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.