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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There seems to be a variety at first but eventually I ended up spending all of my flex dollars getting food outside of the dining halls. For the most part, payment is pretty much a rip off too.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It starts out okay but by the end of the year the food sucks ass

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Commons is okay. BARH has good brunch. Sage has a better atmosphere. Blitman is far, but has better food.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: After the first month or two, I got so sick of the dining hall food that I started buying a lot more of my own food or just not eating

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: the food sucks. Fresman 15 is more like freshman 50 due to the lack of options. My tip would be to go greek and eat there every night you can.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 285th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 419th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 753rd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 773rd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 836th
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cara Riverso
Holmes, NY
Chemical Engineering
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The variety in the dining halls and in the Union is good, but the food is passable and no better. Special-need diets, such as vegetarians and vegans, can find it difficult to find an appropriate meal. The smaller food carts scattered throughout campus also provide students a quick bite between classes if they can't make it to a dining hall when they are in a rush. The dining halls themselves offer many different all-you-can-eat options, and though the food is rather expensive, it is at least filling.

As far as college food goes, Rensselaer's dining services are middle of the road. Students appreciate the variety and try to mix it up so they are not always eating the same thing everyday, but eventually, even that gets old. The food is tolerable, and the seemingly limitless choices help keep things fresh for the students.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5340 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
24-Hour Dining
Did You Know?
Dining Services offers catering for small events like luncheons, get togethers, or coffeebreaks. Hospitality Express is fast and inexpensive.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

BARH Dining Hall
Location: BARH
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m., 3:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m., 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
The BARH Marketplace
Location: BARH
Food: Late-night snacks
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 8 p.m.-11 p.m.
The Beanery
Location: Sage Labs
Food: Green Mountain coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Commons Dining Hall
Location: Freshman Hill
Food: Cafeteria
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Father's Marketplace
Location: The Union
Food: Coffee, reheatable entrees, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-12 a.m.
Java ++ Coffeehouse
Location: Corner of 15th Street and College Avenue
Food: Peet's coffee and tea
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jazzman's Cafe
Location: Darrin Hall
Food: Bagels, pastries, salads, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Lalley Galley
Location: Lally School of Management
Food: Baked goods, beverages, chili, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Lalley Galley
Location: Lally School of Management
Food: Baked goods, beverages, chili, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Library Cafe
Location: Library
Food: Bagels, pastries, salads, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The McNeil Room
Location: Union
Food: Coffee, desserts, gourmet sandwiches, hot entrees, Mexican, salads, Sandella's
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh Xpress
Location: Pittsburgh Building
Food: Cookies, salads, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Rathskeller
Location: Union
Food: Deli sandwiches, brick-oven pizza, Cyberwraps, desserts, grill, milk shakes, salads, Sunset Strips
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Russell Sage Dining Hall
Location: Quad
Food: Cafeteria
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., 10:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Starbucks & Fresh├źns Cafe
Location: The Union
Food: Bagels breakfast sandwiches, muffins, smoothies, Starbucks, Tazo Tea
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 34 responses

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

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 5 responses

  • 33% RAD
  • 33% It's fairly simple and the foods not too bad.
  • 33% To Go meals and flex dollars

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% Lack of variety
  • 20% Not enough customization with plans.

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% McNeil Room
  • 40% Blittman

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% Commons Dining
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