GW's Dining Plan: An Overview

At GW, our Dining Meal Plans are designed to fit your unique needs and provide a complementary experience while attending GW. With flexibility, convenience, and affordability in mind, the core of our on-campus dining experience is to provide students with access to food that is culturally diverse and allergen-friendly in state-of-the art dining facilities inside our residence halls and through our on- and off-campus Dining Partners.   

GW’s Meal Plans are available for purchase by any registered GW student including undergraduates, graduates, law, medical and doctoral students. All undergraduate students living in GW’s residence halls are required to purchase a Meal Plan as part of their housing agreement. Please visit Campus Living & Residential Education for more information about on-campus living.

The Future of Dining at GW

Choice has long been a hallmark of GW’s dining program and we’ve heard from our community that it should remain so. As we begin a multi-year transformation of GW’s dining experience to focus more on a residential dining experience, flexibility and choice will continue to be at the heart of our program as we know food is as varied as our identities, health and dietary needs, activities, and schedules.

Get an “Inside Look” at what to expect from GW Dining:

As we reopen Thurston Hall and also re-introduce new dining concepts in Shenkman Hall and District House in fall 2022, students on the Foggy Bottom Campus will experience a new way to eat on-campus. Students living on the Mount Vernon Campus who will eat in The Eatery at Pelham Commons will also experience the university’s renewed focus on community, sustainability, affordability, choice, and quality. 

  • Thurston Hall Dining (Opening Fall 2022) - One of two dining halls on the Foggy Bottom Campus to visit for an all-you-care-to-eat experience. At Thurston, enjoy nine dining concept stations, including our made from scratch bakery and Pure Eats allergen station for students with food sensitivities.
  • Shenkman Hall Dining (Opening for Spring 2023) - One of two dining halls on the Foggy Bottom Campus to visit for an all-you-care-to-eat experience. At Shenkman, enjoy seven dining concepts, including a Teaching Kitchen where students will learn from trained Chefs.
  • District House Dining - Located on Foggy Bottom, District House dining will offer five different concepts where you order a ‘complete meal’ ie: entree, side and drink at one of the five stations in lieu of a central dining space for the all-you-can eat experience.  
  • Pelham Commons at West Hall - Pelham is the dining hall on the Mount Vernon Campus to visit for an all-you-care-to-eat experience. In Pelham, enjoy food from five different stations including a made to order grill for your comfort favorites to homestyle is a rotating menu of homestyle entrees, fresh vegetables, carved meats and traditional side items. 

2022-23 Meal Plan Options  

*Note: Students who signed up for the dining meal plan prior to the July 1 deadline will have their plan adjusted based on their class-year and living situation. 

Meal Plan by Semester Class Year(s) Eligible Dining Dollars Amount Price for Fall 2022 Semester
Legacy Base Plan 2nd, 3rd & 4th-Years Living in the Residence Halls $1,670 $1,670
Legacy Base Plan Undergraduate or Graduate Non-Residential Student (ie: Commuter)  $1,670 $1,670
Foggy Bottom Plan First-Year Students Living on Foggy Bottom $2,700 $2,700
Mount Vernon Plan First-Year Students Living on the MVC Campus $2,700 $2,700

*Note: Students can adjust their meal plan choice through September 9, 2022. Changes made after this date may not be accurately reflected on your Spring 2023 student eBill invoice. 

Meal Plan By Semester Class Year(s) Eligible Number of Meals per Semester Dining Dollars Amount Price for Spring 2023 Semester
Legacy Base Plan 2nd, 3rd & 4th-Years Living in the Residence Halls n/a $1,670 $1,670
Legacy Base Plan Undergraduate or Graduate Non-Residential Student (ie: Commuter)  n/a $1,670 $1,670
Block 175 Any 2nd, 3rd, & 4th-Year Undergraduate and Any Graduate Student 175 $400 $2,200
Block 150 Any 2nd, 3rd, & 4th-Year Undergraduate and Any Graduate Student 150 $500 $2,100
Block 120 Any 2nd, 3rd, & 4th-Year Undergraduate and Any Graduate Student 120 $600 $2,000
Unlimited +$100 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th-year Residential Students Unlimited $100 $2,700
Unlimited +$250 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th-year Residential Students Unlimited $250 $2,830
Unlimited +$500 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th-year Residential Students Unlimited $500 $3,100

 

How Our Meal Plans Work 

Choosing Your Meal Plan

Students who will be living on campus during the academic year choose a meal plan at the same time they register for housing. Once the semester starts on August 29, 2022, no changes can be made to the fall meal plan. Changes for the spring semester meal plan can be made until January 27, 2023. 

