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  • Dining Hours & Prices

    Dining Hours & Prices

    Dining Hours

    For a detailed list of hours visit stonybrook.edu/dining


    What are the meal period times and door prices at Dine-In locations?

    Campus Dining will offer continuous service for meal periods. Continuous service means that the Dine-In locations do not close between meal periods. Food stations open for continuous meal periods may vary.

    Meal Hours* Door Price*
    Breakfast 7:00am to 10:30am $6.75
    Lunch 10:30am to 5:00pm $9.50
    Dinner 5:00pm to 9:00pm $9.95
    Late Night Starts at 9:00pm $7.95
    Brunch 10:30am to 3:00pm $9.50
    *Subject to change


    What are the hours for each Dine-In location?

    Location

    Monday - Friday

    Saturday - Sunday

    East Side Dining

    7:00am to 1:00am*

    8:30am to 1:00am*

    West Side Dining

    7:00am to 3:00am*

    8:30am to 3:00am*

    *Hours subject to change



    What are the hours for Retail Locations?

    Hours for Retail Locations can be found on the campus dining website.

  • Meal Plan Requirements

    Meal Plan Requirements

    Why are new students required to be on an unlimited plan?

    New students are going through a transition living away from home for the first time, making new friends, deciding on their book buying options and learning to manage their time with classes, homework and social activities. When new students are on a plan with “unlimited meals” they don’t have to worry about budgeting Dining Dollars.


    Why are upperclassmen still required to have a meal plan?

    Any student living in a residence hall which is not a “cooking building” is required to select one of the resident meal plans offered by Campus Dining. This requirement has been in place for many years and it was established to avoid health and safety issues in the residence halls.

    The safety of our students is our number one concern. If students don’t have access to a proper dining facility, they may rely on cooking appliances in their residence hall rooms to prepare their meals. These appliances have been demonstrated to be fire hazards as they can overheat and cause fires, endangering the lives of our students.

    Another main concern is sanitation. We would like students to live in the utmost sanitary conditions at the residence halls. The residence hall rooms do not have adequate facilities to prepare food in sanitary conditions and allow for proper cleanup which may cause the presence of vermin as well as create insect infestations.

    Although many buildings present cooking areas, these are meant for light cooking and are not fitted to withstand high traffic.

    Where can I find references to this policy?

    1. STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY, DIVISION OF CAMPUS RESIDENCES UNDERGRADUATE RESIDENCE HALLS TERMS OF OCCUPANCY

      E. Meal Plans

      All freshmen and transfer residents must participate in a resident meal plan for their first two semesters in campus housing regardless of room/building assignment. Beyond the first year of enrollment, any student assigned to a designated meal plan residence hall must register for one of the Residential Meal Plans offered by the University regardless of class standing. Students beyond their first year of enrollment who reside in designated cooking buildings have the option of whether to purchase a meal plan, subject to all published terms and conditions for meal plan contracts.
    2. From Campus Residences website FAQs:

      Is it mandatory to be on a meal plan?

      Resident students in their first two semesters at Stony Brook and students living in mandatory meal plan buildings/areas are required to be on one of the resident meal plans.

    What is the default plan for resident students (new or returning)?

    If you are a resident student in your first or second semester at Stony Brook and you do not  select a meal plan, you will be placed on the Wolfie Standard Plan. If you are a returning student who has been at Stony Brook for two or more semesters and live in a non "cooking building" and you do not select a meal plan, you will automatically be placed on the Wolfie Standard Plan.

    You can upgrade your meal plan or add Dining Dollars anytime during the semester (in person at the FSA Services Office at 157 East Side Dining, or via the website). Downgrades can only be made during the first three weeks of the semester.

    The charge will be posted to your Student Account (able to be viewed in  SOLAR under Student Financial Services).

    If you plan to stay on campus during breaks such as Thanksgiving and Spring Break, remember to choose a plan with additional Dining Dollars such as the Wolfie Plus Plan.


    New students (freshmen and transfers) are required to get a non-declining balance meal plan, but what about commuters?

    Commuters are not required to be on a meal plan, but can choose from any resident plan, as well as, a variety of plans designed especially for them.

    View and sign up for plans on our website.


    Do I have to select a meal plan every semester?

