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 serve meals from 46 venues at 10 dining centers and two food trucks, and somewhere on campus, our menu options are available 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.
Choosing a Plan
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.
Students Living On-Campus:
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.
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.
Students Living Off-Campus:
Students living off-campus have a wide-range of options including Flex plans (Minor, Major, Mega, and Premium), Commuter Cash, Dining Dollars, and Hokie Passport deposits. Although not required, more than 10,000 off-campus students purchase one of those options for the value and convenience of being able to eat on campus.
Which plan is appropriate, will depend on your class schedule, lifestyle, and budget. Details are available below for Flex Plans, Dining Dollars, Commuter Cash, and Hokie Passport.
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. Off-campus students are eligible to buy any of the four flex plans.
The prices for each plan are as follows:
Flex Plans 2019-2020
Minor Flex Plan: $1,015/semester
Major Flex Plan: $1,912/semester
Mega Flex Plan: $2,050/semester
Premium Flex Plan: $2,193/semester
Included in the price of each Flex Plan is a base cost that covers the utilities, maintenance, repairs, and labor for our dining centers. 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. Students can also make deposits on to their Flex Plans, which are called Flex Additions, and receive the same discounts as the starting balance of Flex Dollars.
Unused Flex Dollars 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 use their dining plans at any of the 46 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 only available to students who live off-campus and provides the convenience of being able to eat at our venues between or after classes.
Students using Dining Dollars receive a 5 percent discount on all purchases and don’t pay sales tax. Deposits can be made in increments of $25 to $1,000 and remain on your account for as long as you’re a student at Virginia Tech.
For students living off-campus, the Commuter Cash dining plan costs a flat rate 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 $332 must be spent by the end of spring semester. Deposits made in addition to the starting balance are converted to Dining Dollars and receive 5 percent off the cash price for all purchases. Like all Dining Dollars deposits, an account balance beyond the initial $332 will carry over to the following academic year.
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
- Owens Food Court at Owens 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. Dining Dollars deposits carry over from year to year and can be used as long as a student is enrolled at the university.