Campus Dining

Welcome to Dining Services at Howard University.

Campus Dining

Dining facilities, Blackburn Cafe and Bethune Annex Cafe, are all you-care-to-eat. Both locations offer an array of options and will gladly work with students to find additional options that suit their individual needs.

To assist in healthy nutritional goals, meet with Dining's dietician, Meron Zafu, by emailing HUDining@sodexo.com.  

Both dining halls regularly host events from food holidays to special dinners, keep an eye out for the HU Dining monthly calendar to see what events are happening this month!  Follow along on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook to learn more about the events.

*Accepted forms of payment: Meal Swipes, Dining Dollars, Bison Bucks, Cash, Credit

Click here for summer dining options and hours of operations.  

For more information on Dining Services, please click here.

HU Dining Services partners with Sodexo

Meal (dining) Plans

Meal (dining) plans are designed specifically to meet the needs of our students and to be convenient, flexible, and loaded with options.

Students receive greater value per meal with a plan and there’s no need to carry cash or a credit card—it’s all on your Bison One Card.  Meal plans are charged to student accounts.

If you are looking to enjoy a meal with friends or just a snack on the go – there is a plan to fit every appetite. Explore our meal plan options to choose the best plan for you.

Please see the chart below to view meal plans information.  

Campus Dining FAQs

Am I required to have a Meal (dining) Plan?

All students assigned to a Required Meal Plan Residence Hall are required to purchase a Meal Plan during the fall and spring terms. Commuters are not required to purchase a meal plan, however, several are available to enhance your campus experience. Commuters are eligible to register for any meal plan.

How do I choose a Meal (dining) Plan?

Personal eating habits, class schedule and leisure activities should all be considered when choosing a Meal (dining) Plan. If you are accustomed to eating three full meals a day, or prefer to eat small meals throughout the day, our Traditional 19 meal plan may be for you. If you tend to skip breakfast, eating only two meals a day, a the Traditional 14 meal plan with less meal swipes will be a better choice. If you want maximum Dining Dollars to spend at national brands, coffee shop and at our convenience store, a plan with more Dining Dollars is for you.

How Do I Sign Up for A Dining Plan?

For Fall or Spring meal plans, click here or visit the Bison One Card Office located on the 1st floor of the iLab at 2301 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20059. The last day to purchase or make changes to your Fall or Spring meal plan is the 2nd Friday of classes. For Summer meal plans, please visit the Bison One Card Office. The last day to purchase or make changes to your Summer meal plan is the first Friday of summer classes.

How Does My Meal (dining) Plan Work?

Meal Swipes can be used at our Dining Halls, Bethune Annex and Blackburn Cafe, and expire based on the meal plan and semester.
Dining Dollars can be used at all HU Dining locations including the dining halls, the Markets, Jazzman's and the Punchout, and they expire at the end of each semester.

What are Dining Dollars?

Dining Dollars come with all meal (dining) plans. They are flexible spending dollars that can be used at any of our on-campus dining locations, including C-Stores.

Where Can I Use My Dining Dollars?

Dining Dollars can be used at our dining halls, the Markets at Bethune Annex, West Towers and Blackburn, Simply to Go, NuVegan, the Punchout, Jazzman’s, Hilltop Food Truck, The Restaurant at Blackburn, and the Service Center Cafe.

What's the Difference Between Dining Dollars and Bison Bucks?

Dining Dollars are funds that can be used at all HU Dining locations including the Markets and are conveniently loaded onto your Bison One Card. Dining Dollars may be reloaded in increments of $50 to students currently on a meal plan. Dining Dollars expire at the end of each semester. Bison Bucks is a prepaid, stored value account available to Bison One Card holders. There are no transaction fees or minimum balances associated with the account. Just load and use at a variety of places.

What Dining Options Are Available To Students With Dietary Needs?

HU Dining offers a variety of clearly labeled vegan and vegetarian options at multiple dining stations. Each dining hall has a dedicated vegan or plat-based station that offers desserts as well. The Blackburn Center is home to NuVegan, a vegan twist on soul food favorites, as well as Halal Shack that offers a tasty falafel rice or zoodle bowl.

Who should I contact if I have specific needs or concerns about the food?

If you have other needs or concerns about the food, please contact HUDining@sodexo.com.

Meal Plans - Fall 2022/Spring 2023

Fall/Spring Meal Plans

Here are the details of Dining Plans for Howard Students:

Meal Plan Traditional 19 Traditional 14 Block 170 Block 140 Block 75 Dining Dollars Only
Cost (semester) $2,898 $2,808.50 $2,723 $2,676.50 $1,327 $1,125
Meals (weekly) 19 14        
Meals (semester)     170 140 75  
Dining Dollars (semester) $250 $300 $375 $400 $450 $1,125

 

≤ 60 Credit Hours

Students with 60 credit hours or less that reside in a required dining plan residence hall are required to select a meal (dining) plan. Below are meal plan options for student with less than or equal to 60 credit hours:

Meal Plan Traditional 19 Traditional 14 Block 170 Block 140 Block 75 Dining Dollars Only
Bethune Annex ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ N/A N/A
College Hall North ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ N/A N/A
College Hall South ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ N/A N/A
Cook Hall ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ N/A N/A
Drew Hall ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ N/A N/A
Harriet Tubman Quadrangle (All)  ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ N/A N/A

 

≥ 61 Credit Hours

Student with 61 credits or more living in a required dining plan residence hall are required to select a meal (dining) plan. Below are meal plan options for students with > 61 credit hours:

Meal Plan Traditional 19 Traditional 14 Block 170 Block 140 Block 75 Dining Dollars Only
Bethune Annex ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
College Hall North ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
College Hall South ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Cook Hall ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Drew Hall ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Harriet Tubman Quadrangle (All)  ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️

Where to Sign up

BisonWeb

  1. Login to BisonWeb
  2. Click on "Student Services"
  3. Click on "Meal Plans"
  4. Follow the prompts

Meal Plan Request Form

  1. If you are unable to complete your permitted dining (meal) plan request via BisonWeb
  2. Click here to fill out the meal plan request form
  3. Follow the prompts