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2 College Junior

Campus Dining: Sarah Lawrence's food is certainly not one of its strengths. The hours are standard for the cafeteria (which has little to no food variety throughout the year). The food is bland and leaves much to be desired. Its college, so its not going to be great. But I found a much better investment of my time was learning to cook out of my dorm room then make the trek across campus to the cafeteria and pub (which is not much better in terms of food but has later hours.).

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It gets old quick and hill to go is lacking in quality and over priced

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food here is not ideal. Bates is basically the only place you can eat some actual food(not cookies). And the food quality is good but it lacks CHANGES. For 3 months I have only seen 4 different kind and pizza and the burgers are the same forever. Pub is a great place to go if you have patience on the line. Overall the dinning is ok but need a lot of improvement.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: With only two options there's not very much variety, and as a result the food gets old very quickly. Still, you're able to get more than enough nutrition from the main cafeteria, with a consistent vegan selection, and there's always the pub if you want some greasier burger-joint fare, though you'll get less food for your money.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 134th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 252nd
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 492nd
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 547th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 892nd
    Best Quality Food

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jess Unger
Lovettsville, VA
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With a recent change in food service companies, vast improvements have been made to all the eateries on campus. Bates Dining Hall has action stations featuring a variety of create-your-own meals with rotating choices of risotto, stir-fry, fried rice, linguini, and other dishes. The quality of meats has also seen an improvement with SLC students’ continued interest in supporting organic foods from local farms. Brunch still remains the favorite meal by far, and the health food bar is also enjoying new food items.

But perhaps the greatest improvement is the food at The Pub. What once was a greasy mess—sure to make your stomach upset—now is a completely renovated kitchen with new recipes. Students can create their own deli sandwiches on artisan breads and enjoy delicious paninis hot off the grill. All food is made-to-order and never stale. Unfortunately, the venue is understaffed and gets crowded at peak hours. Even though these are improvements, it is difficult to eat the same food every day, and most students opt out of purchasing a large meal plan after their first year. However, there are those few who eat SLC’s version of home cooking every meal of every day.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5088 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Bates Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
The Pub
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Breakfast sandwiches
  • Pub croissant
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Burger
  • Fries at The Pub
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Did You Know?
The activities council hosts "Midnight Breakfast" in Bates. Pancakes, waffles, and other treats are offered, as well as games, prizes, and music.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Atrium Café
Location: Heimbold Visual Arts Center
Food: Drinks, fruit, pre-prepared sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Bates Dining Hall
Location: Bates Dining Hall
Food: Hot and cold food, salads, drinks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 12 p.m.-7:45 p.m., Friday 12 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-7:45 p.m.
Health Food Bar
Location: Bates Dining Hall
Food: Groceries and Dry Goods
Hours: Monday-Thursday 12 p.m.-7:45 p.m., Friday 12 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Siegel Center "The Pub"
Location: Siegel Center
Food: Grill, fast food, sandwiches, snacks, soda
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 a.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 a.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-2 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 24 responses

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


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