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Campus Food


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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining hall has average food, but there's always a deli station, pizza, a salad bar, cereal, and a vegan station. It's the popular choice for LB residents because it's just downstairs, but I usually only go if I ran out of board bucks or for dh fries. The Max always has good basic options- pasta, burritos and tacos, burgers, snacks, etc.- but it's easy to spend all of your boardbucks since everything is overpriced.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food isn't great but it's edible. It can sometimes be hard to eat healthy on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Compared to other schools, the food is pretty alright

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: Not nutritious and processed garbage. We get our food from factory farms that torture animals and raise/breed them in unnatural ways.

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: Terrible quality food that is not prepared well.


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Plenty of students gripe about the dining hall, but that’s because Emerson students like to complain. The meal plans are generous, and few students who choose the block meal plan complain about not getting enough food. The dining hall is all-you-can-eat, which means if you run out of meals by the end of the semester, you can always stay in the dining hall all day and keep eating for the price of one meal. Meal plans also provide students with a certain amount of Board Bucks, which can be debited from the student’s ID in either of the campus convenience stores. The dining hall has a salad bar, cereal bar, dessert bar, ice cream freezer, juice and soda fountains, vegan station, grill, and pizza spot. The food isn’t bad—it has flavor, appropriate texture, and isn’t soaked in grease. There are also plenty of options for vegan and vegetarian dining, including a few faux meat items.

Due to its size, there are only three spots on campus where students can eat, and the dining hall is the only place that accepts the meal plan. The Emerson Café has a few sandwich and salad options, and it accepts ECcash. Eating in the dining hall for three or four months straight can get to be nauseating, but the same goes for any school. Overall, the on-campus eating situation is a good one.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$5882 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Don't feel like braving the crowd at the dining hall? Try going to The Max on the second floor of 150 Boylston St. The Max has a small café where you can get paninis, cheeseburgers, pasta, and salads.
Did You Know?
The dining hall doubles as a screening room for some student organizations' events.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Emerson's Cafe
Location: 80 Boylston St.
Food: Coffee, baked goods, sandwiches, soups, wraps
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.,7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Little Building Dining Hall
Location: 80 Boylston St.
Food: All-you-can-eat grill items, pasta, pizza, salad bar, vegan station
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Max
Location: Max Mutchnick Building, second floor
Food: Grill items, pasta, pizza, salads, stir-fry
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-1 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 89 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 53 responses

  • 33% The Max
  • 17% DH
  • 15% Emerson Cafe
  • 14% The Paramount Cafe
  • 13% The Emerson Cafe, or the Paramount Cafe
  • 6% Nothing on campus
  • 1% It is awful food that seems unclean and bland .
  • 1% The food is terrible.
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