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Campus Food


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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's best to go to Fens and get a combo meal

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is rarely a variety of options at Bartol, and most nights it is hard to even find something to eat. At the fens, the food is better because of the variety but the prices cause you to run out of your points or meal swipes before the semester is over.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Food: It is SO difficult to eat a healthy diet in the dining halls. I feel like I get the same food every single day from the Fens because there's rarely any changes to what's offered. The salad bar there also runs out of essentials a lot -- how am I supposed to have a salad without any lettuce? Bartol is just as bad; the food is barely cooked, and it's really difficult to find food that I feel safe eating -- I'm constantly worried about getting sick! Gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options are hard to come by, too.

5 College Student

Campus Food: The food tastes very good.

It is like a buffet style, and fills you up perfectly.

Both Bartol and Fens are extremely good.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Bartol is not good. I found a hair in my food once.


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There are five locations for students to eat on campus. Bartol Hall is on the Residence Campus, and provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner for resident students. Students living on campus are required to carry a meal plan with at least seven meals a week. Bartol is a college dining hall, and while they try to jazz up the cuisine with ethnic offerings, they still cannot escape this fact. The dining hall is composed of a spotlight station, a salad, fruit, and ice cream bar, cereal dispensers, a sauté section, pasta and pizza, a vegetarian station, and heating-lamp-warmed main courses. The grilled cheese and burgers are tolerable. Students living off campus are known to sneak in the back door to feed themselves after missing Bartol’s free-for-all style. Vegetarians have their pick of pasta, the salad station, the hot item of the day, or a dish from the vegetarian station.

Quadside Café in lower Smith Hall hosts live bands, pool, arcade games, and movie nights. The food matches this lax environment, with a snack bar within a convenience store. The convenience store keeps frozen meals, candy, and soda stocked. Late-night cravings are met with pizza, mozzarella sticks, and fries. At the Main Campus Building, a coffeeshop and miniature cafeteria provide food for students between class. The Fens has a grill station, home-cooking stand, salad bar, and pizza. The Fens is convenient for students stuck at the academic building and is preferred over Bartol. Visiting restaurants are invited weekly to spice things up.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All campus residents are required to purchase a meal plan.
Student Favorites
  • The Fens
  • Quadside
24-Hour Dining
Special Options
For in-between hours eating, students shove quarters into the vending machines in the Fens or the residence dorms. Students can put extra money on their ID card, known as Fenway Cash, and use the card at a number of nearby off-campus locations.
Did You Know?
  • Quadside Café used to be a bar.
  • The Fens welcomes local eateries for special variety during the week.
  • Quadside Café is host to many student organization events. In between classes and studying, students can shoot a game of pool, watch television or a movie, and test their skills on arcade games.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bartol Dining Hall
Location: Residence Campus
Food: Cafeteria-style, made-to-order stations
Hours: Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
The Fens
Location: Main College Building, lower level
Food: Food court with Bene, Grille Works, Home Zone, Kettle Classics, Montague's Deli, salad bar
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Java City
Location: Main Campus Building, College Center on first floor
Food: Coffee, pastries, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Meyer's Café
Location: Beatley Library, ground floor
Food: Coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Quadside Café
Location: Smith Hall, lower level
Food: Snack bar and convenience store
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-1 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-12 a.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 33 responses

  • 42% Fens
  • 15% Bartol
  • 12% Bartol Late Nite
  • 11% Fens has better tasting, real, warm food
  • 6% Bartol on res campus or walk to Emmanuel College
  • 6% Bartol Late Nite is handy, but expensive and slow
  • 3% Shaws
  • 2% None
  • 2% They have the best food
  • 2% Longwood Food Court

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 62 responses

Very poor
  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options
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