New meal plans in effect

Dining dollars accepted at dining halls, on-campus and off-campus retail locations

MIT Dining’s new meal plans, announced last spring, have gone into effect.  All plans now include dining dollars, and some allow students to purchase meals per semester rather than per week. There are also additional options for voluntary dining plans.

First years in dorms with dining halls must at minimum choose the Any 14 weekly plan or 190-meal semester plan, while upper-level students in dining dorms must at minimum choose the 125-meal semester plan, according to the Division of Student Life’s website.

Dining dollars can be used in all residential dining halls and on-campus retail dining locations at a five percent discount, according to the DSL. Contrary to the initial announcement, LaVerde’s accepts dining dollars for food items, but cashiers default to using TechCASH unless requested to do otherwise. Other on-campus locations default to dining dollars.

While dining dollars can also be used at certain off-campus locations (H Mart, Harvest Coop, Au Bon Pain, Sebastian’s, Oath Pizza, Chicago Pizza, and Paris Baguette), there will be no discount.

Unused dining dollars from the fall can be used for the rest of the school year, but they will expire at the end of the spring semester.

Thomas Sierra ’22, who is on the 190 meals per semester plan, enjoys the convenience of using dining dollars, according to his interview with The Tech.

However, Sierra is also concerned about running out of meals. “I don’t like that I feel like I’m always pressured to keep in mind like ‘oh my gosh, I used five meals this week,’” Sierra continued.