Breadcrumb Navigation:


NC State Dining

Relax. Refuel. Recharge! NC State Dining offers more than 35 locations to eat across campus, including all-you-care-to-eat dining halls, restaurants, cafes, 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 at On the Oval on Centennial Campus. Our innovative dining program earned us the distinction of the 2016 Top 50 College Dining Experiences, Top 26 Healthiest Colleges, and Top 10 Gluten Free Accommodating Colleges in the United States. 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 Michelle Obama's Partnership for a Healthier America- 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.

Our 2017-2018 meal plans are designed to cover the cost of meals and snacks in three different ways: Dining Hall Swipes, Meal Credits, and Dining Dollars.

  • Dining Hall Swipes: Just one swipe at our dining hall locations and you can enjoy a full meal or a light snack, all with a single swipe.
  • Meal Credits: Use Meal Credits to purchase a meal at one of our many restaurants or cafes. Meal Credits are also used to purchase a dining hall take-out meal. Meals Credits vary by location and only one Meal Credit can be used per meal period.
  • Dining Dollars: Use Dining Dollars at convenience stores and vending machines, or to make small purchases at a restaurant or cafe in lieu of a Meal Credit.

The Weekday, Everyday, and Deluxe Plans include an all-access pass to the dining halls, plus Meal Credits for use in our restaurants and cafes. 100 Dining Dollars and dining hall guest meals are also included. With the all-access dining hall pass, students can access the dining halls as often as they like, as long as 30 minutes pass between swipes.

We also have a 150 Meals-per-Semester Plan that can be used at any time in the dining halls or once per meal period in a restaurant or cafe, and includes 100 Dining Dollars. Our Commuter/Apartment Plan is for students who commute or live in on-campus apartments. It includes $750 Dining Dollars that can be used at any dining location and comes with a five percent discount at the register on all purchases.

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.

We recommend you review the plans, then consider your expected daily 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 the right one 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  919.515.7012. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for information on special events, featured menu items, cooking demos, and more.