About our Dining Plans

Students living with UHDS can choose from one of four dining plans for a variety of needs and budgets. Residents can spend their dining dollars at any of the 18 restaurants, cafes and stores operated by UHDS.

How it works:

  • Dining Dollars are added to your OSU ID Card at the beginning of each term. Present your OSU ID card to the cashier to pay for your food. It's like using a debit card.
  • UHDS Dining Dollars are flexible, allowing you to pay for what you choose to eat, when you choose to eat it.

Options for all:

UHDS Dining Plans 2016-17

As a UHDS residence hall student, you are required to select one of the following dining plans.

Per term amounts will be billed to your account and added to your ID card at the beginning of each term. Per-day amounts are budgeting suggestions, not spending limits or requirements. You may spend as much or as little each day as you wish.

Not sure which plan to pick? We recommend Plan 2. This plan allows you to dine conveniently in the dining halls for most meals, while still giving you the option to eat a few meals here and there at other campus locations. Remember, as a campus resident you get a 25% discount off the listed prices in the dining hall, so your dollar goes further with us!

Dining Plan Per Year Per Term Daily Spending Goal Daily Buying Power **
(with campus resident discount)
Plan 1 $3,813 $1,271 $16.50 $22
Plan 2 $3,291 $1,097 $14.25 $19
Plan 3 $2,772 $924 $12.00 $16
Plan 4 $2,253 $751 $9.75 $13

* Per day dollar estimates are based off of 7 days per week and 11 weeks per term.

**Amounts reflect average per day buying power. This is the increased value of your dollar with the 25% discount you will receive using your dining plan in certain locations. For example, if you have $100 on your account, that will buy $125 worth of food and beverage in the dining center restaurants.

Meal Plan Changes

  • Allowed within the first three weeks of each academic term.
  • After the third week of the academic term students can adjust to a larger meal plan only, not to a smaller plan.
  • If you are returning to live on campus for the following year, you can use the Rollover Dining Plan in all UHDS restaurants and UHDS locations at a continued 25% discount (10% in retail stores). If you are planning to live off campus, your dining plan dollars will be available at a 10% discount for purchases in all UHDS restaurants and UHDS locations.
  • Please go to the MyUHDS portal to request a dining plan change.

Rollover Dining Plan

Rollover Dining Plan funds will be automatically rolled over on your OSU ID card for the following year, with a few limitations listed below:

  • The Rollover Dining Plan funds must be used within one year; any unused Rollover funds will expire at the end of Spring Term the following year.
  • If you leave OSU (via graduation or other departure) while you still have a UHDS Rollover Dining Plan balance, you will not be able to use the Rollover Dining Plan funds unless you then return to OSU within that same one year period.

Discounts & Orange Cash

Resident Discounts

Residents who use their dining plan dollars on purchases at restaurant locations, where the food is prepared fresh daily, will receive a 25% discount. This includes restaurants in Marketplace West, McNary Dining Center, and Southside Station @ Arnold.

Enjoy a 10% discount at our espresso locations and markets: Bing’s Cafe at Weatherford, EBGBs at Marketplace West, Cascadia Market and Peet’s Coffee & Tea at the International Living & Learning Center (ILLC) and Mainsqueeze and Raintree at McNary Dining Center.

Orange Cash - for all OSU Students, Staff, and Faculty

  • Residential students assigned by the beginning of Fall Term are automatically enrolled in the Orange Cash program with a one-time-only $100 deposit to their Orange Cash account. Orange Cash can be used at all dining locations across the OSU campus by presenting your OSU ID to the cashier.
  • When you use the Orange Cash program, your OSU ID card will give you a 10% Orange Rewards discount at all campus restaurants, coffee shops and markets. You will also receive access to members-only opportunities that provide you exclusive discounts and other special offers.
  • Add Orange Cash to your OSU ID Card and start saving today.

Groups & Guests

Campus visitors

Community members and visitors are invited to join us at our dining locations on campus! Whether you're here visiting your student or attending a university sporting event, we are open and ready to serve you! All dining locations are open to the public, and accept cash, debit and credit cards.

Conferences & Groups

Meals are an important component to any conference or event. We provide a variety of meal options for groups visiting campus. Our award-winning culinary team will blend the practical concerns of food safety and nutrition with the esthetic demand for quality and variety in all of our meals.

Example Days for UHDS Dining Plans

See what a day's meals could look like on different dining plans. Per-day spending goals are provided for budgeting assistance only and do not represent limits on the amount students can purchase.

Click or hover over Plans 1-4 to see details of each plan:

Plan 1 is a good fit for you, if:
  • You plan on eating all of your meals in the dining halls during the week and on the weekend.
  • You prefer to eat larger meals.
  • You prefer to eat more than 3 meals a day, some days.
An example week day:
  • Breakfast: $4.30 with discount
    • Made-to-order breakfast sandwich, with fruit and 12 oz coffee
  • Snack:$1.60 with discount
    • Blueberry muffin
  • Lunch:$4.30 with discount
    • Custom made curry bowl
  • Snack: $1.80 with discount
    • small frozen yogurt with topping
  • Dinner: $4.90 with discount
    • Beef barbacoa burrito, side of rice
Disclaimer: This is purely an estimate and not guaranteed to represent actual usage.
Plan 2 is a good fit for you if:
  • You prefer to eat all meals in the dining hall on weekdays.
  • You plan to eat 3-6 meals on weekends in the dining hall.
  • You plan to eat some weekend meals off campus.
An example week day:
  • Breakfast: $3.90 with discount
    • Scrambled eggs with cheese & veggies, 12 oz coffee
  • Snack: .60 with discount
    • Piece of fresh fruit
  • Lunch: $4.10 with discount
    • Whole sandwich made to order, carrots and pickle on the side
  • Snack: $1.40 with discount
    • Cinnamon-raisin bagel
  • Dinner: $4.60 with discount
    • Smoked salmon, artisan bread, side of veggies
Disclaimer: This is purely an estimate and not guaranteed to represent actual usage.
Plan 3 is a good fit for you if:
  • You prefer to eat mostly 2 meals per day during the week.
  • You plan to eat 3-6 meals on weekends in the dining hall.
  • You plan to eat some weekend meals off-campus.
An example week day:
  • Breakfast: $3 with discount
    • Muffin and 12 oz coffee
  • Snack: .60 with discount
    • Banana
  • Lunch: $3.75 with discount
    • Custom-made burrito bowl with rice, beans and toppings
  • Snack: .60 with discount
    • Piece of fresh fruit
  • Dinner: $4.30 with discount
    • Chicken tikka masala, side of naan
Disclaimer: This is purely an estimate and not guaranteed to represent actual usage.
Plan 4 is a good fit for you if:
  • You prefer to eat two meals per day on weekdays.
  • You plan to eat 1-3 meals on weekends in the dining hall.
  • You plan to eat some weekend meals off-campus.
An example week day:
  • Breakfast: $2.95 with discount
    • egg cooked to order, bagel, and fruit
  • Lunch: $3.10 with discount
    • Bowl of soup, piece of fruit
  • Dinner: $3.80 with discount
    • roasted pork loin, green beans and almonds
Disclaimer: This is purely an estimate and not guaranteed to represent actual usage.