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.

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.
Learn more about our Faculty/Staff Meal Plan here.

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.

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 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 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.