Dining Updates

Welcome to Award Winning Dining

To the Best Customers in the World,

Welcome to UMass.  Whether this is your first time to campus or you are returning for another exciting semester, we look forward to serving each and every one of you an award winning experience.  As always, our focus continues to be on student success by providing healthy, sustainable, authentic and delicious meals.  We’ve learned a lot over the last ten months and are confident in our ability to serve you in the safest ways possible.  We continue to work in collaboration with our campus partners and public health officials refining our comprehensive operational plans. For more details on our comprehensive program, Dine with Confidence, committed to putting your safety first, please visit Dine with Confidence.

If you are new to campus, things may look a little different.  To ensure a safe experience in our dining facilities we have implemented a number of measures including:

  1. Limiting the number of customers in a building per state guidelines.  This includes limiting the number of dine-in customers and limited seating per table
  2. Maintaining the 6ft social distancing standard from the fall
  3. Implemented one-way traffic in all operations: directional placed consistently throughout dining areas.
  4. Increased sanitation stations with bold signage that include hand sanitizer, along with table cleaning/sanitizing spray bottles and paper towels so customers may sanitize their area before and after they dine.
  5. Increased cleaning and sanitizing by dining staff in high traffic areas.
  6. Simplified dining concepts to increase speed of service. Customers can choose to dine in or take food out.
  7. Developed a robust procedure to serve meals to students in isolation and quarantine including ordering meals on our dedicated isolation/quarantine meal app.
  8. Offering mobile ordering through the Grub Hub app at select dining locations.

Let’s work together. Please routinely wash your hands for 20 seconds and wear a face covering when you visit our dining locations.

As always, the situation is fluid and we may need to change procedures based on the newest recommendations from our public health team.  We understand communication is extremely important and we are committed to ensuring that all information is updated and posted on major social media platforms (@UMassDining), our UMass Dining app (umassdining.com/mobile-application) and the UMass Dining Website (umassdining.com/coronavirus). 

Although some things may be different, what remains the same is our commitment to serving a best-in class dining experience to you. There is much to look forward to this semester:

  1. Voted #1 best campus food by the Princeton Review for the 5th consecutive year.
  2. We surpassed our 20% Real Food commitment goal and achieved 28%. 
  3. Our new Worcester Commons opened at the end of the Fall Semester.  The state of the art facility is a three story, 68,000 square ft. building offering both dining and student life space. The first floor features a cafe and expanded grab and go operation. The second floor is home to main dining. Modeled after a food hall concept, it features 12 globally inspired stations. In addition, there are two teaching kitchens where guest chefs will provide hands on learning opportunities for students.
  4. Weekly special meals that celebrate our rich campus culture.

The health and wellness of our customers is our number one priority. From serving an award winning dining experience to keeping students safe, our team is committed to student success every step of the way.  We thank you for trusting us to deliver such an experience and are so fortunate to have the best customers in the world.  We look forward to serving you once again.

From everyone at UMass Dining, Stay Safe and GO UMass!!!
Ken Toong,
Executive Director, Auxiliary Enterprises

About UMass Amherst Services

UMass Dining has more to offer than a fabulous dining experience in our residential and retail program. We also offer goods from our award winning bake shop and on-site Catering Department. We also offer Gifts from Home program where care packages can be sent to your student. Take a look around and enjoy!


Enjoy custom-made baked goods made with an expert hand and a pinch of love. We offer a wide variety of items, if there is something you don’t see, contact us, we may have just what you are looking for.



Enjoy custom-made baked goods made with an expert hand and a pinch of love. We offer a wide variety of items, if there is something you don’t see, contact us, we may have just what you are looking for.


Cash Prices at the Dining Commons

September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022







Accepted Payment: Meal Plans, Dining Dollars, UCard Debit, Cash, Credit Cards

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