Students at any level (ie: undergraduate, graduate, law, medical or doctoral) who live off-campus can load Colonial Cash to their GWorld card and using their Colonial Cash or credit at any of GW Dining’s on-campus dining facilities or at one of GW’s GWorld Dining Partners.  

We have been working hard to prepare our residential-based dining halls on the Foggy Bottom campus. Because we have experienced some delays as a result of global supply chain issues, we will begin the 2022-23 academic year with a hybrid approach to our fall semester dining program. 

Students who signed up for the dining plan will be using Dining Dollars this fall to dine in Pelham Commons and the Buff & Brew Coffee Shop on the Mount Vernon campus, and at District House and Thurston Hall on Foggy Bottom campus. Dining Dollars may also be used for food and groceries at more than 80 on- and off-campus GWorld dining partners

Pelham Commons and Thurston Hall offer an all-you-care-to-eat dining experience where students may use Dining Dollars for an $8 breakfast, $10 lunch and/or $12 dinner. Each of District House's five stations offer meal deals where you may order a meal that includes an entree, side and drink for $8. At Buff & Brew, Dining Dollars can be used to buy individually priced items such as coffee, tea or a breakfast item. 

*Note: Pelham, Buff & Brew and District House will be open for the first-day of classes. Thurston’s dining hall will be open by mid-September. 

As we formally roll-out GW’s re-imagined dining program during the spring semester,  we will introduce a meal swipe program, which is likely a new concept for many students. A meal swipe allows a student to enter a dining hall via a ‘swipe’ of their GWorld card and then once in that dining hall space they eat as much as they want from a variety of offerings before departing. Under this all-you-care-to-eat meal plan students will experience a daily variety of healthy, convenient, and most important affordable meal choices. 
Unlimited Meal Plans Overview

All first-year students living in the residence halls will participate in the unlimited meal plan starting spring 2023. Second, third- and fourth-year students living on-campus may choose to participate in the unlimited plan or choose one of the block plans (see Meal Plan Chart).  

GW’s unlimited meal plan provides access to the all-you-care-to-eat meals at our dining halls in Thurston and Shenkman on the Foggy Bottom campus, as well as the Eatery at the Pelham Commons on the Mount Vernon Campus. These dining halls will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-nights during the week and on weekends for brunch, dinner and late-nights. Once you ‘swipe’ into Thurston, Shenkman or Pelham during a meal period (breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or late-night) you can eat as much as you want while in the dining hall. On the unlimited meal plan, you can first swipe in at Thurston for lunch and then during the same lunch period also swipe into Shenkman if you realize you are still hungry and want dessert or a sandwich to go on the way to your next class. The key to the unlimited plan is that you can enter any of the all-you-care-to-eat dining halls as many times as you want during the semester. 

In addition to the three all-you-care-to-eat dining halls, District House dining will offer five different concepts where you order a ‘complete meal’ ie: entree, side and drink at one of the five stations located within District House.  

All unlimited swipe meal plans come with either $100, $250 or $500 of Dining Dollars. Dining Dollars allow you to incorporate more dining choices into your daily routine. If you think you want the flexibility to “eat out” several times a week at one of GW’s more than 80 Dining Partners instead of eating in one of the residential dining halls, you may want to consider a higher Dining Dollar amount. Dining Dollars are stored money (ie: 1 dining dollar is $1 cash dollar) on your GWorld card that can be used to purchase food at participating GWorld Dining Partners both on- and off-campus.  

On Campus GWorld Partners include Panera, Buff & Brew Coffee/Tea Bar, Beefsteak, Carvings and GW Deli.  Off-Campus GWorld Partners include nearly 90 nearby establishments such as Captain Cookie, GCDC: Grilled Cheese Bar, Subway, Sweetgreen and many more.  Check out all of GWorld’s Dining Partners as of June 2022.  Additional Dining Dollars can be added at any time during the semester via GW’s “GET” mobile app.  Any unused Dining Dollars at the end of the fall semester shall roll over to the spring semester. Any unused Dining Dollars at the end of the spring semester shall roll over to the following summer and/or fall semester until such time that the student graduates or is no longer enrolled at GW. 

