Good eating. This phrase certainly characterizes the on-campus dining options at Salisbury. All students living on campus are required to have a meal plan, except for those in Chesapeake Hall. The plans range from unlimited visits to the Commons—the dining hall—to plans providing five meals a week. Whatever the plan, the Dining Services staff does its best to provide a variety of dining options. These are divided between the Marketplace and Bistro. The Marketplace provides fried food, Mexican, Italian, Chinese, burgers, and other fast foods. The Bistro provides more upscale, healthier meals for those not prone to burgers every night. Furthermore, every couple of weeks, the Bistro holds themed nights such as Easter Dinner or Champagne Breakfast at Dinner. For students on the go, there are satellite dining locations that provide burgers and sandwiches. Most prominently, the Gull's Nest is a one-stop sub, burger, pizza, and salad joint.
While the food is certainly great, the atmosphere is the icing on the cake. The Commons has several different dining rooms that allow for a large amount of students. Bistro dining, attached to the Bistro, is a soft atmosphere with soothing lighting. Dorchester dining, the largest of the dining rooms, provides long tables for many students to sit together and converse and is definitely the hub of socializing. The Rotunda contains several picnic tables for a much more open dining experience. No matter which seating area you choose, the Commons is a place to socialize and meet other students and is a great place for fostering friendships.