Due to the dining arrangements in the dorms, the Freshman 15 is no myth at Texas Tech. In the bottom of several of the dorms, a small convenience store called Sam’s Place is open until late-night cravings are satisfied. With one swipe of your student ID, every chip, soda, or candy bar known to man is free to you because your parents have already paid for it as part of your mandatory meal plan. Sam’s Place does have a sandwich bar and a soup bar, but the more popular items are fried. The Market, located on the first floor of the Stangel/Murdough complex, is an on-campus eatery that is a hotspot for freshmen to hang out between classes. The Market has all different types of cuisines to choose from (not to mention amazing Rice Krispies treats) and is where most freshmen go when they are looking for an actual meal. The Student Union has a wide variety of food to choose from, but for the dieter or even the casual healthy eater, campus dining is not the place for you. Campus dining is convenient, clean, and of good quality, but for the most part, after your freshman meal plan dwindles away, so do visits to the Market and Sam’s Place.
Renovations to the Student Union Building itself also brought about renovations to the food choices. In the Student Union there is a wide selection of grab-and-go items, as well as a small food court featuring the ever-so-popular Chick-fil-A, Sbarros Pizza, and Steak Escape.