Typically meal plan changes will be accepted for a 2 week grace period when the semester begins, through the campus card office. However, a meal plan change may be made (after that time) if there is a change in housing that could make a different meal plan available or unavailable (i.e. moving in or out of the Village). When necessary, prorated meal plan charges will be applied to your sage account.
Yes! Off campus and commuter students can purchase any of the same traditional meal plans as residential students or choose from the block plans available. All meal plan options can be viewed here.
Meal swipes can be used in either Sherman or Lower Usdan Dining Hall. Some meal plans designate a certain number of meal swipes on a weekly basis. Weekly meals re-set on Sunday night. Only one swipe can be used during a meal period (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Breakfast “swipes” are eligible before 10:59am, lunch “swipes” between 11:00am and 4:59pm, and dinner “swipes” after 5:00pm.
Four retail locations also take meal swipes for designated meal exchange items for added flexibility to your meal plan. Visit SubConnection, Louis Deli, The Hoot Market or The Stein to select from the meal exchange items. More information on which items are eligible for a meal exchange can be found on each location's webpage (hyperlinked above).
WhoCash is the campus debit plan that can be used for purchases in: All Dining Services locations, Campus bookstore, Copy Center, Hardware Repair Shop (LTS,) Domenic's (Sachar Building,) Public printing and photocopying facilities on campus, Paying library dues and fines, Laundry rooms in all Residence Halls, Prime Deli, Cholmondleys, and Student Service Bureau.
Students eating Kosher have several dining options. Sherman Dining Hall offers a traditional resident dining experience where guests can use meal swipes to choose from rotating daily hot entrees on the kosher side of the Dining Hall, and then join their peers to eat in the community dining space. Additionally, Louis' Deli offers a certified kosher meat deli option and the Hoot Market C-Store has a selection of pre-made kosher sandwiches, salads and snack options for purchase. Weekend Shabbat meals are also available by signing up through Brandeis Hillel.
Our goal with respect to students with food allergies or medical dietary concerns is to accommodate these needs, whenever possible, by providing appropriate foods, methods of preparation, and service in the dining halls.
We also work to provide daily options that accommodate personal dietary choices for vegan, vegetarian and gluten free guests.
You can learn more about nutrition and dietary needs here.