I got diagnosed 2 weeks before I left for my freshman year of college at a small university. We had talked to them and because of scholarship requirements, I have to live on-campus for 4 years unless i get married. So I gave the dining hall a shot, but it was awful. The director and the head chef were very good about it, and they knew what they were doing, and they were willing to help me, but what screwed it up for me was the employees who prepared my meals and didn't know what they were doing. They weren't trained in how to prevent cross contamination and keep my food clean, and in small town North Dakota, most of them didn't know what Celiac Disease or gluten was. So halfway through the semester I talked to my advisor(whose dad, i discovered, has Celiac) and she completely understood and set me up with an on-campus apartment. So this semester will be much, much better. The only challenge will be getting back in the middle of a blizzard.
The other problem i had with the dining hall was that they wanted me to sit down with them every week to plan meals and to be there at a certain time every day so that they could have my food hot and ready to eat. I am not a planner. An organizer, but not a planner. So that didn't really work with me because I never knew if I wanted to eat in the hall or @ my room till I was hungry.
That's about it. ha.