Campus Dining

West Hartford, CT
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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The meal plans have been kind of strange and not very beneficial to students. I hate the meal time periods and how you can only swipe once, and if you have already swiped for lunch at say 12 you can't eat again until past 430 for the dinner swipe. This is all irrelevant though, because they have just changed the meal plan and are doing renovations to the dining hall. The meal plans sound A LOT better and I'm excited to see the new renovations.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I love the grilled cheese. We have excellent vegetarian options, I would know I am one. We also provide options for students who follow a vegan and kosher diets. I like commons a lot, even though a few people I know don't. I can't wait to see the renovations.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Its obvious not home but its still good. Theres a ton of variety and you can keep any lifestyle as well. Our dining halls are are getting renovated plus with new plans I think the students are exicted for the change and improvements.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: My friends and I are convinced they just try things out on us to see if its good like lab rats. They make food that you have never heard of and do not want to try.

Some days are good some days are bad its hit or miss.

On the weekends their is only one dinning hall to eat at till dinner time which makes every line so long since the whole campus pretty much goes to this one place

2 College Sophomore

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


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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 38 responses

Very poor
  • Convenient hours
  • 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 12 responses

  • 44% Gengras
  • 19% Off-campus dining areas
  • 19% Einstein's Bagels
  • 12% Gengras and hawks nest are my favorites
  • 6% Taco Bell

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 30% Hawksnest
  • 30% Commons
  • 20% Commons is being re-done this summer
  • 10% Grengras
  • 10% Deli

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 11 responses

  • 33% The meal plan/options are changing this summer!
  • 33% It is the worst food ever
  • 27% Price too high
  • 7% Should be all dining dollars, no meal swipes.

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 12 responses

  • 40% There is a variety to choose from.
  • 27% Dining Dollars
  • 20% Not much
  • 13% Nothing, it makes you sick


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