Feed The Bear: A Guide To Eating On Campus

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As you consider what life will be like as a Mercer student, you may find yourself asking “Where can I eat on campus?” and “Is the food good?” With dining locations scattered across campus, we have something that’s sure to please even the most particular Bears. Not too hot. Not too cold. Just right. Here’s how it works.

All first-year students are automatically enrolled in an unlimited meal membership. This means you can make as many visits as you want at the Fresh Food Company and Farmers Market. If you plan to live at home and commute to campus, you may choose a more limited meal membership option.

Meal memberships also include Dining Dollars, and some plans also include a certain number of meal exchanges per week. Dining Dollars and meal exchanges can both be used at Mercer Dining locations other than the Fresh Food Company and Farmers Market.

Your meal membership is tied to your Bear Card account, so all you have to do is swipe your card. It’s that easy.

Get more information about meal memberships.


But let’s get to what you really want to know. Here’s a look at places to eat on campus.

Want to sit and socialize over lunch?

When you want to eat with your friends, try one of these spots.

Fresh Food Company – Affectionately referred to by students as the “Caf,” the Fresh Food Company serves three meals a day, seven days a week. You can always count on the Caf.

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Farmers Market – A lunch hotspot, the Farmers Market has a build-your-own salad bar, stations serving stir fry and specialty sandwiches, as well as smoothies and frozen yogurt for dessert. On a beautiful day, we recommend dining al fresco on the patio.

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Need something while you’re on the go?

Stop by one of these convenient locations when you need a pick-me-up between classes.

Connell Student Center Food Court – Centrally located on campus, the Connell Student Center Food Court includes Brewed Awakenings, P.O.D. Market, and Which Wich. Here’s what each has to offer.

Brewed Awakenings – But first, coffee. Starbucks coffee. It’ll help you survive those 8 a.m. classes.

P.O.D. Market – Short for Provisions On Demand, P.O.D. Market has sandwiches, burritos, wraps, sushi, salads, and more – all freshly prepared. Stay fueled up, even when you don’t have much time.

Which Wich – Write your order on a paper bag, send it down the line, and you’ll have a sandwich to suit your taste in no time. With more than 50 sandwiches to choose from, you’ll never have to eat the same thing twice.

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University Center (UC) Food Court – Passing through the UC with little time to spare for dinner? We’ve got you covered with several tasty options.

Chick-fil-A – Bearz luv chikin (and waffle fries).

Panda Express – Craving an egg roll? Stop by Panda Express for favorites like beef with broccoli, orange chicken, or kung pao. Don’t forget your fortune cookie.

P.O.D. Market – If you can’t make it to Connell, you’ll find the same grab ‘n’ go options in the UC.

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Einstein Bros. Bagels – Stop by Einstein’s in Tarver Library to get a bagel sandwich. Then, grab a study room and get busy. We know you’ve got homework.

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Looking to treat yo self?

Even with all the options available on campus, we know that sometimes you just need to change it up, and Mercer Village is the perfect place to go. The Village offers eateries like Francar’s Buffalo Wings, Jittery Joe’s Coffee, Margaritas Mexican Grill, Nu-Way Weiners, Sauced Pizza, and Subway.

All of these merchants accept Bear Bucks, which is a prepaid stored-value account tied to your Bear Card. Basically, it lets you use your Bear Card like a debit card to make purchases at any of these locations and others around town.

Just plain desperate?

There’s always the last resort.

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Watch this video to find out more from two Mercer students, Jayla and Sagar, about where you can eat on campus.

When you get to Mercer, where do you want to eat first?

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