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Dining Experience FAQs


What dining options will be available this semester?

Many of your favorite locations will be available as well as a few new ones:

North Ave and Brittain Dining Halls, West Village, The Dining Hub at the Exhibition Hall, Rising Roll, Sideways Café, Food Trucks, and more locations to be announced soon.

During the construction of the Student Center, The Dining Hub at the Exhibition Hall will host Panda Express and Twisted Taco. 

Will I be able to eat if the Institute closes for inclement weather?
Yes, Tech Dining will continue to operate during weather closures if students are on campus.  Watch social media for updates to hours of operation for dining locations.
What options do I have if I want to grab food, but I don’t want to eat in a location?

Everyday and Weekday meal plan holders can take food to-go from the dining halls (Brittain, North Avenue, and West Village) once per day.  When you arrive, notify the staff at the desk and you'll receive a to-go container.

Will the to-go include vegetarian options?

Yes, the grab-n-go options include vegetarian entrees and snacks.

What are the meal plan types and how can I learn more about them?

We offer meal plans for the busy life of every student. Review options and additional information here.

 

What is the door rate for dining halls if I don't have a meal plan?

Fall 2021 Dining Hall Door Rates:

Breakfast - $9.75
Lunch - $12.50
Dinner - $15.75

 


Meal Plan FAQs

How do the Everyday and Weekday plans work?

The Everyday and Weekday plans are the required options for students in the First-Year Experience, but these plans are open to all students! 

The Everyday plan includes unlimited meals at all three residential dining halls (seven days a week), one to-go meal per day, and $250 Dining Dollars.

The Weekday plan includes unlimited meals at all three residential dining halls (Monday - Friday), and one to-go meal per day (Monday - Friday), and $450 Dining Dollars.

How does a Meal Pass work?

Meal Pass 200: Includes 200 meal swipes per semester, $200 Dining Dollars, and $50 BuzzCard Funds

Meal Pass 150:  Includes 150 meal swipes per semester, $150 Dining Dollars, and $50 BuzzCard Funds

Meal Pass 100:  Includes 100 meal swipes per semester, $100 Dining Dollars, and $50 BuzzCard Funds

Meal Pass 50:  Includes 50 meal swipes per semester

With all Meal Pass Plans, one swipe per day can be use as a to-go meal from the dining halls.  Additional Dining Dollars can be purchased throughout the semester in $50 increments.

If I am living on campus and selected a meal plan in StarRez Housing application at the time of my Housing application, can I make changes to that selection?

Yes, you can make changes to your meal plan selection up until three days before meals are served. Initially, login to your StarRez Housing application to make the change. If the application has already closed, log into the Meal Plan App at https://mealplan.gatech.edu to view your meal plan. If you have changes, submit a request to dining@gatech.edu. Meal Plans may NOT be changed after this three-day cut-off before the first meal service date (See meal services dates posted at https://dining.gatech.edu and refer to Meal Plan Terms & Conditions for additional detail).

Can I add a Meal Pass during the semester?

Students may purchase multiple "Meal Pass" plans in a semester by visiting the meal plan page, selecting purchase, logging into transaction site and reloading prior to the published end date.  Alternatively Dining Dollars may be purchased as needed. To purchase Dining Dollars after the posted purchase end date, please send request for purchase to dining@gatech.edu.

What happens to Meal Swipes I don't use?

Unused meal swipes for the Everyday & Weekday plans expire on the last day of each semester. Unused swipes for Block plans roll over from Summer to Fall to Spring but expire at the end of the Spring.  

What is the difference between Dining Dollars and BuzzCard Funds?

Beginning with the 2021-2022 academic year, Dining Dollars are sales tax exempt funds that can be used at all Tech Dining locations. Dining Dollars may be purchased in increments of $50, $200, $400, and $600. Customers who deposit $400 or $600 Dining Dollars receive an additional 10% in bonus Dining Dollars. Dining Dollars roll over from summer semester to fall, from fall semester to spring. Beginning 2019-20 academic year, unused Dining Dollars (excluding bonus Dining Dollars) will be forfeit at the end of each spring semester. For more information on Dining Dollars, please refer to the Meal Plan Policy here.

