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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There's a reason UMass is known for it's dining. Although the plan is expensive. The dining halls provide good food but some off the options get tiring unless you can get to the better dining halls. A lot of the better options arent available on the meal plan either. Unless you are an upper classman that can afford the upper level plans

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: I like the food better at school better than the food at home. There are tons of options and everything tastes great!

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I couldn't imagine eating at a University that has Aramark or Sodexo prepare their food. I applaud UMass for having its own dining services. They also compost and recycle at every eating establishment on campus. Many of the vegetables are locally sourced and certain dining commons have events that bring even more to the plate. However, Worcester DC is mediocre compared to the other DCs and seems to have difficulty cooking its grains and veggies properly and keeping its salad bar fresh. The DCs are also not very vegan-friendly, as most dishes have egg or dairy. However, the other on-campus eating options, such as Blue Wall, are fantastic. If the DCs were equivalent in quality, UMass would be food Xanadu.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are a lot of choices. The average closing time for dining halls is 9 PM. Always have options, they just don't vary throughout the weeks.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are four fantastic dining halls on campus. Hampshire DC and Berkshire DC undoubtably being the best, with the most variety and best atmosphere. They also have guest chefs come from different countries (like the Canadian chefs that came) and they get all decked out. Comparatively, Franklin DC and Worcester DC have atmosphere's more like your high school cafeteria. They also don't have much variety day to day. One plug I will give to Worcester is late night. This facility is open until 12 midnight each night, as is Berkshire.


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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 76 responses

  • 24% Berk
  • 19% Hampshire
  • 17% Blue Wall
  • 10% Roots
  • 8% It's all delicious!
  • 6% Franklin
  • 4% There are a lot of options
  • 3% People's Market
  • 2% The Hatch
  • 2% Pita Pit
  • 2% Whitmore
  • 1% Worcester
  • 0% Earthfoods

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 76 responses

  • 26% They don't rollover
  • 17% Unlimited plan is too expensive
  • 12% Not enough guest swipes
  • 11% Not enough meal exchanges
  • 10% There's no grab and go on the weekends
  • 8% No complaints
  • 7% Don't get to eat at the best places on campus
  • 5% Not a ton of options day to day
  • 4% Best dining areas are very far out of the way

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 199 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 69 responses

  • 34% Worcester
  • 15% None! they're all amazing
  • 14% Franklin
  • 11% Burgers
  • 10% Grilled Cheese
  • 10% Procrastination Station
  • 4% Hamp
  • 2% All of the People's Organics are HORRIBLE

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 76 responses

  • 23% Lots of options
  • 22% Unlimited food once you have swiped in
  • 18% Best dining in the country
  • 16% Bring your parents free
  • 7% Vegetarian Options
  • 7% Dining Dollars
  • 5% Variety in menu
  • 3% Healthy and Regular options


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