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 five residence dining plans(14-Plus, Unlimited, Kosher, 330 or 250 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 but you may choose from any of the dining plans above or the Convenience Points Plan.

What if I live off campus?

You are not automatically assigned to a dining plan. You may choose from any of the dining plans above 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.

How do I sign up for an Apartment Plan?

Students who are currently enrolled in classes and live in apartment-style residences on or off-campus are eligible to purchase an Apartment Plan. Students are able to sign up through the Student Link, under the Food & Shelter tab, by clicking “Add or Change your Dining Plan.”

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. To find more information on dining halls and where to eat visit our Dining Services page.

What about kosher meals?

Kosher Plan participants may eat all meals served at Fresh Fuel at Granby Commons 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 Fresh Fuel at Granby Commons. Participants of dining plans other than the Kosher Plan are welcome to dine at Fresh Fuel at Granby Commons; 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 scnc@bu.edu to schedule an individual counseling appointment.

How do I change my dining plan?

Changes are accepted during the summer and for approximately the first 4 weeks of each semester (Thursday, September 24, 2020, for Fall 2020 and Thursday, February 11, 2021, for Spring 2021). 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.  For more information contact the Terrier Card Office at 617-353-9966 or tco@bu.edu.

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.

Where can I find more information about BU Dining Services?

For more information on where to eat, nutrition, and sustainability visit our Dining Services page.

For more dining plan information visit the Dining Services FAQs page.