Plans and Policies
Select Your Individual Dining Plan
As a student at Virginia Tech, you’ll have access to some of the best campus food in the country with an incredible variety of healthy and delicious options. We operate 46 venues at 10 dining centers and two food trucks, and somewhere on campus, we’re serving meals 19 hours each day.
Unlike other universities, Virginia Tech’s dining plans don’t provide a fixed number of meals per week but work like a debit card. Every purchase is deducted from your balance, which can be easily checked online or at the register in a dining center.
Individual dining plans are to be purchased by individuals, for individuals. You may, on occasion, take a guest to join you for a meal; however, buying a dining plan to be used collectively by more than one individual, or used to pay for other individual's meals on a recurring basis, is a conduct violation and will be dealt with accordingly.
When choosing a plan, it’s important to consider where you’ll be living and how often you’ll be eating in our dining centers. For example, if you think you’ll eat off-campus each weekend or have a quick breakfast in your room every morning, those decisions will affect which dining plan is the best match for your lifestyle.
First, where you’ll be living will determine which dining plans are available to you.
All students living on-campus, including first-year students, are required to purchase one of three dining plans: Major Flex Plan, Mega Flex Plan, or Premium Flex Plan.
Note: students living on-campus cannot purchase the Minor Flex Plan.
Each plan works like a debit card and is easy to use at Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus. Details are available below at Flex Dining Plans.
Although not required, thousands of off-campus students purchase one of those options each year for the convenience of being able to eat on campus. Which plan is appropriate, will depend on your class schedule and budget. Details are available below for our Flex Dining Plans.
Dining Services offers four Flex Dining Plans: Minor, Major, Mega, and Premium. Students living on-campus are required to purchase either the Major, Mega, or Premium Flex Dining Plans. (Note: The funds in Flex Dining Plan are called Flex Dollars, which are a different dining option than Dining Dollars, which are explained below.)
The prices for each plan are as follows:
|Flex Plans 2021 - 2022||Price per Semester||Flex Dollars|
|Minor Flex Plan*||$1,096||$438|
|Major Flex Plan||$2,063||$746|
|Mega Flex Plan||$2,213||$896|
|Premium Flex Plan||$2,368||$1,051|
*Minor Flex Plans are only available to students living off-campus.
Included in the price of each Flex Plan is a base cost that covers the utilities, maintenance, repairs, and labor for our dining centers. For the Major, Mega, and Premium Flex plans, the base cost is $1,317. For the Minor Flex plan, the base cost is $658. The remaining balance, called Flex Dollars, can be used at our dining centers and receive a discount on each purchase. Flex Plans get a 67 percent discount at D2, an all-you-care-to-eat venue in Dietrick Hall, and 50 percent off the cash price at all other venues.
If you will be living on campus, you will automatically be signed up for the Major Flex Plan. If you think you’ll be eating on campus more often, you can upgrade to the Mega or Premium Flex plans using StarRez.
Unused Flex dollars (from the original purchase of a Flex Dining Plan) at the end of the spring semester can’t be refunded or transferred to the next fall, so it’s important to purchase a plan that best meets your needs.
Students can also make deposits to Flex Additions to supplement their Major, Mega, or Premium Flex Plans. Flex Additions receive the same discounts as the starting balance of Flex Dollars. Flex Additions cannot be added to Minor Flex Plans. (Unlike the starting balance of a Flex Dining Plan, unspent Flex Additions can be used the following semester with the purchase of a Major, Mega, or Premium Flex dining plan. Without a Major, Mega, or Premium Flex dining plan purchase, the funds would revert to Dining Dollars.)
Students can use their dining plans at any of the 44 venues on campus, but as an example, here’s how many meals you can eat a week with each Flex plan at D2, an all-you-care-to-eat venue in Dietrick Hall:
- Major Flex Plan about 10 meals per week
- Mega Flex Plan about 12 meals per week
- Premium Flex Plan about 14 meals per week
Students with a Flex Plan for the fall semester will automatically be assigned and billed for the same dining plan for the spring semester. (You can also change your plan at StarRez up until the day before dining plans start each semester.)
Dining Dollars work like a debit card and can be used at any of our venues on campus. The plan is available to off-campus students and employees and provides the convenience of being able to eat at our venues between or after classes or work.
For students living off-campus, the Commuter Cash dining plan costs $358 per semester and allows for tax-free purchases at our venues. (Unlike the Flex and Dining Dollars dining plans, Commuter Cash doesn’t include discounted purchases.)
The initial balance of $358 must be spent by the end of spring semester. Deposits can also be made in the form of Dining Dollars and receive 5 percent off the cash price for all purchases.
Students living off-campus can also use their Hokie Passport account at Virginia Tech dining centers. The account – which are accepted at local restaurants, on-campus convenience stores, and university bookstores – do not receive a discount at Dining Services venues.
Plan holders can also make deposits at a cash-to-card machine, which are located at:
- Dietrick Hall
- Squires Student Center
- Student Services Building
- Turner Place at Lavery Hall
- West End Market at Cochrane Hall
Deposits can also be made by cash or check at Hokie Passport Services in the Student Services Building on campus at 800 Washington Street, SW.
Dining plans that are not used for a period of 12 consecutive months, will be closed according to state policy.