DDS Dartmouth Dining

Meal Period Meal Exchange Times Meal Exchange '53 Commons Door Price
Breakfast 4:30 AM - 10:59 AM $5.25 $7.75
Lunch 11:00 AM - 3:59 PM $7.75 $10.25
Dinner 4:00 PM - 8:59 PM $10.00 $14.50
Late Night (After Hours) 9:00 PM - 4:29 AM $5.25 $7.75

Remember: There are four meal swipe opportunities each day, and only one meal swipe may be used per meal period:
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, and 1 Late Night.

Meal Transfer Exchanges are available at the following locations:

Dining location times are available at:, and


DDS Dining Services and Dining Plans

Dartmouth Dining services (DDS) ranks proudly among the top-rated college dining services in the United States; and together with the Dartmouth Card, we make it convenient and easy to enjoy the variety of quality services provided by DDS.  

All undergraduate students are required to have a dining plan if they are enrolled in classes or living in campus housing, as defined by the student handbook. The dining plans consist of meal swipes and a Declining Balance Account (DBA) which can be used to make purchases at DDS dining locations around campus.  Take time to familiarize yourself with the features included in the dining program here and by visiting the DDS website at

If at any time you have already spent all the funds in your pre-paid DBA account, you will still be able to make purchases by using is an account separate from the pre-purchased term dining plan.  This account, called DDS Charging, has two purposes:

First, it is an overdraft protection in the event that the Flex DBA allotted to the pre-purchased meal plan is all spent before the end of term.  This allows the student to continue to make purchases at dining locations in addition to their meal swipes. 

The second purpose of the DDS Charging account is to collect charges for purchases at the student convenience store “Collis Market,” formerly called Topside.

Monthly balances from charges made to the DDS Charging account are transferred to the student bill. 

Please keep in mind that dining plans cannot be shared, loaned, or transferred to other individuals.  For questions, feel free to call Dartmouth Dining Services at (603)646-2271.

Dartmouth Dining Plans: What Do They Include?

Each of the dining plans available to students living on-campus includes both meal swipes and a declining balance account (Dining DBA).  Students living off-campus have the option of purchasing a dining plan that only includes Dining DBA.

Meal Swipes

Each of the on-campus plans includes a certain number of meal swipes.  The SmartChoice plans provide students with a certain number of meal swipes per week.  The BlockChoice plans provide students with a certain number of meal swipes per term.  Students can only use one meal swipe each meal period (breakfast, lunch, dinner, or late-night).

A meal swipe can be used to gain entry into ’53 Commons, Dartmouth’s all-you-can-eat dining facility.  It can also be exchanged (one per meal period) for an established dollar equivalency of purchasing power at each of the following Dartmouth Dining Services (DDS) locations: Collis Café, Courtyard Café, Novack Café, and East Wheelock Dining.  The current dollar equivalencies are $5.25 for breakfast, $7.75 for lunch, $10 for dinner, and $5.25 for late-night.  These locations also offer a meal including an entrée and a beverage for the price of one meal swipe.

Dining DBA

Dining DBA is a pre-paid declining balance account billed as part of the dining plan at the beginning of each term.  Students can use this account to pay for food at any DDS a la carte dining facility (Collis Café, Courtyard Café, Novack Café, and East Wheelock Dining).  Although it is a better value to use a meal swipe at ’53 Commons, students can use DBA to purchase an all-you-can eat meal at this location.  Dining DBA can also be used at the King Arthur Flour espresso bar; this is the only non-DDS location at which students are allowed to spend Dining DBA.  Since Dining DBA is part of a student’s dining plan, unused DBA expires at the end of each term.

DDS Charging 

DDS Charging is an additional account available to students through which they can make DDS purchases not covered by their dining plans.  For instance, if a student uses all of her Dining DBA prior to the end of a term, any additional DDS or King Arthur Flour purchases she makes (excluding meal-swipe usages) will accrue to this account.  Students are also allowed to use this account to make purchases at the Collis Market convenience store (previously known as Topside), 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 a pre-paid, deposited spending account available to students.  Students choose when, if, and how much to deposit into this account.  This account can be used to pay for a diverse range of services across campus, such as laundry, printing, vending machines, tickets, and computer store supplies.  While this account is not part of the dining plans, it nevertheless can be used at any DDS dining facility, at King Arthur Flour, and at Collis Market.


Students, as well as outside visitors, can make cash purchases at any DDS dining facility, at King Arthur Flour, and at Collis Market.  Credit cards are currently accepted at ’53 Commons, Novack Café, King Arthur Flour, and at Collis Market.

More Information

For more information about Dartmouth’s dining plans, visit the Meal Plans & Dining FAQ page at:






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