Office of Student Life

Dining Services

Off-Campus Dining Plans

To help you learn about our plans and make the best decision for your tastes and preferences, we offer this easy-to-use six step process. All along the way, feel free to contact us with questions at

Please click on any of the elements below for more detailed information or see the Off-Campus Dining Plan Overview.

To select and purchase an off-campus dining plan, please visit Off Campus Meal Plan Selection.


Dining Rates for TG24 Cohort

Dining rates are associated with each cohort in the Ohio State Tuition Guarantee. If you are an in-state student eligible for the Tuition Guarantee, dining rates will remain consistent for four years. The cost of each plan will vary depending on your residency and the academic year you enter Ohio State.

The dining rates on this page are for students in the Tuition Guarantee for the 2023-2024 Cohort (TG24).

For more information on the Guarantee, see Ohio State Tuition Guarantee, Frequently Asked Questions page or BuckeyeLink.

The 6-Step Process

1. Review Plan Components

2. Look over the Plans

3. Compare Plans

Icon Component Traditions Scarlet 14 Gray 10 Declining Balance Carmen 1 Carmen 2
Weekly Traditional Visit Access every hour 14 10 Not Included Not Included Not Included
Traditional Visit Exchange Not Included Included Included Not Included Not Included Not Included
Dining Dollars $100 $200 $200 $1,583 $321 $628
BuckID Cash Option to add $150 $150 Option to add Option to add Option to add
Optional Plus Plan Included Not Included Not Included Not Included Not Included Not Included
Available to all off campus students Included Included Included Included
Second year or higher
Included Included
Price per Semester $2,237 $2,730 $2,292 $2,435 $494 $966

*Rates listed are 2022-2023

6. Pick a Plan


Which dining plan should I choose?

You should choose the dining plan that best matches how you prefer to eat. For example, if you like two to three main meals a day with some snacking in between, our traditions plan offers the best value.

Can I change my mind?

Yes. You can change your plan through the second Friday after classes start each semester. You can also change your plan from semester to semester. You can make changes online. To add the Traditions Plus plan please make this change online.

What are Dining Dollars?

Dining Dollars are yours to use at any Student Life Dining Services location. They are included in every dining plan to give you additional flexibility to eat what and where you want. You’ll receive a 35% discount for all food purchases at all campus retail locations and a 10% discount at campus C-Stores. Your Dining Dollars roll over every semester as long as you are enrolled.

What is the difference between BuckID Cash and Dining Dollars?

Dining Dollars are just for purchases at any Student Life Dining Services location. BuckID Cash can be used at any of the hundreds of on or off campus merchants that accept BuckID.

Where can I eat using the dining plans?

You can eat almost anywhere. Some of our plans allow for a number of Visits to our Traditions Dining locations, and Dining Dollars are accepted at any of our nearly 30 Student Life Dining Services locations across campus. Two of our plans also have the option to exchange any Visit for an $8 purchase at one of our retail locations or $5 at our C-Stores.

What are “Traditions Dining” locations?

Ohio State has three “Traditions” dining locations, conveniently located on each residential area of campus. Traditions at Kennedy, Traditions at Morrill and Traditions at Scott each offers students an opportunity to enjoy all-they-care-to-eat throughout each Visit, with a full range of options. You can visit a Traditions location from early morning through late night.

What is the Visit Exchange?

You can exchange any Visit for an $8 purchase at any of our retail locations or $5 at our C-Stores.

Do Dining Dollars roll over?

Yes. You can keep your Dining Dollars while you are enrolled.

If I skip a Visit, can I make it up the next week?

Per week visits to our Traditions locations reset each week on Saturday at 3 a.m. and do not roll over into the next week. If you know you will not use a Visit, you should plan to redeem it in advance through a Visit Exchange at a retail or C-Store location.

Will I be able to use BuckID Cash at the dining locations on campus?

Yes, our dining plan model was developed to provide maximum flexibility, so BuckID Cash is accepted at all dining locations.

Can I use multiple forms of payment for my meals?

Yes, our dining plans were developed to help students make the most economical choices, so you will be able to use any combination of forms of payment at each transaction.

How do I add Dining Dollars to my account?

You may add Dining Dollars to your account if you have an active meal plan. To add Dining Dollars using a credit card, visit the BuckID website. To add Dining Dollars by charging your student statement of account, email

What is an administrative fee?

Embedded in each of our plans is an administrative fee that helps cover non-food expenses needed to operate the dining operation including supplies, maintenance, utilities and staffing.

What happens if I find a transaction error in my account?

If you find an error on a transaction, contact Student Life Dining Services within three days so we can investigate the issue and make any corrections needed. You can contact us by visiting 450 Lincoln Tower, emailing or calling 614-292-8380. When sending information in writing, please be sure to include the following information:

  • Student’s name and university e-mail address.
  • Description of the transaction in question, and explain as clearly as possible the discrepancy.
  • The dollar amount of the transaction.

What if I have more questions?

Feel free to visit or contact them at 614-292-8380.