BuzzCard Funds transform your BuzzCard into a personal, on-campus debit card for making purchases using pre-deposited funds. Most meal plans include BuzzCard Funds and additional deposits can be made through the BuzzCard portal. Additional information can be found here.

Who can use my meal swipes? 

Meal swipes may only be used by the student who is assigned the meal plan.

Where can I use my Dining Dollars? 

Dining Dollars can be used at all on-campus dining locations.  However, Dining Dollar bonuses are not accepted at food truck locations. Dining Dollars expire at the end of each academic year (end of the spring semester).

Where can I use my BuzzCard Funds? 

BuzzCard Funds can also be used to purchase food and goods and services at Buzz Around Town campus merchant locations.  

Do I have to request a meal plan for each Semester? 

If you are a first-year student living on campus, your current meal plan will automatically continue from fall to spring semester. You may request to switch between Everyday and Weekday during the dates noted at dining.gatech.edu. It does not continue to summer semester. Voluntary meal plans will automatically renew from the Fall to Spring semester.  Changes can be made by emailing dining@gatech.edu.

How do I check my meal plan and Dining Dollar balance? 

Dining Dollar account balances are printed on the bottom of each sales receipt. Dining Dollar and available Meal Swipes (for Meal Pass plans) are also available at buzzcard.gatech.edu (“Manage Account” option).

What should I do if I am ready to sign up for a meal plan? 

  • Click the "Sign Up Now" button on the meal plan card to be redirected to the purchase portal.
  • Log in to the purchase portal with your Georgia Tech credentials, you will see your meal plan selections displayed on the next page.
  • Select the meal plan or dining dollar plan you would like to purchase.
  • To the right of the selection, you will find the total meal plan price displayed.
  • You have the option to add additional BuzzCad Funds. If so, input the additional amount you request to add to your BuzzCard Funds then click on the " Purchase Now" button. There is a note next to the box that informs you about the cost that will be added to the Bursar student account. If you don't want to add additional Buzzcard Funds, click on the "Purchase Now" button directly.
  • Confirm the purchase.
  • Your purchase will be processed and you will receive a confirmation email with the meal plan details, BuzzCard Funds or Dining Dollars purchased. 

Where can I find more information about my meal plan? 

Additional meal plan information can be found here.
 

Who can I contact with additional questions?  

For concerns related to meal plan selections and charges, please contact:
Tech Dining
dining@gatech.edu
dining.gatech.edu
404-894-5721

 

 


Other Questions

Can I work for Tech Dining?

Apply to work for Tech Dining at hr.gatech.edu/careers

Can I pay for a guest using my meal plan?

Everyday and Weekday meal plan holds have 5 guest meals included in their plan.  

Can I eat in the dining halls if I have lost my BuzzCard?

No.  You will need to go to the BuzzCard office and purchase a replacement BuzzCard (see buzzcard.gatech.edu to order your replacement BuzzCard online for in-store pick-up).

What dining options are available over the summer?

Based on demand, dining options fluctuate over the summer.  Typically there are fewer locations open during the summer due to reduced demand.  Hours and locations will be posted online.

When do the dining locations open and close?

Tech Dining hours of operation can be found at dining.gatech.edu/hours.  

Who can I contact with additional questions?  

For concerns related to meal plan selections and charges, please contact:
Tech Dining
dining@gatech.edu
dining.gatech.edu
404-894-5721


Special Diets and Menus

Where can I find dining menus?

Daily menus are available online and via the Nutrislice menu.  

Who do I talk to if I have a dietary or nutritional question? 

Each item served in the dining halls has nutritional information listed. Please contact a dining manager if you have any questions about a particular item. In addition, Tech Dining working closely with dietitians.  You can contact them with questions at dietitian@dining.gatech.edu.

I am allergic to certain foods. How do I identify them in the dining halls? 

Each item served in the dining halls has nutritional information listed. Please contact a dining manager if you have any questions about a particular item.

Do you offer vegan and vegetarian options?

Each dining hall offers a wide array of vegan and vegetarian options.  For more details, consult a dining manager who can help you identify foods that fit your needs.

Who can I contact with additional questions?  

For concerns related to meal plan selections and charges, please contact:
Tech Dining
dining@gatech.edu
dining.gatech.edu
404-894-5721