Services makes life easy
Being a freshman is an exciting experience. You make new
friends, go to parties, join a student organization and,
of course, study. Food however, is just as important in
As a freshman, you have to live on campus, meaning you
often eat on campus. Well, actually, with a $1,000-meal-plan
per semester, you might feel that you are almost forced
to eat on campus most of the time. But dont be so
desperate. TCU wont disappoint you.
First of all, the required meal plan is not as outrageously
expensive as it seems. It actually breaks down to about
$9 a day. It might still look like too much for some students
who often go off campus to eat, but for students without
car, it seems to be an adequate plan.
The best thing about the meal plan is its convenience.
All students need is an ID card. Just give it to a cashier,
he or she will swipe it, and students are good to go.
Everything will only take a minute.
Currently, TCU has 10 dining locations with different
characteristics and they offer a variety of choices on
how to spend $9 a day. Hamburgers, salads, pastas, tacos,
hot and cold subs, Starbucks coffee, Krispy Kreme doughnuts
and sushi TCU has them all. The 10 locations include:
The Main, Frog Bytes, Edens, Deco Deli, Sub Connection,
Jazzmans Café, Bistro Burnett, Pond St. Grill,
Café a la cart and NRG.
The Main is located in the Student Center and is the central
dining location at TCU. Many students gather there to
enjoy a meal with their friends. The Main has several
different sections. For instance, you can always get hamburgers
at the Sunset Grill and pasta at Al Dente, while the Main
Skillet and the Main Grain have a variety of specials
The most convenient dining location is probably Frog Bytes,
which is located next to the Main. It is open until 2
a.m. during the week, so when students are studying late,
its the place to go. At Frogbytes, pizza, pretzels,
cold subs, and sushi are among the choices.
Edens, located in the lower level of Reed Hall, offers
Mongolian cuisine and salads. Students can customize their
wok or salad, choosing meat, toppings and sauce. Then,
the chef will cook them in front of the customer.
Deco Deli is located next to Edens, and it serves sandwiches
in five steps. Step 1: choose bread; Step 2: choose meat;
Step 3: choose cheese; Step 4: choose spreads; and Step
5: eat up!
If students spend lots of time on east campus, Sub Connection
and Jazzmans Café are conveniently located.
Sub Connection, located in the Sarah and Steve Smith Entrepreneurs
Hall, offers cold and hot fresh subs. Choices range from
six combos with chips and a drink. The price ranges from
$3.69 for a meatball sub combo to $4.79 for a ham and
cheese sub combo.
Jazzmans Café, on the other hand, has relatively
high prices. Carla Rivas, a worker at Jazzmans Café,
said the coffee they offer is more expensive than the
Starbucks coffee that Frogbytes offers, but its
better. It also has cold sandwiches, wraps and salads.
The decoration is modern and the sound of jazz is relaxing.
Its great place to go to take a short, quiet break.
Pond St. Grill and Café a la cart are located in
the Worth Hills area of campus. A specialty at Pond St.
Grill is the Sunday Night BBQ, where thehamburgers are
Bistro Burnett and NRG are kiosks located in the library
and the Recreation Center. Bistro Burnett offers Starbucks
coffee and snacks. NRG offers a quick bite, such as smoothies,
energy bars and sandwiches.
Legia Abato, a district marketing manager of TCU Dining
Services, said the dining services meets the students
Dining Services Committee, run by SGA, to hear students
voices every Tuesday.
campus eateries, like Sub Connection (above) and
The Main (below), offer students a variety of food
choices and places to sit down and eat or to grab
a quick bite between classes.