There are multiple places to eat on the Boise State campus. From the traditional dining hall to Panda Express, Boise State has it all! Each freshman is required to have a meal plan if you live on campus. Here is how the meal plan works, and where can you can use it.
1. Meal Plan
There are two different meal plans you can get, two meal swipes a day or five swipes a day. For most people the two meal swipes a day if just fine, even though you might think it wouldn’t be enough. Both meal plans come with the amount of swipes you decide on and an addiction $200 called “flex dollars” that are used at the markets around campus.
2. Dining Halls
There are two official dining halls on campus, The Boise River Café, and South Fork which is brand new to campus. They are buffet style, and the place where most students go for dinner. They both have a grill station, pizza station, salad bar, vegan options, and stations that change everyday. To get into these buffet style dining halls you will use one of your meal swipes.
3. Lunch and Quick Eats
Other places to eat on campus include Panda Express, Grill Works, Moe’s, Subway, Fresh, Papa John’s, Einstein Bagels, and Chick Fil A. All of these places are where students will usually go for lunch, because you can stay and eat there, or take it to go and eat back at your room. These restaurants use a meal swipe or flex dollars.
4. The POD
There are four markets on campus that are called “POD”, provisions on demand. They are located in the student union building, Chaffee Hall, ILC building, and in the South Fork dining hall. They are essentially a mini grocery store, selling snack foods, laundrydetergent, and medicines. You can buy things with money, but most students use they flex dollars, because you get $200 every semester. Going to the POD is convenient when you just want a snack, or need some medicine. The students living in Chaffee Hall are especially lucky because they have a POD in their dorm building.
Overall, there are lots of choices of food on the Boise State campus. From the traditional dining hall to Panda Express, Boise State has it all! Each freshman is required to have a meal plan if you live on campus, which is a blessing in disguise. In addition the the many places on campus, you are also a mile or less from some great cafes and restaurants downtown, that are only a bike ride away!