Campus Dining

Northampton, MA
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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are 14 dinning halls on campus. They sometimes do a good job in making a great meal but sometimes we are given pasta or sandwiches. However, dinning staff is doing a lot better in adding flavor to our meal which I find awesome!

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: It can be better but it's not the worst.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is generally pretty good and because Smith has decentralized dining you never have to walk far. The drawback of this is that each dining hall is smaller and therefore has a more limited selection during a given meal. The menus are always posted online which is nice and there is an iPhone app so if you're like me you can look up the lunch menu during your morning class and figure out the best place to eat lunch on a given day.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Lots of good vegetarian and vegan food, not many options. Repeats of same meals every week, lots of carbs. All hot meal style where you wait in a line to get your food. There is a salad bar in every dining hall. Mealtimes are very rigid, so stock up on snacks! Breakfast closes at 9:30am on weekdays, lunch is from 11-1, and dinner from 5:30-7.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Sometimes the food is really good, then other times it's not. Not to worry there's always cereal or salad.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 13th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 18th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 22nd
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 66th
    Best Quality Food
  • 69th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dara Kagan
Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Government, with a minor in the Study of Women and Gender
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For years, the decentralized dining system was one part of Smith’s goal to foster on-campus communities. Most houses had in-house dining rooms and kitchens, so students, for the most part, ate with their housemates. To accommodate the desire for more options while dealing with a budget crisis, a dining committee submitted a proposal for a more consolidated dining system. As a result, several dining rooms closed and others are only open for dinner during the week, but students can now access any dining room during meal times. This allows students to bounce around to different dining halls each night, giving them more options when it comes to what and when they want to eat. Many students are embracing the new variety of meals available, but some still struggle to cope with overcrowded dining rooms. The house community is also suffering because individual house dining rooms provided a way for students to get to know everyone in their house. However, there are special Thursday night house dinners, where houses eat together at one dining hall and the dining staff places white tablecloths and candles on the tables, which help keep the house community strong.

Smith has recently started buying much more of its ingredients locally, which is a great part of the College’s new green, sustainable initiative. Everyone's favorite food day of the year is Julia Child Day in the fall. On this day, recipes from Child, an alumna of Smith, are made in every dining hall using delicious local ingredients. It is a very special and much-loved event that helps everyone relax before Thanksgiving break and reminds everyone how hard the dining staff works to make the students happy.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$6920 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All students who live on campus must be on the Smith meal plan, unless they live in one of the co-ops or Friedman apartments, since they are equipped with kitchens.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Campus Center Café
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Chicken apple sausage
  • Egg sandwich
  • Hash browns
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Grilled cheese
  • Noodle bowl
  • Tacos
  • Veggie soup/chili
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Pizza from Campus Center Café
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Smith offers halal, kosher, vegan, and vegetarian options. Students with a food allergy can contact Dining Services to come up with suitable alternatives.
Did You Know?
There is a signed poster from Julia Child in the dining hall of Hubbard House, where she lived as a student in the 1930s.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Campus Center Café
Location: Campus Center
Food: Coffee, pizza, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Location: Chapin House
Food: Grab-and-go and traditional items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Location: Chase House and Duckett House
Food: Traditional meals
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Location: Comstock House and Wilder House
Food: Asian
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Location: Cushing House and Emerson House
Food: Salad, sandwiches, soup, traditional meals
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Location: Cutter House and Ziskind House
Food: Halal, kosher, traditional meals
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Location: Gillett House and Northrop House
Food: Vegan, vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Location: Hubbard House
Food: Grab-and-go, healthy options
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Location: King House and Scale House
Food: Traditional meals
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Location: Lamont House
Food: Traditional meals
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Location: Morrow House and Wilson House
Food: Traditional meals
Hours: Monday-Thursday 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Tyler House
Food: Pasta, salad, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 Pp.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

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