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Important Information


2013-2014 Meal Plan Brochure

The brochure above is a PDF that will hopefully help answer some of your questions.

In order to meet your campus dining needs, we have designed the following meal plans for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Binghamton University Campus Dining

Resident Meal Plans

Welcome! Your dining experience is more than great food. It is a community experience centered on culinary expertise, fresh ingredients, healthy options, and a shared sense of environmental and social responsibility.

In order to meet your campus dining needs, we offer the following meal plans for the 2013-2014 academic year. It's easy -- we have one plan, six different sizes!


Meal Plan A
Cost per semester: $2467

Meal Plan B
Cost per semester: $2327

Meal Plan C
Cost per semester: $2196

Meal Plan D
Cost per semester: $2048

Meal Plan E
Cost per semester: $1958

Meal Plan F
Cost per semester: $1763

The plan you chose should be based on your individual needs, which may change during the academic year. We provide the opportunity for you to make changes anytime, anywhere!


Resident Dining Meal Plans - Think of it as a debit card for all things dining on campus!

Binghamton University meals plan offereings provide the ultimate in convenience and flexibility. With your meal plan, you have the freedom to dine anywhere on campus, anytime you want. All resident students are required by the University to purchase a resident dining meal plan, with the exception of guests in Hillside and Susquehanna apartments.

It works like a 'debit' card. Binghamton University meal plans introduce the concept of declining card balance (DCB) or Dining Dollars. Each time a meal is purchased, at one of the dining locations on campus, the balance declines by the amout of the purchase. Dining Dollars offer students the flexibility to eat when and where they desire, at all dining locations on campus.

Your meal plan is made up of two components and is billed as one price (see meal plan prices above):

Base Cost - Covers the non-food costs associated with running your resident dining services program. This is a flat fee, paid every semester, and funds the operations of the four resident dining centers that are available to you. This includes labor, supplies, maintenance, utilities, paper, and all other basic expenditures associated with operating the four resident dining centers. The amount for the base cost is $1,300 per semester.

Dining Dollars - The amount that can be spent for your food purchases. This amount differs based on the meal plan you choose. Since the base cost covers all non-food costs, prepared food purchases in our resident dining locations are priced at recipe cost, which is far lower than prices charged in other retail locations across campus. You may still purchase packaged snack items and beverages at full retail prices with your dining dollars.

Resident Meal Plan Pricing (per semester)

For the 2013/2014 school year is as follows:        

  Meal Plan A Meal Plan B Meal Plan C Meal Plan D Meal Plan E Meal Plan F
Base Cost
Dining Dollars

Resident Meal Plan Features & Benefits:

  • Dine at 'recipe cost' in our resident dining locations. Since all of the non-food operating costs are paid by the base cost, all of the prices in resident dining are at recipe cost. Essentially, students pay for only the food they select when using their meal plan in Resident Dining. A typical lunch will cost a student around $3.40 in resident dining when using his/her meal plan.
    • Here is an example of some of the 2,000+ menu items we may serve in a given year:
      Item Price*
      Egg & Cheese Bagel
      Portobello Mushroom Barley Soup
      Healthy Grilled Salmon
      Spicy Eggplant & Garbanzo Beans
      NY Style Pepperoni Pizza
      BU Macaroni & Cheese
      Baby Steamed Carrots
      Kansas City Pulled Pork Sandwich
      Chocolate Chip Pancakes
      Roasted Pork Loin
    • *Prices are from Spring 2013 and are subject to changing market conditions
  • Flexibility of choosing a meal plan size that reflects your unique eating habits. Unlike traditional meal plans, there are no lost meals, no limits on how often or when you can dine, as long as there are available funds on the meal plan. YOu can eat twice a day, or eight times per day, you can spend $5 per day or $25 per day...it's your choice.
  • Convenience of using one card for all campus dining purchases. Your student ID card is your ticket to eat when and how you want!
  • When you buy your meals and snacks with your meal plan, you pay no sales tax!
  • Unlimited access to resident dining centers where students pay recipe cost for all prepared food items. Your meal plan also offers you a variety of dining experiences including 16 locations on campus ranging from full-service dining centers, cafes, a sit-down restaurant, and convenience stores. We have facilities on campus open from 7:30am to 1:00am, so you have plenty of time to dine at your convenience.
  • Variety of dietary accommodations including vegetarian, vegan, Kosher, gluten-free as well as our award-winning NourishU offers, featuring healthy & balanced meal options.
  • Ability to add more money to your plan anytime, anywhere (i.e. in person at Meal Plan Office, Telephone, Postal Mail, or Online)
  • Take your Food to Go! That's right, your resident dining centers allow you to take food to go. A great feature for students on the move.
  • ROLLOVER!! Available with continuous enrollment. Ever consecutive semester you maintain a meal plan, you continue to roll over any unspent balance at the end of each semester until you have a break in enrollement (such as graudation) - even when you move off campus.
    • Note:If you plan to study abroad for a semester, we can help. Please see our section below under Additional Services.

