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3 College Junior

Campus Food: Although many of the workers are wonderful people, food options are rarely healthy. This makes it tough on student-athletes wanting to be healthy. Bates food can be okay; I frequently enjoy Bates' fish, guacamole, sweet potatoes, the salad bar and occasionally the international food, but most of the time there are few healthy options (aside from salads). We serve vegan and gluten-free options, we should have athletic-diet options as well.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food can be good, when the school is trying to impress people. Otherwise it's alright. The coffee shops are delicious.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are a diverse amount of venues at which to eat, but the food quality is poor most of the time.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The campus food has gotten a lot better since last year. especially the Pub, with it's new design to the layout and teh menu things are looking up. Bates, is still bates. It has it's good days and bad days.

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2 College Junior

Campus Food: Sarah Lawrence's food is certainly not one of its strengths. The hours are standard for the cafeteria (which has little to no food variety throughout the year). The food is bland and leaves much to be desired. Its college, so its not going to be great. But I found a much better investment of my time was learning to cook out of my dorm room then make the trek across campus to the cafeteria and pub (which is not much better in terms of food but has later hours.).

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With a recent change in food service companies, vast improvements have been made to all the eateries on campus. Bates Dining Hall has action stations featuring a variety of create-your-own meals with rotating choices of risotto, stir-fry, fried rice, linguini, and other dishes. The quality of meats has also seen an improvement with SLC students’ continued interest in supporting organic foods from local farms. Brunch still remains the favorite meal by far, and the health food bar is also enjoying new food items.

But perhaps the greatest improvement is the food at The Pub. What once was a greasy mess—sure to make your stomach upset—now is a completely renovated kitchen with new recipes. Students can create their own deli sandwiches on artisan breads and enjoy delicious paninis hot off the grill. All food is made-to-order and never stale. Unfortunately, the venue is understaffed and gets crowded at peak hours. Even though these are improvements, it is difficult to eat the same food every day, and most students opt out of purchasing a large meal plan after their first year. However, there are those few who eat SLC’s version of home cooking every meal of every day.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5088 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Bates Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
The Pub
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Breakfast sandwiches
  • Pub croissant
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Burger
  • Fries at The Pub
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Did You Know?
The activities council hosts "Midnight Breakfast" in Bates. Pancakes, waffles, and other treats are offered, as well as games, prizes, and music.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Atrium Café
Location: Heimbold Visual Arts Center
Food: Drinks, fruit, pre-prepared sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Bates Dining Hall
Location: Bates Dining Hall
Food: Hot and cold food, salads, drinks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 12 p.m.-7:45 p.m., Friday 12 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-7:45 p.m.
Health Food Bar
Location: Bates Dining Hall
Food: Groceries and Dry Goods
Hours: Monday-Thursday 12 p.m.-7:45 p.m., Friday 12 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Siegel Center "The Pub"
Location: Siegel Center
Food: Grill, fast food, sandwiches, snacks, soda
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 a.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 a.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-2 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 42 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 22 responses

  • 33% The Pub
  • 28% Bates
  • 15% All are unhealthy, but occasionally bates is ok
  • 10% Copyright Cafe
  • 8% Hill2Go
  • 3% The Atrium
  • 3% Trader joes


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