Campus Dining

Hiram, OH
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2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Sometimes the food is okay. There's some days where everything is great. But it's basically the same all the time.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining hall is the option most people use. There is a pizza place and a bistro on campus. The bistro can be quite pricey, but some prefer it over the dining hall. A lot of people get tired of the dining hall. There are a couple other options five minutes away.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: There isn't much to say here. They have enough variety for one day, but they repeat the same food pretty regularly. We do have an exotic food section which is always fun, and the soups are always good. One issue I have with the dining hall is that they don't let you leave with food, unless it's ice cream. If I pay for it on my bill, and I don't feel like eating it in the dining hall, then I should be able to walk out with it. We have an on campus cafe, which has a lot of organic and local produce/food. A little expensive, unfortunately, but its great between classes because it's in the heart of campus and I always have time to run over and grab something to go. Only complaint is that their steamer seems to break about once a month.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Because the campus is relatively located in the middle of nowhere, the dining hall is the literally the only place where you can eat food, other than the stock pile of food in your dorm room. The food isn't that bad, but there are times where you do feel tired of having the same basic meals everyday.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: All You Can Eat Buffet – The dinning hall at Hiram College offers great food. They have a number of food choices you can choose from at different stations like salads, subs, tacos, pasta, fried foods, steaks and drinks. During breakfast time, they make the best scrambled eggs and waffles ever! Almost everything is cooked and seasoned properly. The only problem is the location of the dinning hall. If you want to eat, you'll have to walk down and up a huge mountain of a hill. It's especially horrible walking along it in the winter time when there's black ice!


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 524th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 949th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 1029th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 1191st
    Best Quality Food
  • 1208th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Monica Lucas
Political Science
Grad Year
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Dining on campus is limited, but students do the best with what they've got. There is one dining hall, which is clean, modern, and pretty. And the catering company that runs it, AVI, makes a sincere effort to satisfy the needs of the students. The dining hall always has a sandwich bar, salad bar, pizza, pasta, soup, and grill (the grill serves burgers and fries). In addition, three additional stations offer rotating dishes. The three stations are the home-cooked foods (like turkey or lasagna), international food (a lot of exotic things), and the fresh bar (a lot of vegetarian dishes). However, the dining hall does a terrible job of catering to vegetarian or vegan diets. Many vegans and vegetarians end up joining Hiram's Stone Soup Cooperative, which consists of a couple dozen students who work "shifts" of cooking vegetarian dishes and cleaning the kitchens. These are the only students who have 24-hour access to a dining facility on campus. The cooperative is entirely student-run and caters to just about any dietary need.

The last on-campus dining facility is the Bistro, which serves hot and cold food as well as snacks and coffee until 10 p.m. It is located in the student center ("the KC") and is generally buzzing. Its food and prices get mixed reviews, but often it's more appreciated than the dining hall, particularly because it's open later than the dining hall. Students are also able to go off campus to eat or can order delivery from a pizza place, but these options can be costly, and many students don't have a car. That's why one of the biggest complaints about campus dining is that there is nothing to eat at night. Perhaps, that's a reason why so many students stock up on ramen.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4940 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All residential students are required to buy a meal plan unless they live in East Hall or the Townhouses.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
There is only one dining hall.
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bacon
  • Omelet bar
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
The international grill at the dining hall
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Chicken strips
24-Hour Dining
If you are a member of the Stone Soup Cooperative, you have 24-hour access to its kitchens.
Special Options
Every semester, you can apply to the all-vegetarian, student-run Stone Soup Cooperative.
Did You Know?
The campus dining services allows students to submit their own recipes from home to be prepared and served in the dining hall.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Bistro
Location: Kennedy Center
Food: Burgers, coffee, fries, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Daily 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Hiram Dining Hall
Location: Bottom of the hill
Food: Just about everything-burgers, pizza, salad, pasta, etc.
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 27 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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