Ah, the wonders of the vending machine—enabling students to stay indoors for weeks on end since they were first invented in the 1880s. Don’t wait for the next blizzard to scope out supply lines. FM will guide you through some of the best vending machines at Harvard, so you can always be prepared.
The French Laundry of vending machines: Health conscious. Locally sourced. Attracts yuppies. Items include: greek yogurt, nut clusters, coconut water, and chips made from various exotic grains. Can you say quinoa? Kween-wa.
Malkin Athletic Center
Plenty of electrolytes can be found on the first floor of the MAC. Also available: make-your-own Starkist tuna salad kits. Great for a post-workout treat, or maybe you just really like tuna salad. No judgement here. Protein up!
Harvard Grad School of Design
The vending machine for the everyday computer nerd. Ethernet cables, computer locks, and SD cards available 24 hours a day for the Harvard grad design student. You never know when you’ll need a flash drive.
In the name of encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation, Harvard i-Lab’s vending machine allows you to craft your own soda, choosing from fine flavors such as ginger ale, grape, and lemon-lime. You’ll feel like a carbonation brewmaster.
Loeb Theater Backstage
The best kept retro secret of vending machines, this theater gem has old-fashioned sweets you’ll find nowhere else, including Whatchamacallit candy bars, Hot Tamales, and Milk Duds. True to its roots, here’s one machine that will take none of your Crimson Cash—quarters only.
Basically the same as CVS. Toiletry items packed in cute little single use containers—deodorant, chargers, band-aids, and the like—make Quadlings’ lives a little less terrible. Wonder why you haven’t seen your Currier friend in two months? She’s been living off the machine.
Basically the same as CVS, but this time the smaller CVS that never has what you need, but is good if you’re looking for toothpaste, or more likely, girl’s XS 100 percent cotton t-shirts (in both black and white). Supplies everything a freshman needs to prepare for that first walk of shame, and everything a freshman needs to avoid the true walk of shame: the 3 a.m. CVS run for Kraft Mac n’ Cheese.
Ah, ye olde Crimson. This trusty gal (guy?) has been fueling late night news sessions for years uncountable. ¡Salud!