Residential Life

Residential Life

Housing Guide for New Students and Parents

The Meal Plan

All new students are required to participate in the Full Meal Plan, most often called the 21 meal plan, but because it includes unlimited dining hall access, it is now called the Full Meal Plan. That means you can enter the two large dining halls as many times a day as you would like during their open periods (see schedule below). A diner and campus pub provide equivalency meals (you can eat one of their “specials” instead of eating in either of the two dining halls), but they are not part of the unlimited access program. The meals are good, the choices are many, the dining facilities are clean and well-maintained, the set-up is creative, and our food service, Bon Appetit, does a great job attending to the culinary needs of students here at Hamilton. There is also Café Opus, an independent coffeehouse that provides specialty coffees, muffins, fruit, and drinks daily. If you have special dietary needs or medical concerns, please indicate those needs on your housing preference form. Please note that dining halls will be officially closed for breaks during 16-17. Students on campus can eat on a pay-as-you-go basis during that time.

McEwen Dining Hall (Mon-Fri):

  • Breakfast 7:30-10 a.m.
  • Lunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Closed 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Dinner 4:30-8 p.m. (Mon-Thurs)

Commons Dining Hall (All 7 days a week):

  • Breakfast 7:30-10 a.m.
  • Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
  • Brunch 11 a.m.-2p.m. (Sat.-Sun.)
  • Afternoon Snack 2-4 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
  • Closed 4-5 p.m.
  • Dinner 5-8 p.m.

Howard Diner (Mon-Fri):

  • Breakfast 9-11 a.m.
  • Lunch 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Dinner 4:30-midnight

Howard Diner (Sat/Sun):

  • Lunch 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Dinner 4:30 p.m.-midnight
  • "Late Night" Breakfast* midnight-4 a.m. (Thurs.-Sat.)

The Little Pub (Mon-Fri):

  • Lunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
* Late Night meals are a la carte priced and not included in the meal plan
** The above schedule is subject to change