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Campus Food


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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food here is great. There are so many different options to choose from, including all the different places to go to. All the dining halls have great food and are known for certain foods specifically. The meal plans are great, with dining dollars and unlimited swipes, I can get food whenever I need it.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Above average compared to a lot of other schools, and they like to experiment but it usually works

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food here is definitely top in the country. We have great variety and quality - sushi bar, vegetarian options, stir fry, salad bar, etc. Dining halls do have the same options every day though so it gets a little repetitive. If you want to spice things up there are also several cafes and takeout places on campus, where you can buy food with your dining dollars from your meal plan. The only bad thing is that dining dollars do not transfer over to the next semester, so you either have to use them all or lose them.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Not all cafes are great but the variety and quality of the food is great

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is so good. There's many options for what to eat.


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UMass Dining is award-winning, so it's no wonder that most on-campus students don't mind getting a meal plan. Freshmen and sophomores must choose between the value plan, which gives two meal swipes per day, and the unlimited plan, which, as you may have guessed, offers an unlimited amount of swipes. Students are required to use one swipe each time they enter the dining commons, which offer all-you-can-eat food. During the week at Berkshire, one of the dining commons in the Southwest Residence Area, there is also a grab 'n' go area, where students can get a bagged lunch between classes for one swipe. There are various food-related events that Berk hosts on a regular basis (occasionally DJs are present there during evenings). There is also Late Night, which is when the dining area re-opens during the night (while other eating areas are closed). Both plans also offer a number of meal exchanges, which can be used at most of the retail restaurants on campus, and some guests swipes for when friends visit. There is also a more flexible Your Campus Meal Plan (YCMP) for upperclassmen and commuters. At the end of each semester, you won't get a refund or the chance to carry over any unused meals, so buying the most basic and inexpensive meal plan is highly advisable until you figure how what's best for you. There are four dining commons on campus, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. One major plus is that, no matter where you live on campus, you will be within close walking distance to at least one dining commons, referred to as a "DC." Also, more than half of the non-dormitory buildings have some place to eat, even if it's just a small coffee and pastry stand. If you are a coffee drinker, almost everywhere on campus has good coffee, even the dining commons. Regardless of your tastes or how picky an eater you are, there will be some place on campus that will have food you'll like. Going hungry at UMass is not an option.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5320 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All students who live on campus in the residence halls (non-apartment) are required to get a meal plan. Freshmen and sophomores must choose between the value or unlimited plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • Berkshire Dining Commons
  • Worcester Dining Commons
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Blue Wall Café
  • The Pita Pit
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bacon
  • Cereal
  • Omelets
  • Pancakes
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken Caesar salad or wraps
  • Chicken tenders
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Mexican
  • Noodle bowl
  • Pasta
  • Pitas
  • Pizza
  • Stir-fry
  • Sushi
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Late-night menus at Berkshire and Worcester Dining Commons
  • The Pita Pit
  • Sweets 'n' More
24-Hour Dining
Procrastination Station
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Students can get grab 'n' go for lunch, which offers a sandwich, a snack or piece of fruit, and a drink. This is great option when you are in a hurry and don't have time to stop in for a sit-down meal.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Berkshire Dining Commons
Location: Southwest Residential Area
Food: All-you-can-eat: American, Asian, grill, international, pizza, pasta, soup, vegetarian
Hours: Daily 7 a.m.–12 a.m.
Blue Wall Café
Location: Campus Center
Food: Asian, deli, grill, paninis, pizza, soup
Hours: Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–11 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
The Courtside Café
Location: Recreation Center, second floor
Food: Salads, sandwiches, smoothies, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 12 p.m.–9 p.m.
Earthfoods Café
Location: Student Union
Food: Vegetarian
Hours: Monday–Thursday 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Franklin Dining Commons
Location: Central Residential Area
Food: All-you-can-eat: American, grab 'n go, international bar, pasta, pizza, salad, vegan
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.–9 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
Franklin Market
Location: Franklin Dining Commons
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go food, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–12 a.m., Saturday–Sunday 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
French Meadow Bakery & Café
Location: Campus Center
Food: Coffee/tea, salads, sweets
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
Greeno Sub Shop
Location: Greenough Residence Hall
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Sunday–Thursday 5 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
Hampden Market
Location: Hampden Building
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go food, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–12 a.m., Saturday–Sunday 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Hampshire Dining Commons
Location: Soutwest Residential Area
Food: All-you-can-eat: American, Asian, breakfast, deli, pizza, salad, vegetarian
Hours: Daily 7 a.m.–9 p.m.
Hatch Café
Location: Campus Center
Food: Indian, Pita Pit, soup, UMac & Cheese, vegetarian, wraps
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Herter Express
Location: Herter Hall
Food: Coffee/tea, grab 'n' go items
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
ISB Café
Location: Integrated Science Building
Food: Sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
The Market Place Café
Location: Campus Center
Food: American, breakfast, salad, sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
People's Market
Location: Student Union
Food: Healthy, organic
Hours: Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
The Pita Pit
Location: Worchester Dining Commons, first floor
Food: Salads, sandwiches
Hours: Daily 5 p.m.–1 a.m.
Procrastination Station
Location: W.E.B. DuBois Library
Food: Coffee/tea, salads, sandwiches, sweets
Hours: Sunday 11 a.m.–Friday 9 p.m. (24 hours), Saturday 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Southwest Café
Location: Hampden Building
Food: Mexican, pizza, sandwiches
Hours: Sunday–Wednesday 5 p.m.–1 a.m., Thursday–Saturday 5 p.m.–2 a.m.
Sweets 'n' More
Location: Field Hall
Food: Ice cream, snacks
Hours: Sunday–Thursday 8 p.m.–12 a.m.
Sylvan Snack Bar
Location: McNamara Residence Hall
Food: Sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Daily 6 p.m.–12 a.m.
Thompson Hall Café
Location: Thompson Hall
Food: Salads, sandwiches, snacks, sweets
Hours: Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Whitmore Café
Location: Whitmore Administration Building
Food: Coffee/tea, burgers, salads, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
Worcester Dining Commons
Location: Northeast Residential Area
Food: All-you-can-eat: American, pasta, pizza, salads, stir-fry, sushi
Hours: Daily 7 a.m.–12 a.m.
Worcester Market
Location: Worcester Dining Commons
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go food, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–12 a.m., Saturday–Sunday 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 65 responses

