How to Choose your Plan-Dining Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Find the Dining Plan for You

We have created many different dining plan options so that you have the flexibility to choose the plan that works the best for you.

Traditional Dining Plans

With the traditional dining plans, students have the flexibility to eat a different number of meals each day depending on their preferences. There are four levels of the traditional dining plan so that students can pick one that fits their needs. A helpful way to find which plan is best for you is to look at the average number of weekly meals that are included in each plan and estimate how many meals you could eat each day with that plan. Choose the plan that gives you enough meals per week to fit your eating habits.

Community Dining Plans

Before purchasing a community dining plan it is important to consider what type of plan you want: one with meal passes and flexible dollars or one just with DineXtra. A plan with meal passes and flexible dollars offers students the added value and convenience of the meal pass program. Passes give students increased value over purchasing the items separately. To decide between the Tartan Flex and Piper Select plans, consider how often you think you would eat on campus.

If you want the flexibility to make purchases at dining locations just a la carte, a DineXtra only plan would be best for you. The DineXtra Declining Balance Plan also gives you the added bonus of 1% for every $100 dollars of DineXtra that you deposit into your account up to 10%. The more DineXtra you add, the more value you get!