Campus Dining

Boston, MA
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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: The dining options are super convenient and when you are an on campus student they have a lot of options and there is usually something open. Once you are off campus through the prices are a bit steep.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I would much rather not eat it, but what else is there really.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The new dining service puts way too much oil in everything. I heard they were sued for serving horse meat at another school. I always feel sick after eating in the dining hall. The cafe's are alright, but service is SO SLOW. sdaz

1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Gross! So gross! I eat at the Dining Hall and it usually makes me feel sick. The Max (a food place in Piano Row) started spraying their pizzas with pan spray this semester, as in, they actually liberally spray it on the entire finished pizza before it goes in the oven. Yuck!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is pretty average for a college campus. There's enough variety to keep you from getting too sick of the food and the quality is decent. The selections are more limited in the mornings and late at night, but that's not unusual. The meal plan is pretty well balanced between dining hall swipes and fake money (board bucks) that can be spent at the various cafes around campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 162nd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 222nd
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 419th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 421st
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 869th
    Best Quality Food

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vanessa Willoughby
Waterford, CT
Writing, Literature and Publishing
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Plenty of students gripe about the dining hall, but that’s because Emerson students like to complain. The meal plans are generous, and few students who choose the block meal plan complain about not getting enough food. The dining hall is all-you-can-eat, which means if you run out of meals by the end of the semester, you can always stay in the dining hall all day and keep eating for the price of one meal. Meal plans also provide students with a certain amount of Board Bucks, which can be debited from the student’s ID in either of the campus convenience stores. The dining hall has a salad bar, cereal bar, dessert bar, ice cream freezer, juice and soda fountains, vegan station, grill, and pizza spot. The food isn’t bad—it has flavor, appropriate texture, and isn’t soaked in grease. There are also plenty of options for vegan and vegetarian dining, including a few faux meat items.

Due to its size, there are only three spots on campus where students can eat, and the dining hall is the only place that accepts the meal plan. The Emerson Café has a few sandwich and salad options, and it accepts ECcash. Eating in the dining hall for three or four months straight can get to be nauseating, but the same goes for any school. Overall, the on-campus eating situation is a good one.

Facts & Statistics

Freshman Meal Plan Required?
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Don't feel like braving the crowd at the dining hall? Try going to The Max on the second floor of 150 Boylston St. The Max has a small café where you can get paninis, cheeseburgers, pasta, and salads.
Did You Know?
The dining hall doubles as a screening room for some student organizations' events.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Emerson's Cafe
Location: 80 Boylston St.
Food: Coffee, baked goods, sandwiches, soups, wraps
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.,7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Little Building Dining Hall
Location: 80 Boylston St.
Food: All-you-can-eat grill items, pasta, pizza, salad bar, vegan station
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Max
Location: Max Mutchnick Building, second floor
Food: Grill items, pasta, pizza, salads, stir-fry
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-1 a.m.

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