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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I really enjoy the food actually. Upper and Marquis rarely ever disappoint me. Gilbert's has great food but took a bunch off of our meal plan (so we have to pay cash or flex) and that was such a bummer.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Okay so there is never any peanut butter and that really pisses me off. Plus the food choices are so inconsistent. I really wish they offered the roasted veggie wrap every day because it's seriously delicious. The bagels are stale and the Kind bars are expired, which also pisses me off because I pay mad dollars to go to this school and I deserve gourmet food.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is a fair amount of variety, so it seems like it would be easy to put together a balanced vegan program, but it is a lot harder that it would seem. I can understand that the plans want tor reduce waste by prohibiting taking food out, but anyone who has ever gone to college will tell you that some days you are not hungry on schedule or don't have enough time.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Gets boring fast but Lower and Gilberts are good. Skillman is good for coffee

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I'm a generally picky person when it comes to food, so I'm most likely not the best person to review the dining services at Lafayette. However, I find that there are staple foods that I find myself choosing most often, with a diverse arrange of entree options throughout the week that do not seem to be repeated too often. The switch to the new service, Bon Appetite, as I heard, has been a lot better than the food services in previous years.


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Lafayette has a few dining options. Dining halls are open seven days a week, although every dining option has its own hours. The Farinon dining hall (commonly called “Upper” on campus) is open most days from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Students also have the option of going to the Farinon snack bar (also known as “Lower”), Gilbert’s, Simon’s, and the Skillman Café. The Marquis dining hall serves a buffet of family-style meals. Upper Farinon has different stations set up throughout the dining hall, from sandwich stations to a cereal and bagel bar. Students can either use their ID cards or cash/credit to purchase meals. Most students are on a meal plan, ranging from the full “20 meals per week” plan to a block plan. Otherwise, breakfast at the dining halls costs $6 with lunch/dinner costing around $13. In this regard, the food is somewhat overpriced, considering the quality that is served. Although most students will not complain about the variety of dining hall menus, a lot of students have commented on how “everything starts to taste the same.” For this reason, many students opt out of meal plans all together and cook on their own.

Certain dining facilities are crowded, depending on the time of the day. Lunch hour is especially hectic at Marquis and Farinon. Later in the day (and into the evening), café-style eateries like Gilbert’s and Simon’s can often have lines that wrap around the corner of the building. Students flock to the nachos and the smoothies, and the sandwiches and salads. However, students with special dietary needs/restrictions may find it challenging to find dining options palatable to their tastes. Although most dining halls do have a vegan/vegetarian option, these selections are usually quite limited. Gluten- and lactose-intolerant students have frequently expressed frustration at the lack of services catering to their specific needs.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4990 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All freshmen are required to purchase a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Marquis Student Restaurant
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Burgers
  • Sandwiches
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Big Woody's
  • Campus Pizza
  • Cosmic Cup
  • Cups and Cones
  • DeLorenzo's Restaurant
  • Don Juan Mexican Grill
  • Galasso's Pizza
  • Giacomos
  • Island Taste
  • Mex Tex Trio
  • Morici Pizza & Restaurant
  • Nomad
  • Papa John's
  • Rhyno Café and Pizza
  • Riley's Deli
  • Sogo Fusion Lounge
  • State Café & Grill
  • Subway
  • Wok 'n Roll
Special Options
Many students go off campus to eat if they have a car. Otherwise, Wawa is a few blocks from campus; plus, there are a few Italian restaurants within walking distance (Pizza D'Oro is a favorite).
Did You Know?
Every year on "All College Day" (the Saturday before finals in May), upstairs Farinon opens for a midnight breakfast, where students are served a late-night snack by their favorite professors!

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Farinon Food Court
Location: Downstairs Farinon
Food: Deli, grill, pizza, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Farinon Student Restaurant
Location: Upstairs Farinon
Food: Diner, grill, pizza, salads, sandwiches, vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Gilbert's Café
Location: Kirby Hall
Food: American, coffee, deli, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Thursday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Sunday 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
Marquis Student Restaurant
Location: Marquis Hall
Food: Cook-your-own options, pasta, pizza, salad, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Kamine Hall
Food: Oven-toasted sandwiches, salads, and soup
Hours: Daily 6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Skillman Café
Location: Skillman Library
Food: Baked goods, coffee, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-11 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 59 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 25 responses

  • 40% Simon's
  • 35% Gilberts
  • 12% Skillman
  • 10% Lower Farinon
  • 2% I never chose to eat on campus
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