Campus Dining

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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: I am not on a meal plan, but from what I've tried, the campus dining seems pretty good.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I am actually not on campus dining so I can't really speak to it, but I know that there are about five dining halls across campus - and each has it's own speciality.

1 College Senior

Campus Dining: Campus dining is overpriced and not really high quality.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining hall food is pretty good. The downside is that students who choose a meal plan have limited options.

College Freshman

Campus Dining: I am not on a meal plan.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 128th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 246th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 281st
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 311st
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 474th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sun Kim
Duluth, GA
Mechanical Engineering
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One of the best things about MIT dining is that there are no required “meals” that you have to buy. Instead, you decide how much money to credit to your student ID, then spend the money however you like on campus. In addition to the typical dining halls, MIT also has Dunkin Donuts and Subway. You can also use your card at LaVerde's Market in the student center. Although prices tend to be expensive, students should always be able to find something to eat. Most freshmen don’t catch on to one of the best lunch deals—the food trucks. There are two food trucks at 77 Mass. Ave. and a large group of them next to the bio building. Not only do the food trucks serve yummy hot food—things like pizza, Chinese, and Mexican—the prices are also unbelievably cheap.

The most common complaint that students have is the lack of food selection at the regular dining halls. Since various dining halls are only open for dinner, your options at any given time can vary. Food ranges from hot entrées to cold à la carte items, and vegetarian options are always available. Learn the operating hours of the dining halls—there’s nothing more disappointing than walking to the Student Center for a crepe only to find that the restaurant is closed. LaVerde’s is open late most days of the week, so satiating late-night munchies won’t be a problem. MIT campus dining isn’t perfect, but it’s improving, and one of the main reasons is the friendly and helpful staff. If you have any comments or suggestions, let them know because they actually care what you think. Students can suggest meals or even comment on prices, and usually the staff will do what they can to help.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$4774 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
MacGregor Convenience in MacGregor is great for late-night snacks. Also, Massachusetts Avenue truck vendors serve food during the day through the wee hours of the night.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Anna's Taqueria
Location: Stratton Student Center, first floor
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Au Bon Pain
Location: Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center and 245 Kendall Square
Food: Breakfast, salads, sandwiches, wraps
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Baker Dining
Location: Baker House, ground floor
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Daily 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Bio Cafè
Location: Biology building, first floor
Food: Subs, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Rogers Building
Food: Coffee, pastries, tea
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Building 4 Cafè
Location: Building 4, first floor
Food: Coffee, soup
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday 3:15 p.m.-9 p.m.
Dunkin' Donuts and Cambridge Grill
Location: Stratton Student Center
Food: Breakfast, coffee, pizza, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Forbes Family Cafè
Location: Building 32
Food: American, coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
LaVerde's Market
Location: Stratton Student Center, first floor
Food: Grocery items, ready-made meals, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m.-3 a.m., Friday 6:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Lobdell Food Court
Location: Stratton Student Center, second floor
Food: Asian, Burger King, deli, Mexican, pizza
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
McCormick Dining
Location: McCormick Hall, ground floor
Food: "Healthy" cafeteria-style
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Next House
Location: Next House
Food: Grill, vegetarian
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Pacific Java
Location: Simmons Nite Cafe
Food: Coffee, pastries, tea
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
The R and D Pub
Location: Stata Center, fourth floor
Food: Personal pan pizzas, sushi
Hours: Monday-Friday 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Refresher Course
Location: Sloan Building
Food: Deli
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Simmons Dining
Location: Building W79
Food: Asian, vegetarian
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Steam Cafè
Location: Rogers Building
Food: Global, ethnic food
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 29 responses

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