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On-Campus Dining Options

Lesley University Dining Services is asking for your patience and support as we navigate new challenges due to severely constricted supply chains and labor shortages across the country. We are faced with unprecedented shortages of food and packaging materials, massive delays, and cancellations of deliveries by our vendors, and unpredictable substitutions of items with different products by our vendors.

These nationwide shortages, delays, cancellations, and substitutions have affected our menus, leading to substitutions of menu items. These supply issues are occurring throughout the country, and are especially challenging for college foodservice systems, due to the number of meals we serve and the nutrition standards we follow.

Due to these challenges, we may need to make substitutions to our menus based upon what we are able to acquire from our vendors. We are doing our best to provide updates about menu changes, as soon as we identify an issue. We label menu items, allergens, and ingredients in our dining halls and dining website. We encourage students to review those labels and websites; if you have a question about a menu item, allergens, or ingredients, please ask one of our dining services management staff. Lesley Hospitality has a dining website to reference for daily menus and nutritional information for each meal item. Visit the Dining Services webpage to see this information and site hours as the site is updated when menu items are changed.

We are committed to providing healthy, nutritious, and appetizing meals for our students. We appreciate your patience and support during this challenging time.

At Lesley University, we’re dedicated to following COVID-19 protocols and working through the disruptions to normal campus life caused by the pandemic. While we work through these obstacles, here are our dining options.


For daily menus, dining sites and hours of operation, and nutritional information, visit the Lesley Hospitality webpage.

Access to Residential Dining Halls and Meal Plans

Only Lesley students who have been approved to be on campus may access our residential dining halls.

All resident students are required to have a university meal plan. You also have the option to sign up and track your meal plan, dining dollars and CashLynx. Simply use https://lesleycard.com/. Click the login/register button and set up your account. If you need assistance, please contact Transact Customer Service at 888.841.3340.  

If you would like to change your meal plan, please email Hospitality@lesley.edu with the plan you would like along with your full name and student ID number.

Indoor Dining and Seating

Indoor dining is permitted with all meals being served in take-out containers. Seating is determined by social distancing guidelines and is on a first-come, first-served basis. If seating is not available, students must take out food.

Main Dining Halls

We have two main dining halls located on the first floor of White Hall on the Doble Campus and the first floor of Washburn Hall on the South Campus.

White Hall

During this transition, White Hall is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as an all-you-care-to-eat buffet Monday–Friday.

White Hall Hours

  • Monday–Friday
    Breakfast: 7:00 am–10:30 am
    Lunch: 11:00 am–2:00 pm
    Dinner: 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

Ava’s Café

Servicing weekend brunch and dinner located on the first floor of Mackenzie Hall in the Student Center adjacent to White Hall on the Doble Campus.

Ava’s Hours  

  • Saturday & Sunday
    Brunch: 11:00 am–2:00 pm
    Dinner: 5:30 pm–7:30 pm

Washburn Hall

Washburn Hall is serving breakfast and lunch Monday-Thursday, and dinners as an all-you-care-to-eat buffet Sunday–Thursday. “Grab N Go” heat able meals are available Friday, Saturday, and part of Sunday.   

Washburn Hall Hours

  • Monday–Thursday
    Breakfast: 7:00 am–10:30 am
    Lunch: 11:00 am–2:00 pm
    Dinner: 5:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • Sunday
    Dinner: 6:00 pm–8:30 pm

Washburn “Grab N Go” Hours

  • Friday & Saturday
    9:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Sunday
    9:00 am to 3:00 pm


We have three cafés—Ava's on the Doble campus, the Porter Café on the 3rd floor of University Hall, and the Sherrill Café in Sherrill Library.

Vegan and vegetarian selections are available and the food service manager works to guide students in meeting any special dietary needs.

Ava’s Café Hours

  • Monday - Thursday
    2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday
    Brunch 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Dinner 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Porter Café Hours

  • Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–3:30 pm

Sherrill Café Hours

  • Monday–Friday, 7:00 am–2:00 pm