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Campus Food


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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: It's expensive and the swipe situation is not super practical but the school is getting better about it: now some of the extra DBA rolls over. Plus, there is really nothing else to eat around hanover. Even if you manage to get on the off-campus meal-plan, you have to navigate the amount of time shopping + cooking for yourself takes in conjunction to how much time you need for academics. The meal-plan is not amazing, but it is pretty convenient.

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: Food is great and there's a lot of variety, but it is ridiculously expensive.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Food on campus is generally pretty good quality, though the limited options means dining halls are often overcrowded. The meal swipe plan works well for some people, and so much for others. While it allows you to get an all-you-can-eat meal at Foco, you can't use your swipes to buy coffee or baked goods at KAF.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is definitely a great variety of food if you know where to look! Foco, for example, may be the most expensive of the campus's dining options, but it's totally worth it. There are separate sections for people who are vegetarians or allergic to gluten and a huge stir fry/salad bar. Every week, the cooks also prepare different special recipes from around the world! But if the amount of different food and drink is too overwhelming for you, there's always pizza haha. And, of course, the dessert bar. Overall, even if some days it is a little lacking, Foco is awesome and the food is delicious. The Hopkins Cafe is a great place as well with a nice atmosphere. I say that mostly because it is in the Hopkins Center so there are a lot of cool shows going on that you should totally watch if you have the time and money. It's more quiet than Foco too so if you and your friends just want to chat for a bit, you should hang out there. Among other things, the cafe is also good for stocking up on snacks! There is stuff like candy, trail mix, dried fruit, whatever you want. If you're willing to walk a bit, you can also go to East Wheelock's snack bar too, which opens late into the night in case anyone ever wants a midnight snack.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Lots of different options, high quality of food!


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Dartmouth is one of those rare schools where students don’t complain too vociferously about the quality of campus food. Generally, students appreciate the dining options available on campus and happily frequent most of them. While the selections at Food Court are certain to get old at some point, other options Homeplate (read: nutritious) or Courtyard Café (read: greasy) just might make you forget about mama’s homemade tuna casserole.

Variety, flexibility, and convenience are the name of the game with Dartmouth Dining Services. Students can eat at any of Dartmouth’s on-campus dining facilities at virtually any time of the day or night—except during the really obscure hours of the early morning, there is usually at least one place to open on campus. Moreover, students can spend their declining balance accounts—DBAs—however they choose. This means that there’s no compelling monetary reason to wake up for breakfast if you don’t have class until 2 p.m. and you’re not really a morning person anyway—just spend your money on an extra big lunch! The food is expensive and all items are sold a la carte, but savvy students quickly learn how to stretch their DBA.


Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$5394 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Grilled items (burgers, grinders, pizza) at The Union
  • Quesadillas at The Outpost
  • Salads (and desserts) at Commons
  • Sandwiches at The Wildcat Den
Student Favorites
  • Collis
  • Courtyard Café
  • Food Court
  • Home Plate
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Grab a snack at the snack bar in Brace Commons or from Topside Convenience Store in Thayer. Stop by The Remix for delicious specialty smoothies. Eager to eat on the run? Try Colonel Bogey's at Hanover Country Club or the Skiway Café on the slopes. Students can also spend their DA$H discretionary accounts at Café North or Byrne Hall, which primarily serve graduate students.
Did You Know?
The Pavilion serves Kosher-for-Passover meals during the Jewish holiday.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Collis Café
Location: Collis Student Center
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Thursday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
Courtyard Café at the Hop
Location: Hopkins Center
Food: American, fried foods
Hours: Daily 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
East Wheelock Snackbar
Location: East Wheelock
Food: Coffee, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-11 a.m., 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
Food Court
Location: Thayer Dining Hall
Food: American
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Home Plate
Location: Thayer Dining Hall
Food: Health food
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 11:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Lone Pine Tavern
Location: Collis Student Center
Food: American, grill
Hours: Thursday-Saturday 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
Novack Café
Location: Berry Library
Food: Desserts, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Pavilion
Location: Thayer Dining Hall
Food: Halal, kosher
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
The Remix
Location: Thayer Dining Hall
Food: Fruit and yogurt smoothies
Hours: Daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Topside Convenience Store
Location: Thayer Dining Hall, second floor
Food: Snacks
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 58 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 34 responses

  • 29% Collis
  • 23% KAF
  • 23% HOP
  • 21% FoCo
  • 3% Novack
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