A Beginner’s Guide to BU Dining

Rebecca Sarkisian (Questrom’23)

Going to college and living away from home for the first time can be hard, especially when you think about not being able to have home-cooked food. And while nothing can replace a home-cooked meal, BU Dining does its best to keep you well-fed so you can focus on making the most out of your college experience.

As a freshman in Kilachand, you’ll be living in a dorm-style residence, meaning that you’ll be required to have a meal plan. BU offers a variety of different meal plan options, each carrying a different amount of meal swipes and dining points. Meal swipes get you into the dining halls, while dining points can be used at to-go style on-campus eating options.

Since my freshman year, I’ve been on the Unlimited Plan. While it’s not the most common option, I’ve found that it’s the best option for me since I typically eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the dining hall. I also sometimes like to go to the dining hall in the afternoon when it’s less busy to study and have a snack, which my Unlimited Plan allows me to do without worrying about wasting a meal swipe.

The main dining halls on campus are Marciano, Warren, and West. Marciano is right across the street from Kilachand Hall, so it’s where you’ll probably eat most of your meals. Marciano features two floors of seating and food options with tons of natural light (and a view of Fenway Park on one side of the dining hall). In addition to dining hall staples like a salad bar, deli, and grill, there’s also a vegan station and a gluten-free station to accommodate different dietary restrictions.

The meals at the dining hall have a lot of variety, but my personal favorite days are the dining hall events. Each Fall, all of the dining halls have Lobster Night where every student gets a full lobster. The dining halls also have other events like ‘90s Night and holiday events like Thanksgiving, Spring Brunch, and Halloween.

If you want to add some variety outside of the dining halls, you can use your dining points at to-go locations across campus. At the George Sherman Union, you can find Starbucks, Panda Express, Basho for sushi, Greens & Grains for salads, Rhett’s for burgers and chicken, and CRBC for sandwiches, along with rotating menus at Open Kitchen and The Market. There’s also Einstein Bros. Bagels in the basement of CAS, and Starbucks and Breadwinners in Questrom, along with more locations around campus.

There’s never a lack of good food at BU, but you can’t forget that you’re in the middle of Boston with tons of amazing restaurants as well! Make sure you explore the city and see what else there is to offer.


Image © Rebecca Sarkisian 2022

Breaking Out of the “BU Bubble” with Kilachand

By Rebecca Sarkisian (Questrom’23)

One of the first terms you’ll hear during your time at BU is something called the “BU Bubble.” The Bubble looks different for everyone, but essentially it involves being stuck in the same routines and going to the same places on campus all the time. While BU is integrated into the city of Boston, it can be really easy to just always stay on campus and forget that there is an entire city of new experiences just a few steps from Comm Ave.

Kilachand co-curriculars are one of the best parts of being in the Honors College. You often get to hear from top experts in a wide variety of fields. But my favorite co-curriculars are those that help you break out of the BU Bubble by going out into the city with other Kilachand students.

This Fall, the first co-curricular of the semester was a visit to the Arnold Arboretum, a large park in Jamaica Plain maintained by Harvard University. Kilachand faculty and staff led small groups of students on excursions to the Arboretum throughout the beginning of the semester to participate in the Arboretum Experience. The Arboretum Experience is a mix of meditations, audio plays, and other guides that help shape your visit to the Arboretum.

I went to the Arboretum on a Saturday morning with a Kilachand advisor and four other Kilachand students. Not only did I get to meet new people from other class years, but I was able to take a break from city life for a bit. The trip also gave me an opportunity to visit a place that I may not have otherwise visited.

Arnold Arboretum offers a quiet escape from the city
Arnold Arboretum offers a quiet escape from the city. Credit: Rebecca S.

It’s not just co-curriculars that take Kilachand students out of the BU Bubble. My first semester in Kilachand, I visited the Institute of Contemporary Art in the Seaport as part of my writing studio. One of the exhibits in the museum connected to the themes of the class, so we were encouraged to visit and write about the art. (Side note: the ICA is free for BU students!)

Kilachand student leaders also take small groups on city excursions during Kilachand Community Initiative outings. The outings are a great way to meet fellow Kilachand students, visit new places, take a break from studying, and just get to know Boston better.

No matter whether it’s a co-curricular, class trip, or Community Initiative outing, there are plenty of ways to break out of the BU Bubble with Kilachand.

How Kilachand and Questrom Have Shaped My BU Experience

By Rebecca Sarkisian (Questrom’23)

While there are many factors that influence each BU student’s unique college experience, there’s no doubt that which BU college you’re in has a major impact. For me, being a student in the Questrom School of Business and Kilachand Honors College has been a cornerstone of my time at BU. Questrom and Kilachand courses are different from each other, but being a student in both colleges has helped me in a few ways.

1. Exploring My Business Courses from Different Perspectives (and my Kilachand Courses from a Business Perspective)

Questrom and Kilachand courses are definitely distinct from one another! But that just means that there’s more opportunities to expand your thinking about different subjects. I personally like the way that Kilachand, with its focus on the global community, complements my business education. Kilachand encourages students to bring their knowledge from their major to their Kilachand classes. For example, for my Kilachand class on climate change, I wrote my final paper on mandating corporate environmental reporting standards similar to financial reporting standards. I’ve also definitely applied my Kilachand experiences to my Questrom courses as well.

2. Having a Plan to Fulfill Hub Requirements

One of the first things I did when I decided to attend BU was start making a spreadsheet of the courses I wanted to take throughout my four years here. I started with my required Questrom courses, then my Kilachand courses, and finally the courses for my Accounting concentration within Questrom. Then, I figured out which Hub units each required course satisfies. The BU Hub is essentially BU’s general education requirement, and can be fulfilled by courses both in and out of your major. When I planned it all out, I found out that my required Questrom and Kilachand courses will fulfill nearly all of my requirements, and I was able to fulfill the rest through my first-year Kilachand seminar selections. Obviously this will not be the same for everyone, but working with your advisors can help to determine your path through the Hub and how your major works with Kilachand.

3. Flexibility of the Kilachand Curriculum and Working with Advisors

Both Questrom and Kilachand have their own dedicated advisors, which has greatly helped me around course registration time. Being able to quickly go to Questrom drop-in advising, and then to an appointment with my Kilachand advisor has made the registration process so much smoother. All of the advisors do their very best to guide students’ unique academic paths. For example, working with my Kilachand advisor helped me realize that I could rearrange my Kilachand course load so that I’m not taking a 4-credit Kilachand course on top of the intensive 16-credit Questrom Core courses and additional Questrom Honors Program class I’m taking this semester. It’s also just reassuring to have a group of people to go to with questions throughout the year.

One of the best parts of being in Questrom is walking into this building every day.
One of the best parts of being in Questrom is walking into this building every day. Credit: Rebecca S.

That’s just a little bit about my personal experience as a student in both Questrom and Kilachand. But no matter what you’re majoring in, you’ll find the support in Kilachand to shape whatever path you decide to take.