Where to Eat

GW Dining has relationships with more than 80 dining partners, including restaurant, quick service, fast-casual and grocery partners, at both on-and off-campus locations. These dining partners accept Dining Dollars and Colonial Cash as a form of payment for your food. 

Use the "CampusCard" search engine below to learn more about our more than 80 GWorld Dining and Retail Partners. Please keep in mind a vendor’s operating hours may change at any time.  

Dining Dollars are affiliated with the GW Dining Meal Plans and are stored money (ie: 1 dining dollar is $1 cash dollar) on your GWorld card. Dining Dollars can be used to purchase food at participating GWorld Dining Partners both on- and off-campus. Dining Dollars can not be used for retail or service purchases  (ie: barbershop/hair salons). 

**Fall 2022: All Students on GW’s Dining Plans will use Dining Dollars for their food, drinks and meals. Dining Dollars can be used at any of the Dining Partners listed in the chart below or at one of our residence hall dining spaces during breakfast, lunch or dinner periods. 

  • 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 5 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. 
  • District House Dining - Located on Foggy Bottom, District House dining will offer 5 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.  
  • 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.

Colonial Cash is dual purpose. Residential students voluntarily load money on their GWorld card as Colonial Cash to use at laundry machines, printing kiosks and retail partners (barbershop/hair salon). Faculty, staff and commuter/off-campus students (undergraduate, graduate, law, medical and doctoral) can voluntarily load money to their GWorld Card in the form of Colonial Cash and use their GWorld card as a form of payment at any of the listed GWorld Dining and Retail Store Partners.

Additional Dining Dollars and Colonial Cash can be added at any time via GW’s “GET” mobile app.

4/19/21 Update: Whole Foods is phasing out its participation in university sponsored campus card programs in partnership with collegiate retail dining programs. GWorld Dining Dollars will be able to be used as a form of payment at their store on I Street through the 2022-23 academic year. However, starting June 1, 2023, Whole Foods will no longer accept GWorld as a form of payment.

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