Select Your Individual Dining Plan
For the next four years, you’ll be eating some of the most delicious campus food in the country. How much food? Well, that all depends on how wisely you use your individual dining plan. Flex Plans are designed to provide maximum flexibility (hence the name). They do not provide a fixed number of meals per week like some universities–instead they offer a balance for you to spend like a debit account.
Sometimes you’ll go out to dinner, accidently sleep through breakfast, settle for a bowl of ramen in your room rather than venturing out into the cold or just find yourself unable to get to a dining center, so these plans are not designed to provide all of your meals. But here is a rough approximation based on all-you-care-to-eat meals at D2 at 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 who live on campus are required to purchase one of the three Major Dining Plans listed above, which they can only use for their own meals or guests. You cannot, however, use dining plans as a group. Seriously, it’s in our terms.
If you will be living on campus, your plan will automatically default to Major Flex. However, if you anticipate eating expensive things like steak and grande double mochachinos all the time, you can upgrade your plan June 1 through Aug. 22 using Hokie Spa. (After you login to Hokie Spa, scroll down and select “Housing and Dining Services” then select “Add/Change Individual Dining Plan.”)
Going to college is your first step to being on your own, so having a Flex Plan is a perfect way to start learning how to budget your money. Luckily, you can always add Flex Additions Dollars later if your budgeting is not so successful at first.
Spring Semester Plans
On-campus and off-campus students with a fall semester dining plan will automatically be assigned and billed for the same dining plan for the spring semester. Students may change their dining plan choice between semesters at My VT. Off-campus students may cancel their dining plan online prior to the specified deadline.
How to Use Your Dining Plan: Video
Division of Student Affairs videographer and Virginia Tech student, Juli Keller shows new students the ins and outs of using their dining plans and how to add additional money when they run out. She also gives a few tips on how to use the dining centers on campus.
Your Hokie Passport ID card grants you access to many different things, including the gym, Blacksburg Transit, the library and most importantly to us, your dining plan.
Your Hokie Passport is also home to different accounts:
- Flex Dollars: This is the money that comes from purchasing your Flex Plan, required for all on-campus residents. With this account you receive a 50 to 67 percent discount depending on what dining center you’re in.
- Dining Dollars: This account is similar to a Flex account in that it works like a debit card system, however, this money only receives a 5 percent discount on the regular cash price. You can also choose how much money you want to invest in this account.
- Hokie Passport Account: An account that allows you to make purchases in on-campus convenience stores, at software distribution, and many other departments and local businesses including on-campus dining centers (but you don’t get a discount).
You can also add Flex Additions to your Flex plan in case you run out. Additions receive the same discounts as the initial Flex Dollars.
Students who live off campus may choose from any dining plan (including major dining plans). Last year more than 11,000 off-campus students purchased a dining plan. If you are an off-campus student there are some minor dining plans for you to choose from—just in case you become especially attached to that wood-fired oven pizza, your cooking skills top out at PB and J, or you enjoy the added convenience of having us cook and clean up for you.
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