Meal Plan Options

Meal Plan Options

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Undergraduate Students - Somerville/Medford

Tufts Premium Plan

All first-year Tufts AS&E and first-year NEC/SMFA dual-degree students are automatically enrolled in the Premium Plan.
Eligible: All Students
Cost: $3313

The Premium Plan includes:

  • 400 meals per semester (more if needed)
  • $75 in JumboCash
  • 4 Guest Meals

During each meal period, you can either:

  • Visit one of our dining centers multiple times, OR
  • Visit one of our take-out locations once each meal period

Find out more about where to eat on campus.

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

After your first year, we encourage you to pick the meal plan that best fits your lifestyle. You can continue with a Premium Plan, cut back to fewer meals with one of our other plans, or just use JumboCash. If you run out of meals during the semester, you can add more with Meal Blocks.

Sophomores are required to live on campus and most are required to have a meal plan. Meal plans are not required for junior and senior students, but most Tufts students (70%) choose to enroll in one of the following options:

220 Plan

Ideal if you’re interested in enjoying a couple of full meals per day

  • Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
  • Cost: $2996
  • Average of 2 meals per day or 13 meals per week

160 Plan

Ideal if you’re interested in eating 1-2 meals on campus each day

  • Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
  • Cost: $2204
  • Average of 10 meals per week

100 Plan

Ideal if you’re interested in eating 1-2 meals on campus each day

  • Eligible: Juniors and Seniors
  • Cost: $1426
  • Average of 6-7 meals per week

80 Plan

Ideal if you’re interested in eating a few meals on campus each week

  • Eligible: Juniors and Seniors
  • Cost: $1144
  • Average of 5 meals per week

40 Plan

Ideal if you’re interested in eating a few meals on campus each week

  • Eligible: Juniors and Seniors
  • Cost: $575
  • Average of 2-3 meals per week

Meal Blocks

  • Additional meals available for purchase in blocks of 10 for $129
  • Sold at the Dining Administration office at 89-91 Curtis Street, Somerville
  • Payment by check, cash, or SIS account until early April

Meal Plan Rules and Restrictions

  • The Premium Plan allows you to use up to 10 meal swipes per day
  • All other plans allow you to use up to 5 meal swipes per day
  • Meal swipes used for takeout may prevent you from being able to swipe into a dining center during that meal period

Compare Plans

Premium Plan 220 Plan 160 Plan 100 Plan 80 Plan 40 Plan
Meal Swipes
per Semester
Multiple Access Each Meal Period 220 swipes 160 swipes 100 swipes 80 swipes 40 Swipes
Meals
Avg. per Week
Multiple Access Each Meal Period 13-14 meals 10 meals 6-7 meals 5 meals 2-3 meals
Jumbo Cash $75 none none none none none
Guest Meals 4 swipes none none none none none
Cost $3313 $2996 $2204 $1426 $1144 $575

Undergraduate Students – NEC/SMFA

Our meal plans for NEC dual-degree and SMFA students are designed with flexibility and convenience in mind. You can choose to sign up for one of the following plans, any other undergraduate plans or use Rhino Bucks to purchase meals at the SMFA Café or any of the 80 businesses in Boston that accept Campus Cash. If you prefer, you may also choose to enroll in a meal plan and purchase JumboCash and/or Rhino Bucks to supplement the meal plan.

Tufts Premium Plan includes NEC/SMFA Dual Degree

All first-year NEC and SMFA dual-degree students are automatically enrolled in this plan
Eligible: All Students
Cost: $3313

The Premium Plan includes:

  • 400 meals per semester (more if needed)
  • $75 in JumboCash
  • 4 Guest Meals

You can choose to use your meals at any of the following locations:

  • Our dining centers on the Medford/Somerville campus
  • Our take-out locations on the Medford/Somerville campus (once per meal period)
  • The SMFA Café Express (once per meal period)

Premium Rhino Bucks Plan

Eligible: Dual-degree students living on the Medford/Somerville campus
Cost: $3,313

The Premium Rhino Bucks Plan includes:

