Campus Dining

Location
Cambridge, MA
Undergrads
1,543
Tuition
$31,575
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: The Dining halls are really bad! They don't have very good options and we struggle if you have food allergies and vegan options!

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College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I do not eat there. I take weekend classes.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food here is atrocious. It isn't healthy for you, as their main additive must be sodium. It caters mainly to rancid, rotting, vegan food. Rice is served every night. Please send help.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining halls have local, organic, delicious food!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There's one cafe called Charlies on campus...it's great for a quick bite...but definitely not the most healthful bite. It's pretty greasy, but for those late nights...perfect.

As a vegetarian/vegan sort of person I would say White Hall keeps up the variety all year. A lot of my friends complain about the meat, but hey that's what you get from mass producing animal products: bad quality! We have a food provider called Bon Appetite, it's popular amongst liberal arts colleges. I am a huge fan, they have gluten free options and do their best to buy local and seasonal.

Overall: B+ coming from what my friends ate
A for the veggie options (lovely salad bar!!)

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 106th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 139th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 578th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 636th
    Best Quality Food
  • 741st
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Roxanne Griffith
Hometown
Amesbury, MA
Major
Secondary Eduction, Literature, Creative Writing
Grad Year
2014
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One of the drawbacks of going to such a small school is the limited number of on-campus dining options. There are two main dining halls on campus: one in Washburn Hall, which is located on Brattle Campus, and White, which is located on Main Campus. While the food in these dining halls is usually of pretty decent quality, the number of options is pretty limited. There are two separate stations for hot food, but the options tend to repeat themselves every two weeks or so. However, on weekdays, there is always a fully-stocked salad bar, a sandwich station, frozen yogurt machine, two varieties of soup, and an expo station, where a chef cooks up crepes, pasta, or any number of things to order. The food in both of the main dining halls is usually healthy, and there are always many vegetarian dishes served.

Students looking for a quicker bite to eat can also grab a meal from Charlie’s, which cooks up everything from hamburgers to quesadillas to order. Charlie’s also offers a wide variety of specialty drinks and snacks, which can be purchased using dining dollars. The Porter and AIB cafés, located at University Hall and the AIB Campus respectively, offer cold sandwiches and other snacks for students, as well. Meals are paid for using pre-paid meal swipes, and there are different plans that offer different amounts of meal swipes and dining dollars, depending on the student’s preference.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
19
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5300 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • Brattle Café
  • White Hall Commons
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Student Center at Lesley (Charlie's)
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Charlie's breakfast sandwiches
  • Fresh fruit
  • Pancakes
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Buffalo wings
  • Mac and cheese
  • Salad bar
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Curly fries
  • Pizza
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Bourbon Coffee
  • Gourmet Express
  • Harvard House of Pizza
  • Tavern in the Square
  • Uno Chicago Grill
Special Options
Students can request a gluten-free meal from White Dining Hall.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

AIB Café (Art Institute of Boston)
Location: AIB Campus
Food: Breakfast, beverages, salads, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Brattle Café
Location: Washburn Hall (Brattle Campus)
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Porter Café
Location: University Hall, third floor
Food: Sandwiches, snacks, soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Student Center at Lesley (Charlie's)
Location: McKenna Student Center
Food: Burgers, fries, snacks, takeout
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-11 p.m.
White Hall Commons
Location: White Hall (in the quad)
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 28 responses

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

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