Prices of campus eateries are considerably higher than off-campus equivalents.
Buying food on campus can be difficult when food prices are so high.
Although some restaurants on campus are more affordable than others, individual items and meals can be pricier compared to similar products off-campus.
At the Subway inside the Bronco Student Center, a steak and cheese footlong sub can be purchased for $9.79, while outside of campus the same thing, with a drink included, costs $7.75. That is a $2.02 difference.
However, other restaurants on campus do have prices that are consistent with those of their off-campus establishments.
For example, Taco Bell’s $5 box deal costs the same at Taco Bell locations off-campus.
Boris Chikezie, a fourth-year human resources student, said a lot of food on campus comes in small portions compared to its price tag.
“If you are not a resident at the school, the options you have are limited,” Chikezie said. “I also see that there are more coffee and smoothie shops than there is variety and all these places are so expensive. I just wish it was cheaper.”
Many students, as well as staff and faculty, bring their own lunch because they are not able to afford to purchase a daily meal on campus.
What many people on campus are not aware of is that these establishments are run by the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, whose mission is to serve the students and the campus, so some of that extra revenue helps support students by providing scholarships and educational grants.
By making purchases on campus, customers are also contributing to help pay for those programs, grants and scholarships.
Aaron P. Neilson, Dining Services director, encouraged students to use Bronco Bucks, which serve as a balance account into which students can deposit money and are able to make on-campus purchases using their Bronco Access Cards.
Also, students who purchase food at Los Olivos can get discounts when Bronco Bucks are used to make purchases.
Students can also purchase a Bronco Pass, which includes a bundle of meals and a number of Bronco Bucks at a discounted rate.
There are four levels of Bronco Passes that differ based on price, the number of free meals and the number of Bronco Bucks one can get, so the higher the price of the pass, the greater the discounts.
Neilson said providing discounts for faculty and staff is also high on Cal Poly Pomona Foundation’s priorities list.
He also said he wants to hear students’ concerns.
“I am fighting for them [the students] to keep their plans affordable,” Neilson said.
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