Meal Planning

pictures of dining reps


With more than 105 diverse dining partners, you have your choice of where, when and what you want to eat. The amount of Dining Cash in your plan depends on your class year plus whatever funds you add or rollover. While some partners offer deals and discounts to students using their GWorld card, you may need to be mindful about what you spend on food. To customize your dining plan to meet your unique needs, tastes and budget, consider a balance between eating at restaurants, purchasing groceries and preparing meals.

By downloading the GET app, you can find the full list of our dining partners and check your account balance at any time. Use it to track and manage your spending and add Dining Cash or Colonial Cash if your funds are running low.

Planning Your Meals

To make the most of your Dining Cash each semester, try to plan ahead and think about how you will spend your Dining Cash to best meet your dining needs. You might plan on a daily or weekly basis or use budgeting apps. Your dining plan assignment depends on the availability of a kitchen in your residence hall as defined by your Housing Licensing Agreement and only includes the minimum amount. You can add funds as needed to best meet your individual needs.

Students living in residences with kitchens that are interested in having more Dining Cash may opt to purchase the higher value dining plan than the plan that is assigned.

Students should visit the GWorld Office, located on the Ground Floor of the Marvin Center to purchase a higher value dining plan. The deadline for submitting dining plan changes is Friday, September 7, 2018 for the fall semester, and Friday, January 25, 2019 for the spring semester.

Dining Plan Minimums

  • Residents Without a Kitchen: $4,600 Dining Cash ($2,300 per semester)
  • Residents With a Kitchen: $2,800 Dining Cash ($1,400 per semester)

Beginning in fall 2018, undergraduate students living in GW residence halls will be assigned a Dining Plan based upon the availability of a kitchen in a student's housing assignment.  All undergraduate students living in GW residence halls are required to participate in the Dining Plan.  

GW Dining Plan values represent average amount of Dining Cash needed by students for the academic year.  Dining funds roll over from semester-to-semester and year-to-year. 

Students are encouraged to select the higher rate meal plan if they are concerned that they will not have enough dining cash or if they would prefer to dine more outside of their room during the year. Dining Plan changes must be made by the student on line through Houseing E-services within the first 2 weeks of the semester.

Making the Minimum Last

There are many actions you can take to make the minimum amount last while eating the foods you enjoy:
  • Cook with friends and share ingredients
  • Purchase name brand items or items on sale
  • Look for specials and rewards programs at the restaurants you love. For example, you can download Sweetgreen and/or Beefsteak’s app to earn rewards
  • Sign up for programs at CVS and/or Safeway to earn rewards, get coupons and learn about discounts
  • Look for coupons to use at the store
  • Take a list with you to the grocery store so that you only buy what you need
  • Cook more than one serving at a time and plan to eat the leftovers for another meal




How Our Students Eat

Man with coffee cup, burger & fries and hot soup


Sarah is the GW Dining Gluten-Free Representative. Her favorite GWorld parnters are Roti, Surfside and Devon & Blakely. 


See how Sarah eats

Female with sandwich, carrots and hot soup


Genevieve was last year's GW Dining Vegetarian/Vegan Representative. While she loves Sweetgreen and South Block, Genevieve cooks stiry fry and pasta in her residence hall.

See how Genevieve eats

Male with coffee cup, burger & fries and hot soup


Vince was last year's GW Dining Mount Vernon Campus Representative. Vince loves eating at Pelham Commons and shopping at Safeway.

See how Vince eats

Female with hot dinner, hot soup and vegan food


Mira was last year's GW Dining Kosher Representative. Mira loves cooking in her residence hall and eating out at Char Bar and Brooklyn Sandwich Co. 

See how Mira eats