Student Handbook

House System


Dining at Smith combines many unique traditions with a relaxed, accommodating atmosphere. Staff employed by the college prepare all meals on site. The department’s goal is to provide students with excellent food and great customer service. All residential students are on a full board plan, (4 swipes a day with your OneCard, plus $100 Dining Dollars) which entitles them to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Students can also swing by Grab and Go at Chapin House during lunch to grab a snack for late night studying. Friday afternoon tea served in each house is a popular way to end the week

Under Smith’s dining system, students have the flexibility to choose to eat any meal in any of the open dining locations. They may opt to eat at a location more convenient to their classes or with a menu more to their liking. Menus vary by location for lunch and dinner, offering students several options from which to choose and salad bars at many locations ( Smith accommodates many diets including vegan, kosher, halal and allergen Free (please register with the Office of Disability Services). To access dining rooms, students must present their Smith OneCard at each meal, which allows us to better forecast demand, thereby reducing food waste. Students are expected to empty the food left on their plates at the end of each meal into the compost container. Food scraps and unusable leftovers are also collected in each kitchen for compost.

Meals are served in the dining rooms at different times depending on location. Due to safety and sanitation standards, students do not have free access to kitchens or pantries. To maintain an adequate supply of dishes at mealtime, students may not remove dishes or silverware from the dining facilities, but can use our reusable “to go” Ozzi containers. Students must provide their own utensils for use in the residential kitchenettes. To support the college’s sustainable efforts, we encourage students not to waste paper products and recycle items whenever possible.

Meals are served buffet-style, pre-order or “grab and go” to accommodate busy student schedules. Guests will not be accommodated to begin the year as we continue our Culture of Care guidance to ensure only students in the testing program are accessing our dining rooms.

Due to limited seating, large meetings should not be scheduled in the dining rooms. Student groups may reserve space for the Duckett House special dining rooms by submitting an online request form. Dining services has many jobs in their dining operations and students interested in work or dining careers should contact the Dining Service office, extension 2300 or check Workday.

If board paying students are attending classes or any activity at one of the Five College campuses, they may complete the Five College Meal Request Form to enable them to eat at that campus. More information is available on the Dining Service website: (

Food Allergies/Dietary Sensitivities

Dining Services at Smith has had success working with students with medically restricted diets, food allergies and/or dietary sensitivities and we label ten allergens on menus across campus. The dining staff make every effort to accommodate various requirements. Lamont House offers food that is free of 10 allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, gluten, dairy, egg, soy, fish, shellfish, coconut and sesame). Dawes House is a gluten free facility that requires access approval through the Office of Disability Services. Gillett offers vegan options (free of dairy and egg). If you have a food allergy or intolerance that can be managed within our existing board plan dining menus, please contact the Dining Services Executive Chef so that they can review your dietary needs with you. All foods are prepared following the highest standards to prevent cross-contamination. Please note that manufacturers can change the content of foods without notifying Smith College, so students should always review their options and speak to a dining staff member.

Students with severe medical dietary restrictions such as Celiac disease, food allergies, etc., and are requesting accommodations or service will be directed to the Office of Disability Services. Students are required to follow College policy and provide appropriate documentation of their disability from a licensed professional. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain and supply the college with all necessary documentation ( Once a person with a disability has registered, the documentation will be reviewed to determine the need for appropriate services and accommodations that are necessary and effective. Please note that an Accommodations and Service Request Form must be completed and submitted to the Office of Disability Services as needed.

Religious Accommodations
Kosher Co-op Kitchen

The kosher community kitchen (warmly referred to as the "K"), located at Jordan House, is a student-run space (under the direction of Dining Services and the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life) that serves as a cooking, eating and meeting facility for everyone interested in the Jewish tradition and community. The "K" model is a co-op and students who participate all play a role in the meal preparation, purchasing of food, cleanup and meal planning. Two students are appointed annually to be the coordinators of the kitchen; it is eclectic, vegetarian (with plenty of vegan options), healthy and, of course, kosher. It is not uncommon to find the space teeming with choppers, would-be chefs, dishwashers, and other helpers on any Friday morning or afternoon.

During the academic year, special holiday events and other occasional Jewish programming activities are held at the Kosher Co-op Kitchen and all students are welcome to attend.

Kosher food is also served at Cutter/Ziskind dining room.