Fueling your body with the right kinds of food increases your concentration and helps you study better. Whether you're buying a meal on campus or cooking for yourself, CSUN Dining offers plenty of healthy options for all sorts of appetites.
Avoiding the freshman 15
- Don’t snack while stressed, studying or watching TV.
- Eat regularly and avoid skipping meals.
- Opt for nutritious options such as fruit, fresh veggies, nuts, water or skim milk instead of junk food or soda.
- Control your portions. See choosemyplate.gov for more information.
- Get enough sleep — at least seven to eight hours a night. Getting enough rest reduces your stress levels.
- Live a healthier lifestyle, e.g., exercise regularly and avoid smoking and alcohol.
The Arbor Grill
Designed for students on the go, the Arbor Grill is a place where you can pick up made-to-order grilled sandwiches and salads or self-serve pizza and burgers.
Campus Cuisine to Go
You may order take-out from participating eateries for a $5 delivery charge.
If you’re in the mood for a snack, look no further than one of the four on-campus convenience stores.
Get your java fix from one of CSUN’s five Freudian Sip locations. The coffeehouses also serve freshly baked goods.
The Student Housing dining hall offers three meals a day. The menu includes a variety of international cuisine, hot and cold items, soft-service ice cream, baked goods, espresso and more.
The Marketplace at the Sierra Center
Prefer something healthy? Grab a quick bite from the self-serve salad bar. You can also browse rotating menus for the deli, grill, or Mexican and Asian eateries.
Matador Food Court
The food court features Burger King, Panda Express, El Pollo Loco and Juice It Up.
Orange Grove Bistro
Impress your parents by inviting them to dine in a restaurant that features white tablecloths and china. The bistro offers a light lunch buffet and a view of CSUN’s citrus orchard and turtle pond.
Pub Sports Grill
This is a great place to meet friends after class. The dine-in restaurant also serves up tasty fast food such as burgers, pizza, wraps, salads and South of the Border favorites.
Extended hours make this health-conscious restaurant chain a popular food option on campus.
You can look up locations, hours and menus of the eateries via the official CSUN mobile app, available for free download. As an added convenience, you may swipe your meals with MataMoney, a prepaid dining card. For more information about campus dining, check out The University Corporation website.
A variety of campus meal plans are available to all students, even those living off campus.
Student assistance resources
California State University, Northridge students are not immune to issues of financial hardship and food insecurity; however, there are free resources on campus for when Matadors find themselves in need.
- Open to all CSUN students, the CSUN Food Pantry provides no-cost emergency nourishment, basic necessities and support to those facing food insecurity.
- The MataCare Grant was established to provide emergency funding in cases of unexpected, urgent financial need, such as vehicle repair, child care or rent. Open to all enrolled CSUN students in good standing, the MataCare Grant is funded through generous contributions from alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the university who want to assist with removing unanticipated financial roadblocks to student degree completion and well-being. The grant is not a loan and does not need to be repaid.
- The Women's Research and Resource Center Food and Toiletry Pantry is open to all those with a student ID number. Patrons are not limited in how many items they may receive.