An Updated Guide to Campus Dining Halls

by Jessica Gregory

There have been a few changes in Barnard’s (and Columbia’s) dining halls this semester! So, in the interest of saving you a trip to each place in order to find out, here is a comprehensive list of available dining halls for Barnard students and, if any, the changes that have happened within.


Hewitt is Barnard’s main dining hall. It features a themed action station where you can ‘Have it your way’, a grill with several options, a fully stocked deli (ALL the sandwiches!) and a home station that also has themes. The best parts of Hewitt in my personal opinion, are the events held in the fall (apple cider galore)! It is accessible through Barnard Hall and is open roughly from 8:00 AM-3:00PM and 4:00PM-7:45 PM. A more thorough list of hours can be found on Barnard’s dining website located here.

Liz’s Place:

Liz’s Place contains Barnard’s own personal Starbucks! Get all the coffee you need and deserve (though I prefer hot chocolate). Liz’s place also offers delicious/addicting pastries, candy, instant noodles and various cold drinks. You pay here using your dining dollars, cash, or credit/debit. This year, Liz’s Place has added Provisions on Demand, which serves as an add-on to the Starbucks where you can purchase provisions (batteries, over the counter medicine, and writing utensils) as well as sandwiches, sushi, protein packs and my personal favorite, Lunchables. It’s located on the first floor of the Diana Center.

Diana Center Café:

Flatbread pizza! Burgers! Deli! Fruit! The Diana Center Café is always packed. From 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Diana serves a breakfast special which you can use a meal swipe to obtain. From 11:30 to 3:00 PM (remember, it’s only open on weekdays!) it’s a beautiful lunch location where you can use dining dollars, cash, or credit. The favorite of this location is definitely the pizzas, but the grill can make you anything from bacon burgers to a chicken tender sandwich. The sections are more organized than they were in the 2014/15 school year as well, so there’s a bit less line congestion.

Ferris Booth:

Ferris is located on the 3rd floor of Lerner, and is known for it’s morning customizable omelet station which magically turns into a pasta station from lunchtime until closing. It also has a wide array of pizzas, sandwiches, salad, and desserts. In addition to this, it has a serve-yourself hot food station that changes for breakfast, lunch, and then dinner. You can get into this dining hall with meal swipes. Something to note is that Ferris does not have a specific Kosher section. It is open to Barnard Students Monday through Thursday 11-2 and 5-8, and Sunday 10-2 and 5-8.

John Jay:

JJ’s Place was made unavailable to Barnard students last year, much to many students’ dismay. I personally mourned the loss of the late night French toast and the Jamba Juice station (and the constant colorful, party atmosphere). However, if you are wiling to purchase Columbia Dining Dollars, you’ll be able to get in. It’s located beneath John Jay.

Jessica Gregory is a Junior at Barnard and Contributing Editor for the Nine Ways of Knowing. 


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