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Dining Bucks

Dining Bucks

Hospitality Services provides residents with a variety of dining options and dining plans that are convenient to use on the University ID Card. We recognize that our student customers are different in their dining and eating habits. Our dining plans offer students flexible options that will accommodate diverse lifestyles.

When Do I Pick a Dining Plan?

Choosing a dining plan is easy. When you apply online for your Texas Tech housing, you choose your dining plan. A dining plan is required with your housing contract. If you do not select a plan, the Matador Plan will be selected automatically. If you have a question about which plan you should choose, click on the information about dining plans link on the housing application to find out which plan best suits your needs and dining habits. Dining plans can be changed through the 20th class day of each semester.

What Dining Plan Should I Get?

Since dining plans are more than a "meal plan" it really depends on your eating habits. Do you eat three times a day? Do you snack late at night? Are you not a breakfast person? Do you sleep in on the weekends or have a job off campus?

Dining Plan Level Eating Habits

Red and Black Plan: Highest Level

Matador Plan: Middle Level

Double T Plan: Lowest Level

As a student, your schedule may not allow you to eat at traditional times so Dining Bucks let you eat what you want when you want! You can eat early in the morning or late at night, often until 2 a.m. You could eat five times a day if you wanted. Also, with the variety of food and convenient choices that Hospitality Services provides on campus, you never have to leave when you get hungry.

How Do Dining Bucks Plans Work?

Dining Bucks offer you a convenient and valuable way to dine on campus. Dining plans are similar to the debit card you carry and probably use almost every day. Instead of managing a dollar balance, you have a Dining Bucks balance to buy food items in any Hospitality Services location on campus. Each time you purchase food with your dining plan, it deducts Dining Bucks from your balance right through your student University ID Card.

Dining Discounts

What is the advantage of having Dining Bucks? You get discounts all over campus with your Dining Bucks plan!

With a dining plan you are able to dine at The Fresh Plate food emporium at Bledsoe/ Gordon and in The Commons 2nd Floor all-you-care-to-eat venue at a reduced rate.


  • 50% off at The Market at Stangel/Murdough
    • 30% off during late–night service, 25% off at Fazoli's®, Day Break® and The Corner Market
  • 30% off at Sam's Place Express at Engineering, Holden Hall, Human Sciences, HSC, Law School, Library, Media & Communication, and Petroleum Engineering
  • 30% off Sam's Place Mini-market locations in Murray, Wall/Gates, Poolside and Sneed
  • 25% off at The Common's Retail (1st Floor & Einstein Bros® Bagels), Sam's Place at Murray, Sam's Place West at Wiggins (Chick-fil-A® & Quiznos®), and at StrEat Food Truck
  • With a Dining Plan, you are able to dine at The Fresh Plate food emporium at Bledsoe/Gordon and at the 2nd floor all-you-care-to-eat at The Commons at a reduced rate.

The Fresh Plate @ Bledsoe/Gordon and The Commons at Talkington Discounts

Breakfast 3.62 DBs $6.80
Lunch 4.87 DBs $10.38
Dinner 4.87 DBs $10.38

* Includes current applicable sales tax.

These rates are based on the 2019–2020 board approved rates and may change without notice.

What if My Plan Isn't Right for Me?

Dining Bucks means having options! If you think you picked the wrong plan, you can change your Dining Plan through the 20th class day of each semester. This gives you time to get into your class routine and learn what's close to you when you are hungry. Plus, if you begin to run low on Dining Bucks you have the option of adding Dining Bucks at any time during the fall or spring semester online at hospitality.ttu.edu.

Do Dining Bucks Rollover?

Dining plan holders have the option to roll over their unused Dining Bucks and not waste them. Dining Bucks carry over automatically from the fall to the spring semester and instead of losing your unused Dining Bucks at the end of the spring semester, you can roll them to your next ON-CAMPUS LIVING CONTRACT. Rolling over a balance provides you with the opportunity to purchase a lower dining plan to save money!

Where Can I Eat?

The last thing you want to worry about is food and it's easy for you to eat what you want! You can use your Dining Bucks at any Hospitality Services location on campus, and we offer an assortment of menu choices and restaurants to keep you satisfied. You will be able to get the most out of your university experience because you won't have to leave campus when your stomach starts calling!

What Kind Of Food Is Available?

Having a dining plan with Hospitality Services is all about having choices! On campus, you have access to food choices such as complete meals at all-you-care-to-eat venues; dine-in/ carry-out entrees from one of the many concepts in The Market at Stangel/Murdough; the quick cuisine on hand at one of the six Sam's Place Mini-markets located conveniently around campus or one of the eight Sam's Place Express locations. We also have a state-of-the-art food court in the Student Union that houses mouth-watering menu selections from national concepts such as Sbarro Pizza® and Chick-fil-A®. The Student Union is also home to the award-winning Asian concept Zi, the Union Bistro, Smart Choices, Raider Pit BBQ, Center Sweets, Sam's Place, 1923, Red's Donut Shoppe and more.

When Are Meals Served?

A Dining Bucks plan means you are never far from your next meal or snack on campus because there are restaurants all over campus. The two all-you-care-to-eat venues are generally open during the traditional meal times of breakfast, lunch, and dinner with brunch served on the weekends. The Market food court at Stangel/Murdough is open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday with reduced hours Friday through Sunday. Most of the six Sam's Place Mini-markets are open from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. daily with Sam's Place West at Wiggins open until 2:00 a.m. daily. The Student Union has something open during various times; daily hours are subject to change.

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