  • 24% Berk
  • 19% Hampshire
  • 16% Blue Wall
  • 10% Roots
  • 8% It's all delicious!
  • 6% Franklin
  • 4% There are a lot of options
  • 3% People's Market
  • 3% The Hatch
  • 2% Whitmore
  • 2% Pita Pit
  • 1% Worcester

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 66 responses

  • 27% They don't rollover
  • 18% Unlimited plan is too expensive
  • 14% Not enough guest swipes
  • 12% Not enough meal exchanges
  • 9% No complaints
  • 7% There's no grab and go on the weekends
  • 6% Don't get to eat at the best places on campus
  • 4% Not a ton of options day to day
  • 3% Best dining areas are very far out of the way

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 188 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 worst food options on campus?    Based on 60 responses

  • 34% Worcester
  • 14% Franklin
  • 14% None! they're all amazing
  • 12% Burgers
  • 11% Grilled Cheese
  • 9% Procrastination Station
  • 5% Hamp
  • 1% All of the People's Organics are HORRIBLE

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 66 responses

  • 25% Lots of options
  • 22% Unlimited food once you have swiped in
  • 18% Best dining in the country
  • 17% Bring your parents free
  • 7% Vegetarian Options
  • 5% Dining Dollars
  • 4% Variety in menu
  • 1% Healthy and Regular options


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