Dining Plan Options

We are committed to offering students a wide variety of food options, and a variety of dining plans to meet their dining needs.

Fall term 2021 - Summer term 2022

Plans Offered


Dining for students living locally off campus: For fall term, students living off campus are not required to have a dining plan. If you would like to cancel or change your plan, please contact dartmouth.card@dartmouth.edu.


Ivy Unlimited Plan

The Ivy Unlimited is Dartmouth's preferred dining plan. It provides the ultimate in food access, with unlimited entry to our flagship dining hall, Class of 1953 Commons. In addition, students are allowed to eat during all offered meal periods every day. The plan also includes 3 guest passes & $250 Dining Dollars to use at our cafés, snack bars, and at College-operated athletic concessions.

  • Cost per term: $2,264

115 Block Choice Plan

The plan includes 115 swipes per term and $475 Dining Dollars.

  • Cost per term: $2,005

80 Block Choice Plan

The plan includes 80 swipes per term and $725 Dining Dollars.

  • Cost per term: $1,990

On-Campus Apartment Plan

The plan is for students who live in designated on-campus apartments including Maxwell, Channing Cox, the Ledyard apartments, or North Park apartments. It includes 40 swipes per term and $975 Dining Dollars.

  • Cost per term: $1,620

Off-Campus Apartment Plan

This plan is required for any enrolled undergraduate student who is not living on campus. It offers $1,035 Dining Dollars.

  • Cost per term: $1,035

Frequently Asked Questions


If I live off-campus in an apartment or house, can I buy a meal plan?
Yes.  All students who are authorized to be at Dartmouth College this summer can have a meal plan with Dining and access all our properties.  Off-campus students can simply add one of the 3 meal plans offered to their student account, so that they can join their friends for a great nutritious meal at an unbeatable value.

What does it mean to have an UNLIMITED plan?
The Ivy Unlimited plan is kind of like having a ski season pass or a gym membership. With it, you can dine-in and eat at '53 Commons from morning till night and you don't need to worry about counting swipes or visits. Stop by as many times per meal period as you would like! As with any membership, you get additional benefits, which only add to its great value; to-go meals from '53 Commons, meal swipes so you can bring friends, and the ability to use the plan at our other dining facilities when you like.

What is a meal period and how do they work with an unlimited meal plan?  
Our day is made up of 4 meal periods: Breakfast (7:00am-10:59am), Lunch (11:00am-3:59pm), Dinner (4:00pm to 8:59pm) and Late Night (9:00pm-12:00am).  Each meal period offers the ability to have unlimited dine-in at '53 Commons (7:30am – 8:30pm) or make another selection; meal to-go from '53 Commons or meal equivalency at our participating cafes.  A choice is made each meal period when you use your meal plan.  

Where are meal equivalencies available for use this summer?
A meal equivalency or swipe can be used at these participating cafes:  Collis Café, Novack Café and for Late Night at '53 Commons.  Values for meal equivalencies are $5.25 for Breakfast or Late Night, $7.50 for Lunch and $10.00 for Dinner.

Where are Dining Dollars accepted this summer?
Dining Dollars are accepted for payment at the Novack Café, ramekin at Anonymous Hall, Collis Café, '53 Commons for entrance and at Late Night at '53 Commons .

What happens if I run out of Dining Dollars?
Your student account will be charged for purchases if you have exhausted your Dining Dollar balance.  Charges will show up monthly on your account for payment.

Will Dining Dollar balances at the end of the Summer Term roll-over to the Fall Term?
Yes, up to $100 in remaining balance of Dining Dollars will roll-over to the Fall Term.  All Dining Dollar balances will expire at Commencement 2022.

If I use a Meal Swipe Equivalency at 8:30 a.m. at the Collis Café can I then use a Meal Swipe at 10:30 a.m. at '53 Commons if I have the Ivy Unlimited plan?
You would not be able to do that with the Ivy Unlimited plan, as you had already made a choice for that breakfast meal period by using the meal equivalency at the Collis Café.   At the beginning of each meal period you essentially must choose between three options: dining at '53 Commons and swiping in as many times as you like, getting one to-go meal from '53 Commons, or using one Meal Swipe Equivalency at one of our cafés. However, you can continue to use Dining Dollars and other forms of payment to supplement your meals and our other facilities.

Our 115 Block+ and 80 Block+ would allow you to use two swipes each meal period for two of the three options available; a meal equivalency at a participating café , a meal to-go from '53 Commons or dine-in at '53 commons.  Remember though, with 10+ weeks in every term those meal swipes can go fast and be depleted this way before the end of the term.

If I don't have the Ivy Unlimited plan, how often can I use a meal swipe at '53 Commons per meal period?
You can use your 115 Block+ or 80 Block+ up to 2 times within each of the 4 meal periods daily.

What if I have a food allergy?
We can satisfy your food allergy concerns.  Please let us know if you have anything we should know about to serve you. Our Dietitian and Chef are here for you. You can reach them by email at dartmouth.dining@dartmouth.edu or by phone at 603-646-9701.

How do I change my dining plan?
Request to change your dining plan online through the DartCard office.