For all of its recent expansions, Belmont still only has one cafeteria for the entire student population. While it’s not exactly known for its expediency or five-star cuisine, the caf workers are all very friendly and will make you feel right at home. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, the desserts are usually decent. The caf is the only location you can use your meal plan, so if you live in the dorms, you’ll be there a lot. All dorm residents are required to have meal plans—it’s optional for apartment residents and commuters. But whether or not you opt for a meal plan, it’s smart to buy some Bruin Bucks to use at other locations on campus. One Bruin Buck is equal to $1, and they’re accepted everywhere on campus. The Curb Café has a modern vibe and offers Quiznos, Wow Café & Wingery, and Mein Bowl Asian food. Try to avoid the lunch and dinner rush if you can—the lines get backed up quickly!
If you’re looking for something a little healthier, the library recently opened Bruin Grounds café, a sandwich and coffee shop where even the entrées have a literary flair. They serve everything from the "Curious George" peanut butter banana sandwich to the "Great Expectations" turkey and avocado pretzel roll! Pulling an all-night study session in the library? Bruin Grounds also offers plenty of sweets to give you a much-needed sugar rush. When you’re running in between classes and want to grab a snack, stop at either the Corner Court outside Massey Business Center or What’s Bruin in the Beaman. Both offer items like cereal, energy bars, and juice for students on the go. Bruin Bucks can also be used off campus at vendors like Papa John’s, Mafiaoza’s, Noshville, Beijing Chinese Restaurant, and Chago’s Cantina. Student government is working with Dining Services to add more locations, so stay tuned to MyBelmont for updates!