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Eating at Illinois State

Dining Options

Illinois State and the surrounding community offer a variety of dining choices. You can find food from many different countries all a short distance from the University. Also, on campus, we have two conveniently located dining centers which serve cuisine such as sandwiches, pizza, soups, salads, and international options.

Campus Dining Services has a registered dietitian on staff to assist students with special dietary needs such as religious restrictions, vegetarian or vegan diets, and food allergies. If you have questions or concerns about meeting your nutritional needs at Illinois State, email our registered dietitian at CampusDining@IllinoisState.edu or call +1 (309) 438-8351.

Meal Plans

Students living on-campus must purchase a meal plan. The plan gives you access to dining centers on campus using your student ID card. There are several options to fit your needs from unlimited dining to a certain number of meals per week or semester. Dining centers are generally open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., with limited hours on weekends. Learn more about meal plan options and costs for on-campus students at Campus Dining Services.

Off-Campus Meal Plans

Off-campus students can also benefit from eating meals in the campus dining centers. It is affordable and gives you an opportunity to meet other students. Meals are available for carry out, meaning you can pick up a meal to take with you if you don't have time to sit down in the dining center. More information is available at Campus Dining Services.

Flex Dollars

Each meal plan includes a certain amount of "Flex Dollars" that can be used at additional campus eateries. More information can be found at Campus Dining Services.

  • Bone Student Center
    • McAlister’s Deli - sandwiches, soups, salads
    • Pizza Hut Express - pizza and pasta
    • Burger King - fast food hamburgers and sandwiches
    • Einstein Bros. Bagels - bagels, coffee, espresso drinks, sandwiches
  • Subway sandwich shops - deli sandwiches
    • Wilkins Hall
    • Watterson Towers
    • Manchester Hall
    • Cardinal Court
  • Coffee and sandwich shops
    • Centennial Hall (Airport Lounge)
    • College of Business Building (Business Bistro)
  • Vending machines in the residence halls - snacks, juice, soda

Unused Flex Dollars from fall semester will be rolled into your account for the spring semester as long as you purchase a meal plan for spring.

Off-Campus Eating

Bloomington-Normal is known in the region for its wide array of restaurants. You may even be able to find ethnic cuisine from your home country. Explore your dining options. In addition, there are several grocery stores within a short distance of campus, including some ethnic and international food stores.

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