Everyone at UNH has their favorite dining hall. You could stop anyone on campus and ask them which one they preferred, and they would answer right away, giving you specific reasons as to why they love that dining hall, and why they don’t like the others as much. There are definitely pros and cons to each, and I figured this week I could break it all down, you can check out all the dining halls, and then decide for yourself!
- Convenient location – HoCo is located right on Main Street and is basically the center of campus. It’s also attached to the MUB, where a lot of classes and meetings occur, so students can pop over there before or after to grab food.
- Variety of choices – HoCo is by far the biggest dining hall of the three, so there’s a TON of choices. If you can name it, they probably have it. From pizza to burgers to sushi to stir fry, you’ll never have trouble finding something you like.
- Sizzle Bar – This is something that some students may not know about. Sizzle Bar is wonderful. Located about halfway through the lower level of HoCo, Sizzle Bar changes daily, and you can get made-to-order crepes, hamburgers, gyros, breakfast sandwiches, or steak and cheese subs depending on the day. Yum.
- It gets really busy – Seasoned UNH students know that attempting to find a table at HoCo during common exam time during any weekday is a challenge. Because of it’s convenient location, a lot of people end up going there between classes so it gets congested.
- It’s less acceptable to wear your pajamas – Because of its central location, a lot of professors, parents, and visitors (especially during open houses) eat at HoCo. If you’re self conscious about getting your breakfast in your footie-pajamas and being spotted, I wouldn’t recommend going to HoCo.
- Homey atmosphere – Okay so I’m a little biased because now that I live in Williamson, Philly is totally my favorite dining hall. I love the set up and it’s so laid back. It’s totally normal to lounge in a booth for hours drinking tea and working on homework and I love that.
- All day breakfast (obviously) – Probably the most well known thing about Philly is that they have an all day breakfast bar. Want an omelette for dinner? Sure. Feel like pancakes for lunch? You got it.
- Sandwich bar – Towards the back of Philly, they have a made-to-order sandwich bar and you can basically get any kind of sandwich you can think of. Buffalo Chicken Monday is always a big hit.
- Location – it’s kind of out of the way. Unless you live in Williamson, Christensen, or Hubbard, it’s kind of a hike. But it’s totally worth the trip.
- Size – it’s definitely smaller than HoCo. Some people see that as a negative because there is less variety, but I think that Philly definitely makes up for it with the sandwich bar, all day breakfast, their pizza, nacho bar, etc.
- I got nothing else. I love Philly.
- Thanksgiving Dinner – If you’re feeling a little homesick and want some comfort food, there is usually always turkey, gravy, and mashed potatoes whenever you want them.
- Fair Food Night – It’s held at least once every year and it’s always a hit. There’s fried dough and corn dogs and cotton candy and everyone leaves feeling stuffed. Students definitely like to indulge themselves sometimes.
- TVs – Sometimes people feel awkward about eating by themselves. If you only have time for a quick bite alone, the TVs around Stillings provide a convenient distraction while you have your breakfast. And you can catch up on the news.
- It closes early/on the weekends – There are a bunch of people who live in residence halls around that area, and when Stillings closes on the weekends they have to walk to HoCo or Philly for all their meals.
- There is more limited seating than the other two dining halls, but don’t get me wrong, if you’re looking for a table you’ll probably find one, but during lunch time especially you may have to fight for one while balancing your plate of turkey and gravy.
- Limited selection – The times that I have been to Stillings, I’ve found that the choices are kind of lacking, especially at the desserts and the salad bar. Though the dining hall is smaller and therefore aims to serve a smaller student population, I wish I had more cookie choices.
So, that’s what I think of the three UNH dining halls. But don’t take my word for it! I would encourage students to try all three and make up their own mind about their favorite, and visitors/future UNH students should do the same! Happy eating!