We’ve put together a list of some common questions students have about dining on campus. If the questions you have are not on this list, talk with one of our staff members, they’ll be more than happy to help you. You can always reach out to us either through email or on social media.
When does my meal plan start?
For residents, your meal plan begins on the date in which you move-in.
What are Convenience Points?
Convenience Points are dollars stored on your Terrier Card. They are separate from the meal plan and not the same thing as Dining Points. In addition to dining locations, Convenience Points can be used for a variety of transactions such as vending or laundry services. Convenience Points can be added using the Student Link or added by using a credit card on the Get the Point page.
What happens to my meals and points at the end of the semester and/or year?
If you are on the 300 or 250 plan, your meal balance will carry over from fall semester to spring semester. For all plans, your Dining Points balance will carry over from fall semester to spring semester. At the end of the academic year there is no credit issued for unused meals, so please plan accordingly. All Dining Points balances over $10 will be credited to your account for half of their value.
Can I change my meal plan?
Do I have to have a meal plan?
All students living in dormitory-style, on-campus housing are required to be on a meal plan.
Are there any meal plan options for students living in apartments or off-campus?
Yes! Students in apartments or off-campus can choose from one of the traditional meal plans, have the option of choosing an apartment plan, or can opt for a Convenience Points plan. All of these options are available to review on the Student Link.
Do you have gluten-free options?
The Fresh Food Co. at Marciano Commons and the Fresh Food Co. at Warren Towers operate a gluten-free kitchen daily for lunch and dinner. The Fresh Food Co. at West Campus has a gluten-free ingredients station. All three of these dining rooms have gluten-free pantries that offer students a wide selection of gluten-free products anytime the dining hall is open.
Can BU Dining accommodate a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle?
Yes! Every dining room has a dedicated vegan station at every meal. As part of the menu rotation you’ll find different options throughout the day so what you see for dinner will be different than what you had for lunch. The vegan stations include create-your-own vegan stir fry with a multitude of different combinations to choose from. Fresh Fuel @ Granby Commons offers two kitchens, one that is kosher and one that is vegan. The majority of items on our residence dining room menus are vegetarian-friendly. We offer vegan entrees, snacks and dessert options in all of our dining rooms. You’ll find vegan selections at at variety of on campus dining locations across campus. Look for the green vegan logo and the brown vegetarian logo on menus and grab and go offerings. For more details about vegan and vegetarian dining, click here.
Do you have any late night locations?
We have many dining locations that are open late including Late Nite Café at Warren Towers, Late Nite Café at West Campus, and even Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. You can always find what is open now on our website. We also partner with Domino’s Pizza so you can use points to order delivery until 3 am.
Can I order a meal for pickup ahead of time?
Our Rhetty 2 Go program is just what you need when you don’t have time to make it to the dining hall. You can place an order well in advance and select the time and location you’d like to pick it up. Options include breakfast, lunch, and dinner with sandwiches, salads, and entrees. There are even kosher, vegan, and gluten-free Rhetty 2 Go options.
Are the dining halls open on weekends? If so, what time do they open?
Each dining hall is open on Saturday and Sunday for brunch from 10am until 3pm and dinner from 5pm until 9pm. You can always find what is open now on our website.
Are there any fun experiences held in the dining halls?
Starting with Lobster Dinner in September, you’ll find plenty of fun and quirky dining experiences celebrating culinary creations from around the world. From National Cookie Day to Spicy Guacamole Day, there is a “food holiday” for everyone!
I keep kosher — can BU Dining accommodate me?
At 213 Bay State Road, you’ll find Fresh Fuel @ Granby Commons located on the 3rd floor. Here you will find a kosher and vegan menu served for lunch and dinner, plus Shabbat Dinners on Friday night and High Holiday celebrations as well.
Can I use guest meals during Lobster Night Dinner?
Yes, you get 10 guest meals per semester to use anytime you’d like. Lobster Night is definitely one of the nights to use one. Guests are identified as members of the BU Community.
I have a great family recipe — can I share it with Dining for a chance to serve in the dining hall?
We always encourage students or relatives to submit recipes that their student enjoys. Our chefs will review the recipes and see if they can be duplicated in the dining halls for other students to experience.
My group/club wants to collaborate with Dining, is this possible?
We are always looking to partner with a student club or group. We find this a great way to promote clubs and share experiences with the campus community.
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