Meal Plan Dining
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Brown Dining offers more than just nourishment; we provide places to relax, meet with your friends, study and help you save time for the important things.
Choose from two all-you-care-to-eat dining halls – the venerable Sharpe Refectory (aka “the Ratty”) on Wriston Quad, and the alluring Verney-Woolley (or “V-Dub”) on the Pembroke Campus – as well as four campus restaurants, three coffee carts, and two convenience markets.
Although meals are available on a cash basis, plans offer a much lower per-meal cost and are therefore a better value. And in addition to all the other inherent benefits, most plans include guest meals at no additional cost. Meal plans are available for undergrads, graduate, and medical students.
Meal Plan Choices & Pricing
Brown Dining offers two Kosher & Halal Meal Plan options for observant Jewish and Muslim students. The Kosher / Halal Flex 20 plan combines the best features of our Weekly and Flex Plans. It provides 14 meals per week and a block of flex meals. The Kosher / Halal 14 plan provides 14 meals per week without the flex meals. Read more.
Instead of worrying about cooking and cleaning for every meal, students can use choose the Off-Campus Meal Plan to supplement meals on campus and enjoy the convenience and quality of ingredients and choices of meals on campus. To learn more, call 401-863-3343 or visit the main dining office at 144 Thayer Street.
Changes & Deadlines
Meal Plan Changes & Deadlines
Meal plan change period for Fall 2018 – Online: June through September 3, 2018
Last day to change a meal plan for Fall 2018: September 26, 2018
Last day to add a new meal plan: No deadline
Last day to cancel a meal plan without a fee: September 4, 2018
Last day to cancel a meal plan for 2018-2019: September 26, 2018
- One change or cancellation in the fall
- One change in the spring; no cancellations
- No changes by phone
- Questions? E-mail Dining Services or call the Brown Dining office at (401) 863-3343.
How to Make Meal Plan Changes
Visit the Main Dining Office:
- Please bring your Brown ID card.
- Each transaction takes about 3 minutes. There may be a line.
- Meal plan changes made after Wednesday at Noon go into effect the following Friday morning. Billing updates take up to five business days, even though changes will show up in Banner more quickly.
- After classes begin, students without meal plan contracts can still add a meal plan at the Brown Dining main office. Weekly plan pricing is prorated according to the remaining days in the semester, but Flex plan pricing is not prorated. Meal plan additions for students with no meal plan go into effect the same-day.
- New or reduced costs associated with meal plan changes are charged/credited to your bursar account. All refunds are in the form of a check or electronic refund to the student’s balance account after all aid has posted. Please contact the bursar’s office for more information.
Flexibility & Choice
Frequently Asked Questions
Brown Dining offers flexible meal plans, diverse menu options and great food. More than just nourishment, we provide places to relax, meet your friends and study. We operate two all-you-care-to-eat dining halls – the venerable Sharpe Refectory (aka “the Ratty”) on Wriston Quad, and the alluring Verney-Woolley (or “V-Dub”) on Pembroke – as well as four campus restaurants, three coffee cafes, and one convenience store. Brown Dining strives to meet a wide variety of dining needs related to students’ varied tastes and preferences, dietary choices, and hectic lifestyles. We have a registered dietitian on staff who plans the menus and assists students who have special dietary needs and food allergies.
An overwhelming majority of Brown undergrads participate in a meal plan thanks to the many available options. Brown Dining has a meal plan for just about everyone.
How It Works
How to Use Meal Plan Swipes
- Use your meals to get into all-you-care-to-eat dining halls.
- You can also use a meal credit at a campus cafés. A meal’s value is a non-refundable $8.20. Pay any remaining balance with Points or cash.
- Weekly Meal Plans come with 20, 14, 10 or 7 meals per week. Weeks run from Friday breakfast to Thursday dinner. Use up to 3 meals per day, including up to 2 meal credits per hour at campus cafés that accept meal credits. Unused meals do not carry over from week to week. Weekly Meal Plans come with 2 guest meals per semester and vary in their Flex Points.
- Flex Meal Plans come with 230, 165, 120 or 25 meals per semester. They can be debited at any time during the semester. There is no limit on the number of meals that can be used per day, and you can use up to 2 meal credits per hour at retail locations that accept meal credits. Unused meals carry over from fall to spring semesters, but not from year to year. Flex Meal Plans vary in their respective guest meals and Flex Points.
- Additional meals can always be added by purchasing Flex Points (1 meal = 8.20 points) by contacting the Brown Dining office.
How to Use Points
- 1 Point is equivalent to $1 at the register.
- Use Points to pay for a bite to eat or a drink at campus retail venues and cafés.
- Use Points to pay for food or supplies at the Campus Market or Little Jo’s.
- Use $8.20 in Points to eat at the Refectory or Verney-Woolley.
- Use as many or as few Points each day as fit your appetite.
- Meal Plans come preloaded with Points for each semester, but many students buy additional Points to fit their needs.
- Students on meal plan who have run out of points can buy more at the Brown Dining office at 144 Thayer Street (entrance facing Thayer Street). Students can buy 25, 50, 75 or 100 Points. Use cash or a check, or charge it to your bursar account.
- 25 Points for $25
- 50 Points for $50
- 75 Points for $75
- 100 Points for $100
Unused Points carry over from fall to spring semesters, but not from year to year
Standards of Student Conduct at Brown Dining
Students who dine in Brown Dining facilities are held to the same behavioral standards that exist through all aspects of University life. Brown Dining policies are consistent with the University’s Standards of Student Conduct. The following constitute violations of Brown Dining Policy, as do all violations of the Standards of Student Conduct which either occur in a Brown Dining facility or interfere with Brown Dining’s ability to operate its businesses:
- Removal of any food (concealed or not) from an all-you-care-to-eat dining hall. Though unlimited portions are available, meal rates are based on the amount of food consumed within the confines of the dining halls. Brown Dining reserves the right to prohibit the use of backpacks or other large bags in facilities, as well as to inspect bags.
- For the health and safety of our customers, shoes are required for admittance to all Dining Services facilities.
- Consumption of any food or drink in an all-you-care-to-eat dining hall without paying.
- Consumption of any food or drink in the service area of a retail eatery, the concealment of food, or the removal of food from any retail premises without paying.
- Theft of any utensils, dishware, glasses or any other supplies or equipment from a dining hall or catered event.
- Entering, or attempting to enter, a dining hall through an unauthorized entrance.
- Fraudulent use of a Brown University ID card, which includes attempting to use someone else’s card to either gain access to a dining hall or to pay for your purchase.
- Harassment of Brown Dining employee, customer, vendor or visitor.
- Possession of alcoholic beverages, illegal substances or drug paraphernalia in any eatery.
- Damage to or destruction of Brown Dining equipment or facilities.