated sandwiches, and made-to-order quesadillas. Many students complain about the food on campus, but any dissatisfaction typically comes from repetition. For freshmen on the meal plan, it’s easy to get bored with the food, and just as easy to overspend and use "Flexi" all too quickly. And for those lucky enough to ration their meal plan money wisely, it’s equally good to keep in mind that money from the prior semester rolls over into the next, so you get to use every penny. Fortunately, there are tons of fantastic restaurants, cafés, and supermarkets close enough to campus that students (even those at the mercy of the meal plan) can get away when need be.