    No, you will be placed on the same plan you selected in the Fall. All meal plans selected are ANNUAL (Fall and Spring) agreements. Changes and cancellations must be made in writing to the FSA Services Office at 157 East Side Dining, or via the website.

  • Managing My Plan

    Managing My Plan

    What if I move off campus or withdraw/graduate from the University?

    Because this is an annual agreement, students who withdraw/graduate from the University, or wish to cancel their meal plan because they moved off campus or to a building/area designated as cooking, must notify the FSA Services Office. Meal plans will be prorated weekly. Otherwise the student will be charged the full amount of the meal plan.


    When can I upgrade my meal plan?

    You can upgrade your meal plan or add Dining Dollars anytime during the semester (in person at the FSA Services Office at 157 East Side Dining, or via the website).

    The charge will be posted to your Student Account (able to be viewed in  SOLAR under Student Financial Services).


    When can I downgrade my meal plan?

    Downgrades can only be made (in person at the FSA Services Office at 157 East Side Dining, or via the website) during the first three weeks of the semester.

    The credit will be posted to your Student Account (able to be viewed in  SOLAR under Student Financial Services).


    How do I cancel my meal plan?

    If you are leaving the university and need to cancel your meal plan, you may do so in person at the FSA Services Office at 157 East Side Dining, or via the website.

    The credit will be posted to your Student Account (able to be viewed in SOLAR under Student Financial Services).


    How can I add Dining Dollars to my meal plan?

    You are able to add Dining Dollars to all meal plans by cash, check or credit card in person at the FSA Services Office at 157 East Side Dining. You may also add Dining Dollars by credit card online and they will be added instantly to your meal plan 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! If you are on a meal plan that was billed to your Student Account (i.e. a Residential, Apartment or Commuter plan), you may request additional funds be billed (provided your student account is in good standing) at the FSA Services Office at 157 East Side Dining.


    How can I add Meal Swipes to my meal plan?

    Meal Swipes cannot be added to a meal plan, however, you may use Dining Dollars at Dine-In locations should you run out of swipes, or  upgrade to an unlimited meal plan.  View Dine-In door prices.

    If you are a resident student who is concerned about running out of meal swipes, we recommend upgrading to an unlimited meal plan. You may upgrade at any time during the semester.


    Do meal plans rollover from semester to semester?

    Dine-In Meal Swipes reset each week within the semester.* The meal plan week begins on Friday and ends on Thursday. Block and unlimited plan Dine-In Meal Swipes do not reset and are for the entire semester. Dine-In Meal Swipes do NOT rollover from semester to semester.

    Guest Dine-In Meal Swipes are for the entire semester and do not rollover. Guest Meal Swipes may only be used at Dine-In locations and are only available to students on an unlimited plan.

    Dining Dollars roll over from Fall to Winter or Spring, but not to Summer or the following academic year (Spring to Fall). The last day to use Dining Dollars is Spring Commencement.

    *Dine-In Meal Swipes are not available during Thanksgiving break (Wednesday through Sunday) and the week of Spring Break (Monday through Sunday).


    What happens if I run out of Dining Dollars?

    In the event that you run out of Dining Dollars on your meal plan, you can add additional funds to your plan online or at the FSA Services Office. You can also upgrade to the next plan at any time during the semester.


    Can I be notified when my balance is low?

    Yes! Log in to your account via the website and click "Low Balance Warning" under the Personalize section in your account. Enter the email address(es) where you would like notifications to be sent.


    How do I check my meal plan balance?

    You can check your meal plan balance via the website, at the register in any of our dining locations, or on our Campus Card App.


    How do I report a lost/stolen card?

    To prevent others from obtaining meals and charging them against a student’s account, lost cards must be immediately reported in person or online. Report your card in person to the Meal Plan or ID Office or at any cash register in any of the Campus Dining locations during business hours. You can reactivate your card at the FSA Services Office or the ID Office.

  • Types of Plans

    Types of Plans

    How do I purchase a meal plan?

    The easiest way to purchase a meal plan is via the website. You can also purchase a meal plan by going to the FSA Services Office at 157 East Side Dining.


    I take classes on both sides of campus, what meal plan is best for me?

    Dine-In Meal Swipes can only be used at West Side Dining and East Side Dining, but you may use Dining Dollars on east campus.

