Brown provides a variety of dining services that are designed to meet a wide range of dietary needs and to bring students together over meals where they can build relationships and exchange ideas. Students may choose from meal options that run the gamut from traditional “all-you-care-to-eat” service to à la carte dining at retail cafés and casual restaurants around campus. A list of campus eateries is available at http://brown.edu/food. Brown Dining offers two meal options for any isolated (i.e., staying in their room and unable to get to the dining hall) student with flu-like symptoms; check out the Food and Flu info on the Dining website.
Brown Dining has a meal plan for just about everyone. An overwhelming majority of Brown undergrads participate in a meal plan thanks to the many available options. A registered dietitian on staff plans menus and assists students who have special dietary needs and food allergies. You might be curious to see how some students maximize the variety of food and ingredients available in the all-you-care-to-eat dining halls to create their own meals, as documented in the student blog Ratty Gourmet.
First-year undergraduates: Consistent with Brown’s commitment to the residential college model, first-year students are required to participate in a meal plan throughout their first year of residence at Brown. While we encourage participation in the 20-meal plan because meals in the dining halls are a lively part of students' social environment, particularly in the first year, students may choose the plan that best fits their needs.
Choosing a plan: Students may choose from 10 meal plans, including Kosher and Halal Plans, that offer various combinations of meals, FlexPlus Points and guest meals. FlexPlus Points can be used to purchase food at campus snack bars, coffee carts, and convenience stores. Dining Services provides advice to help students Pick the Right Meal Plan for their lifestyle. While students who live off campus may participate in any meal plan, an "off-campus plan" provides a modest number of meals and points per semester that enables students to eat some meals in the dining venues -- perhaps making it easier to grab lunch between classes and labs, or to eat with other students and faculty.
Adding, changing or cancelling plans: Students may add a meal plan at any time. Meal plan participation may be cancelled only in the fall. Any other changes to meal plans must be made before a deadline. Details and deadline dates for each semester are posted on the Dining Services website.
Brown Dining is committed to improving the local food system through sustainability initiatives that support local farmers, reduce waste, and promote fair trade and a healthy environment. Our sustainability initiatives include the Community Harvest local food program, farmer partnerships and After the Harvest donations, recycling and reuse of materials and composting, eco To-Go containers and trayless dining, and reduction in single-use plastic water bottles.