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Campus Food


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2 College Freshman

Campus Food: While the coop and lunt cafe offer nice alternatives to the DC, with good sandwiches, sushi, snacks, desserts, and other delicious but unhealthy options, their prices quickly add up. The DC's food is one of the biggest complaints among students, although it is slowly improving. After a few months, you learn what is good and how to make the most out of the food the DC offers.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There is not a lot of selection in the Dining Center and the coop and lunt cafe cost money so that is not ideal either.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Some days the food served is better than others.

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Could not have been more disappointed by the food at Haverford College. It's borderline insulting. I love almost everything about this school, but the Dining Center is a joke. The food is low-quality and prepared poorly. You can bet that almost everything you consume will be overcooked, including the coffee. The dishes are often unclean, yet put out for the students to use, and the staff can be rude at times. The Coop is decent, but isn't open on weekends, is very expensive, and is super-slow. The Dining Center is the single worst part of my experience at Haverford.

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1 College Freshman

Campus Food: The Dining Center food is the worst but the Coop and Lunt Cafe food is great, although they have terrible hours.


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Haverford's food is a big complaint among students. The College has only one main Dining Center (DC), and students who live in all dorms (except for the on-campus apartments and a couple of specialty houses) are forced into purchasing the full meal plan of 20 meals a week. This is a terrible waste of money for most students, who eat maybe 10 meals a week at the DC. The food is all-you-can-eat (served buffet-style), but it's usually pretty bad; you might want to bring along some hot sauce. At most meals, you can find two or three main entrees, a few side dishes, and a couple desserts. Vegetarian and vegan options are offered at every meal, though everyone except the vegans seems to hate the DC's vegan food. Often, one of the two desserts offered each night is vegan-another disappointment for non-vegan students. The saving grace is the decent salad and sandwich bar, which ensures that you can always find something edible if you really need to. Also, the staff is very sweet.

On the plus side, Haverford students are allowed to eat their meals at any of Bryn Mawr's three dining halls, which have significantly better food. Swarthmore also accepts Haverford meal credits, but a special voucher is required. Haverford students living in the apartments or specialty houses can opt out of the meal plan entirely (most do) or purchase a partial plan (10 meals a week). Since most students at Haverford are very busy and very frugal, this option is incredibly appealing. Many students agree that the full meal plan is overpriced, and it is almost impossible to eat 20 meals a week at the DC.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5940 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All residential students are automatically enrolled in a 20-meal per week Board Plan.
Student Favorites
Not many choices and not many favorites
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Lunt Café (a student-run coffeehouse in Lunt Hall)

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Coop
Location: Locations: Whitehead Campus Center
Food: Sandwiches, burgers
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 7 p.m.-12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
Erdman Dining Hall
Location: Bryn Mawr
Food: All types, cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 7:30 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 Dining Hall
Location: Bryn Mawr
Food: Food-court style, with pizza, salads, Mexican, grab `n go, desserts
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Haverford College Dining Center
Location: Upper campus
Food: All types, cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.,11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Location: Bryn Mawr
Food: Upscale cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Thursday 12 p.m.-2 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Skeeter's Pizza
Location: Whitehead Campus Center
Food: Pizza
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m., Friday-Saturday 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 8 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 things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 6 responses

  • 31% 7 swipes a day
  • 15% Good sandwich and salad bar
  • 15% Good soups
  • 15% Chicken tenders!!!
  • 15% Dessert is delicious!
  • 8% Sunday Brunch

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 50% The DC
  • 29% The Dining Center
  • 14% The Dece
  • 7% The coop

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 7 responses

  • 50% Expensive
  • 25% Forced to be on it as a freshman
  • 17% Required to be on it if living in a dorm
  • 8% You only end up using about 10 swipes a week

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 54% The Coop
  • 46% Lunt Cafe
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