Temporary Meal Plan Office hours:
effective November 30, 2020
Monday - Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
 
Thursday - Sunday: Closed 

If you have questions, please call us 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.
Want to know if you're staying on budget? 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. 

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.

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

2020-2021 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.
  • *The 25 Plan holders will be charged 1.8 times the posted price on prepared food items in community dining centers. 

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, all Jazzman's locations, Starbucks Truck, and ITC. 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

Refunds:

This is a special provision put in place during the pandemic. Refunds are based on the Spring 2020 meal plan and do not include carryover from semesters prior to Spring 2020. 

To qualify for a refund, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Graduated Spring 2020
  • Graduated Summer 2020

          Email mealplans@budining.com to request a refund.

  • Remote Learner for Fall 2020 AND Graduating Fall 2020
  • Remote Learner for both Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 AND Graduating Spring 2021

After you have established remote learner status and declared your intent to graduate, email mealplans@budining.com to request a refund.

For customers with less than $100 in carryover funds from Spring 2020:

  • Carryover is subject to the usual requirements – you must purchase a meal plan during the Fall 2020 semester to access the carryover funds. If no plan is purchased during the Fall 2020 semester, carryover funds are forfeited

No cost enrollment options for commuter students with carryover of $100 or more:

This is a special provision put in place during the pandemic. There is no out of pocket cost to enroll in one of the commuter plans. If the Commuter Semester or Commuter Annual plan is selected, the membership fee will be deducted from the carryover balance. Enrollment is not available online. You must call 607-777-6000 or email the meal plan office to enroll.

If no action is taken AND carryover is $100 or more, the carryover funds will be available for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021.

    Fall 2020

  • Carryover over $100 – you can enroll in the $25 Plan. Your entire carryover balance will be moved to the new plan and available to spend.
  • Carryover over $340 – you can enroll in the Commuter Semester Plan. We will deduct the $140 membership fee from your carryover balance and move the rest to your new plan. This plan is valid through the fall 2020 semester only. *Note that you may choose the $25 Plan above if you prefer.
  • Carryover over $650 – you can enroll in the Commuter Annual Plan. We will deduct the $250 membership fee from your carryover balance and move the rest to your new plan. This plan is valid through the spring 2021 semester. *Note that you may choose the $25 Plan or the Commuter Semester Plan (above) if you prefer.

    Spring 2021

  • Carryover over $100 – you can enroll in the $25 Plan. Your entire carryover balance will be moved to the new plan and available to spend.
  • Carryover over $340 – you can enroll in the Commuter Semester Plan. We will deduct the $140 membership fee from your carryover balance and move the rest to your new plan.  This plan is valid through the spring 2021 semester only. *Note that you may choose the $25 Plan above if you prefer.

For resident students with high carryover balances:

This is a special provision put in place during the pandemic.  

If a student has $910 or more in carryover funds at the end of the Fall 2020 semester, and will be enrolled in a resident meal plan for the Spring 2021 semester, the student can request a waiver of the spending money portion of the Spring 2021 meal plan and pay only the membership fee. Request the waiver by emailing mealplans@budining.com prior to the beginning of the spring semester.

If you don’t qualify for the waiver of spending money, and have a large carryover balance, you can change your meal plan selection in BU Brain. The default meal plan is Plan C. 

Resident Meal Plan Pricing


Students who did not return to Binghamton University for Fall 2020:

This is a special provision put in place during the pandemic.  

  • Carryover less than $100 – will be forfeited at the end of the Fall 2020 semester.
  • Carryover over $100 – will be carried forward two additional semesters to the Fall 2021 semester. 
  • If you do not return to Binghamton University and purchase a meal plan during the Fall 2021 semester, carryover will be forfeited at the end of the Fall 2021 semester.

 

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 and it will be included on your student bill. 

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

There are many benefits to having a Resident meal plan! One of the biggest benefits is receiving a significant discount on prepared food items in the Resident Dining centers on campus. Another benefit is the ability to choose a meal plan that reflects your unique eating habits. We offer a variety of dining experiences in our 26 dining locations including vegetarian, vegan, Kosher, gluten-free as well as healthy & balanced meal options. Unlike traditional meal plans, there are no limits on how often or when you can dine, as long as there are dining dollars on your meal plan you have unlimited access to meals. 

Adding funds to your meal plan is easy! You can add money to your plan in person at the Meal Plan Office, by calling (607) 777-6000, or online. If you have any unspent Dining Dollars at the end of a semester, the balance will carry over as long as you purchase a new meal plan in the following consecutive semester.

All students living in residence halls are automatically enrolled in Plan C. This will be included on your student bill. 

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

Your Binghamton University picture identification card is linked to your meal plan. It works like a debit card and can be used to pay for your food purchases at any Binghamton University Dining Services location on and off-campus.

The Resident meal plan is made up of a membership fee and dining dollars. The membership fee covers the non-food costs associated with operating your three (3) Resident Dining centers (Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center, Appalachian Collegiate Center, and College-in-the-Woods Dining Center). This includes labor, supplies, maintenance, utilities, and paper. 

Dining Dollars is the amount that can be spent on your food purchases. This varies 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 Resident Dining centers.

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

Learn more about our Faculty/Staff Meal Plan here.

Students can dine at a variety of locations on and off campus. We currently have 23 on-campus dining locations, including Resident 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 Café and Jazzman’s at the Pharmacy School and the Downtown Center.

Hours of operation can be found here.

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

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

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 Undergrounds, 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.

Contact University Police at (607) 777-2393. In addition, you should put a temporary hold on your account by accessing your account here, calling the Meal Plan Office (607) 777-6000, or by visiting the Meal Plan Office in the University Union Undergrounds. 

If you find your ID card you must go to the meal plan office to have the temporary hold removed.

Yes. All our Resident Dining centers offer well-balanced healthy menu choices, including vegetarian and vegan options daily. Our dietitians are available for free consultations to assist with finding options for any dietary needs or preferences. 

Alexa Schmidt, RD, CDN, alexa.schmidt@sodexo.com 

Julie Lee, MS, RD, CDN, julie.lee@sodexo.com

Binghamton University Dining Services works to provide a variety of menu options for students, faculty, and staff who have food allergies, food intolerances and/or special dietary needs. We can accommodate special dietary needs (i.e., gluten free, nut free, dairy free) at any Resident Dining center. While you may speak to any of the management staff in our facilities if you ever have any questions about menu items, we strongly encourage you to reach out to our Registered Dietitians, Alexa Schmidt, RD, CDN, alexa.schmidt@sodexo.com and Julie Lee, MS, RD, CDN, julie.lee@sodexo.com, who provide free consultations to help you with a general plan. Send them an email to set up your meeting. 

Additionally, the Simple Servings station located in Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center & Appalachian Collegiate Center provides safe and appetizing food choices for our customers with food allergies or food intolerances. Foods offered at this station are free from the FDA most-common allergens of peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, wheat, soy, milk products, and eggs. All foods offered are made without gluten-containing ingredients.

*Scroll to the top of this page to learn about special provisions during the pandemic.

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.

*Scroll to the top of this page to learn about special provisions during the pandemic.

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 new 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. 

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.

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.

Yes, you can use BUC$ in any of our 26 dining locations. However, those purchasing prepared food items within any of our Resident Dining Centers will be charged 1.8 times the posted item price. Sales tax will also be applied towards the total purchase.

Yes, you can transfer money to your meal plan from your BUC$ account by contacting the Meal Plan Office at (888) 858-9167 or (607) 777-6000, however you cannot add money to your BUC$ account from your meal plan.

 
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. 

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