Resident Dining & Retail Dining

Resident Dining Centers can offer Resident Dining Pricing because the students who dine in those locations by utilizing their meal plan have already paid the Base Cost when they purchased the plan. Retail Dining locations, like our Chenango Room, Einstein Bros Bagels, and Jazzman's Cafes offer food at full retail prices. Items sold in our Nite Owl Cafes, Diner, and Convenience Stores are priced at full retail.

While these retail facilities offer many additional dining choices, students on any meal plan will pay full retail prices. Resident students will receive a 10% discount in the Marketplace Food Court (opening Spring 2014). Since food in Resident Dining facilities are offered at Resident Dining Pricing, and since dining in one of the retail locations on campus is at full retail price, it is in the best interest of students on Resident meal plans to dine more often in one of our resident dining facilities.

Resident Dining Locations
Featuring Resident Meal Plan Pricing

  • Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center
  • Appalachian Collegiate Center
  • College-in-the-Woods Dining Center
  • Hinman Dining Center

Nite Owl Cafes & Convenienc Stores
Full Retail Pricing

  • Appalachian Cafe
  • Hinman Cafe
  • The Woods Diner at CIW
  • Chenango Champlain Grill

Retail Dining Locations
Full Retail Pricing

  • Jazzman's Cafe at the Bartle Library Tower
  • Jazzman's Academic B
  • Einstein Bros Bagels
  • The Chenango Room
  • Cafe Tillman
  • The Events Center Cafe
  • The ITC Coffee Kiosk
  • Jazzman's Downtown
  • Athletic & Events Center Concessions

Additional Services

Sodexo provides a full-time registered dietitian. Our Dietitian is available for nutrition counseling and works with our Executive Chef to provide a wide-range of healthy options. Our registered dietitian may be reached by email at aschmidt@budining.com .

Studying Abroad
For any students studying abroad for a semester, the University Office of Overseas Academic Programs will notify the Meal Plan Office. Once you return to Binghamton University, you will have to purchase a meal plan, at that time, your carry over balance will be added to your plan.

If You Lose Your Card
Lost or stolen cards should be reported immediately to the Meal Plan Office at 777-6000, any Dining Services Manager, the Registrar's Office at 777-6088, or University Police at 777-2393. Accounts may also be frozen by visiting our website and proceeding to the Online Account Sign In. To replace a lost or stolen ID card, contact the ID Office. If you find your ID card and have not obtained a new ID card, you must come to the the Meal Plan Office in person with the ID card to reactivate it. University Police are available 24 hours a day. The Meal Plan Office is open 11:30am-2:30pm Monday through Friday during the academic year and as posted during school breaks.

Unauthorized Use & Customer Liability
The customer's liability for unauthorized use of a Dining Card will not exceed $50 provided the customer has reported the loss or theft of the card within 24 hours. Should the customer fail to provide proper notice of the loss or theft, the customer liability may be as high as $150.

Refunds of Resident Dining plans are permitted only under one of the following circumstances:
1. A student withdraws from the University
2. A student obtains a medical exemption with agreement from the Dining Services dietitian and the University physician.

The amount of refund is a percentage of the total price paid for that semester, determined according to a prorated weekly schedule. The same prorated percentage is applied to both the base cost component and the dining dollars component. An eligible student will receive the appropriate refund, provided the amount of the funding in his or her account is equal to or greater than the anticipated refund. For the purpose of prorating refunds, weekly increments are used. Students whose dining plan has been in use for any part of a week will be charged for the full week. The refund will be prorated according to the following schedule:

Week Refund
Week Refund
1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85%
2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75%
3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65%
4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55%
5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45%
6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35%
7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25%
8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15%
9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10%
10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0%

Additional dining dollar deposits made to a student's account before the ninth week of the semester will be refunded in accordance with the prorated refund schedule above. Students who advance register but do not attend the University, will receive a full refund of their dining plan payment.

  • No refunds are permitted after the ninth week of the semester.
  • No refund can be made, under any circumstances or at any time, of any part of the dining dollars balance transferred forward from the previous semester.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Dining plan procedure and policy interpretation is subject to change under recommendations to the University Administration by the Contract Dining Committee and Dining Services. The policies and procedures presented here is offered as information and is not to be considered as a contract of any kind. Detailed information on any dining plans, policies regarding carryover and refunds, can be obtained by contacting the Meal Plan Office at 607-777-6000
or toll-free at 888-858-9167 or by fax at 607-777-6434. Information may also be obtained at the Office of Vendor Relations.


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