Fall 2021 Reopening Plans
We will reopen our campuses for classes, activities, and residential living in Fall 2021. Find the latest information on our Fall 2021 Plan page.

Fall 2021 Plan: Meals

Fall 2021 will be a transitional year for most on-campus services, and we plan to engage our entire community in dining advisory groups during the Fall 2021 semester to gain a better understanding of how well we are meeting dining needs and to solicit ideas for new options to pilot.

Flexibility will remain important during this transitional year, and we will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 case and vaccination rates to determine occupancy limits and other precautions.

All three campuses will offer a variety of food services, and the two campuses where the majority of students will be living will have cafeterias that serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner on weekends.

On-Campus Dining Options

Here are the options we are planning for Fall 2021. We may add more options during the year once we've solicited the community’s input and have assessed demand and preferences.

Doble Campus

  • White Commons will provide full cafeteria service for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • A mobile app will be available to pre-order food and food pick-up will be accessible at a hot box station via a bar code. 
  • Weekly themes and food stations to highlight healthy and seasonal items will be regular features.
  • The Student Center grill will provide grab-and-go services for the Doble Campus and have regularly scheduled “pop-up” cooking demonstrations. 

South Campus (formerly known as Brattle Campus)

  • Washburn Hall will provide full cafeteria service for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • A mobile app will be available to pre-order food and food pick-up will be accessible at a hot box station via a bar code.
  • Locally produced and international specialties will be regular features.
  • The Sherrill grill will be open in the morning for coffee, tea, pastries, and breakfast sandwiches and will provide grab-and-go services with some grill specials during lunch and dinner hours.

Porter Campus

  • The café on the third floor of University Hall will provide grab-and-go services with grill and sandwich specials for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • An area on the ground floor of University Hall will offer a chef’s start-up kitchen for dinner only. This pilot is designed to provide a launch platform for up-and-coming chefs to showcase their innovative talents.
  • Later on, we plan to invite members of the Lesley community to share their recipes and expertise in the start-up kitchen.

2021-22 Dining Rates

The cost of a meal plan will be $3,450 per semester, unchanged from 2019-20. As in prior years, students can select a weekly plan with 19 meals, 14 meals, or 7 meals with affiliated “dining dollars.”

Students can use dining dollars to purchase food in all the campus locations we’ve described and in vending machines on campus. The amount of the dining dollars credited to your student account will be calculated based on the equivalent number of meal swipes as your selected plan allows.

Weekly Plan Meal Frequency Dining Dollars
19 meals 3 meals/day, 2 meals/day on weekends $50 per semester
14 meals 2 meals/day $150 per semester
7 meals Dinner only, daily $350 per semester

Meal Plan Required for Housing Program

As in prior years, a meal plan is required for all students who are part of our Housing Program, including students living in the single hotel rooms offered through the university.

Non-resident students, as well as faculty and staff, may purchase a block meal plan or may pay at the door. As always, we will work with students who have food allergies and other dietary restrictions.

We are evaluating how to best meet the needs of food-insecure non-resident students but anticipate we will increase the means of doing so whether through the continuation of the student-staffed pantry or some other means.


Questions about dining options?

Please contact Nathaniel Mays at nmays@lesley.edu.