Campus Dining

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1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food suck! It's greasy. Few options. Had a friend bite into a raw chicken nugget. Everything looks like it came out of the freezer. Very nice people work there though.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I don't necessarily eat on campus but I've heard that it's not the best. The food isn't cooked well and does not taste so great

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Not the worst ever, and sometimes it's really awesome. They gave us a whole lobster this year one night, but sometimes it can get boring and repetitive.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are 2 major cafeterias: one on res campus, and one on academic campus. Both are pretty standard in what they offer, and there isn't a lot of diversity. If you miss the closing of either dining hall (around 8pm), you're out of luck, unless it's the weekend, when Quadside Cafe opens to serve food like quesadillas and burgers til 1 am.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: We only have two dining halls and both only have select options when it comes to dining


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 359th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 646th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 703rd
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 1039th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 1182nd
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Krista Evans
Florence, AL
Political Science/International Relations
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There are five locations for students to eat on campus. Bartol Hall is on the Residence Campus, and provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner for resident students. Students living on campus are required to carry a meal plan with at least seven meals a week. Bartol is a college dining hall, and while they try to jazz up the cuisine with ethnic offerings, they still cannot escape this fact. The dining hall is composed of a spotlight station, a salad, fruit, and ice cream bar, cereal dispensers, a sauté section, pasta and pizza, a vegetarian station, and heating-lamp-warmed main courses. The grilled cheese and burgers are tolerable. Students living off campus are known to sneak in the back door to feed themselves after missing Bartol’s free-for-all style. Vegetarians have their pick of pasta, the salad station, the hot item of the day, or a dish from the vegetarian station.

Quadside Café in lower Smith Hall hosts live bands, pool, arcade games, and movie nights. The food matches this lax environment, with a snack bar within a convenience store. The convenience store keeps frozen meals, candy, and soda stocked. Late-night cravings are met with pizza, mozzarella sticks, and fries. At the Main Campus Building, a coffeeshop and miniature cafeteria provide food for students between class. The Fens has a grill station, home-cooking stand, salad bar, and pizza. The Fens is convenient for students stuck at the academic building and is preferred over Bartol. Visiting restaurants are invited weekly to spice things up.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All campus residents are required to purchase a meal plan.
Student Favorites
  • The Fens
  • Quadside
24-Hour Dining
Special Options
For in-between hours eating, students shove quarters into the vending machines in the Fens or the residence dorms. Students can put extra money on their ID card, known as Fenway Cash, and use the card at a number of nearby off-campus locations.
Did You Know?
  • Quadside Café used to be a bar.
  • The Fens welcomes local eateries for special variety during the week.
  • Quadside Café is host to many student organization events. In between classes and studying, students can shoot a game of pool, watch television or a movie, and test their skills on arcade games.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bartol Dining Hall
Location: Residence Campus
Food: Cafeteria-style, made-to-order stations
Hours: Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
The Fens
Location: Main College Building, lower level
Food: Food court with Bene, Grille Works, Home Zone, Kettle Classics, Montague's Deli, salad bar
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Java City
Location: Main Campus Building, College Center on first floor
Food: Coffee, pastries, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Meyer's Café
Location: Beatley Library, ground floor
Food: Coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Quadside Café
Location: Smith Hall, lower level
Food: Snack bar and convenience store
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-1 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-12 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 26 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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