    If you are not required to be on a meal plan, you can select the prepaid Dining Dollars budget plan which can be used on at the  hospital or  Health Sciences on east campus in addition to all of the dining venues on west campus. To open a prepaid Dining Dollars budget plan, simply add money to your card online.

    If you are a Health Sciences student and would like to have a dual meal plan, bring your student ID to the FSA Services Office (East Side Dining Room 157) and complete the Dual Meal Plan Agreement form. You may also request a dual meal plan online. Your meal plan cannot be used at Starbucks at University Hospital.


    How were the different meal plans chosen? For example, the 10 meal per week plan?

    The meal plans were created based on Stony Brook students’ eating patterns as well as financial affordability. Our goal was to create meal plans that would fit the needs of all students.


    Which meal plan is best plan for someone who needs a lot of calories or loves to snack all day?

    The Wolfie Premium Plan provides an unlimited amount of food in the Dine-In facilities plus an additional $500 per semester to spend at retail locations through campus. The plan also includes 10 Guest Dine-In Meal Swipes you can use for your friends and family when they come to visit!


    What is the best plan for someone who does not eat very much or does not eat meals on campus several days of the week?

    For returning students, the  Wolfie Standard Plan , the 160 Block Meals + 150 Dining Dollars Plan , or the 32 Block Meals + 1,200 Dining Dollars Plan depending on eating style.

    For first year students, the  Wolfie Standard Plan will fit your needs. Remember, if you are here during break periods, select a plan that includes additional Dining Dollars.

    View and sign up for plans on our website


    Do you offer summer meal plans?

    Summer meal plans are offered during summer intersession.


    Do you offer winter meal plans?

    Winter meal plans are offered during winter intersession.

  • Using My Plan

    Using My Plan

    Can I use a meal swipe to pay for a guest’s meal?

    Unlimited meal plans include Guest Passes which can be used to swipe in a friend or visiting family member. Guest passes may be used at West Side Dining Dine-In and East Side Dining Dine-In only.


    Can a friend use my ID card to get my meals when I am sick?

    If you are sick and cannot visit one of our dining locations you can have a friend do it for you. Get a Sick Tray Form from your RA or RHD. Have the form completed and give it to a friend along with your ID card. Your friend will then be able to use your card to pick up a meal for you. Be sure the form is completed with all of the necessary signatures or your card will be confiscated. This option is only available for short-term illnesses. If you need this service for a longer period of time, contact the FSA Services Office at 632-6517.


    Can I use Dining Dollars to pay the door price at Dine-In locations?

    Yes. Other accepted payment methods include Wolfie Wallet, cash or credit.


    Can I take out food from a Dine-In location?

    In response to student feedback from Resident Assistants (RAs), the Residence Hall Association (RHA), Student Voice on Campus Dining, Student Life Advisory Council and Commuter Student Services, the value-driven resident Dine-In program provides a take-out option for those students on-the-go.

    Learn More


    Where can I spend Dining Dollars?

    Dining Dollars may be used at any Retail dining location. Retail dining locations include: Roth Cafe (including Subway), Jasmine, Student Activities Center (SAC), Tabler Cafe, Starbucks, HDV/GLS Center, East Side Dining Retail (Deli, Cocina Fresca, Italian, Grill, Halal NY), East Side Dining Retail Emporium (Kosher and Island Soul) and West Side Dining C-Store and pizza delivery! Retail dining locations also accept Wolfie Wallet, cash or credit.

    For more information, visit the dining website.


    Am I only allowed to eat at the Dine-In location where I live?

    Dine-In Meal Swipes may be used at West Side Dining or East Side Dining regardless of where you live. The choice is yours!


    Are Dine-In Meal Swipes accepted on East Campus (at Health Sciences or at the Hospital)?

    If you are a Health Sciences student and would like to have a dual meal plan, bring your student ID to the FSA Services Office (East Side Dining Room 157) and complete the Dual Meal Plan Agreement form. You may also  request a dual meal plan online. Your meal plan cannot be used at Starbucks at University Hospital.

    Dine-In Meal Swipes can only be used at West Side Dining and East Side Dining, but you may use Dining Dollars on east campus.

