Campus Dining

Beloit, WI
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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Many different options but for those that have dietary restrictions, it can be hard to find good food.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Ok, I'm hard to please because I'm vegetarian AND I can't eat carbs for medical reasons. Typically I end up scraping the cheese off pizza. I would make a sandwich, but I can't eat the bread or meat. The veggie soups are usually gross. They stopped making the specialty salads that I used to love!! Tacos EVERY Tuesday, lots of carbs and starch, etc. Not happy without my blue cheese salad and dressing!

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: My experience here is skewed--there are meal plans that allow you to eat a large portion of your meals at the eateries on academic side, but I have the meal plan that limits you to Commons, the cafeteria on residential side. Commons is okay if you don't eat there too often, but if you eat there frequently you quickly realize how abysmal it is. There is the illusion of variety in food choices, but it's very difficult to eat healthily due to the sheer quantity of fried food and the fact that often most of the dishes they serve are carb-based. But more importantly, the food and the service is terrible. Beloit outsourced the food service to Bon Appetit, and we are getting corporately screwed. The staff is so poorly compensated and so poorly managed that they clearly don't give a crap about the quality of their work, and many of them seem to outright resent us students. (But I worked at Commons my freshman year, so I totally understand their resentment. College students are barbarians.) But my peers who eat regularly on academic side all report a much higher satisfaction with our food service than I have!

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: 3 options- Commons, the dining hall; DK's, the academic-side grill; or Java Joint, the academic-side coffee and breakfast place. Fairly recently upgraded. Good for cafeteria food, if a bit repetitive.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 164th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 260th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 550th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 619th
    Best Quality Food
  • 826th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sometimes, the greatest part of the meal at Commons is the names they give their dishes. There's something they call "Enraged Pasta," which I wouldn't particularly recommend, and a couple times they made a cheese and hot dog soup that looked nauseating-not to mention the casserole-type things that looked an awful lot like a mixture of what was served at lunch. Commons can get pretty creative with their ingredients, and I'm convinced they know this, which is why we have the sandwich bar, grill, and the salad bar as staples when nobody wants to eat their latest culinary invention. One has to give them credit for cooking gigantic amounts of food, ranging from blech to belissimo, for a bunch of spoiled kids who are constantly looking for something to grumble about. The spaghetti is actually pretty impressive, as far as mass-production goes.

DK's stands its mediocre ground as the "grill" on campus. You can get hamburgers and grilled cheese, and fried this and fried that, snacks, and apple slices with caramel dip. There is also a sandwich bar for those who are feeling grease-free. This is more of the place to stop by for lunch on your way to or in between classes. It's not open on the weekends (no one would make the walk over there anyway), so you have to get your fill Monday through Friday, but avoid the rush hours. If anything, my biggest beef with the dining on campus in general is that we can't use our meal plan for the Java Joint, and it would be nice to have more than two choices, but the situation as it stands doesn't warrant many complaints.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4008 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • DK's
  • Java Joint
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
A lot of dorms have a common kitchen in them. You could cook for yourself from day to day.
Did You Know?
  • Every year, Commons creates an apple smorgasbord with freshly-picked apples, gourmet apple desserts, and apply main dishes to choose from.
  • Every once in a while, you'll see a long line on the left side of Commons. This is the Mongolian Barbecue, where students can pick out vegetables, meats, and sauces, and the chefs of Commons will stir-fry it for you right there-it's amazing.
  • Sometimes, the Food Dude comes around to all the tables and hands out special treats to everyone.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Location: Chapin Hall
Food: Varies from day to day-always a salad and sandwich bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Coughy Haus
Location: College and Clary Sts.
Food: Snacks, pizza, beer
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 4 p.m.-9 p.m.
Location: Pearsons 1st Floor
Food: Sandwiches, salads, grill, pizza
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Java Joint
Location: Central campus
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 4 p.m.-12 a.m.

Student Polls

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  • Late-night options
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