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.
What are Convenience Points?
Convenience Points are cash that you store on your Terrier Card. They are separate from the meal plan and not the same thing as Dining Points. Convenience Points can be used at any location operated by Boston University, not just dining locations. 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?
Changes are accepted during the summer and for approximately the first 4 weeks of each semester (Thursday, September 26, 2019, for Fall 2019 and Thursday, February 13, 2020, for Spring 2020). 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. For more information contact the Terrier Card Office at 617-353-9966 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I have to have a meal plan?
All students living in dormitory-style 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 restaurants and cafes 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?
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?
On Saturdays you can find a dining hall open at 8 am and closing at 9 pm. On Sundays, brunch opens at 10 am and we close for dinner at 9 pm. You can always find what is open now on our website.
Are there any fun events held in the dining halls?
Starting with Lobster Dinner in September, you’ll find plenty of fun and quirky events held in the dining room weekly. 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; either for your friends and family or to get yourself an additional delicious lobster!
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 for an event, is this possible?
We are always looking to partner with a student club or group. We find this a great way to promote that club and share experiences with students across campus.
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