  • Food Options / Locations

    Food Options / Locations

    If you have an unlimited meal plan with Dining Dollars, can you buy food at the SAC?

    Yes, you can purchase food with your Dining Dollars at the SAC.


    What types of meals are available at Dine-In locations?

    East Side Dining : breakfast, burgers, sandwiches, salad bar, international cuisine, vegan bar, pizza & pasta, Halal, wraps, salads, sandwiches, Kosher, Mexican, coffee, specialty beverages, Oasis Station (Allergen Friendly)

    West Side Dining: breakfast, omelets, coffee, bbq & grill, international market, sandwiches, salad bar, pizza & pasta, pizza & pasta, grab and go, Oasis Station (Allergen Friendly)

    For more information, visit the dining website.


    Where can I purchase sushi?

    Sushi is available at the West Side Dining c-store, SAC grab and go and Jasmine.


    How can I make purchases at Starbucks?

    Students can make purchases at Starbucks with Dining Dollars, Wolfie Wallet, Starbucks Rewards or Gift Cards, cash or credit.


    Are there made-to-order options in “Dine-In” facilities?

    The Dine-In locations at West Side Dining and East Side Dining incorporate a combination of made-to-order and self-serve ensuring that there is always choice to meet your needs.


    Where do students living in the West Side Dining area get breakfast that is not Dine-In?

    Students can choose to go to the Student Activities Center (SAC), Roth Cafe, Tabler Cafe, Starbucks or HDV/GLS Center.


    Is the made-to-order Deli in East Side Dining both retail and Dine-In?

    Yes, there are two separate deli locations at East Side Dining.


    For Dine-In locations, people who choose to stay the whole day may make it difficult for other students to find seats. How is that situation handled?

    A seating capacity study was conducted for all of the Dine-In locations and Campus Dining is able to accommodate students to stay and dine even at busy meal periods such as between 7pm to 8pm.


    How can students on different meal plans sit and eat with their friends?

    The take-out program enables students on unlimited or meals per week plans to use a meal swipe at Dine-In locations and fill a clamshell container "to go" and then sit in a retail area with friends.


    Are Dine-In Meal Swipes accepted on East Campus (at Health Sciences or at the Hospital)?

    If you are a Health Sciences student and would like to have a dual meal plan, bring your student ID to the FSA Services Office (East Side Dining Room 157) and complete the Dual Meal Plan Agreement form. You may also request a dual meal plan online. Your meal plan cannot be used at Starbucks at University Hospital.

    Dine-In Meal Swipes can only be used at West Side Dining and East Side Dining, but you may use Dining Dollars on east campus.

  • Roth Meal Exchange

    Roth Meal Exchange

    How can I use a Meal Swipe at Roth Cafe?

    If you are a student living in Roth or Tabler Quads and have an unlimited meal plan, you may use a Meal Swipe (one per day) at Roth Cafe. A meal exchange is a meal plan option that adds flexibility to your dining options and use of your unlimited meal plan. Students with an unlimited meal plan living in Roth or Tabler Quads may use a meal swipe once per day during the lunch or dinner meal period at Smash n’ Shake, Fuze Pan Asian Express, Tuscan Bistro or Subway at Roth Food Court.

    Don’t forget you can always use your Dining Dollars and Wolfie Wallet anytime at Roth Food Court! Please let the cashier know when you would like to use a meal exchange.

    Only students who have an unlimited meal plan may use a Roth Meal Exchange. Students with any other meal plan can use Dining Dollars at Roth Cafe. Wolfie Wallet, cash, and credit card are also accepted forms of payment at Roth Cafe.

    Meal exchange options include:

    Subway - Lunch
    • 6" sub + chips or fruit + 20oz fountain beverage
    Subway - Dinner
    • 6" sub + chips or fruit + cup of soup + 20oz fountain beverage

     

    Smash n' Shake - Lunch
    • #1, 2, 3 or 6 + fries or whole fruit + 20oz fountain beverage OR
    • Shaker salad + whole fruit + 20oz fountain beverage
    Smash n' Shake - Dinner
    • #1, 2, 3 or 6 + fries or whole fruit + 20oz fountain beverage OR
    • Shaker salad + whole fruit + 20oz fountain beverage

     

