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Campus Food


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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: "It's ... okay." This is the line everyone says, and it's very accurate.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Lots of options in Chandler (and the South kitchen), but dinner is subpar

3 College Junior

Campus Food: At the institute of technology they offer a few stocked vending machines with snacks soda .They do provide free bottled water for refreshments during the study hours.

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: The break room has a lot of choices. It is also very convenient. I really enjoy it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Acommodating for Vegetarians – If you live on campus, you have to eat in the dining halls. In the last couple of years, the school has been making an effort to make it vegetarian and vegan-friendly, with special chefs preparing vegan food. They have a nice balance of protein etc, though there is not much choice (usually there is one vegan entree per day). But, there is also a good selection of fruit and veggies, so if you're not picky, you really can't complain!

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Caltech is a small campus with essentially four dining hall equivalents. There's the South Kitchen, the North Kitchen, Avery, and Chandler. The school also has two cafés, the Red Door and the Café at Broad, and a convenience store (or put more accurately, the inconvenience store) which students call the "C-store." There is also a student-run coffeehouse. The North and South Kitchens serve lunch and dinner. Lunch is cafeteria-style, and generally, there are some pasta, burger, and pizza options. Dinner in the South Kitchen is basically identical to dinner in the North Kitchen. Dinner is comprised of family-style sit-downs at a meal table in each dorm. Students often work as waiters or waitresses and bring food and drinks to and from the kitchens. The food served at dinner is generally OK, but sometimes it includes primarily "beef and gunk." Gunk here can mean peppers, broccoli, or almost any other vegetable. The North and South Kitchens also have sandwich, salad, and pasta bars as a daily alternative to whatever the kitchen has prepared for that day. Dessert includes anything from pie to cheesecake, and it is good more often than not.

Dinner in our houses is rather exciting because every house has traditions. Some of these traditions involve gigantic water jugs. For example, waiters can "dump" or "float" people that do not choose to follow dinner rules. Generally, the rule-breaking involves flying food or drinks similar to a scene out of "Animal House." Also, different houses do things like themed dinners or themed waiters. One theme that did not turn out well was PMS-ing waitresses night.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$5472 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All students living on campus are required to be on the meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Chandler Café
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Convenience Store
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Sausage biscuit
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
There are several coffee shops associated with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Avery Kitchen
Location: Avery House, 1st floor
Food: Varies
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
The Café at Broad
Location: Broad Center
Food: Deli-style food, pastries, sushi
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:45 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Chandler Café
Location: Adjoined to Ruddock, Lloyd, and Page Houses
Food: Global variety
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Convenience Store
Location: Next to Chandler
Food: Snack foods
Hours: Monday–Friday 9:30 a.m.–1 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–1 a.m.
North Kitchen
Location: Adjoined to Ruddock, Lloyd, and Page dining rooms
Food: Varies
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
The Red Door Café
Location: Adjacent to Caltech bookstore
Food: Sandwiches, baked goods, coffee, tea
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:45 a.m.–6 p.m.
South Kitchen
Location: Adjoined to Blacker, Dabney, Fleming, and Ricketts dining rooms
Food: Varies
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m.

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  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
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  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options
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