Campus Dining

Hanover, NH
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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: I loved the dining halls on campus. They were pretty good about having a variety of options, especially for people with special dietary requirements.

When I first came to school, I had had surgery and needed to be on a liquid diet for a few months. The school worked with me to ensure that I had access to certain foods, and also being a vegetarian, there were always delicious vegetarian/vegan options on campus. Certain dining halls and cafes also stayed open late to ensure students could get food late at night while studying or after being out at a party.

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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: dining halls around campus are great
lots of options
easy meal plan flexibility

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Though many complain, as a picky Vegetarian who sometimes eats kosher I never have any trouble finding food. The dinning hall is pretty good quality with some variety, and the other cafes provide some options and in some cases restaurant quality food. On the other hand, the 1st term dining plan is a rip-off.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Although the main dining hall can grow out very quickly, it still does try to switch it up and provide new and interesting options at least a couple times a month. There are other dining places like Collis and The Hop that provide made-to-order food and always have specials that are actually pretty good.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: 3 good dinning halls and also good places to snack in the library. KAF just opened in the library, really great for late night coffee and snacks


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 80th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 131st
    Best Quality Food
  • 221st
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 252nd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 286th
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kirk Greenwood
Warrington, PA
Comparative Literature
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Dartmouth is one of those rare schools where students don’t complain too vociferously about the quality of campus food. Generally, students appreciate the dining options available on campus and happily frequent most of them. While the selections at Food Court are certain to get old at some point, other options Homeplate (read: nutritious) or Courtyard Café (read: greasy) just might make you forget about mama’s homemade tuna casserole.

Variety, flexibility, and convenience are the name of the game with Dartmouth Dining Services. Students can eat at any of Dartmouth’s on-campus dining facilities at virtually any time of the day or night—except during the really obscure hours of the early morning, there is usually at least one place to open on campus. Moreover, students can spend their declining balance accounts—DBAs—however they choose. This means that there’s no compelling monetary reason to wake up for breakfast if you don’t have class until 2 p.m. and you’re not really a morning person anyway—just spend your money on an extra big lunch! The food is expensive and all items are sold a la carte, but savvy students quickly learn how to stretch their DBA.


Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$5199 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Grilled items (burgers, grinders, pizza) at The Union
  • Quesadillas at The Outpost
  • Salads (and desserts) at Commons
  • Sandwiches at The Wildcat Den
Student Favorites
  • Collis
  • Courtyard Café
  • Food Court
  • Home Plate
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Grab a snack at the snack bar in Brace Commons or from Topside Convenience Store in Thayer. Stop by The Remix for delicious specialty smoothies. Eager to eat on the run? Try Colonel Bogey's at Hanover Country Club or the Skiway Café on the slopes. Students can also spend their DA$H discretionary accounts at Café North or Byrne Hall, which primarily serve graduate students.
Did You Know?
The Pavilion serves Kosher-for-Passover meals during the Jewish holiday.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Collis Café
Location: Collis Student Center
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Thursday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
Courtyard Café at the Hop
Location: Hopkins Center
Food: American, fried foods
Hours: Daily 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
East Wheelock Snackbar
Location: East Wheelock
Food: Coffee, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-11 a.m., 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
Food Court
Location: Thayer Dining Hall
Food: American
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Home Plate
Location: Thayer Dining Hall
Food: Health food
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 11:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Lone Pine Tavern
Location: Collis Student Center
Food: American, grill
Hours: Thursday-Saturday 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
Novack Café
Location: Berry Library
Food: Desserts, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Pavilion
Location: Thayer Dining Hall
Food: Halal, kosher
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
The Remix
Location: Thayer Dining Hall
Food: Fruit and yogurt smoothies
Hours: Daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Topside Convenience Store
Location: Thayer Dining Hall, second floor
Food: Snacks
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 28 responses

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