    Pan Asian - Lunch
    • Any 2 entrees + whole fruit or chips + 20oz fountain beverage
    Pan Asian - Dinner
    • Any 3 entrees + whole fruit or chips + 20oz fountain beverage

     

    Ramen - Lunch
    • Ramen bowl + 20oz fountain beverage
    Ramen - Dinner
    • Ramen bowl + whole fruit or chips + 20oz fountain beverage

     

    Tuscan Bistro - Lunch
    • Flatbread + whole fruit + 20oz fountain beverage OR
    • Hero sandwich + whole fruit + 20oz fountain beverage

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  • Sustainability

    Sustainability

    Do you get high quality meals with a Dine-In meal program?

    Campus Dining continues serving high quality meals in both Dine-In locations. Since students are able to enjoy as many food items as they wish, the portion sizes have changed to accommodate this. This also allows students to try different foods during the same meal while minimizing waste.


    How does Campus Dining minimize waste with a Dine-In program?

    Waste reduction requires a commitment from both Campus Dining and the students. As a campus community, we need to raise awareness, improve processes and measure the impact. It requires a combination of working with suppliers, managing the kitchen and making appropriate portions available so that less food is discarded. Reducing food waste with better portion control and improved meal forecasting prevents waste before it ever happens. This process, source reduction, is cited by the Environmental Protection Agency Food Recovery Hierarchy as the best way to prevent wasted food because these actions create the most benefit for the environment, society and economy. Students also need to be conscious and considerate to other students when selecting the amount of food on their plate. Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our stomachs!


    Are meals served on paper or reusable plates?

    Reusable dishware and utensils are used at West Side Dining and East Side Dining.

  • Terminology

    Terminology

    DINE-IN LOCATIONS

    Dine-In locations will maintain continuous service from morning to night. Swipe your ID card, stay as long as you'd like. The Dine-In program will minimize food waste and use reusable dishware and silverware.


    MEAL SWIPES

    Meal Swipes can be used at Dine-In locations. You can also use Dining Dollars, cash, credit, or Wolfie Wallet to pay the door price at Dine-In locations.


    GUEST MEAL SWIPES

    Guest passes may be used for friends and family members.  Guest passes do not rollover from the fall to spring semester.


    ROTH MEAL EXCHANGE

    If you are a student living in Roth or Tabler Quads and have an unlimited meal plan, you may use a Meal Swipe (one per day) at Roth Cafe. A meal exchange is a meal plan option that adds flexibility to your dining options and use of your unlimited meal plan. Students with an unlimited plan can use one meal swipe for a preset menu option.

    Only students who have an unlimited meal plan may use a Roth Meal Exchange.Students with any other meal plan can use Dining Dollars at Roth Cafe. Wolfie Wallet, cash, and credit card are also accepted forms of payment at Roth Cafe.


    RETAIL LOCATIONS

    Retail locations use the flexible dining dollars on your ID card to dine on the go. Only Dining Dollars can be used at Retail locations.


    DINING DOLLARS

    Each Dining Dollar is equivalent to $1.

    All dine-in locations accept dining dollars. Dining Dollars may also be used to purchase meals at the hospital or Health Sciences if you are taking classes, volunteering or working there.  Please  contact the meal plan office to have your card activated for use at these locations. Note: If you are a volunteer worker or employee, you must provide a letter from your supervisor. Students must provide a copy of their class schedule.

    Meal plans are to be used one semester at a time; however, Dining Dollars roll over from fall to spring, but not to the following academic year (spring to fall).

    If you are not required to be on a meal plan, you can select the prepaid Dining Dollars budget plan which can be used on at the  hospital or  Health Sciences on east campus in addition to all of the dining venues on west campus. To open a prepaid Dining Dollars budget plan, simply  add money to your card online.


    OPERATING FEE

    The goal of Campus Dining is to provide accessible dining to the community in support of the University’s academic mission. The operating fee helps fund the construction, renovation and operation of a diverse range of dining facilities that are accessible to students on a meal plan.

    The operating fee covers the following:

    • Construction Projects (i.e.- the new East Side Dining facility)
    • Repairs and Maintenance
    • Utilities (snow removal, water, electric)
    • Capitol Improvements and Enhancements
    • Philanthropy Programs

    For more information, view a complete cost breakdown.

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