Tips for Navigating the Dining Hall: Warren Towers

Warren-Dining-300x190by Ellie Schulman, Film and Television Student, College of Communication

Freshmen central. For those of you who are a freshman, this is the place to be. I mean, still definitely venture out and eat at Marciano or West to mix it up and get in a nice walk, but Warren is definitely the most comfortable for freshmen. Probably because almost solely freshmen live in Warren, and therefore there aren’t many punk upperclassmen to be rude to you about being born two years later than them.

So here are the major tips for Warren.

Warren dinging hall rush hours are pretty much the same as for Marciano.

A lot of the food at Warren is like comfort food, especially at lunch time. They break out the burritos and mac‘n’cheese pretty often, which is nice in its own respect if you’re having a day that you need to feel snuggled into—or even if you’re just really in the mood for mac’n’cheese—but luckily they always have a good Sargent Choice option for the rest of the days.

Let’s see. There’s a microwave adjacent to the coffee. And if you need a dairy or lactose-free milk you can find them in the NEW AND IMPROVED SPECIAL MILK DISPENSER THINGY in between the bagels and the cereals.

I like the Warren salad bar options a lot—they usually have a really good spread of beans and other toppings, and they have a meat option at the salad bar faaaaaaaar more often than at Marciano. You can also snag some cut up fruit at the salad bar, though the dining managers there can be sneaky and move all of the fruit to where the flavored waters are when they’re experimenting with the feng shui. Usually the fruit is there during breakfast. And if you prefer your fruits to be whole, there’s a huge display right smack dab in the middle of the dining hall that you can’t miss.


A really important tip that I’d like to point out, which applies to all dining halls, is that you are allowed to ask for only one item from any station. So if there’s a dish of baked chicken, potatoes, and green beans, you can ask for just the green beans if you want to add them to a different plate. And this way you don’t waste food!

Similarly, as SCNC RD Lisa Ferreira would like to point out, “You can always get a different amount than what the staff is serving, you just have to ask. So it’s OK to ask for a smaller portion if you just want a taste, or to ask for a double portion. Please let a manager know if a server gives you a hard time about these requests because they will want to make sure they correct the server’s misunderstanding.”

Don’t be afraid to speak to the managers! They are there to make sure you are getting everything your family is paying for. So even if the ketchup runs out, or the person in front of you took the last parmesan cheese for their pizza, give a manager a hollaaaaaaaaa. Tweeting snarky comments @BUdiningservice like “HOW DARE YOU RUN OUT OF KETCHUP ON ME, DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?” won’t be effective to get the ketchup refilled until the end of the meal period anyway, so save your thumbs the effort and use your eyes to seek out a manager instead.

diningtweetSadly, Warren is the only dining hall without a gluten free pantry. “If you’re worried to eat in the dining hall because you have a food allergy or intolerance, be sure to check out information from Dining Services and to make an appointment with an RD at the SCNC,” suggests Lisa. Cause even though they don’t have the fancy pantry they can still make accommodations for students with food allergies at Warren.

Um. I guess that kind of wraps up Warren. It’s a very basic dining hall, pretty simple.

Oh and hey, the window seats all the way at the back left seating area are awesome—really the best view. It’s cool in the winter time when you can look at all the snow covering the COM lawn.

Check in next week for West tips!


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