The New School dining program prides itself on serving chef-created, diverse, healthful foods. Its mission is to provide real farm-to-table food that promotes the health of our students, community, and planet. You can read more about our dining program by visiting the New School Dining website.
Given the great diversity of tastes, cultures,
and class schedules, New School students' eating patterns generally do not fit the traditional meal plan model that encourages eating a full meal on campus at set intervals three times a day. That’s why we’ve implemented flexible dining plans with the use of a pre-paid declining-balance card. There are three on-campus locations:
- The University Center, which offers a wide variety of options, including contemporary vegan/vegetarian cuisine, sushi made to order, daily rotating specials of our chef’s plates, and the comfort foods our students crave.
- 301 Residence Hall, which offers an array of exciting new dining concepts. Combining traditional services such as hot bar breakfasts with late afternoon offerings to satisfy cravings, 301 provides an innovative dining experience that redefines food on
the go. In accordance with our visitor policy for the fall semester, students living in 301 Residence Hall and other residential students who are admitted as guests of 301 Residence Hall residents have access to these cafeteria services.
- Café New, a newly opened location at Lang for grab-and-go foods.
View our menus to see the selection, and then read more about our plans to see which one is right for you.
|Plan||Cost per Semester||Lifestyle|
|Express ||$800 (500 Dining Dollars and 300 Dining Dollars Plus)||Off-campus and continuing students who plan to dine on campus sometimes. |
|One||$1,400 (1,150 Dining Dollars and 250 Dining Dollars Plus)||Students who prefer to cook their own meals or eat off campus but would like to dine on campus occasionally.|
|Two||$2,750 (2,375 Dining Dollars and 375 Dining Dollars Plus)||Students who plan to dine on campus frequently.|
|Three||$3,200 (2,900 Dining Dollars and 500 Dining Dollars Plus)||An all-inclusive plan for students who plan to dine on campus regularly. Students on the Three Plan receive a $200 bonus of Dining Dollars Plus.|
Each plan includes Dining Dollars, which can be spent in the on-campus dining commons, and Dining Dollars Plus, which can be spent both on campus and at off-campus merchant partners,
giving students even more flexibility. Purchases made in the cafeteria with Dining Dollars and Dining Dollars Plus are exempt from the 8.875 percent NYC sales tax, helping stretch your dollar further. Based on the majority of food combinations offered in our program, one meal—which includes a main course, side dish, and drink—is valued at approximately $13. Sushi, smoothies, and meals purchased at off-campus partner locations fall outside of this price range.
Any money left in your Dining Dollars and Dining Dollars Plus accounts at the end of the fall semester will roll forward to the spring semester, but balances remaining at the end of the spring semester are forfeited.
Off-campus students can enjoy the benefits of having a dining plan by simply opting in to one of the available packages. Elect to opt in, participate in an alternative plan, or opt out entirely by using the Change Your Dining Plan option, located in the
my.newschool.edu Services tab.
On-Campus Resident Auto Enrollment
First-year undergraduate students living in on-campus housing will have a mandatory dining plan for the entire academic year/first two semesters living on campus and will be automatically enrolled in the One plan. Students may opt for the Two or Three plan if they prefer. Please note:
First-year undergraduate students who live on campus are not eligible to enroll in the Express plan.
Continuing and graduate students who live on campus will also be automatically enrolled in the One plan but may elect to participate in the Two, Three, or Express dining plan or opt out of the dining plan program entirely.
Changing Your Dining Plan or Opting Out
Students can make changes to their dining plan selection after receiving their fall semester bill starting in July and for the spring semester after receiving their spring semester bills starting in December. To change your selection or opt out, visit the Change Your Dining Plan section in my.newschool.edu under the Services tab after receiving your spring bill. You are limited to one change or election per semester; the deadline for making changes for the fall 2023 semester is September 11, 2023. Dining plan selection is applicable
to the current semester only. Please note: First-year students who live on campus are not eligible to opt out of the dining program.
If you would like to request an exemption from the meal plan because of illness or disability, submit your documentation to Student Disability Services. If you would
like to request an exemption for religious reasons, contact Campus Card Services. Requests must be made by October 1 for fall semester exemptions and by February 1 for spring semester
exemptions. Exemption requests submitted after these deadlines will not be considered.
Questions about payment of fees and refunds should be submitted to Student Accounts.