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Pick the Right Plan for You

Flexibility and Choice

Brown Dining offers flexible meal plans, diverse menu options and great food. More than just nourishment, we provide places to relax, meet your friends and study. We operate two all-you-care-to-eat dining halls – the venerable Sharpe Refectory (aka "the Ratty") on Wriston Quad, and the alluring Verney-Woolley (or "V-Dub") on Pembroke – as well as four campus restaurants, three coffee cafes, and one convenience store. Brown Dining strives to meet a wide variety of dining needs related to students' varied tastes and preferences, dietary choices, and hectic lifestyles. We have a registered dietitian on staff who plans the menus and assists students who have special dietary needs and food allergies.

An overwhelming majority of Brown undergrads participate in a meal plan thanks to the many available options. Brown Dining has a meal plan for just about everyone.

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Meal Plan Add-Ons

Call (401) 863-3343 or stop by our 144 Thayer St office for more info about these plans:

Pre-Fall Meal Plan. This plan for upperclass students offers "all you care to eat" service in the Sharpe Refectory from Saturday, August 31, 2013, through the start of the Fall 2013 Meal Plan for $97.95.

Club Plan for Seniors. This option offers seniors an opportunity to enjoy the exceptional dining at the Brown Faculty Club. The plan is a $249 add-on to any meal plan above, and it works like a debit system. Seniors on the Club Plan also enjoy the many benefits of Faculty Club membership without the usual fee. More info about the Club Plan.

Meal Plan during Semester Breaks. With the exception of multi-day recesses, service continues uninterrupted through both the Fall and Spring semesters. Meal plan contracts are not in effect between semesters, during spring break or over the summer. Brown Dining offers special meal plans during many breaks.

Special at the Ratty
RattyI am a first-year student. While you are adjusting to college life the last thing you'll want to worry about is your meal credit balance and whether you have access to a healthy variety of food options when you're hungry. The comfort from knowing that a warm meal is never far away is why a majority of students on campus stay on a meal plan. Also, since all first years are required to be on a meal plan, the dining halls are central to much of the social scene. The Refectory, Verney-Woolley and the other snack bars across campus are where you'll really get to know your unit-mates and grow new friendships. For these reasons, we recommend that first-years choose the 20 meals per week plan.

I do breakfast on my own. Some of us just aren't morning people (though we do have coffee and an extensive cereal bar at each dining hall). We'd suggest the 14 meals per week plan or the Flex 460 plan, which both effectively provide two meals a day.

I like an extra snack in the evening. We'd recommend picking a plan with some extra meals beyond what you'll need during the day. The extra meal credits can be used during the evening at our retail eateries. Another strategy is to choose a plan with a lot of Flex Points, like our Flex meal plans. And as a meal plan holder, you can add more points to an existing plan.

I have my own kitchen. Choose a Flex Meal Plan that gives you a block of meals to use anytime during the semester. Cook at home during weeks when you're relaxed but also have the option of freshly prepared food waiting for you when you're busy with papers and exams. That way, you use your meals whenever you want them. With lots of Flex points, you'll also enjoy the convenience of the Campus Market when you can't make the trek to the grocery store.

I live off-campus. Whether you live a few blocks or a few miles away from campus, there will be days when you appreciate the convenience of grabbing a bite to eat right before or after class. You can also pick up groceries from the Campus Market when you don't have the time to go to the grocery store. The 10 meals per week, Flex 240 or Off Campus 50 meal plan may be right for you.

I keep a Kosher or Halal diet. We have two weekly meal plans that provide certified Kosher and Halal options at the Refectory.

I am vegetarian or vegan. Any of our meal plans are a great fit! Our dining halls have plenty of tasty options from daily hot entrees to our extensive salad bar. Our retail eateries feature sandwiches, soups and pizzas that are vegetarian or dairy-free. Learn more about our vegetarian options.

I have allergies to certain foods. Thankfully you're in good hands at Brown Dining. Our commitment to providing every first-year student with a meal plan means that we have seen it all over the years. We have experience catering to a wide variety of needs and you'll see that reflected in our kitchens and menus. Learn more and get in touch with our staff dietician.

I am away many weekends. Our Flex plans let you choose when you use your meals during the course of the semester rather than allotting meals by week. Flex plans also offer more points so you can grab a bite for your trip. If you do choose to stick around Providence for the weekend, we'll still be open and a Flex plan will give you the means to go to any of our eateries.

My schedule doesn't leave me a lot of time for lunch or dinner. Our dining halls both have to-go containers and our retail eateries provide similar ameneties for mobile meals. You may want to add more Flex points to your meal plan so you can take advantage of the late hours at the Campus Market, the Gate, the Ivy Room and Josiah's.

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