If you have questions, please call the Meal Plan office at 607.777.6000 or toll free at 1.888.858.9167

To purchase a commuter meal plan or add money to your existing meal plan, click here.

Binghamton University meal plans provide the ultimate in convenience and flexibility. With your meal plan, you have the freedom to dine anywhere on campus, anytime you want. All students living on campus are required by the University to purchase a Resident Dining meal plan, with the exception of students living in Hillside and Susquehanna communities.

It works just like a debit card. Each time you purchase a meal at one of the dining locations on campus, the amount is deducted from your account balance. Dining Dollars are yours to spend when and where you want.

The cost of your meal plan is made up of two components:

  1. Membership Fee - This covers the non-food costs associated with operating your three (3) community dining centers (Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center, Appalachian Collegiate Center, and College-in-the-Woods Dining Center). This includes labor, supplies, maintenance, utilities, and paper.  
  2. Dining Dollars - The amount that can be spent on your food purchases. This differs based on the meal plan you choose. Since the membership fee covers all non-food costs, you receive a significant discount on prepared food items at any one of the three community dining centers. For example, a slice of NY-style pizza in Appalachian Dining Center costs a meal plan holder just $0.95!

Resident Meal Plan Benefits
  • Flexibility of choosing a meal plan size that reflects your unique eating habits. Unlike traditional meal plans, there are no lost meals, no limits on how often or when you can dine, as long as there are available funds on the meal plan. You can eat twice a day or eight times a day, you can spend $5 per day or $25 per day ... it's your choice.
  • Convenience of using one card for all campus dining purchases. Your student ID card is your ticket to eat when and how you want!
  • When you buy your meals and snacks with your meal plan, you pay no sales tax!
  • Enjoy many types of dining experiences in our 26 dining locations. Your meal plan allows you the freedom to eat in our community dining centers, cafés, convenience stores, a sit-down restaurant, and our food court.
  • Food to fit your mood and lifestyle including vegetarian, vegan, Kosher, gluten-free as well as healthy & balanced meal options.
  • Carryover! If you have any unspent Dining Dollars at the end of a semester, the balance will carry over as long as you purchase a meal plan in the new semester. You can continue to do this until you have a break in enrollment (such as graduation), even if you move off campus! Money from your Resident meal plan will carry over to a Commuter meal plan.
  • Ability to add more money to your plan anytime, anywhere (i.e. in person at Meal Plan Office, by phone, or online)
  • One of the biggest benefits of having a meal plan is receiving a significant discount in the community dining centers on campus. With a meal plan, you have increased buying power while maintaining the flexibility to eat at any dining venue on campus as you can see in this sample pricing below (from spring 2019)
Sample Resident Menu Meal Pricing

Binghamton University Commuter/On-Campus Apartment meal plans are available to all students living in Hillside, Susquehanna, or off-campus housing.

To purchase a Commuter/On-Campus Apartment meal plan or add money to your existing plan, please visit Account Access  

The cost of the Commuter Annual and Commuter Semester meal plan is made up of two components:

  1. Membership Fee - This covers the non-food costs associated with operating your three (3) community dining centers (Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center, Appalachian Collegiate Center, and College-in-the-Woods Dining Center). This includes labor, supplies, maintenance, utilities, and paper.  
  2. Dining Dollars - The amount that can be spent on your food purchases. This differs based on the meal plan you choose. 

Commuter Meal Plan Pricing

2019 Commuter/On-Campus Apartment Meal Plan Pricing PDF

Commuter/On-Campus Apartment Meal Plan Details
  • Convenience of using one card for all campus dining purchases. Your student ID card is your ticket to eat when and how you want!
  • It works just like a debit card. Each time you purchase a meal at one of the dining locations on campus, the amount is deducted from your account balance. Dining Dollars are yours to spend when and where you want.
  • Enjoy many types of dining experiences in our 26 dining locations. Your meal plan allows you the freedom to eat in our community dining centers, cafés, convenience stores, a sit-down restaurant, and our food court.
  • Food to fit your mood and lifestyle including vegetarian, vegan, Kosher, gluten-free as well as healthy & balanced meal options.
  • Ability to add more money to your plan anytime, anywhere (i.e. in person at Meal Plan Office, by phone or online
  • One of the biggest benefits of having a Commuter Annual or Commuter Semester meal plan is receiving a significant discount in the community dining centers on campus, as you can see in the sample pricing below (from spring 2019).
  • *The 25 Plan holders will be charged 1.8 times the posted price on prepared food items in community dining centers.
Sample Resident Menu Meal Pricing
 

Commuter Annual - This is the perfect plan for students who plan to eat mostly in Resident Dining Centers and are looking for value in dining for the entire academic year. 

