What’s the food like at Wellesley?

When it comes to food, Wellesley has a lot of options.

The meal plan is pretty simple. You can eat as much as you want at any dining hall on campus. In between meals, you can swing by the halls to grab a quick bite—things like cereal, fruit, and pastries. Check out the hours and menus to find something you like. 

Have a food allergy or dietary restriction? Wellesley Fresh has you covered!

Need some Sriracha sauce? Special toppings for your pancakes? Suggestions from students are always welcome. Use Text The Manager simply by sending a text to 781.531.9113, and WellesleyFresh will respond within 24 hours! You can even submit a recipe from home, if you’re feeling a bit homesick.

Explore the Dining Options

Bates Dining Hall

If you live on the east side of campus or spend a lot of time at the Science Complex, Bates is one of the best places to grab a meal. Including a Nutri-Bar station, rotating weekly with the deli bar, Bates features fresh dips, spreads, vegetables, breads, and crackers. Freshly made gelatos and sorbets rotate daily. Bates is also the home to the gluten-sensitive room. This room is available to students with prior approval through ADR and training.


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“I love the healthy salad bar. Also, it's connected to McAfee, which is objectively the best res hall on campus.”

- Sara Wegman ’16

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Bae Pao Lu Chow Dining Room

Located on the top floor of the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center, Bae Pao Lu Chow (Lulu) offers a variety of specialty stations including the Nook! a concept that features some of Wellesley’s favorite dishes. At Lulu you will also find pizza made from our brick oven and a rotating menu of various international dishes.


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“After every sports practice, our team would head to Lulu and we would spend 3 or 4 hours eating dinner, laughing, sharing stories, and going back for dessert.”

- Ella ’21

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Stone-Davis Dining Hall

Stone-Davis features kosher, vegan, and vegetarian meals. All selections are in a to-go format, with compostable and recyclable containers. Students can eat meals in the dining hall or take them out! Backpacks are allowed and you can absolutely refill water bottles and travel mugs, but outside dishes and containers are not allowed to be brought into this location.


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“The giant windows in the dining area create such a nice atmosphere, with natural light and beautiful views of nature.”

- Emily Lu ’23

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Tower Dining Hall

As the halal destination on campus, all meats at Tower are halal and recipes are prepared without the use of pork or alcohol. Tower is also a nut sensitive location and features the Clarity station, a concept that uses recipes that are free of the top nine major food allergens. Looking for a vegan sandwich? Tower now offers a vegan deli.


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“Tower Dining Hall has the best Saturday Brunch. I love being able to sit in the courtyard in the mornings to eat.”

- Mika Thakkar ’21

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The Emporium

Need a Starbucks Latte? Toothpaste? Some snacks to keep in the res hall? The Emporium has almost everything you might need. It’s located on the main level of the Campus Center and is stocked with snacks, toiletries, bubble tea on Wednesdays, and to-go items! Emporium accepts Flex Dollars, points, cash, and credit cards.


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“I like the Emporium because of its convenient location [in the Campus Center]. You can also use Flex Points!”

- Alison Savage ’17

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The Leaky Beaker

Located in the heart of the Science Complex, the Leaky Beaker is the perfect snack and study spot. Take a break from your busy day with a cup of Sun Roasters Coffee or fresh hearty soup. There’s also sandwiches and salads to go! Leaky Beaker accepts Flex Dollars, points, cash, and credit cards.


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“I love the Leaky Beaker for group work.”

- Helena McMonagle ’16

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Café Hoop

There’s no place like Café Hoop. On the ground floor of the Campus Center, “Hoopies” cheerfully serve up delicious late-night nachos, snacks, and drinks. They even make deliveries! The student-run business is a great place to chill — stop in for a study break or on your way home from a party.

Menu & Hours


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“The hoop is my favorite place for a late night snack. I love the Dorito nachos with sriracha and sour cream!”

- Sanjana Thakur ’20

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El Table

El Table started small: In 1904, students began serving snacks at a small table by an elevator—hence the name (short for “Elevator Table”). Since then, it’s become a full-fledge cafe located on the bottom floor of Founders Hall. The student-run co-op serves sandwiches, coffee, soups, and snacks. El Table offers vegetarian and gluten-free options, and (perhaps most importantly) refutes the rumor that the Hoop could take El Table in dodgeball.

Hours & Specials


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“A great place to relax, get work done, or catch up with friends; they have great sandwiches. Plus their scones are amazing—ask them to toast it!”

- Orli Hakanoglu ’16

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Punch's Alley

This student-run pub is known for its bright red decor, themed dance parties, and live music. Not to mention, it’s the perfect spot for student orgs and friends to meet up.

Events and Hours


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“Punch's Alley is comfortable because of the staff. In its downtime, it's a comfy place to have a drink and relax with friends.”

- Alix Lewis ’16

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