Frequently Asked Questions
The Meal Plan is mandatory for all students living on campus in the following residential communities: College-in-the-Woods, Dickinson, Hinman, Mountainview, and Newing. If you are considered an off-campus student or you are living in the Susquehanna or Hillside Communities, then you are not required to purchase a meal plan.
You can add money to your dining dollars at any time by contacting the Meal Plan Office at 888.858.9167, 607.777.6000 or using the Online Account Sign In. You will not be charged any additional fees for adding dining dollars - the amount of money added goes directly to the dining dollars amount.
Yes, dining dollars will roll over semester to semester and year to year as long as you are currently signed up for one of our meal plans. You must purchase a meal plan first. If you do not purchase a meal plan consecutive semesters, you will lose your carryover. **Please note that roll over dining dollars will not be available until after the first week of classes for the semester.
No, we do not refund any dining dollars. If you are still a student and are moving off campus, then you can choose to purchase a commuter meal plan. Your dining dollars will roll over from a resident meal plan to a commuter meal plan. Refunds are permitted only when a student withdraws from the University within the first 9 weeks of the semester on a prorated schedule. Due to New York State tax laws, no refund will be provided to students who have excess dining dollars in their account after the ninth week of the semester, when they graduate, or leave the University for any reason. More information is available at our Meal Plan Office.
The Meal Plan is specifically used for food on campus at Sodexo facilities. BUC$ is a pre-paid debit card which can be used in locations such as the Bookstore, Library, Student Shops, etc.
No. The meal plan can only be used at the Binghamton University Dining Service facilities on campus.
Do I have to have a Meal Plan if I only want to eat at the Kosher Korner at Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center?
If you live on campus, then it is mandatory for you to have a meal plan even if you only wish to dine at the Kosher Korner.
Yes. Students can dine at a variety of locations on campus. We currently have 4 community dining rooms, 4 community cafes, and 10 retail dining facilities. The meal plan is accepted at any of these 18 locations.
Yes, you can pay cash at any of the community dining rooms, though it is discouraged because you will pay 1.8 times the posted item amount.
Yes, you can use BUC$ in any of the community dining rooms and is accepted at all retail dining locations.
Yes, you can always transfer money to your meal plan by using your BUC$ account by contacting the Meal Plan Office, however you cannot add money to BUC$ with your Meal Plan.
The Meal Plan is linked to your Binghamton University Student Picture Identification Card. Your account number is the number on the front of your picture ID.
Yes. All of our facilities offer wellness, vegetarian, vegan, and organic options. These options are noted on the menu signs. For any questions regarding nutrition, you can contact our Dietitian, Alexa Schmidt, at 607.777.2716. You can also look for healthier options at our dining locations under our Mindful program.
Food Allergies are very important, especially when you are dining away from home. If you have a food allergy of any kind, then please ask the dining staff if the allergen is in the food you are purchasing. Any of our dining staff would be happy to help. Also, we encourage you to speak to the Campus Dietitian, Alexa Schmidt, at 607.777.2716, for additional information regarding your food allergy. Alexa will be more than happy to help you navigate all of our menus so you will know exactly which foods not to eat. However, as stated above, we still ask that you question the staff before eating any foods which may pose a concern.
You may also consider eating at one of our Simple Servings stations, located in the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center & Appalachian Collegiate Center. All Simple Servings dishes feature foods made without milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, and gluten for people with food allergies, gluten intolerance, or other special dietary needs.