Campus Dining

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$45,426
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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Some days the food served is better than others.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Could not have been more disappointed by the food at Haverford College. It's borderline insulting. I love almost everything about this school, but the Dining Center is a joke. The food is low-quality and prepared poorly. You can bet that almost everything you consume will be overcooked, including the coffee. The dishes are often unclean, yet put out for the students to use, and the staff can be rude at times. The Coop is decent, but isn't open on weekends, is very expensive, and is super-slow. The Dining Center is the single worst part of my experience at Haverford.

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1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The Dining Center food is the worst but the Coop and Lunt Cafe food is great, although they have terrible hours.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Average and Bland – As a vegetarian, I often find there's a lack of interesting choices--often it's just whatever tofu-like thing is provided, or pasta, or salad. The meat can be, from what I hear, dodgy as well, but the desserts are just about always quite good.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Everything you need – Everyone loves to criticize the DC on campus, but they're really not that bad. They've made a lot of efforts in the past couple years and we're definitely getting better. I'd say the food is better than many schools and Dining Services throws themed dinners occasionally which are a nice change of pace. Despite its reputation, Bryn Mawr's food is not much better. They are run by the same people, but they just have more options with two dining halls instead of our one. You also get $50 at the Coop, our cafe on campus, which is nice. While they serve Peet's Coffee now which is a plus, the food there is pretty average.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kira E. Jones
Hometown
Moorestown, NJ
Major
Undecided
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Haverford's food is a big complaint among students. The College has only one main Dining Center (DC), and students who live in all dorms (except for the on-campus apartments and a couple of specialty houses) are forced into purchasing the full meal plan of 20 meals a week. This is a terrible waste of money for most students, who eat maybe 10 meals a week at the DC. The food is all-you-can-eat (served buffet-style), but it's usually pretty bad; you might want to bring along some hot sauce. At most meals, you can find two or three main entrees, a few side dishes, and a couple desserts. Vegetarian and vegan options are offered at every meal, though everyone except the vegans seems to hate the DC's vegan food. Often, one of the two desserts offered each night is vegan-another disappointment for non-vegan students. The saving grace is the decent salad and sandwich bar, which ensures that you can always find something edible if you really need to. Also, the staff is very sweet.

On the plus side, Haverford students are allowed to eat their meals at any of Bryn Mawr's three dining halls, which have significantly better food. Swarthmore also accepts Haverford meal credits, but a special voucher is required. Haverford students living in the apartments or specialty houses can opt out of the meal plan entirely (most do) or purchase a partial plan (10 meals a week). Since most students at Haverford are very busy and very frugal, this option is incredibly appealing. Many students agree that the full meal plan is overpriced, and it is almost impossible to eat 20 meals a week at the DC.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
20
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5940 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
All residential students are automatically enrolled in a 20-meal per week Board Plan.
Student Favorites
Not many choices and not many favorites
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
Lunt Café (a student-run coffeehouse in Lunt Hall)

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Coop
Location: Locations: Whitehead Campus Center
Food: Sandwiches, burgers
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 7 p.m.-12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
Erdman Dining Hall
Location: Bryn Mawr
Food: All types, cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Haffner Dining Hall
Location: Bryn Mawr
Food: Food-court style, with pizza, salads, Mexican, grab `n go, desserts
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Haverford College Dining Center
Location: Upper campus
Food: All types, cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.,11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Rhoads
Location: Bryn Mawr
Food: Upscale cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Thursday 12 p.m.-2 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Skeeter's Pizza
Location: Whitehead Campus Center
Food: Pizza
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m., Friday-Saturday 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 5 responses

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  • Convenient hours
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  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
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  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options
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