You constantly hear about students bitching and moaning about their college’s dining services. For Boston University students this is rare– I mean we pay $60,000 a year for a reason right?
As with most colleges, BU meal plans are divided into a number of meals at the dining halls, and some sort of point system. Boston University has three dining halls and a plethora of other options that accept dining points.
Marciano Commons aka 100 Bay State, aka Hundo BayBay is the newest dining hall at BU. It is a massive building with fancy fixtures and modern furnishings- nothing like you would think a college dining hall to look like. There are tons of options, and relatively healthier ones compared to the other dining halls. There is also this super high-tech finger print system used to enter the dining hall that makes you feel like a badass secret agent.
The two other dining halls are located inside freshman dorms, West and Warren. West is a great place for athletes to go considering it’s right next to the athletic facilities. I do not think it’s anything special, but it is definitely convenient. Okay, to be honest, and I’m probably going to get a ton of haterade for this, (and even more for using the word haterade) Warren dining hall is the BEST. Mac and cheese bar? Pasta everyday? Make your own stir fry? Yes please. Warren is an extremely underrated dining experience and where I spend a good amount of my time.
If you have any dietary restrictions, BU tends to be pretty accommodating. As a vegetarian, I was scared to come to college. I thought I would be living off salads and peanut butter sandwiches. To my surprise, every dining hall at BU has a station that is vegan everyday. There are also other options that are vegetarian or vegan. Unfortunately, the gluten-free options are not as extensive at BU. Every dining hall has some sort of “gluten-free closet” filled with safe foods. My advice to those with gluten allergies is to get a meal plan with more dining points than meals, so you do not have to be stuck eating the dining hall’s limited options.
Dining points are a point system built into your meal plan. There are so many places to use your dining points. The George Sherman Union, or the GSU, is a building in central campus with a food court that accepts dining points. Other places also accept dining points. For all you caffeine-addicts, certain Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts accept them. You’ll find other hidden treasures on campus that accept dining points, such Buick Street Market, a mini-market perfect for picking up a frozen dinner or toilet paper. Oh, and Dominos accepts dining points. That’s right, you can order pizza, have it delivered and pay with your student ID. College is awesome.
Like anything you eat for months, you’re going to get sick of BU food sometimes. Being in an urban area, BU has many restaurants directly on campus. Stopping by Chipotle after a long day of class is always a good idea. (Chipotle is never a bad idea.) If you want to prepare your own food, or do not live in the dorms, Shaw’s and Trader Joes are both walking distance from campus.
With the diversity of food at Boston University, the freshman 15 can quickly turn into the freshman 50. So take advantage of all the options BU dining has to offer, but makes sure to include the healthy ones.