Please update frequently with the availability of various beverages at different machines, card acceptance/rejection, eating of money, and any other advice/warnings.
- Twenty campus vending machines, through the efforts of Dining Services, were fitted with motion sensors which turn the machine on when people walk in front of it. These devices conserve enough energy to pay back the cost of the device in as little as 4 months.
"Soda" is actually called pop by some people. Others try to please most demographics by refering to it as "soda pop," while still others, for some inexplicable reason, call all varieties of soda "coke." The title of this section is able to sidestep this issue, as Coca-Cola Co. has a deal with the college to provide free beverages in the dining halls in return for the exlusive right to put vending machines on campus, thus all soft drinks here may be justifiably gathered under the term "Coke."
Probably the most-used on campus. Nifty dispenser. Runs out of Diet Coke frequently. Known to eat cards. The only machine with Dr.Pepper, also known to contain diet coke with lime just after being re-stocked.
Has, in the past, been very convenient for Williams Trivia players seeking caffeine at 5 AM.
A good alternative if the Schow machine is empty. Has been known to emit two bottles of diet coke for the price of one on more than one occassion, perhaps due to the fact that the bottle sometimes gets stuck while being dispensed and some don't think to reach up and pull it out. It can be frustrating, however, that there are three slots for regular coke despite the fact that diet coke is frequently sold out.
Frequently problems with card reader. Some occasional problems with cash as well... coins are your best bet.
Jesup 2nd floor
Another good alternative, though it has sometimes not worked. May eat your cash.
Update: The coke machine currently does not work.
Goodrich, 2nd floor
A dark horse, reliable diet coke source which lurks next to the copy machine on the second floor.
Except during finals, when there's no diet coke by the end of reading period.
Stetson near Office Services
Somewhat creepy as it's motion-activated; when you approach it, it suddenly springs to life. And it dispenses cans for 75 cents instead of 500 ml bottles for a dollar. Very handy, as I find I never really want the last 4 oz.
Very convenient for Odd Quad residents seeking caffeine at 3 AM.
Has been known to give water instead of Powerade.
Near the pool table; a good alternative if the Prospect machine is empty or not working. However, quite frequently steals money.
Also very convenient for Odd Quad residents trying to finish problem sets at 3 AM.
Machines on both sides.
The snack machine in the lounge/pool room gives an error message and steals $.75 about every other time a card is inserted.
Located in the basement. Was the cause of much frustration for certain upperclassmen living there this past summer; never accepted either cash or cards, necessitating the meticulous collection of loose coins before making a trip downstairs.
Greylock Dining Hall
What was the point of putting vending machines behind doors that would be locked at night, when students would need them most?
It's between the Big House and the annex. It dispenses Coke products, and it has the motion sensor thing. If you duck, stealthily, you can avoid activating the motion sensor every time you come in the door. This saves energy.
It's a coke product machine underneath the staircase as you go down to the basement. Be forewarned, however, that it steals coins--don't even bother with them.
Located near the men's bathroom, perhaps the most theiving machine on campus. However, undeniably useful if one has a morning class in Hopkins or is drooping off during College Bowl practice.
Takes neither cards nor coins, so keep your dollars crisp.
Basement, by the laundry machines.
Albeit unreliable when it comes to using change (the coin slot has been broken for quite some while), the soda machine takes cards and dollar bills. Located on the 2nd floor of Spencer, in the nook next to the couches.
Situated in the basement, the soda machine only takes change.
It's on the second floor, north side, and dispenses Minute Maid brand products. . . or eats your money.
Like an awesome slot machine, sometimes it wastes your money, but once in the while you hit the jackpot. I once got 4 for the price of one.
Near the Laundry machines. As of this summer, dispensed two orange juices for the price of one. Considered a delight by many.
Warm beverage machines
Downstairs below Sawyer library.
Outside Schow Library, behind the stairs in front of the restrooms. It gives no indication of when it's out of cups, however, and so your hot drink (and your money) may end up down the drain.
Rarely has strawberry pop-tarts. Bronfman basement is, generally, a safer bets for a strawberry pop-tart buzz.
Greylock Dining Hall
Like the coke machine, this is also inaccessible at night.
For a faultless vend, 24 hours a day (you might have to come in through the security door on the East side and walk down the whole hall... occasionally well worth it though). As of Nov. 30th, refuses to take coins, although still delivers when presented a crisp Washington.
Tucked in the corner of the room with the pool tables.
Love them strawberry pop-tarts.
If you're studying in Schow and the machine there is out of your favorite treat, sneak over to this under-utilized gem.