Student Handbook

House System


Dining at Smith combines many unique traditions with a relaxed, accommodating atmosphere. All meals are prepared on-site by staff employed by the college. The department’s goal is to provide students with excellent food and customer service. All residential students are on a full board plan, (3 swipes a day with your OneCard, plus $100 Dining Dollars) which entitles them to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. You can also swing by Grab and Go at lunch to grab a snack for late night studying. Friday afternoon tea is a popular way to end the week and tea is served in each house.

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 a great salad bar at many locations ( Smith accommodates many diets including vegan, kosher, halal and allergen Free (please register with the Office of Disability Services). For access to dining rooms, students must present their Smith OneCard. Scanning your OneCard at each meal ensures we anticipate enough guests and also helps reduce 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.

If you are a student with medically related dietary intolerances and/or allergies, please review the Food Allergies/Dietary Sensitivities section below.

Meals are served in the dining rooms in accordance with published hours which vary 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 may participate in our reusable “to go” container program. 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 obtain an authorization slip by contacting the dining services office ( 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. The Dining staff makes every effort to accommodate various requirements. If you have a food allergy or intolerance that can be managed within our existing board plan dining menus, please contact Dino Giordano, Dining Services Executive Chef ( so that he 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.