All students living in the residence hall are required to be on one of the two residential meal plans. Based on your eating habits or class schedules, you may choose from a 19 Meal per week plan or a 14 Meal per week plan. 

Any students living off-campus or commuter students may purchase a full meal plan, or they may choose from our 25 Block Plan or 50 Block Plan. The latter plans provide a block of meal swipes than can be used at any meal period in the Dining Commons.

Meal plans are effective beginning on Move-In Day (Fall) or the day before classes start (Spring) until the last day of Final Exams in each semester.  Meals are not provided in the Dining Commons in the Residence Halls during Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break and Spring Break.  Dining Points can be used over break periods at the other dining locations on campus. 

The Dining Commons is open Monday-Friday for Breakfast, Continental Breakfast and Light Snacks, Lunch and Dinner. On the weekends it is open for Brunch and Dinner. Today's Hours.

The Dining Commons hours and schedule coincide with the academic calendar.  Fall Semester meals start on Move-In Day and run through the last day of Fall Semester Final Exams.  For Spring, the Dining Commons opens at Dinner the day before the Spring Semester starts until the last day of Spring Semester Final Exams.  The Dining Commons is closed over University Recesses… Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break.

Dining Dollars are money included with the purchase of your meal plan and is used similar to a debit card. Dining Dollars can be used at all of our retail dining locations.

Beacon Bucks are monies you add directly to your student ID. Beacon Bucks is the university-wide cashless payment system to be used at any dining location, the book store, Quinn Graphics, Vending Machines and other locations. Beacon Bucks do not expire.

Yes. You may add to your balance at any time if you participate in a dining plan. The process to do so is being finalized and more information including links and instructions will be posted as soon as it is available.

Dining plan meal and Dining Dollar balances can be viewed online. More information will be distributed at the beginning of the fall semester.

Yes. Your Dining Dollars carry over from fall to spring semester, provided that you remain on a dining plan. At the close of the Dining Commons for the academic year any Dining Dollars not used will be forfeited.

Food is not permitted to leave the dining hall. Our all-you-care-to-eat, dine-in facility encourages patrons to enjoy their meals within the Dining Hall.

Each meal plan includes 5 swipes that can be used to swipe in a friend or family member when they visit you on campus. Students on any of the Block plans may use as many of their swipes as they want for guest meals.

Meal plans are not transferable but you may use a friend's Guest Meal swipe to eat in the dining hall. A friend may also use their Dining Dollars or Beacon Bucks to pay for your meal.

Yes. We accommodate all students who choose to attend UMass Boston. We are prepared to work with students who have any of the eight major food allergies, as well as students that require any other dietary needs because of a documented medical condition. We also serve a broad range of dishes at every meal, in order to accommodate vegans, vegetarians and any other students who are pursuing a personal diet regime. Learn More.

Sick meals are available for any students experiencing flu-like symptoms. You will be able to order a sick meal that you may schedule to pick up at your convenience. We hope you feel better soon!

For meal plan administrative questions, please e-mail

For general dining questions, please feel free to e-mail, call us at (617) 287-5082.

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