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Campus Food


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1 College Senior

Campus Food: At Wesleyan you have to buy their meal plan to enroll. It's expensive, way too expensive. You will run out of food three weeks before the end of the semester and if you don't have a car you'll probably end up having to pay for more overpriced food. The school grocery store has limited options in the way of healthy affordable food, but if you need a 20$ chocolate bar, they got you covered. Most students I know end up sneaking into the dining hall by the end of the semester because they've run out of 'points'. The dining hall is poorly stocked, they run out of most foods by the end of the year. The vegan section is great when it's great, they have an amazing chef, but he isn't there all the time. All in all, it's like going to school in a factory town.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Like most American universities, campus food is average. There is the one dining area (Summerfields) which is by far the worst. The main cafeteria is good 50-70% of the time. Wes Wings and Star and Crescent are the best dining options available but they of course cost the most. On the weekends, the food trucks reign supreme.

4 College Student

Campus Food: its really great honestly a lot better than many other colleges

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Its tolerable, but really if you like food, consider your options and town is not so close

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food is not awful which is saying something for a college.

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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

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 43 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 10 responses

  • 25% Wes Wings
  • 25% Star and Crescent
  • 16% FOOD TRUCKS (falafel, whey station, wings etc)
  • 12% Usdan
  • 12% Pi Cafe
  • 6% Summerfields
  • 3% Food trucks come only so often

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 33% Summerfields
  • 25% They're all pretty good
  • 25% Its so far into town you have to eat on campus
  • 8% Usdan on some nights
  • 8% It's overpriced
  • 0% Wesleyan mandates that you use their meal plan.
  • 0% You run out of meal points every semester

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 7 responses

  • 75% Wesshop
  • 25% Weswings
  • 0% Mongolian
  • 0% You can use them at some restaurants in town!

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 11 responses

  • 56% Points are easily mismanaged and drained.
  • 25% Limited locations to use block meals
  • 12% Always in need of more points
  • 6% It's mandatory.


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