The UA has everything you need to gain the dreaded Freshman 15. On the flipside, however, the UA also has a nice recreation center where you can work it all off. The Student Union Memorial Center (SUMC) has more places to eat than the food courts in most shopping malls; the only thing really missing is a full-on grocery store. Be careful, though: Most students agree that it’s easy to deplete your funds as you sample the various culinary offerings, especially since the different aromas wafting about make you hungrier as you wait in line to withdraw your money—temptation, temptation. The usual campus vendors are present here, along with a nice assortment of restaurants unique to the UA.
The University also offers a meal plan in which money can be placed on a chip embedded in the students’ ID cards. Those living in dorms usually use this meal plan, and those who live off campus don’t—these same dorm-dwellers usually exhaust the wide variety by the end of their first month. The SUMC has a little convenience mart that overcharges on everything except Wrigley’s chewing gum. There’s also a buffet, steakhouse, and smoothie shop. Despite the high prices, you should be able to find most anything you want on any given day, with the exception of high-quality organic food. Healthy options are difficult to find on campus, but otherwise, just about anyone will be happy with the choices here on a day-to-day basis. Happy food hunting.