Look what we've cooked up for you! The new Dining Commons is open.
Experience More Choices. More Convenience. More Connection.
Rising four stories from the heart of campus, the brand new Dining Commons is the go-to dining and social destination for residential and commuter students and the faculty and staff who support you. Offering space to share meals, unwind, and recharge your batteries (literally), the Dining Commons is all about choice, convenience, and connection to our learning community. From Starbucks® to ultra-fresh Firehouse Subs®, to delicious entrées prepared right before your eyes, come on in and see what's on the menu.
The first floor welcomes you through a soaring glass main entrance as well as direct entry to the specialty and grab ’n go dining and snack options. Sit with friends or study alone, this floor is casual, comfortable, and spacious.
Starbucks Bakery Café
Bigger and better than ever, the new Starbucks Bakery Café is your go-to stop for your favorite brews and an array of pastry and bread products, baked in-house and fresh daily.
Great taste is just the beginning of the gourmet, super fresh, made-to-order subs and salads from Firehouse Subs. Created by former first responders, Firehouse gives back to the local community through its Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
Hungry for a grilled sandwich for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? This campus favorite is back and better than ever with mouth-watering choices hot off the grille just for you.
What are you hungry for? The expanded Food Court has it all for a quick bite between classes.
- Hot Food Bar—choose from a rotating menu and seasonal offerings
- Soup & Salad Bar—create your own gourmet salad from a variety of veggies and proteins
- Expanded Grab ’n Go Options—If you’re really in a hurry, you’ll appreciate the handy beverage coolers, grab ’n go sandwiches and salads, snacks, and desserts
The Bear’s Den and Faculty/Staff Club
Bringing back an old favorite with a modern twist, the Bear’s Den and Faculty/Staff Club offers an alternative dining option for faculty and staff in a quiet dining venue. This multi-purpose space will also welcome students for “date nights,” chef’s cooking demos, and catering for events.
Second and Third Floors
Bigger and better than ever, our full-service dining option, called the Fresh Food Company, spans two floors with a variety of seating choices for when you want to hang out with large groups, chat with friends, or study while you eat. Brick oven pizza, delicious baked goods, and freshly prepared meals made just for you take dining at Western New England to a whole new level.
Fresh Food Company
Fresh is the operative word at the Fresh Food Company, the new full-service dining option. Residential and commuter students (as well as faculty and staff) can choose from a variety of food stations, including pasta/pizza, Asian, home cooking, deli/salad/soup, allergy-friendly, and more. The emphasis is on creating a community gathering space for socializing and connecting to members of the campus community.
Offering multiple food stations and seating options, the Fresh Food Company approach is all about fresh ingredients and freshly prepared entrées. The welcoming atmosphere embraces sustainability and functionality in a restaurant-style environment that offers something for everyone.
Dining Stations include:
- Home Zone
- Wok Station
- Allergen Station
- Soup & Salad Bar
Check out meal plan options for residential and commuter students and faculty/staff.
This floor includes spaces for meetings (such as catered events), the new University Trustees Room, and an outdoor terrace for University functions.
Health & Wellness Program
Good food is essential to a healthy life. The new dining experience is designed to give our community members a variety of food choices and information about their dining options.
Health & Wellness Initiatives include:
- Nutritional highlights and information, available at the station and online
- Partner with MyFitnessPal
Select seating areas are wired with electric outlets and USB ports to recharge phones, tablets and laptops. Since much of the seating is movable, other secure charging locations are also available. These have user-defined access codes (similar to hotel room safes that allow the guest to program their own access code).
Hungry for more? What are you waiting for, come on in and check out the new Dining Commons for yourself!