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2016-17 Dining Plans

A Quick Guide to Dartmouth’s Dining Plans

Introduction to Dining Plans at Dartmouth

Watch this brief video tutorial to learn about your our various plans, payment options and more.

 

 

Fall Term Dining Plans for First Year Students

First-time students are enrolled in the SmartChoice20 dining plan during the fall term, and are able to choose a different dining plan for their subsequent terms. 

Changing Your Dining Plan

Winter term dining plans will begin when 1953 Commons reopens for dinner on January 2nd. If you would like to be on a different dining plan for the winter term, please request a change online, or visit the Dartmouth Card Office in person before you depart for the winter break.  Requests made after December 21st may not be processed prior to the start of the new term, and the rates may be prorated according to the portion of the term spent on each dining plan.  No dining plan changes will be accepted after 4 PM on January 5th.

SmartChoice Dining Plans

SmartChoice dining plans contain a set amount of meals every week plus DBA to spend on dining


Dining Plan

 Meal Swipes 
per week

DBA
 per term 

Cost
 per term 

 SmartChoice20

20

$175

$1,950

 SmartChoice14

14

$200

$1,860

 SmartChoice10

10

$425

$1,740

 SmartChoice7

7

$700

$1,710

 SmartChoice5

5

$975

$1,710

BlockChoice Dining Plans

BlockChoice dining plans contain a set amount of meals for the duration of the term plus DBA to spend on dining


Dining Plan

 Meal Swipes 
per term

DBA
 per term 

Cost
 per term 

  BlockChoice160

160

$200

$1,950

  BlockChoice100

100

$425

$1,745

  BlockChoice65

65

$755

$1,710

Convenience45 Dining Plan

The Convenience45 does not offer any value and is offered only as a way for students to maximize the convenience of dining on campus. 


Dining Plan

 Meal Swipes 

DBA
 per term 

Cost
 per term

  Convenience45 

45

$940

$1,710

 

Off Campus Dining Plan

The off-campus dining plan is available only for undergraduate students living off campus.


Dining Plan

 Meal Swipes 

DBA
 per term 

Cost
 per term

 SmartChoiceOC 

0

$970

$970

 

Special On-Campus Apartment Dining Option

Seniors who have selected to live in ORL's on-campus Senior Apartments, on the west side of campus in Maxwell and Channing Cox, and the east side of campus in the Ledyard Apartments (19 E. Wheelock St.) and the North Park Apartments (10 and 16 North Park St.), are eligible for the new On-Campus Apartment dining plan.  Eligibility will be confirmed and verified based on room assignment by the Undergraduate Housing Office.  


Dining Plan

 Meal Swipes  
per term

DBA
 per term 

Cost
 per term

 On-Campus Apartment Plan 

30

$950

$1390

 

 


Components of the Dining Plans

Meal Swipes: Each meal swipe is designed to give you access for one meal at the Class of 1953 Commons, Dartmouth's all-you-care-to-eat dining hall.

Meal swipes can also be used in exchange for the daily special at Collis Café, Courtyard Café or Novack Café. The daily special is an inclusive meal including an entrée and beverage.

SmartChoice meal swipes reset prior to breakfast on Mondays.

Meal Swipe Equivalency Exchange: Although the best value will be to use meal swipes at '53 Commons or for the daily special at one of the cafes, a meal swipe can be exchanged for a set value towards any purchase at Collis Café, Courtyard Café, Novack Café, the East Wheelock Snack Bar ad the New McLaughlin Snack Bar in Goldstein Hall. The dollar equivalencies are $5.25 for breakfast, $7.75 for lunch, $10 for dinner, and $5.25 for late-night.

DBA (Declining Balance Account): Dining DBA is part of the meal plan designed to supplement the meals. DBA is accepted at Collis Café, Courtyard Café, Novack Café, the East Wheelock Snack Bar and the King Arthur Flour espresso bar. Although it is a better value to use a meal swipe, DBA can also purchase all-you-care-to-eat meal at '53 Commons.

Up to 100 dollars of DBA can rollover to the next term within the same academic year.  DBA carried forward from a previous term will be available during the subsequent academic terms as an addition to the meal plan. Any amount of DBA carried forward will not alter any meal plan pricing or requirements. Any unspent DBA will expire with the end of spring term meal plans on Commencement Sunday.

Any DBA rolled over from the previous term will be available anytime meal plans are active, including a leave term. Unused DBA from a leave term will continue to roll forward until the end of the academic year. All unused DBA expires on Commencement Sunday regardless of spring term enrollment.

For example: a student has $105 in DBA left at the end of summer term. $100 would rollover and be added to the DBA included with the fall term dining plan. The same student then ends fall term with $75 in DBA and is not taking classes or living on campus during winter term. This student would have $75 of DBA available during the leave term for visits to campus. If the student does not use any of the $75 during the winter term, that $75 would again rollover to the spring term meal plan. If that student had any DBA left at the end of spring term, it would expire on Commencement Sunday.

Other Forms of Payment

DDS Charging: DDS Charging is an additional account available to students through which they can make purchases not covered by their dining plans. If the term's allotment of DBA is exceeded, DDS Charging can be used for any additional dining purchases.   This account also works at the Collis Market, the on-campus convenience store, which is not part of the dining plan.

The amount students owe to their DDS Charging accounts is applied to their college bills each month.

Dash Discretionary: DASH Discretionary is an all-purpose spending account that is part of the Dartmouth ID card. Students choose when, if, and how much to deposit into this account. DASH can be used to pay for a diverse range of services across campus, such as laundry, printing, vending machines, tickets and computer supplies. While this account is not part of the dining plans, it can be used at any DDS dining facility, at King Arthur Flour, and at Collis Market. Dining locations use meal plans by default, so if you would like to use DASH, please tell the cashier before the purchase. Dining locations use meal plans by default, so if you would like to use DASH, please tell the cashier before the purchase.

Cash/Credit: Students as well as outside visitors can make cash purchases at any DDS dining facility, at King Arthur Flour and at Collis Market. Visa and MasterCard are currently accepted at '53 Commons, Novack Café, King Arthur Flour and Collis Market.

Tracking Your Spending

GET, a service of the Dartmouth Card Office, allows you to track spending and account balances on all of your ID Card accounts, just as you would with an online banking service.  GET Mobile is also available as an app for Android and iOS devices.

When setting up your GET account, The Dartmouth Card Office recommends that you use your dartmouth.edu email account for easier tech support.

 

Last Updated: 11/10/16