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Campus Food


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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I like all the foods items to be honest. It can also be annoying because you eat it all day everyday. So usually I eat out a couple of times and then I have my own personal food in the dorm to eat as well. But overall, its reasonable prices because its all on the swipe card given to you at the beginning of the August.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is a wide variety of choices for lunch but for dinner the only thing open is the downing food court and the tower food court. Garret food court should be open for dinner as well. They options they give you at dsu are not particularly healthy. I wish they offered some other side item besides French frys. If they gave you the option to switch them to fruit, that would be ideal. Also, they should have more drink options. More juice or teas would be a very nice change.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Overall, the food is okay. There aren't enough healthy options.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are a lot of options on campus, but it can still seem monotonous some days. Finding seating can sometimes be an issue during peak meal times in some locations (especially lunch at the top of the hill). You can only use 4 meal plan swipes per day, and your week of meals roll over on Sunday, so try to use all of your meal plans before midnight on Sunday (sometimes this takes planning since you can only use four per day). The WKU app allows you to monitor how many meal swipes/meal plan dollars/dining dollars/Big Red dollars you have left, which is really helpful.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: So tired of the same foods


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One of the first things many students want to know about the campus is the quality of food. WKU has many options that are sure to please pretty much anyone. On campus, students can find sandwiches, pizza, burgers, buffets, homestyle cuisine, burritos, pasta, chicken, sushi, and more! Vegetarians and carnivores alike can always find something delicious to eat. 

At each place, there are certain combinations that are on a meal plan. For example, at Subway, students can get a sandwich, drink, and apples, chips, or two cookies.  At Izzi's, students get a burrito, chips, and a drink. The downside is, unless you have a meal plan, the food can get a little pricey. Without a meal plan, combinations can cost $5 to $6, but nothing costs more than what students would normally pay in a restaurant. Of course, at the end of the semester, even the best places can get a little old, and the most delicious places are often the most unhealthy, but, in general, even the pickiest eater can agree that WKU outshines many other places when it comes to dining.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3150 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Freshmen are required to have a meal plan with at least 10 meals per week.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Garrett Food Court
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Izzi's
  • Red Zone
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Buffet at the Fresh Food Company
  • Coffee from Java City
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Burrito from Izzi's
  • Grilled cheese or chicken tenders from the Red Zone
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Something from the Bate Shop
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Baskin' Robbins
  • Buckhead Café
  • Denny's
  • Domino's
  • Froggy's Pizza
  • Lil' Redz
  • Mancino's Pizza & Grinders
  • Mariah's
  • Moe's
  • Papa John's
  • Thai Express
  • Wendy's
Special Options
All places on campus provide a vegetarian option, from grilled cheese to a naked burrito.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bate Shop
Location: Bates Runner Hall
Food: Convenience store
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
Da Vinci's
Location: Snell Hall
Food: Sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
DUC Food Court
Location: Downing University Center
Food: AFC Sushi, Bene Pasta, Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagel
Location: Mass Media and Technology Hall
Food: Bagels, coffee, muffins
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Energy Zone/Freshens
Location: Downing University Center
Food: Ice cream, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Fresh Food Company
Location: Downing University Center
Food: Buffet-style sandwiches, pasta, pizza, salads, stir-fry
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Garrett Food Court
Location: Top of the hill
Food: Bene Pasta and Pizza, Home Zone, Izzi's Southwest, Grille Works, Salad Garden
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Java City
Location: Helm Library
Food: Coffee, muffins, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Java City
Location: Downing University Center
Food: Coffee, muffins, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pit Stop Convenience Store
Location: Next to the Tower Food Court
Food: Convenience store
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
Red Zone
Location: Downing University Center
Food: Burgers
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
Location: Downing University Center
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday 10 a.m.-12 a.m., Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: Garrett Hall
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tower Food Court
Location: Located at the bottom of the hill next to PFT
Food: Edy's Ice Cream, Popeyes, Zoca Southwest
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-11 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 21% Subway
  • 16% Garrett Food Court
  • 15% Da vinci's
  • 13% Chick Fil A
  • 9% Fresh Food Company
  • 7% Salad bar
  • 7% Tower Court (Popeye's Chicken, Smoothie Bar)
  • 3% There is only one option on south campus.
  • 3% Panda Express
  • 1% University does not tend to dietary restrictions
  • 1% Steak n Shake
  • 1% The Burrito Bowl
  • 1% Papa Johns
  • 0% Red Zone

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 85 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 23 responses

  • 34% Vending Machines
  • 24% Fast Food
  • 17% Pizza
  • 14% Izzis
  • 7% Fresh
  • 3% Not enough healthy foods
  • 0% Home in Garrett

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 30 responses

  • 21% Cost
  • 20% Freshmen Requirement
  • 16% Overpriced per meal plan
  • 12% The Fast Food
  • 11% Nothing
  • 11% Not particularly healthy
  • 9% Limited Vegetarian options

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 24 responses

  • 33% The variety given in the food court
  • 28% Fresh Buffet
  • 26% More options than most KY schools
  • 10% Cash in for real food
  • 3% Makes budgeting for a semester easier.
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