  • Buy in Fall and use your Dining Dollars throughout the academic year 
  • $650 per academic year = $400 Dining Dollars/$250 membership fee 
  • Save 8% sales tax 
  • Enjoy significant discount on prepared food items in all 3 community dining centers 
  • Can be used in all retail locations

Commuter Semester – This is the perfect plan for the students who plan to eat mostly in Resident Dining Centers and are looking for value in dining for just one semester. 

  • $340 per academic year = $200 Dining Dollars/$140 membership fee 
    Valid until the last day of finals each semester
  • Save 8% sales tax 
  • Enjoy a significant discount on prepared food items in all 3 community dining centers 
  • Can be used in all retail locations

The 25 Plan – This plan is designed for students who plan to eat mostly in our Retail locations such as the MarketPlace, Dunkin' Donuts, Einstein's, Jazzman's, Starbucks Truck, ITC, Pharmacy School, Downtown Center, and the Chenango Room. Receive a 10% bonus for every dollar deposited. This plan is purchased for the academic year and you only need a minimum deposit of $25. There is no membership fee with this plan, therefore, plan holders will not receive a discount at Resident Dining Centers and will be charged 1.8 times the posted prices.

  • $25 minimum buy-in 
  • Save 8% sales tax 
  • 10% bonus added for every dollar deposited 
  • 18% total savings over using cash

A Faculty/Staff meal plan offers the simplicity of only carrying your Binghamton University picture ID card for food purchases on campus - no need to worry about having cash in your pocket!

As a Faculty/Staff meal plan member, there is no need to carry cash. A Faculty/Staff Flexible Dining account is a prepaid debit card system that operates on a declining balance basis, specifically for the ease of dining on campus. The member’s account is reduced by the dollar amount of the purchase including tax. 

A minimum deposit of $25 is required to enroll in Flexible Dining. As an incentive, Binghamton University Dining Services will add 10 cents on every dollar you contribute to your account. It is our thank you for your business, and in today’s world, a 10% boost added to your account for every dollar you deposit adds up. Furthermore, it’s simple to start and easy to use. 

You may enroll at any time either in person at the Meal Plan Office (located in the University Union) or use our easy and convenient online system to open your new Flexible Dining account. We’ll immediately credit your Binghamton University ID card. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card (our online system only accepts credit cards). You can add money any time your balance gets low, either in person, via telephone, or through our online account access at mybucard.com. Only those opening new accounts are required to deposit the minimum $25 payment.

Members maintaining accounts need not add the minimum at the beginning of each semester. Your funds are available throughout the year. 

Please note that Faculty/Staff using this plan will be charged 1.8 times the posted price in the resident dining centers.

Department Accounts:

Does your department host special events throughout the year? Why not open a Department Account at the same time and charge your special catered events to your account? You’ll get the same 10% enrichment that individual accounts receive. The savings, especially for catered events, really add up. We suggest each department account start with $100 which will automatically turn your buying power into $110.

Note: This dining account is suitable for eating in all dining locations, however, accounts will be charged 1.8 times the posted price in the resident dining centers.

Why wait? Sign up for a Faculty/Staff meal plan here.

Binghamton University Card System  


BUC$ is an optional student service where you can place money on your student ID, turning it into a "Gift Card" for certain University services.  There are no service fees, no activation fees, and the money carries over from semester to semester.  When you graduate or close your account, you can request any money left be refunded to you. You do not lose anything from using the program!

To add money or manage your BUC$ account, please click here.