In addition to the three all-you-care-to-eat dining halls, during Spring 2023, students on the unlimited meal plan can use their unlimited meal swipes two additional ways: 

  1. Meal Exchange at District House – At the District House dining location only, the dining space includes five distinct stand-alone food stations in lieu of an all-you-care-to-eat experience. To eat at District House, use a meal swipe as a “Meal Exchange,” choose one of the five stations then order a ‘complete meal’ ie: entree, side and drink. You can only “Exchange” a meal swipe for one meal at one station during a time period (ie: breakfast, lunch, dinner or late-night). 
  2. Meal Equivalency Swipe – Instead of using your Dining Dollars to purchase food at Buff & Brew Coffee/Tea Bar, which is one of our GWorld Dining Partners, twice a week (Sun - Sat) during breakfast, you can use one of your meal swipes to order a medium coffee and a pastry of your choice.  If you want to eat at Buff & Brew a third time during the week, you would use dining dollars to pay for your coffee and/or pastry.  
Block Meal Plans Overview

The ‘block’ meal plan is available for second, third- and fourth-year students living in the residence halls. These block plans may also be purchased by any student (ie: undergraduate, graduate, law, medical or doctoral) living off-campus who may want the convenience of eating on campus in between classes instead of going home to prepare a meal. 

A ‘block’ of either 120, 150, or 175 meal swipes per semester gives you access to the all-you-care-to-eat meals at either of our dining halls in Thurston and Shenkman on the Foggy Bottom campus, as well as the Eatery at the Pelham Commons on the Mount Vernon Campus. These dining halls will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-nights during the week and on weekends for brunch, dinner and late-nights. When you enter one of these 3 dining halls, you use one of your 120, 150 or 175 meal swipes. You can swipe into Thurston and Shenkman during the same lunch period, but it will be counted as two separate swipes. Meal swipes do not carry over from fall to spring or spring to the following fall. 

The block swipe meal plan also comes with either $400, $500 or $600 of Dining Dollars. Dining Dollars allow you to incorporate more dining choices into your daily routine. If you think you want the flexibility to “eat out” several times a week at one of GW’s more than 80 Dining Partners instead of eating in one of the residential dining halls, you may want to consider a higher Dining Dollar amount. Dining Dollars are stored money (ie: 1 dining dollar is $1 cash dollar) on your GWorld card that can be used to purchase food at participating GWorld Dining Partners both on- and off-campus.   

On Campus GWorld Dining Partners include Panera, Buff & Brew Coffee/Tea Bar, Beefsteak, Carvings and GW Deli.  Off-Campus, nearly 90 nearby establishments including Captain Cookie, GCDC: Grilled Cheese Bar, Subway, Sweetgreen and many more. 

 

During Spring 2023, students on the meal block plan can can use their one of their 120, 150 or 175 meal swipes a semester two additional ways: 

Meal Exchange at District House – In lieu of an all-you-care-to-eat space, the dining space inside District House includes 5 distinct stand-alone food concepts. At the District House location only, you use your swipe as a “Meal Exchange” to order a ‘complete meal’ ie: entree, side and drink at one of the five concept stations. You can only “Exchange” one meal during a time period. This means, if you swipe into District during lunch, you also can’t swipe into Shenkman, Thurston or Pelham to eat on the same day for lunch. 

Meal Equivalency Swipe – Instead of using your Dining Dollars to purchase food at Buff & Brew Coffee/Tea Bar, which is one of our GWorld Dining Partners, during breakfast, you can use one of your meal swipes to order a medium coffee and a pastry of your choice. During the semester you can use your meal swipe 16 times to purchase an equivalency meal. Once you use up your 16 meal equivalency swipes if you want to order a coffee or pastry from Buff & Brew, you will need to pay for your order using Dining Dollars. 

  • Check out all of GWorld’s Dining Partners as of June 2022.  
  • Additional Dining Dollars can be added at any time during the semester via GW’s “GET” mobile app
  • Any unused Dining Dollars at the end of the fall semester shall roll over to the spring semester. Any unused Dining Dollars at the end of the spring semester shall roll over to the following summer and/or fall semester until such time that the student graduates or is no longer enrolled at GW. 

During Spring 2023, students on the meal block plan can can use their one of their 120, 150 or 175 meal swipes a semester two additional ways: 

  1. Meal Exchange at District House – In lieu of an all-you-care-to-eat space, the dining space inside District House includes 5 distinct stand-alone food concepts. At the District House location only, you use your swipe as a “Meal Exchange” to order a ‘complete meal’ ie: entree, side and drink at one of the five concept stations. You can only “Exchange” one meal during a time period. This means, if you swipe into District during lunch, you also can’t swipe into Shenkman, Thurston or Pelham to eat on the same day for lunch. 
  2. Meal Equivalency Swipe – Instead of using your Dining Dollars to purchase food at Buff & Brew Coffee/Tea Bar, which is one of our GWorld Dining Partners, during breakfast, you can use one of your meal swipes to order a medium coffee and a pastry of your choice. During the semester you can use your meal swipe 16 times to purchase an equivalency meal. Once you use up your 16 meal equivalency swipes if you want to order a coffee or pastry from Buff & Brew, you will need to pay for your order using Dining Dollars.