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.

Meal Plans

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: Brown’s flexible on-campus dining options ensure that first-year students have the nourishment they need to balance health, well-being and academic excellence, no matter how busy their schedules. First-year students can choose between two comprehensive meal plans: 20/wk or Flex 460. The 20/wk plan offers all-you-care-to-eat service, while Flex 460 offers more a la carte opportunities. Consistent with Brown's residential college model, this will fulfill your first-year requirement.

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.