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Get Ready: Vending Virtues


By Andriana Trang '12, Illustrations by Janet Park

Published Jan 1, 2011 1:55 PM

Almost any Bruin knows (or quickly discovers) the variety of tasty delights available at Ackerman Union, Kerckhoff Coffee House, Northern Lights Café, and the Court of Sciences' food trucks. But if you're short on time or looking for quick refreshment, 350 campus vending machines dole out everything from sodas to sandwiches. We polled current students on UCLA's best vending machines, and here are the results:


South Campus: The busy corridor under the Math Sciences Building offers a wide selection from a whole row of vending machines; high traffic guarantees these "freshest" products are frequently restocked. Enjoy a mocha, apple or sandwich, among the many choices.

North Campus: The vending machines along the side of Haines Hall are a better alternative than the more popular Campbell Hall Patio machines. They have a wider drink selection, shade and a dependable return for your $1.25.

Powell Library: Your average college student doesn't crave a cold Sprite or Sobe green tea as much as a chicken (without vegetables)-flavored cup of noodles. After-hours, this time-honored tradition can only be found in one place on campus: behind Powell Library. Students have been known to make late-night treks from the residence halls just to score this coveted snack.

The Hill: Though today's Bruins don't consider the Hill part of campus, the residence halls do offer vending goodness. The machines at De Neve Plaza (on the second floor, to the right of the Dykstra Hall entrance) and on the first floor of Covel Commons are easy to find and usually stocked with the best flavors of cold Tazo Tea, as well as hot beverages. And the machines function reliably — in other words, they won't eat your valuable laundry quarters without dispensing your selection.