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Dining Plan Comparison
Residence dining rooms, Late Nite, even Starbucks—at BU, you have options. To find the best fit for you, check out our six dining plans:
2016–2017 academic year rates
|Dining Points: $490 ($245/semester)||Dining Points: $390 ($195/semester)||Dining Points: $830 ($415/semester)|
|Cost: $5,060/year||Cost: $5,370/year||Cost: $5,060/year|
14+ 14-Plus Plan
U Unlimited Plan
9+ 9-Plus Plan
|Up to 14 meals per week at any residence dining room, plus Dining Points to use like cash at on-campus dining locations.||Unlimited visits to any residence dining room during any meal period, with Dining Points.||Up to 9 meals per week at any residence dining room and Dining Points for additional food purchases.|
|Meals: 14/week*†||Meals: Unlimited*||Meals: 9/week*†|
2016–2017 academic year rates
|Dining Points: $610 ($305/semester)||Dining Points: $1,150 ($575/semester)||Dining Points: $530 ($265/semester)|
|Cost: $5,060/year||Cost: $5,060/year||Cost: $5,060/year|
330 330 Plan
250 250 Plan
K Kosher Plan
|330 meals for the academic year, with the flexibility to carry over from week to week and from Fall to Spring Semester. Dining Points are also included in this plan.||250 meals—and a generous allowance of Dining Points—to use at your own pace throughout the academic year.||Access to all meals served in the Hillel Dining Room, including Shabbat meals, festive meals, and Passover Seders.|
|Meals: 330/year (165/semester)*||Meals: 250/year (125/semester)*||Meals: 11/week*†|
*Each plan includes 10 guest meals per semester. You may use your guest meals yourself, if you choose. †The weekly meal allotment for these plans is reset just prior to breakfast on Friday each week, the start of the dining week during the academic year.
Dining Plan FAQs
I live on campus. Am I required to enroll in a dining plan?
If you are assigned to a dormitory-style residence, you’re required to choose one of the six dining plans. If you don’t select a dining plan, you will be assigned to the 14-Plus Plan. If you are assigned to an on-campus, apartment-style residence, you are not automatically assigned to a dining plan. You may choose from the six dining plans above, the two apartments plans, or the Convenience Points Plan.
What if I live off campus?
You are not automatically assigned to a dining plan. You may choose from the six dining plans above, the two apartments plans, or the Convenience Points Plan.
How do I choose a dining plan?
Dining plan meals are used for all-you-care-to-eat meals at any of the residence dining rooms. Many students choose to use their dining plan meals for their largest meals, such as lunch and dinner. To choose the best dining plan for you, first determine how many all-you-care-to-eat meals you are likely to eat each week or each semester.
What are Dining Points?
Dining Points are part of your dining plan and are used like cash at on-campus dining locations and for pizza delivery. They are automatically deducted from your account—before your Convenience Points—and when your Dining Points balance is depleted, you may then use Convenience Points. Dining Points carry over from the Fall Semester to the Spring Semester, but do not carry over from academic year to academic year. At the end of the academic year, Boston University will refund any unused Dining Points at 50% of their value when the remaining balance is $10 or more.
Where do I eat?
Your dining plan can be used all over campus.
What about kosher meals?
Kosher Plan participants may eat all meals served in the Hillel Dining Room in Hillel House including Shabbat meals, festive meals, and Passover Seders without paying an extra charge. One meal from the Kosher Plan will be deducted for each meal eaten at the Hillel House. Participants of dining plans other than the Kosher Plan are welcome to dine at Hillel House; they may use a meal (plus points for Shabbat, festive, and Passover meals) or cash. Pre-registration is required for Shabbat, festive, and Passover meals.
Where can I learn more about dietary concerns?
Dining Services collaborates with Student Health Services and the BU Sargent Choice Nutrition Center to provide nutrition services to Boston University students. If you have a food allergy, are concerned about ingredients, or want to know how your food is prepared, speak directly with a Dining Services manager or contact the BU Sargent Choice Nutrition Center at 617-353-2721 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an individual counseling appointment.
How do I change my dining plan?
Changes are accepted during the summer and for approximately the first 10 weeks of each semester (November 12, 2015, for Fall 2015 and March 24, 2016, for Spring 2016). To make a change, visit the Student Link and select “add or change your dining plan.” If you live off campus or in an on-campus, apartment-style residence and you chose a dining plan or apartment plan, please refer to your plan agreement for policies regarding change and cancellation. Since each plan has varying amounts of meals and points, additional costs may be incurred if meal and/or point usage is greater than expected levels at the time of the change. If a dining plan or apartment plan is cancelled, there is no carryover of unused meals.
I didn’t use all of my meals. Can I get a refund?
No refunds are given for missed or unused meals at any time during the year.