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NC State Dining

Relax. Refuel. Recharge! NC State Dining offers more than 30 locations to eat across campus, including all-you-can-eat dining halls, restaurants, cafes, ice cream shops and convenience stores, as well as a host of vending machines conveniently located across campus.

We have debuted a number of new dining locations over the past few years, including eight new venues in Talley Student Union and a variety of options in On the Oval on Centennial Campus. Our innovative dining program earned us the distinction of 2015 Innovator of the Year by Food Management Magazine. There's never been a better time to dine at State!

NC State Dining hosts a number of theme meals and monotony breakers during the year, including our famous All Carolinas Meal, which features items grown or produced in North Carolina. We also host a number of cultural meals, too. Check out our special events calendar for more details. 


NC State Dining understands the diverse nutritional needs of our campus population. To that end, we pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of options, including vegan and vegetarian as well as gluten- and lactose-free fare. Our website provides nutritional information for all of our restaurants and dining halls, and each dining hall has a nutrition kiosk where visitors can check the daily menu for allergens and other key ingredients.

Our registered dietitian Lisa Eberhart is nationally recognized for her efforts to make NC State one of the best campuses known for its nutrition and wellness programs.  She is available to assist with dietary restrictions and to provide nutritional or diet counseling. She also provides a number of learning opportunities throughout the year to help our campus stay fit and informed about how proper nutrition can improve energy levels and academic performance. 

These efforts have helped us earn national recognition, most notably the first university to complete the requirements for the Partnership for a Healthier America's Healthier Campus Initiative.

Meal Plans

While only first-year students living in University Housing are required to participate in a meal plan for two semesters, more than 5000 upper-class students registered for a meal plan last year because we serve great food and offer flexible, affordable options.

Meal plans are built around a Meals Component, which is a set number of meals per week or semester that you can use to access the dining halls or put toward meals at our restaurants. It is augmented by Dining Dollars, which is the “no-rules” part of the plan that gives you extra buying power at our restaurants. You can also use Dining Dollars to make convenience store and vending-machine purchases. Our Freedom Pass plan - our most popular plan - enables students unlimited* access to our dining halls, plus 10 opportunities to visit our restaurants through the meal credit program each week. 

We also have an apartment/commuter plan for students who live in on-campus apartments or commute .  It features $750 Dining Dollars only and a five percent discount in our restaurants, cafes and dining halls. 

Picking a Plan

Meal plan information will be mailed to you between May 1 and July 15, depending on when you make your commitment to attend NC State. Sign-up information will also be posted online in mid-April, and you'll have an opportunity to hear from us and talk one-on-one during orientation this summer.

We recommend you review the plans, then consider your expected travel and eating patterns once you've received your residence hall assignment and course schedule. Once you've picked a plan, register online or complete the paper form you'll receive in your packet before you arrive on campus this fall.  You can then try out your plan and make any changes via our website prior to September 30.  Be sure to re-evaluate for the spring semester to ensure your plan is still working for you and make any changes by January 31.

We're Here for You

We take pride in offering quality food and services designed specifically to meet the wants and needs of students. For more information, visit NC State Dining online or call  919.515.3090. You can also learn more about us on Facebook or sign up for NC State Dining news. We'll ensure you are current on our events and don't miss any deadlines.

* Students can enter the dining hall every 30 minutes through the Freedom Pass plan.