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Campus Food


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1 College Junior

Campus Food: Really bad food for crazy high prices and they force upperclassmen with kitchens to still pay for a meal plan

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are good options, but it gets old kinda quick. And it's not that there aren't healthy options, it's just that the healthy options in dining halls are not nearly as good as the unhealthy ones. I mean we do have our own kosher bakery on campus after all!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The meal plans are confusing and annoying! Hopefully Sodexo does something to change this.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Curritos and Einsteins make up for the suckiness of lower Usdan and Sherman. Join Sodexo Fanclub on Facebook if you end up going to Brandeis.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The campus food is alright. They have some great food options sometimes, but they usually serve the same food each week.


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The food at Brandeis is edible, but it’s nothing to rave about. Brandeis dining consists of only a handful of options. Sherman is broken down into kosher and non-kosher sides, and both are all-you-can-eat. The food here is only good if you keep kosher, if you’re really hungry, or if you have meals instead of points as a dining plan. Usdan is an à la carte dining area that is open during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Upstairs from Usdan is the Boulevard, which is open late. The food here is OK, but the selection rarely, if ever, changes. Aramark, which runs the dining services, is very hesitant, it seems, to give the students what they pay for.

Points can also be used at Einstein’s Bagels in the Shapiro Campus Center and at the POD market, the tremendously overpriced convenience store on campus. The last dining area is the Stein, an on-campus restaurant; this is definitely the best option on campus, but it's only worth it if you have points. After 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, the Stein turns into Ollie’s Eatery, which offers a limited menu of expensive breakfast foods and very tasty shakes. All in all, most students find the dining a rip-off but say the food is okay. As long as you can eat out often, find something you really like, or get a place with a kitchen, you certainly won’t starve.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5678 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Usdan Café
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • The Stein Restaurant
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagels
  • Omelets from Usdan Café
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Asian food from Washoku in Usdan Café
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Breakfast at Ollie's Eatery
  • Candy or chips from the C-Store
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Cappy's Pizza by the Commuter Rail
Special Options
Chum's serves coffee and Lizzy's ice cream. The POD market is a great place to stock up on snacks and drinks.
Did You Know?
Half of Sherman Dining Hall is completely kosher, while kosher salads and sandwiches are available in Usdan. Recently, there has been a huge effort to provide more vegan options, and so far most vegan students are satisfied.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Location: Ground floor of the Castle
Food: Appetizers, coffee, ice cream
Einstein Bros Bagels
Location: Shapiro Campus Center
Food: Bagels, coffee, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Faculty Club
Location: Wien Faculty Center
Food: Full restaurant features buffet, entrées, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Java City
Location: Schneider
Food: Coffee, grab 'n' go items, pastries, smoothies, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ollie's Eatery
Location: Sherman Student Center
Food: Breakfast, burgers, milkshakes, sandwiches
Hours: Thursday-Saturday 10 p.m.-3 a.m.
Provisions on Demand (POD) Market
Location: Usdan Student Center
Food: Coffee, convenience items, grab 'n' go salads and sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-2 a.m.
Quad Café
Location: Olin-Sang
Food: Fair Trade coffee, grab 'n' go items, pastries, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Usdan Student Center
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Sherman Dining Hall
Location: Sherman Student Center
Food: All-you-can-eat; kosher available
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Stein Restaurant
Location: Sherman Student Center
Food: Appetizers, burgers, pasta, sandwiches; also serve bottle and draft beer
Hours: Daily 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Usdan Boulevard
Location: Usdan Student Center
Food: Food Court includes Bene Pizzeria, Grille Works, Java City coffee, Montague's Deli, Tortilla Fresca
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
Usdan Café
Location: Usdan Student Center
Food: Comfort Classics, Home Zone, Let Us Wrap, Nature's Balance, Salad Garden, Split Personalities, Washoku
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m., 4:45 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 4:45 p.m.-7 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 39 responses

  • 20% Einsteins
  • 14% Usdan
  • 14% Sherman
  • 14% The Stein
  • 13% Curritos
  • 10% Kosher Deli
  • 5% The sandwich place at IBS
  • 4% Sherman is being remodeled
  • 4% Tossed salad
  • 3% Usdan is being remodeled this summer, so we'll see

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 90 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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