On-Campus Dining Services

Hampshire College is dedicated to providing the highest quality service to students, faculty, staff, and guests.

Eating on Campus

For the academic year 2021/2022, dining services will offer in-person cafeteria-style dining in the Dining Commons, coffee shop service at the Kern Kafé, and á la carte dining at the Bridge Café. Sourcing is done as locally as possible, with many ingredients coming from the College's own farm. Student-centered meals are made fresh with seasonal ingredients and a global influence. The dining program supports community businesses such as Tandem Bagel, Pierce Brothers Coffee, and Mapleline Farms.

Dining services accommodates varied dietary needs. For questions, please contact Franny Krushinsky, director of dining services, at fkDC@hampshire.edu.

Block meal plans and OneCard balances can be used to purchase food items at all dining services locations. 

Dining Commons



  • Breakfast: 7:30–9:30 a.m.  Note new time, now open until 9:30am.
  • Lunch: 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5–8 p.m.   Note new time, now closing at 8pm.

Cereal, bagels, assorted fruit, coffee, fountain drinks, tea, snacks are available all day between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday

  • Brunch: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5–8 p.m.

Snacks are available between brunch and dinner.

Daily menus offer an array of hot entrees, soups, breads, desserts, and a salad bar.

Meal swipes, Café Card, cash, or credit/debit cards can be used to access the Dining Commons.

Kern Kafé

Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Located in the R.W. Kern Center, the Kern Kafé is the only coffee shop on campus. Offerings include espresso, lattes, tea, an assortment of other hot and cold beverages, homemade pastries, sandwiches, salads, and soup. 

Bridge Café

Tuesday–Saturday: 4–10:30 p.m.  Note, now open 5 days.

The Bridge Café is located on the second floor of the Robert Crown Center. The name is taken from the bridge that connects Johnson Library's Airport Lounge and the Robert Crown Center. Offerings include á la carte items, custom prepared meals, and grab-and-go selections.

Block Meal Plans

Hampshire offers a variety of competitively priced Block Meal Plans.

Five College Meal Exchange Program

A student who is on the full meal plan and taking classes during a meal period at one of the other schools in the consortium, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, or the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, may request to take that meal at that institution. Participation in this program is granted for academic reasons only. 

To apply, visit the Dining Commons between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to fill out an application. Please bring your enrollment confirmation for the course at the member institution.  Email hampdining@hampshire.edu for questions about the program.

Hampshire College Catering

Full-service catering may be arranged for occasions such as meetings, receptions, holiday parties, religious commemorations, weddings, and other special events. Groups may choose to dine in the dining commons, receive catered food service in our event spaces, or combine the offerings and create an event unique to their group. Menus offered range from informal barbecues to full-service plated meals. Our catering staff will customize a package to suit your group's specific needs and requests. Email hampdining@hampshire.edu with catering requests.