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Campus Food


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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Being a vegan, I was terrified that I would have to cook for myself once I got to campus. Thankfully, both dining halls as well as Weshop is well-stocked with vegan fare. My only qualm is that despite appropriately budgeting my meals and points, I always manage to run out at the end of the semester :(

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Food is very good, only as a vegetarian you get bored sometimes

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is amazing here. Most meals at Usdan have many options, and if there's nothing you want, you can have pizza. Summerfields is only really good when you want to get the take-out for working in the library or your dorm, and the menu does not change. Weshop is convenient, but insanely expensive in terms of meal points. WesWings is amazing but expensive. When you run out of meals and points, you can use real world money.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Plenty of good food options, very healthy and organic. Very expensive though and it's easy to use up your points. Sophomores and juniors are also required to have a certain number of meals at Summerfields and Usdan- which are personally my least favorite options. The vegan options are as good as everyone says!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: A lot of people complain about the food on campus, but I think they do a really good job if you consider the amount of food they make, the amount of options they provide, and the time they are allotted to provide it.

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Wesleyan's main eatery is Usdan, which offers a wide array of food including classics (usually some kind of meat-and-potatoes offering with veggies), stir-fry, pizza, "pastabilities," cereal, make-your-own paninis, salads, and vegan and kosher stations (which are surprisingly delicious). If you're not into mainstream dining, the alternative dining hall is called Summerfields, and it's located across campus near the Butterfield dorms. Summerfields has a menu that you order off of—rather than a buffet—and is the place to go for greasy treats and, as of this year, Mexican food! Depending on your hometown's proximity to Mexico, "taqueria" at Summerfields may or may not meet your standards.

In addition to dining halls, the University has Wes Wings (for chicken tenders, burgers, salads, pita, and hummus, or really bomb mac and cheese), WesShop (overpriced but handy mini-grocery store on campus), Pi Café (daytime coffee, baked goods, sandwiches, and salads), the Usdan Café (coffee, sandwiches, and sushi), as well as Star and Crescent, the restaurant inside Alpha Delta, which is usually pretty tasty but hard to get a seat at because it's so small (first three freshmen at dinner eat free, though, which is cool). Students can also cook for themselves if they have a nice kitchen, but that probably doesn't happen until sophomore or junior years, as freshman dorm kitchens tend to be cramped and/or gross.

Facts & Statistics

Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Usdan Marketplace
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Pi Café
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagels
  • Cheesy eggs
  • Omelets
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Mongolian grill
  • Vegan station
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Chicken fingers
  • Falafel
  • Mozzarella sticks
  • WesShop candy
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Brew Bakers
  • Courtside Café
  • Denny's
  • Illiano's
  • It's Only Natural Restaurant
  • Javapalooza Café
  • Mondo
  • The New England Emporium Eatery
  • Osaka Japanese Steakhouse
  • Subway
  • Tandoor Indian Cuisine
  • Thai Gardens
Special Options
  • Chic Chaque (located within Psi U)
  • Long Lane Farm runs a fruit and vegetable co-op out of WesShop which delivers a bag of fresh produce every week for a lump sum of points out of your meal plan.
  • Star and Crescent Eating Club (located within Alpha Delta Phi)
  • WesShop has lots of raw ingredients, boxed mixes, and instant meals, and all dorms come equipped with a kitchen somewhere in the building, so lots of students cook for themselves a few times a week.
Did You Know?
Wesleyan has been committed to vegetarian dining since the 1830s, when the first vegetarian club, called the Physiological Society, was founded.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Daniel Family Commons
Location: Usdan University Center, third floor
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Pi Café
Location: Exley Science Center
Food: Organic coffee and tea, baked goods and snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
Red & Black Café
Location: 45 Broad St.
Food: Salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Butterfield C
Food: Made-to-order grilled sandwiches, soups, and salads
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Usdan Café
Location: Usdan University Center, first floor
Food: Prepackaged sandwiches, snacks, sushi, as well as coffee, tea, and juices
Hours: Daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Usdan Marketplace
Location: Usdan University Center, second floor
Food: Salads, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Wes Wings
Location: 156 High St.
Food: American, wings
Hours: Daily 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
WesShop Essentials
Location: Foss Hill
Food: Convenience
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 12 p.m.-12 a.m., Friday-Saturday 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 23% Summerfields
  • 15% You run out of meal points every semester
  • 15% Weekend Usdan dinners when they don't have options
  • 10% It's overpriced
  • 10% Usdan on some nights
  • 10% They're all pretty good
  • 8% Its so far into town you have to eat on campus
  • 5% Wesleyan mandates that you use their meal plan.
  • 3% Weswings (few vegan options)

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 53 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 19 responses

  • 21% Wes Wings
  • 21% Star and Crescent
  • 19% FOOD TRUCKS (falafel, whey station, wings etc)
  • 14% Usdan
  • 11% Pi Cafe
  • 6% Weshop
  • 4% Summerfields
  • 3% Food trucks come only so often

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 21 responses

  • 36% Points are easily mismanaged and drained.
  • 20% Always in need of more points
  • 20% Limited locations to use block meals
  • 14% Points run out fast, meals are often wasted
  • 5% Strict for underclassmen
  • 5% It's mandatory.

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 16 responses

  • 36% Wesshop
  • 32% Weswings
  • 14% Mongolian
  • 14% You can use them at some restaurants in town!
  • 4% Transportation


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