On Campus Locations that Accept BUC$:

  • Anderson Center Ticket Office
  • Bowling Alley
  • Campus Printing (color prints)*
  • Digital Media Center*
  • Emerging Tech Studio*
  • Food Co-Op
  • Library (copiers, and paying fines)*
  • Print Solutions
  • SA Inc.
  • Science Store*
  • STEAM Room*
  • University Bookstore
  • Watters Theater Ticket Office
*ONLY accepts BUC$ for payment
 

Deposits for your BUC$ Account  
If you want to register for a BUC$ account, click here, print out the form, fill it out, and send it to:


Binghamton University Dining Services  
Meal Plan Office  
Binghamton University  
P.O. Box 6000  
Binghamton, New York 13902-6000


For terms & conditions, click here

If you have questions just call the Meal Plan office at 607.777.6000 or toll free at 1.888.858.9167

Frequently Asked Questions

All resident students are required by the University to purchase a Resident Dining meal plan, with the exception of students living in the Hillside and Susquehanna communities. All students living in residence halls are automatically enrolled in Plan C. 

Students living in Hillside, Susquehanna, or off campus may purchase one of the Commuter/Off-Campus Apartment meal plans.

Students can purchase a meal plan online here, or in person at the Meal Plan Office, located in the University Union.

You can add money to your Dining Dollars at any time using the Online Account Sign In here, in person at the Meal Plan Office located in the University Union, or by contacting the Meal Plan Office at 888.858.9167 or 607.777.6000.  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 carry over semester to semester and year to year as long as you purchase a meal plan each consecutive semester. If you do not purchase a meal plan consecutive semesters, you will lose your carryover.  

**Please note that carryover dining dollars will not be available until after the first week of classes for the semester.

Refunds of dining plan payments are permitted only during the first nine weeks of the semester under the following circumstances:

1) A student withdraws from the University
2) A student obtains a medical exemption from the dining plan from the University physician.

 Students who register but do not attend the University receive a full refund of the entire dining plan payment.

The dining plan refund is computed on a prorated basis of the membership fee and the unused portion of the current semester dining dollars.  Carry over balances will not be refunded.

For the purpose of prorating the membership fee, weekly increments are used and students eating for part of the week are charged for the full week.  Refunds are prorated according to the following schedule:
Week 1: 85%
Week 2: 75%
Week 3: 65%
Week 4: 55%
Week 5: 45%
Week 6: 35%
Week 7: 25%
Week 8: 15%
Week 9: 5%
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 Binghamton University Dining Services locations. BUC$ is a pre-paid debit card which can be used in locations such as the Bookstore, Library, Student Shops, etc. More information about BUC$ can be found here.

No. The meal plan can only be used at Binghamton University Dining Services locations on campus.

Yes. Students can dine at a variety of locations on and off campus. We currently have 23 on-campus dining locations, including community dining centers, cafes, convenience stores, a sit-down restaurant, and a food court. The meal plan is accepted at any of these locations, as well as our 3 off-campus locations: ITC, Pharmacy School, and Downtown Center.

Yes, you may use cash or credit card at any of the community dining centers, however, you will pay 1.8 times the posted item price for prepared food items.

Yes, you can use BUC$ in any of the Resident Dining centers, however, The 25 Plan holders and those without meal plans will be charged 1.8 times the posted price of prepared food items. BUC$ is also 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 at  888.858.9167 or 607.777.6000, however you cannot add money to BUC$ with your Meal Plan.

The Meal Plan is linked to your Binghamton University Student Picture Identification Card.

Contact University Police at 607-777-2393. You can put a stop on your account by either logging into your account here, calling the Meal Plan Office 607.777.6000 or by visiting the Meal Plan Office in the University Union.

Yes. All of our locations offer wellness, vegetarian, and vegan options. For any questions regarding nutrition, you can contact our Dietitians, Alexa Schmidt, at 607.777.2716 or Julie Lee, at 607.777.5413. You can also look for healthier options at our dining locations under our Mindful program.

 
We will have one Residential Dining center serving our community from the first day of the fall semester through the end of spring exams for all of our students. So our employees can spend holidays with their families, we will not operate on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. We will also be opening some retail outlets as the business warrants. You may use your meal plan at any open location.
 
As break approaches, check out What’s Open Now for updated information. 

Food Allergies are very important, especially when you are dining away from home. If you have a food allergy of any kind, We encourage you to speak to the Campus Dietitians, Alexa Schmidt, at 607.777.2716, or Julie Lee, at 607.777.5413 for additional information regarding your food allergy. Alexa and Julie will be more than happy to help you navigate all of our menus so you will know exactly which foods not to eat. However, 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.