Students living in a Residence Hall on campus this fall 2020 semester (Mountainview, Hinman, CIW, Dickinson or Newing), your Dining Dollars will automatically roll over to your fall meal plan account. The default meal plan selection is Plan C, but if you have a large carryover balance, you may want to select a smaller meal plan for the upcoming semester. You can make this change using BU BRAIN. All changes must be made by September 11, 2020.

Students living in Hillside/Susquehanna communities or off-campus housing this fall and have one of the following: 

  • Spending balance greater than $100: Your meal plan Dining Dollars can be easily transferred, dollar for dollar, to The 25 Plan at no additional cost. This is a retail plan and does not include Resident pricing. Details can be found on this page. You will need to contact the Meal Plan Office at mealplans@budining.com or 607-777-6000 to choose this option. 
  • Spending balance greater than $340: A Commuter Semester Plan can be purchased at no additional cost to you. You will need to contact the Meal Plan Office at mealplans@budining.com or 607-777-6000 to choose this option. 
  • Spending balance greater than $650: A Commuter Annual Plan can be purchased at no additional cost to you. You will need to contact the Meal Plan Office at mealplans@budining.com or 607-777-6000 to choose this option. 

Students opting to take the fall 2020 semester off, or attend online classes only, and plan to return to campus for the spring 2021 semester: 

  • Spending balance greater than $100: Your balance will carry over to the meal plan you purchase for the spring 2021 semester. 
  • Spending balance less than $100: Your balance will not automatically carry over and will not be refunded. You may choose to enroll in The 25 Plan before the end of the fall 2020 semester, which will protect your carryover balance, and will be available for use through the end of the spring 2021 semester. If you return to live on campus for the spring 2021 semester, you will be required to enroll in a resident meal plan for that semester. 

Students graduating and completing their final term remotely in the fall 2020 semester: we can offer you a refund of your Dining Dollar balance. Carryover Dining Dollars from any previous academic year are not eligible for refund. 

Students transferring to another university or discontinuing their studies at Binghamtonfor more than one semester will not be eligible for a refund. 

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. View sample of discounted pricing here.

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.

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.

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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