Campus Dining

Location
Easton, PA
Undergrads
2,438
Tuition
$42,980
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I'm a generally picky person when it comes to food, so I'm most likely not the best person to review the dining services at Lafayette. However, I find that there are staple foods that I find myself choosing most often, with a diverse arrange of entree options throughout the week that do not seem to be repeated too often. The switch to the new service, Bon Appetite, as I heard, has been a lot better than the food services in previous years.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I think we take the great dining services for granted

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Standard/sub-standard dining halls. Lots off off-campus options. Several on-campus cafes as well

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Listen to Students Needs – Lafayette has only 2,400 students on campus, yet has 5 fully functional dining facilities. Having so many choices for such a small school give a wide variety to eating options on campus.

Dining services also really listens to what the students want food-wise. If a student suggests a change then dining services makes it the next day.

People underestimate the value and hard work Lafayette puts into making sure the food is above average. Compared to many other schools, Lafayette is doing a fantastic job.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Student

Campus Dining: Great Food – The food there is great, with a wide variety to serve any dietary needs without sacrificing taste.

1 person found this useful Report
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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 95th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 349th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 418th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 457th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 580th
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shehtaz Huq
Hometown
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Major
English, Film and Media Studies
Grad Year
2014
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Lafayette has a few dining options. Dining halls are open seven days a week, although every dining option has its own hours. The Farinon dining hall (commonly called “Upper” on campus) is open most days from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Students also have the option of going to the Farinon snack bar (also known as “Lower”), Gilbert’s, Simon’s, and the Skillman Café. The Marquis dining hall serves a buffet of family-style meals. Upper Farinon has different stations set up throughout the dining hall, from sandwich stations to a cereal and bagel bar. Students can either use their ID cards or cash/credit to purchase meals. Most students are on a meal plan, ranging from the full “20 meals per week” plan to a block plan. Otherwise, breakfast at the dining halls costs $6 with lunch/dinner costing around $13. In this regard, the food is somewhat overpriced, considering the quality that is served. Although most students will not complain about the variety of dining hall menus, a lot of students have commented on how “everything starts to taste the same.” For this reason, many students opt out of meal plans all together and cook on their own.

Certain dining facilities are crowded, depending on the time of the day. Lunch hour is especially hectic at Marquis and Farinon. Later in the day (and into the evening), café-style eateries like Gilbert’s and Simon’s can often have lines that wrap around the corner of the building. Students flock to the nachos and the smoothies, and the sandwiches and salads. However, students with special dietary needs/restrictions may find it challenging to find dining options palatable to their tastes. Although most dining halls do have a vegan/vegetarian option, these selections are usually quite limited. Gluten- and lactose-intolerant students have frequently expressed frustration at the lack of services catering to their specific needs.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
20
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4874 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
All freshmen are required to purchase a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Marquis Student Restaurant
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Simon's
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Omelets
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Burgers
  • Sandwiches
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Nachos
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Big Woody's
  • Campus Pizza
  • Cosmic Cup
  • Cups and Cones
  • DeLorenzo's Restaurant
  • Don Juan Mexican Grill
  • Galasso's Pizza
  • Giacomos
  • Island Taste
  • Mex Tex Trio
  • Morici Pizza & Restaurant
  • Nomad
  • Papa John's
  • Rhyno Café and Pizza
  • Riley's Deli
  • Sogo Fusion Lounge
  • State Café & Grill
  • Subway
  • Wok 'n Roll
Special Options
Many students go off campus to eat if they have a car. Otherwise, Wawa is a few blocks from campus; plus, there are a few Italian restaurants within walking distance (Pizza D'Oro is a favorite).
Did You Know?
Every year on "All College Day" (the Saturday before finals in May), upstairs Farinon opens for a midnight breakfast, where students are served a late-night snack by their favorite professors!

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Farinon Food Court
Location: Downstairs Farinon
Food: Deli, grill, pizza, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Farinon Student Restaurant
Location: Upstairs Farinon
Food: Diner, grill, pizza, salads, sandwiches, vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Gilbert's Café
Location: Kirby Hall
Food: American, coffee, deli, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Thursday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Sunday 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
Marquis Student Restaurant
Location: Marquis Hall
Food: Cook-your-own options, pasta, pizza, salad, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Simon's
Location: Kamine Hall
Food: Oven-toasted sandwiches, salads, and soup
Hours: Daily 6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Skillman Café
Location: Skillman Library
Food: Baked goods, coffee, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-11 p.m.

Student Polls

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