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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There's limited variety, but it's edible.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Terrible. Minimal choices, same things over and over again. Either tasteless or gross.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Everything usually tastes alright. Sometimes there is no food available during the transitions from breakfast to lunch and lunch to dinner, which I have seen take up to 45 minutes.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food on campus is not that bad. sometimes it can get boring and repetitive.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: As a freshman, I never used all my swipes for the week. It was really nice to be able to get To-Go meals with the extra swipes. The dining halls close earlier on Fridays and Saturdays, which was inconvenient as an athlete getting back from an event around 7pm and not having dinner available.

Flex is wonderful!

One way to get around being forced to have a meal plan Sophomore year is to go Greek and live in your respective house.

They are slowly coming up with more meal plan options for people to cater to our needs, but it's a working progress.

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The variety in the dining halls and in the Union is good, but the food is passable and no better. Special-need diets, such as vegetarians and vegans, can find it difficult to find an appropriate meal. The smaller food carts scattered throughout campus also provide students a quick bite between classes if they can't make it to a dining hall when they are in a rush. The dining halls themselves offer many different all-you-can-eat options, and though the food is rather expensive, it is at least filling.

As far as college food goes, Rensselaer's dining services are middle of the road. Students appreciate the variety and try to mix it up so they are not always eating the same thing everyday, but eventually, even that gets old. The food is tolerable, and the seemingly limitless choices help keep things fresh for the students.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5570 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
24-Hour Dining
Did You Know?
Dining Services offers catering for small events like luncheons, get togethers, or coffeebreaks. Hospitality Express is fast and inexpensive.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

BARH Dining Hall
Location: BARH
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m., 3:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m., 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
The BARH Marketplace
Location: BARH
Food: Late-night snacks
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 8 p.m.-11 p.m.
The Beanery
Location: Sage Labs
Food: Green Mountain coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Commons Dining Hall
Location: Freshman Hill
Food: Cafeteria
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Father's Marketplace
Location: The Union
Food: Coffee, reheatable entrees, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-12 a.m.
Java ++ Coffeehouse
Location: Corner of 15th Street and College Avenue
Food: Peet's coffee and tea
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jazzman's Cafe
Location: Darrin Hall
Food: Bagels, pastries, salads, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Lalley Galley
Location: Lally School of Management
Food: Baked goods, beverages, chili, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Lalley Galley
Location: Lally School of Management
Food: Baked goods, beverages, chili, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Library Cafe
Location: Library
Food: Bagels, pastries, salads, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The McNeil Room
Location: Union
Food: Coffee, desserts, gourmet sandwiches, hot entrees, Mexican, salads, Sandella's
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh Xpress
Location: Pittsburgh Building
Food: Cookies, salads, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Rathskeller
Location: Union
Food: Deli sandwiches, brick-oven pizza, Cyberwraps, desserts, grill, milk shakes, salads, Sunset Strips
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Russell Sage Dining Hall
Location: Quad
Food: Cafeteria
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., 10:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Starbucks & Fresh├źns Cafe
Location: The Union
Food: Bagels breakfast sandwiches, muffins, smoothies, Starbucks, Tazo Tea
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 54 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 28 responses

  • 29% McNeil Room
  • 29% Blittman
  • 15% Barh Brunch
  • 12% Sage Dining Hall
  • 8% BARH Dining Hall
  • 4% Jazzman's Cafe
  • 2% Library Cafe
  • 2% Union

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 28 responses

  • 29% Expensive
  • 28% Lack of variety
  • 21% Not enough customization with plans.
  • 21% Forced to be on a meal plan until a Junior
  • 2% Lack of flexibility in converting meals to flex

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 28 responses

  • 48% To Go meals and flex dollars
  • 30% It's fairly simple and the foods not too bad.
  • 12% RAD
  • 9% Not mandatory after sophomore year

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 86% Commons Dining
  • 14% All are about the same
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