Winter 2020 Dining Options

Winter Term 2020 - Spring Term 2020

What's New to Dartmouth Dining

We're excited to announce new improvements to our meal plans for 2019-2020, which were made based on actual student feedback! Two of the most exciting pieces are the new Ivy Standard Unlimited plan and the announcement that '53 Commons will be open continuously from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Simply put, you get what you want, when you want it.

With the Ivy Standard Unlimited plan, you essentially have a membership that allows you to come and go within some basic parameters, so there's no longer a need to count or accumulate Meal Swipes AND you'll get three guest passes to bring friends to '53 Commons. And yes, you can still eat elsewhere with Meal Swipe Equivalencies and Dining Dollars or get meals-to-go from '53 Commons. There are other plans too, including 115 and 80 Block+ plans, a 5 Meals Weekly plan, as well as On-Campus and Off-Campus Apartment plans.

When making changes to the meal plans, we wanted to combat the challenge that is "food insecurity." This term means, for some reason or another, you are prevented from feeling like you are able to get what you require because you need to budget, calculate, skip, or skimp to make your meal allotment last. Our ultimate goal is to be positive that absolutely every Dartmouth student is taken care of. That being said, check out our new meal plans!

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Plans Offered

Ivy Standard Unlimited

The Ivy Standard is Dartmouth's preferred dining plan. It is designed to provide the best service and flexibility for the broadest range of student needs. First year students experience the ultimate in dining with automatic enrollment in this plan.

  • Unlimited Meal Swipes at '53 Commons (This can also translate to one Equivalency at any of our cafés each meal period.)
  • 3 Guest Passes for friends and family to join you at '53 Commons
  • $250 Dining Dollars per term 
  • Cost per term: $2,165

115 Block+

  • 115 Meal Swipes or Equivalencies per term
  • $475 Dining Dollars per term
  • Cost per term: $1,935
  • Use up to 2 swipes per meal period

80 Block+

  • 80 Meal Swipes or Equivalencies per term
  • $725 Dining Dollars per term
  • Cost per term: $1,900
  • Use up to 2 swipes per meal period

5 Meals Weekly

  • 5 Meal Swipes or Equivalencies each week
  • $1,025 Dining Dollars per term
  • Cost per term: $1,915

On-Campus Apartment

The plan is exclusively offered to students who live in designated on-campus apartments including Maxwell, Channing Cox, the Ledyard apartments, or North Park apartments.

  • 35 Meal Swipes or Equivalencies per term
  • $975 Dining Dollars per term
  • Cost per term: $1,550

Off-Campus Apartment

This plan is exclusively offered to students who live in non-Dartmouth affiliated, off-campus apartments. This does not include those living in Greek life housing.

  • $1,000 Dining Dollars
  • Cost per term: $1,000

Questions and Answers About the New Dining Plans

Why are you making these changes?

We are committed to giving Dartmouth students the best program at the best price point. We regularly review our dining plans and have listened to changes proposed by students. We also used other award-winning dining plans as benchmarks to confirm that our new plans are as good as or better than what other schools are offering. In short, these new plans are specifically designed to meet your unique needs and deliver good value!

What does it mean to have an UNLIMITED plan?

The new Ivy Standard Unlimited plan is kind of like having a ski season pass or a gym membership. With it, you can eat at '53 Commons from morning till night and you don't need to worry about counting visits. Stop by as many times per meal period as you would like! As with a membership, you get additional benefits, which help give you that added flexibility. You have to-go options, you can bring friends, and you can choose to eat at other dining facilities if you prefer.

If I use a Meal Swipe Equivalency at 8:30 a.m. at Collis Café can I then use a Meal Swipe at 10:00 a.m. at '53 Commons?

In short, if you have the Ivy Standard Unlimited plan, then no. 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.

If I use Dining Dollars at 8:30 a.m. at Collis Café can I then use a Meal Swipe Equivalency at 10:00 a.m. at '53 Commons?

Yes, of course you can! You can use Dining Dollars any time you wish to and with the Ivy Standard Unlimited you can dine at '53 Commons as often as you want! You'll always get the most bang for your buck at '53 Commons as it's our all-you-care-to-eat facility, but it's important to us that busy students also have the option of grabbing food at a nearby café.

If I live off-campus could I buy the Ivy Standard Unlimited plan?

Yes, of course you can! Everyone is eligible to buy that plan. The Off-Campus Apartment plan was created to accommodate students living off-campus who want to cook their own meals, but we've found that's a small minority of students, so feel free to select whichever dining plan best suits YOUR needs.

Why are the "Meals Weekly" style plans getting phased out?

Over the years we have found that plans like 5 Meals Weekly are actually not very economical. While they offer a large amount of Dining Dollars, which is ideal for students who find themselves eating at cafés more than anywhere else, offering Meal Swipes on a weekly basis instead of a per term basis resulted in students essentially wasting money. For example, a student may sign up for this plan with the intention of eating dinner every weeknight at '53 Commons and getting the rest of their meals elsewhere. This works out for them some weeks, but they forget to take into account the weekends they travel off-campus or the nights they are busy studying and have to grab a quick meal close by. The unfortunate part is that they've already paid for those Meal Swipes even if they don't end up making it to '53 Commons to use them. Our new meal plans offer much more flexibility and they allow you to dine at '53 Commons more often some weeks and less often other weeks; whatever works best with your unique schedule!

If I don't have the Ivy Standard Unlimited plan, how often can I use a Meal Swipe at '53 Commons per meal period?

Two times!