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Campus Food


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3 College Student

Campus Food: ray is repulsive.. sometimes they have good food, but I'm at alumni every day for the most part. alumni is really good and has good options

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2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is the worst part about PC. If you're lucky there will be two or three appetizing meals offered in Ray a week, but most of the time I either eat pizza or salad. Alumni is better than Ray but the options are much less healthy.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food options on campus are average. The main dining hall has average food, while the food court has some better quality, but is more expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Ray and Alumni don't have BAD food, it's just the same stuff over and over again so you get sick of it by the end of your freshman year.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Alumni Hall is good but Raymond Hall needs improvement. The food gets very repetitive and pizza will become a staple in one's diet.

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There are four sources of food on campus: Raymond Dining Hall, Alumni Food Court in the Slavin Center, and Jazzman’s Café and the C-Store on the first floor of Davis Hall. Ray Café, the main cafeteria at PC and the one at which the meal plan applies, was refurbished in 2003. Although the decor was jazzed up with the addition of booths, swank lighting, and iron grating for the individual stations, Ray can leave a bitter taste in the mouth of more finicky eaters. With new interior design comes a new menu—a more diverse one at that. Items such as rosemary chicken and falafel bars now mingle among the staples of burgers (both the meat and vegetable variety), fries, and the salad bar. Furthermore, now that Student Congress has a Dining Relations Representative who meets with the head of Ray once a week, the dietary needs, concerns, and wants of the students often bring about positive changes. Slavin is the epitome of fine dining on the PC campus. Slay, as it is affectionately called, carries something for everyone. Whether it’s a burger off “the Grill”, chicken parm from the “the Pizzeria,” or a fresh sandwich from “the Deli,” there is always an option when Ray is extra disappointing. Many students who need a pick-me-up during the day frequent Jazzaman’s Café, as it serves the tastiest Starbucks-like treats. Next door to Jazzman’s is the C-Store, the convenient store on campus, where anything from frozen dinners to chips and salsa for a dorm room gathering can be found.

Ray may not be the equivalent of a home-cooked meal, but its yum factor is increased exponentially by the Ray staff, who are the most darling women you have ever met. Those lacking an iron stomach and the courage needed to attempt the more exotic cuisine can take solace—Ray Café is the best place to eat when they keep it simple and stick to the basics. Slavin is the place to be if you have a group project or can tolerate noise and interruptions when you are studying. The drawback—other than the ridiculously overpriced salad bar—is that Slavin requires money that is put on your all-purpose Providence College ID card at the start of each semester. The amount depends on your meal plan, and generally, the fewer meals you have at Ray, the more “Slavinbucks” you get. Regardless of the amount you have in the beginning, your funds will diminish rapidly as the semester progresses, until you are left with that random 23 cents that won’t buy you anything. You or your parents can always add more money to your card, and there is always the option of paying in cash.



Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5400 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
Raymond Hall
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Did You Know?
Some dorms have a kitchen if you're feeling up to the task of a home-cooked meal.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Alumni Food Court
Location: Slavin Center
Food: Breakfast, deli, entrées, grill, international items, pizza
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-1 a.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Location: Davis Hall
Food: Everything you need to stock your pantry, host a late-night ice cream social, or grab a Smart Market ready-to-eat sandwich, salad, or snack
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Davis Hall
Food: Baked goods, coffee, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Raymond Hall
Location: South Campus
Food: Classics, deli, grill, pizza, theme cuisine
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-1:45 p.m., 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 56 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 37 responses

  • 49% Alumni Hall
  • 28% Dunkin donuts
  • 9% Starbucks
  • 9% Raymond Dining Hall
  • 5% Sandela's
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