Campus Dining

Worcester, MA
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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Holy Cross is a small school so we only really have one big dining hall and a few other smaller options. I am a vegetarian and generally pretty food conscious so granted HC does attempt to give us options but its the same thing everyday so if you aren't creative with what you make yourself then being vegetarian at this school is very monotonous. I think my real grievance is that I my main source of protein is eggs and unless you brave the long omelet line or settle for hard boiled eggs everyday the scrambled eggs are fake... they are made from powdered eggs... I was so disappointed.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: not the best, but satisfactory enough

4 College Student

Campus Dining: All meal plans are the same price regardless of the number of dining dollars or meal swipes.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The Science Café is definitely the best place to eat, but it's expensive. I suggest a meal plan with as many dining dollars as possible so you can take advantage of Cool Beans, Crossroads, etc.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The main dining hall needs some work, but there are other options on campus that are very good.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 974th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 1271st
    Best Quality Food
  • 1273rd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 1273rd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 1285th
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Audrey Gehring
Madison, WI
English/Religious Studies
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Holy Cross is pretty average in terms of food. Most students seem to agree that while the food isn’t anything fantastic, it isn’t toxic, either—although one student did say that the food was great! Dining options on campus are fairly limited, with only three dining halls (and only two for freshmen). Upper Kimball is the main dining hall, and it looks like a traditional dining hall from a prep school—long mahogany tables and upholstered chairs. It is all-you-can-eat and serves the traditional college fare, a rotating menu of about 35 days. Lower Kimball is an á la carte dining hall. It serves the same fare all the time—there is a pizza station, deli station, Chinese station, and burger station. They also serve ready-made sandwiches, which are perfect to grab when jetting to class. Crossroads is the third dining hall. It is located in Hogan, and it is only open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. It is a popular place for professors to go for lunch. It is also á la carte and carries a more limited fare than Lower does, but it is located closer to some of the dorms. This is a popular place for student groups to conduct dinnertime meetings. There is always something edible in each place—even if it is just a salad or a bowl of Cheerios!

Compared to other, larger colleges, the food at Holy Cross is definitely different—there are no fast food or national chains on campus. The dining at Holy Cross—especially at Upper Kimball—is rather idiosyncratic and therefore more personal and charming. Cafeteria employees frequently greet students by name. Watch for yesterday’s leftovers being re-served as an alternate entrée, and watch out for some crazy chef combinations, such as the infamous “cheeseburger chowder” (which is just cheese sauce with hamburger meat). Overall, the dining at Holy Cross is just average.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5400 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Did You Know?
Upper Kimball seats 800 and has 28-foot high cathedral ceilings. It has tables that were custom-made for the hall when it opened in the mid-1930s.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Cool Beans
Location: Hogan Campus Center (across from bookstore)
Food: Coffee and espresso, desserts, bagels, breakfast sandwiches, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-12:30 a.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Cool Beans 2
Location: Lobby of Stein
Food: Same as Cool Beans
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Hogan Campus Center (basement)
Food: Calzones, deli, entrees, grill, healthy options, Mexican, pizza, salads, sushi
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Kimball Food Court
Location: Lower Kimball
Food: Asian, deli, made-to-order vegetarian entrees and sandwiches, pasta, pizza, wings
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Kimball Main Dining Hall (Upper Kimball)
Location: Upper Kimball
Food: All-you-care-to-eat classic entrees, deli, noodle bowls, pasta, pizza, salad bar, sides, soups, vegetarian selections
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
The Lobby Shop
Location: Hogan Campus Center (across from the bookstore)
Food: Baked goods, beverages, desserts, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Pub
Location: Hogan Campus Center (ground level)
Food: Pub food
Hours: Tuesday 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Friday 4:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

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