Campus Dining

Location
Boston, MA
Undergrads
16,722
Tuition
$42,994
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Campus dining at BU is definitely the best at any college that I visited. That being said, its still not home cooking and the dining plans are pricey.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: it's extremely overpriced and I have trouble finding options in the dining hall that I like

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: While I have to admit our food is pretty decent, certain aspects make the dining plans not worth it: costs, Make A Difference Monday, and early closings.

The dining plan costs increases every year but why? We don't know.

Make a Difference Monday is still present...again, why? As the saying goes, students feel like the only "difference" it makes is in our waistlines (because people don't eat in dining halls on these days).

Early closings: oh my. It's difficult to find food when the dining hall closes the entire first floor, it's a Friday during Lent (so no meat), and the cereals and fruits are gone....sort of inconvenient.

Honestly, everything could be dealt with if the prices would just stop going up!

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Overall the variety and quality of BU dining options are good. Warren is pretty standard and west is barely above average, but Bay State is exceptional and has interesting theme nights like "Chocolate Night" and visiting chef series that improve the quality of the food. The GSU has some great options and using convenience points to order Dominoes is a late night blessing. Other late night options include Warren late night (pretty junk food-y, but open until 2am) and Bay State late night, which closes at 11 usually but is a sit-down restaurant with sweet and savory crepes, pizzas, wings, salads, etc. Lobster night is overrated and Make a Difference Monday is the bane of everyone's existence.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Vegetarian option is ALWAYS tofu. The tofu ALWAYS tastes bad.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 12th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 14th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 27th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 28th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 30th
    Best Quality Food

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Stephanie Santana
Hometown
Queens, NY
Major
Anthropology/Journalism
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While it is not uncommon to hear complaints about the food, most students will agree that BU is pretty hooked-up in that department. There is a huge variety and tons of places to use your meal plan around campus. To get your money’s worth, check out the specialty nights and the smaller eateries on campus. Remember, the meals are not refundable, but most of the plans provide many more meal than you'll actually need. If you do the math, each meal costs about $9, so eat up. Even if you just stop by for an ice cream, you may as well use the meals that you are paying for anyway.

The food at BU is conistently ranked one of the best in the country, which means someone’s enjoying it.  The presentation is very well done, too, so even if it doesn’t taste right, it looks like it should. Four years of the same food, however, will dull your taste buds.

 

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$4590 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
  • Cranberry Farms
  • Einstein's Bagels
  • Jamba Juice
  • Loose Leafs
  • Panda Express
24-Hour Dining
The Store 24s along Commonwealth Avenue
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Domino's Pizza (delivery)
  • Dunkin Donuts (West Campus)
  • Papa John's (delivery )
  • Starbucks (near Warren Towers)
  • Subway (near Warren Towers)
Special Options
The search for food can be overwhelming, especially when BU does not offer many 24-hour eateries. If vending machine candy bars are not doing it for you, try resources such as campusfoods.com.
Did You Know?
  • Dining Services offers a variety of special events throughout the year, including a Visiting Chef Series; lobster, shrimp scampi, and prime rib dinners; fondue festival; North End Dessert tour; and holiday meals.
  • At the end of the academic year, the dining plans refund 100% on unused Convenience Points, 50 percent on unused Dining Points (with a balance of $10 or more), and none on unused meals.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Breadwinners/Starbucks
Location: School of Management, 595 Commonwealth Ave., second floor
Food: Coffee, salads, sandwiches, snacks, soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Café 575
Location: 575 Commonwealth Ave.
Food: Coffee, fruit smoothies, pastries, sandwiches
Hours: Daily 7 a.m.-1 a.m.
Domino's Pizza
Location: 1314 Boylston St.
Food: Pizza, wings
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-3 a.m.
Extreme Pita
Location: Claflin Hall
Food: Salads, sandwiches, soup
Fresh Food Co. at West Campus
Location: 275 Babcock St.
Food: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-8 p.m.
Hillel Kosher Dining Room
Location: 233 Bay State Rd.
Food: Kosher
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 7 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-2 p.m., 7 p.m.-8 p.m.(Friday dinner and Saturday lunch times may vary and begin immediately following services)
Late Night Café
Location: Myles Standish Hall, The Towers, Shelton Hall, Warren Towers, West Campus
Food: Fried foods, salads, quesadillas, stir-fry
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m., Friday-Sunday 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m.
Myles Standish Dining Hall
Location: 610 Beacon St.
Food: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., 9 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., 9 p.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., 9 p.m.-12 a.m.
Science Fare
Location: 590 Commonwealth Ave., basement
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Shelton Hall Dining
Location: 91 Bay State Rd.
Food: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Thursday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
The Towers
Location: 140 Bay State Rd.
Food: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., 9 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., 9 p.m.-12 a.m.
Union Court
Location: The George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave.
Food: Aesops Bagels, Amalfi Oven, Caprito Burritos, Copper Kettle, Cranberry Farms, Jamba Juice, Loose Leafs, Panda Express, Starbucks, Sushi
Hours: Times vary for each individual restaurant in the food court
Warren Towers Dining Hall
Location: 700 Commonwealth Ave.
Food: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., 9 p.m.-12 a.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 30% The GSU, where you have Panda Express and Rhetts
  • 16% Dunkin donuts, starbucks
  • 14% Bay State
  • 11% Using convenience points to order Dominoes
  • 11% Pavement
  • 7% Scoozi's
  • 5% Loose leaves
  • 5% Buick Street
  • 2% Panera

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 112 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Availability
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 16 responses

  • 37% There are a variety of different options
  • 29% There are so many places that accept dining points
  • 14% A couple places accept our convenience points
  • 11% Quality of dining hall meals is mostly excellent
  • 3% Location convenience
  • 3% Kinda sucks
  • 3% There's always great food anywhere you go.

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 15 responses

  • 43% Overpriced
  • 19% Nothing!
  • 14% Not enough places that accept dining points
  • 14% You can pick your own plan
  • 5% Don't like the food
  • 5% Too many asian dishes, not a fan of asian food

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 40% Warren isn't the best
  • 30% Nowhere unless it's Make a Difference Monday
  • 10% No where really
  • 10% Dining halls on the weekends.
  • 5% Everywhere
  • 5% West
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