Campus Dining

Waltham, MA
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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: One dining hall is awful, one is good but expensive.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Campus dining had earned a reputation for not being the best. However, Brandeis has recently changed meals service provider from Aramark to Sodexo, the latter of which has been said go be doing a superior job than that of its predecessor. Food can sometimes not be great, but even then I have yet to see food which is flat-out unedible.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Not much to eat after 9pm.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Due to the large population of Jews on campus, Kosher is easily accessible. There are two main dining halls that offer a variety of foods including vegetarian/vegan and organic options. One is a buffet style dinning hall in which you eat as much as you want and the other has different stations where you can get combo meals (stations include mexican, asian, breakfast, etc).
There are other food options on campus including Quiznos, Starbucks, Einstein's, and Dunkin Doughnuts.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Sodexo has been doing a great job since taking over after Aramark and they always listen to students. There is a lot of progress to be made, but the managers are very welcoming to constructive criticism.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 2nd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 68th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 103rd
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 253rd
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 860th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shannon Ingram
Floral Park, NY
Sociology/Hispanic Studies minor
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The food at Brandeis is edible, but it’s nothing to rave about. Brandeis dining consists of only a handful of options. Sherman is broken down into kosher and non-kosher sides, and both are all-you-can-eat. The food here is only good if you keep kosher, if you’re really hungry, or if you have meals instead of points as a dining plan. Usdan is an à la carte dining area that is open during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Upstairs from Usdan is the Boulevard, which is open late. The food here is OK, but the selection rarely, if ever, changes. Aramark, which runs the dining services, is very hesitant, it seems, to give the students what they pay for.

Points can also be used at Einstein’s Bagels in the Shapiro Campus Center and at the POD market, the tremendously overpriced convenience store on campus. The last dining area is the Stein, an on-campus restaurant; this is definitely the best option on campus, but it's only worth it if you have points. After 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, the Stein turns into Ollie’s Eatery, which offers a limited menu of expensive breakfast foods and very tasty shakes. All in all, most students find the dining a rip-off but say the food is okay. As long as you can eat out often, find something you really like, or get a place with a kitchen, you certainly won’t starve.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5610 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Usdan Café
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • The Stein Restaurant
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagels
  • Omelets from Usdan Café
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Asian food from Washoku in Usdan Café
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Breakfast at Ollie's Eatery
  • Candy or chips from the C-Store
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Cappy's Pizza by the Commuter Rail
Special Options
Chum's serves coffee and Lizzy's ice cream. The POD market is a great place to stock up on snacks and drinks.
Did You Know?
Half of Sherman Dining Hall is completely kosher, while kosher salads and sandwiches are available in Usdan. Recently, there has been a huge effort to provide more vegan options, and so far most vegan students are satisfied.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Location: Ground floor of the Castle
Food: Appetizers, coffee, ice cream
Einstein Bros Bagels
Location: Shapiro Campus Center
Food: Bagels, coffee, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Faculty Club
Location: Wien Faculty Center
Food: Full restaurant features buffet, entrées, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Java City
Location: Schneider
Food: Coffee, grab 'n' go items, pastries, smoothies, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ollie's Eatery
Location: Sherman Student Center
Food: Breakfast, burgers, milkshakes, sandwiches
Hours: Thursday-Saturday 10 p.m.-3 a.m.
Provisions on Demand (POD) Market
Location: Usdan Student Center
Food: Coffee, convenience items, grab 'n' go salads and sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-2 a.m.
Quad Café
Location: Olin-Sang
Food: Fair Trade coffee, grab 'n' go items, pastries, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Usdan Student Center
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Sherman Dining Hall
Location: Sherman Student Center
Food: All-you-can-eat; kosher available
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Stein Restaurant
Location: Sherman Student Center
Food: Appetizers, burgers, pasta, sandwiches; also serve bottle and draft beer
Hours: Daily 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Usdan Boulevard
Location: Usdan Student Center
Food: Food Court includes Bene Pizzeria, Grille Works, Java City coffee, Montague's Deli, Tortilla Fresca
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
Usdan Café
Location: Usdan Student Center
Food: Comfort Classics, Home Zone, Let Us Wrap, Nature's Balance, Salad Garden, Split Personalities, Washoku
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m., 4:45 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 4:45 p.m.-7 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 55 responses

Very poor
  • 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 5 responses

  • 60% I don't like the meal plan options
  • 40% There are multiple ones, so students can choose



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