Campus Dining

West Hartford, CT
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2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: FOOD IS ROUGH. Just stick it out until you can get an apartment with your own kitchen.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The meal plan is getting changed this summer but as it is right now it is pretty good. Students are given meal swipes and dining dollars. We have one main dining hall, called commons which is all you care to eat. We then have Gengras which is on the academic side of campus and is set up like a food court. My favorite place to eat is Einstein's Bagel, they have bagels, sandwiches, soups, etc. Hawks Nest right now is set up like a sports bar, minus the alcohol but its being redone right now so who know what it will be like. The food on campus is like many other colleges. Not as good as my mom can cook but still decent. There is a ton of variety as well as consistency so you will always know that there is at least one thing you will want to eat.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Commons is just awful. Apparently they're re-doing it BIG TIME this summer though.

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1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is a new case of food poisoning every week. The people who work in food services will try to bribe you will your favorite food. The University does nothing about this.

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5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Lots of options and they all taste great, gengras is my favorite.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 168th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 265th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 571st
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 682nd
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 1047th
    Best Quality Food

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

The University has four main dining areas that students frequent every day: University Commons, The Hawk's Nest, Gengras Café, and Konover. The Commons is the main dining hall—it is buffet-style with a variety of stations full of different foods. There is always a pizza station, grill station, sandwich station, and salad bar. The other stations change day to day and feature home-cooked-style meals prepared by the chefs, and there is also a kosher station. The food at the Commons is good, but students get tired of it because it is generally the same food every day, and it is probably different from what they are used to eating at home. The Hawk's Nest is designed like a sports bar, and the food also fits into this theme—it includes a variety of burgers, fries, pizza, wings, and wraps.

Gengras Café is home to different food stations, including pitas, pasta, burgers, and a salad bar. There is also an Einstein Bros. Bagels here, which is a place students like to go for breakfast and coffee. Lastly, Konover is home to Deli Expressand Taco Bell Express, which are both open late. The University also has its own restaurant, the 1877 Club, which is a reservation-only buffet-style restaurant. Faculty and staff often dine here, and students go here on special occasions. Upperclassmen can choose from three meal plan options, while all freshmen get the same plan.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4776 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All resident students must have a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • Gengras Café
  • The Hawk's Nest
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Burger Studio in Gengras Café
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bacon and eggs
  • Bagels from Einstein Bros.
  • French toast
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Pitas from Extreme Pita (Gengras Café)
  • Sandwiches
  • Stir-fry
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Sandwiches from Deli Express
  • Taco Bell Express
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Bertucci's
  • Bruegger's
  • China House Express
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • Pizza 101
  • US Empire Pizza
  • Wings Over Hartford West
Special Options
The Commons offers a separate station of kosher food. Students can pay for a kosher meal plan or pay an additional fee per meal.
Did You Know?
Food is prohibited from being taken out of the Commons, and violators are subject to punishment.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

1877 Club Restaurant
Location: Grey Conference Center
Food: Restaurant-style buffet
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (reservations required)
Backstage Café
Location: Handel Performing Arts Center
Food: Coffee, grab-and-go items, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Deli Express
Location: Konover Campus Center
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Daily 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Dorothy Goodwin Café
Location: Mortensen Library
Food: Baked goods, coffee, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Location: Gengras Café
Food: Bagels, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Gengras Café
Location: Gengras Student Union
Food: Burger Studio, Extreme Pita, Bene Pizza and Pasta, salad bar
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Hawk's Nest
Location: Underneath the Commons
Food: Grill items, pizza, wings
Hours: Daily 5 p.m.-12 a.m.
Taco Bell Express
Location: Konover Campus Center
Food: Mexican fast food
Hours: Daily 7 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
The University Commons
Food: All-you-can-eat variety, including grill, home-cooked options, international, Italian, kosher, salad bar, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Village Market
Location: Konover Campus Center
Food: Convenience store
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 36 responses

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

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 38% Gengras
  • 38% Off-campus dining areas
  • 12% Gengras and hawks nest are my favorites
  • 12% Einstein's Bagels

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 8 responses

  • 40% There is a variety to choose from.
  • 20% Not much
  • 20% Nothing, it makes you sick
  • 20% Dining Dollars

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 33% Commons
  • 33% Commons is being re-done this summer
  • 17% Grengras
  • 17% Hawksnest

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 6 responses

  • 38% It is the worst food ever
  • 38% The meal plan/options are changing this summer!
  • 25% Price too high


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