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Campus Food


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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The menus and quality of the food at the dining halls is a hit or miss; sometimes its really good and other times its pretty bad. Upper cort is a good option, kind of a food court type area. But you use meals to pay for this food, and each swipe is only valued at $4.35 so you end up losing a lot of money for the meal plan you've paid for.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The worst part about the dining is the amount they say is equivalent to one meal. It isn't enough money because one meal at the dining hall is like 10 dollars but to redeem it at upper its not 10 its less

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: For the amount of people on campus they really push the boundary with the limited selection of dining halls. The food is good at the dining hals but gets boring fast with only two traditional dining halls and one Al A Carte dining hall. They are also fairly small for the amount of people they try to serve.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It gets really repetitive. People are a little to harsh on it, because it is just dining hall food. However, it's not very varied.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I think that Lehigh does a good job of making an effort to provide a variety of options. Rathbone and Lower Cort are the main dining halls, I prefer Lower. These are usually hit or miss on the main entrees, salad or sandwich is a popular fallback. Aside from the main dining halls, there are coffee and food vendors in both libraries and Rauch (business center). Hawk's Nest has great tasting but mostly unhealthy options (burgers, pizza, chicken fingers, fries, etc.) and Upper Cort has sushi, mexican, chinese, salad, sandwich, and diner food stations as well as separate snack items. Pandini's is also at Upper. Johnny's bagels and The Cup (ice cream) are located in Campus Square. Off campus dining options are mostly ethnic. My favorite place off campus is Blue Sky Cafe (breakfast and lunch) delicious! Most people seem to have an easy time with meal plans but as someone who likes to have 3 meals a day, it is hard to balance swipes and Gold plus sometimes. Keep your room stocked with snacks! :)


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There’s never going to be a ton of variation among dining halls. Most students agree that the University Center and Rathbone dining halls effectively get the job done, but as you move past freshman year, you will seldom eat at on-campus facilities. Students who join fraternities and sororities will have a cook. In fraternities, the cook makes lunch and dinner every weekday, and sorority chefs usually just cook dinner. The kitchens are usually stocked enough to make just about anything anyone could imagine—especially when you’re drunk, and it’s really late at night.

There is also a food court above the UC dining hall that houses two atrocious eateries, one Chinese and the other Mexican. There’s also a deli, Baker’s Junction, and Pandinis. There is a sandwich shop called Subversions in the Ulrich Student Center, which is very good. The University also is home to an ice cream shop called the Cup, which students enjoy. Johnny’s Bagels is a new addition in the past couple of years, and it’s conveniently located in Campus Square. Expect a consistent crowd at Johnny’s, no matter the time of day. There’s enough variety on campus that if a student so desired, they would probably have enough choices to eat exclusively on campus all four years. But most people wouldn’t do that. The food’s decent, but the off-campus eateries are where Bethlehem really shines.


Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$4920 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • Johnny's Bagels
  • Rathbone Hall Student Restaurant
  • Subversions
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
There is a privately-owned truck that parks on Packer Avenue called Rocco’s Concessions. Rocco’s menu is a veritable smorgasbord of food: hot dogs, pizza, egg rolls, mozzarella sticks, fried rice, hot pretzels, hot soups, and of course, deep-fried Oreos.
Did You Know?
On a campus as hilly as Lehigh's, you better believe the students go sledding on dining hall trays when it snows. The most popular place is the hill next to Lower Centennial dormitory by the Rauch Business Center.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Asa Packer Room
Location: University Center, third floor
Food: American buffet
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Baker's Junction
Location: University Center, second floor
Food: Bagels, coffee, muffins
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Brodhead Student Restaurant
Location: Brodhead House, first floor
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Common Grounds
Location: Rauch Business Center
Food: Coffee, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cort Student Restaurant
Location: University Center, first floor
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday-Saturday 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Cup
Location: Campus Square (accepts GoldPLUS)
Food: Ice cream
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-10 p.m.
Food Court
Location: Second floor of the University Center
Food: Chick-fil-A, Cyclone Salads, Mein Bowl (Asian), Salsa Rico (Mexican), Smart Market (healthy)
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Hawk's Nest
Location: Lamberton Hall
Food: American
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Thursday-Saturday 7:30 a.m.-3 a.m.
Location: Rathbone Hall
Food: Sushi
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Johnny's Bagels
Location: Campus Square (accepts GoldPLUS)
Food: Bagel sandwiches
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday-Monday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Location: University Center, second floor
Food: Pizza, Italian
Hours: Daily 10:30 a.m.-3 a.m.
Rathbone Hall Student Restaurant
Location: Rathbone Hall
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: Ulrich Student Center
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 1 p.m.-1 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-11 p.m.
Wood Dining Room at Mountaintop
Location: Iacocca Hall, Mountaintop Campus
Food: Formal lunch
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 43 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 9 responses

  • 42% Pandinis
  • 33% Upper
  • 17% Common grounds
  • 8% Sushi

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 10 responses

  • 40% Never worrying about getting food. Lots of option
  • 30% Plenty of extra swipes to buy more expensive meals
  • 20% Nothing.
  • 10% Kind of open a good amount

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 11 responses

  • 33% The money you lose by going to upper
  • 22% Can be restrictive
  • 22% Not much variety
  • 22% Dining halls close too early

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 64% Dining halls
  • 36% Lack of better options
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