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Campus Food


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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Haffner is my favorite, but Erdman is good too. Always something new and good of vegetarians or vegans. Dining halls close too early for my liking, but Uncommon is open for snacks (that cost money) or ordering from Campus Corner (again, money).

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Rarely complained about it. Sometimes lacked variety. Special dinners/lunches were a nice highlight and pretty frequent.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It is better than most schools and there is a lot of variety but dining hall food gets old no matter how much quinoa

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I am biased because I have food allergies, but generally, people consider the food to be okay. Many say that it it way better that other colleges, but when you eat the same things over a long period of time, the redundancy can equate to not being as good.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: The school made it to the top 10 best/healthiest dinning services in the United States.

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Some Mawrters marvel over the quality and quantity of foods offered in the campus's three dining halls, while others argue that none of the choices offered by Dining Services are appetizing. Judging by the awards our cuisine has won, the food is not too shabby. The main meat courses are rarely the tastiest, but Mawrters tend to get very creative concocting delicacies of their own with the ingredients in the salad bar, which offers cold pasta, fruit, beans, and a wide range of dressings, and few leave the dining room hungry. Quesadillas, panini sandwiches, and fajitas are all popular dinner dishes that students can design themselves and are offered on a weekly basis. The theme dinners and holiday dinners usually get compliments. Students attribute the good food to the small quantities prepared in each kitchen and the close interaction between students and the dining staff. The food at Uncommon Grounds is a convenient place to pick up a turkey sandwich if you miss lunch or dinner.

Dining Services is giving students a few more options regarding how many meals you can pay for. Instead of requiring everyone on the meal plan to pay for unlimited all-you-can-eat meals, there will be partial meal plans available for non-freshmen. Despite these adaptations to students eating habits, most students are likely to continue to make the dining hall a popular place for dining and socializing.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$5940 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Sharples Dining Hall on Swarthmore's campus
Special Options
Co-Op Houses
Did You Know?
  • In addition to Bryn Mawr's own dining halls, students with regular meal plans can also eat at the nearby dining halls of Swarthmore and Haverford.
  • All freshmen employed on campus work in the dining halls. This includes the three main dining halls, the on-campus bed and breakfast called Wyndham, and Uncommon Grounds.
  • If you want a different kind of cereal or salad dressing or want to praise the new recipe for spinach cheese bake, write it on the napkin board. Messages to the dining hall staff can be written on napkins and posted on one of the three napkin boards. All messages are read and answered.
  • Bring your favorite recipes from home and enter BMCDS's (Bryn Mawr College Dining Service) Taste of Home competition.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Erdman Hall
Location: Far west of campus
Food: Breakfast, deli, hot line, salad bar, desserts, vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Haffner Hall
Location: On the west side of Rockefeller Hall
Food: Pizza, Mexican, grab `n go, desserts, healthy, vegan
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
The Lusty Cup Café
Location: Canaday Library
Food: Coffee, tea, pastries
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
Rhoads Hall
Location: Between Goodheart Hall and Lake Vickers
Food: Breakfast, deli, hot line, salad bar, desserts, vegan
Hours: Monday-Thursday 12 a.m.-2 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 12 a.m.-2 p.m.
Uncommon Grounds
Location: Campus Center
Food: Coffee, tea, pastries
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 32 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 16 responses

  • 31% Haffner choices when Erdman food is weird
  • 24% Too much good food to list
  • 14% Erdman usually has the best food.
  • 14% Uncommon after 8pm
  • 7% Batten vegan family dinners
  • 7% Haffner dessert
  • 3% Haff for Lunch, Erd for dinner
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