  • 272 Meals (meal swipes can be used at SMFA Café Express)
  • 4 Guest Meals
  • $75 JumboCash
  • $999 Rhino Bucks

Emmanuel College Meal Plans for SMFA Students

The Emmanuel College meal plan gives SMFA students access to three locations near the SMFA at 230 The Fenway and the residences on Beacon Street:

  • Main Dining Room, Jean Yawkey Center, 400 Fenway, Boston (meal swipe)
  • Muddy River Café, 400 Fenway, Boston (meal equivalent)
  • Atrium Café, outside Marian Hall, 400 Fenway, Boston (meal equivalent)

You can choose from the following plan options:

  • 75 meals/semester + 1 guest meal; Cost - $712
  • 120 meals/semester + 2 guest meals; Cost - $1,140
  • 175 meals/semester + 4 guest meals + $300 Flex Dollars; Cost - $1,900
  • 225 meals/semester + 4 guest meals + $175 Flex Dollars; Cost - $2,080

Please note you must enroll each semester. Refer to our Important Dates for meal service schedules.

Compare Plans

Premium Plan Premium Rhino Bucks Plan 75 Emmanuel Plan 120 Emmanuel Plan 175 Emmanuel Plan 225 Emmanuel
Plan
Meal Swipe per semester 400 Swipes 272 Swipes 75 Swipes 120 Swipes 175 Swipes 225 Swipes
Money for Meals, etc. $75 JumboCash $75 JumboCash
$999 Rhino Bucks
N/A N/A $300 Flex Dollars $175 Flex Dollars
Guest Swipes 4 swipes 4 Swipes 1 Swipe 2 Swipes 4 Swipes 4 Swipes
Cost $3313 $3,313 $712 $1,140 $1,900 $2,080

Graduate Students

As a graduate student, we know you balance a busy schedule with lots of commitments. You can sign up for any of the student meal plans, or you can select the 25 Anytime Meals where you can enjoy 25 discounted dining center meals at Carmichael and Dewick-MacPhie any time of day. Limited time on campus? Join us for lunch-only by choosing the 25 Lunches option available only to Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff. Both options are offered at a discounted rate and the meals never expire.

Anytime Meals

Ideal if you want the opportunity to eat whenever you like — breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

  • Eligible: Graduate students
  • Cost: $228.97

25 Lunches

Ideal if lunch is the best time of day for you to dine with us.

  • Eligible: Graduate students
  • Cost: $205.61

Meal Rules and Restrictions

  • You are allowed to use up to 5 meal swipes per meal period (except Late-Night)
  • No refunds

Compare Plans

25 Lunches 25 Anytime Meals
Meal Swipes per Semester 25 during lunch 25 any meal period
Jumbo Cash N/A N/A
Guests YES, as part of your 25 YES, as part of your 25
Cost $205.61 $228.97

Sign up for the Graduate Student 25 Anytime Meals

Sign up for the Graduate Student 25 Lunches


Additional Graduate Student Plan Options

Craving more? Graduate students are also welcome to sign up for the same plans we offer to our undergraduate students. Dig in to one of the six options below:

Premium Plan 220 Plan 160 Plan 100 Plan 80 Plan 40 Plan
Meal Swipes
per Semester
Multiple Access Each Meal Period 220 swipes 160 swipes 100 swipes 80 swipes 40 Swipes
Meals
Avg. per Week
Multiple Access Each Meal Period 13-14 meals 10 meals 6-7 meals 5 meals 2-3 meals
Jumbo Cash $75 none none none none none
Guest Swipes 4 swipes none none none none none
Cost $3313 $2996 $2204 $1426 $1144 $575

Faculty and Staff

Eating in our dining centers is not just for students! Faculty and staff can also enjoy Tufts’ fresh, award-winning food, with two discounted and flexible discount meal options. With the 25 Anytime Meals, you can enjoy 25 discounted dining center meals at Carmichael and Dewick-MacPhie any time of day. Limited time on campus? Join us for lunch-only by choosing the 25 Lunches option. Both offer a significantly discounted rate and meals never expire.

25 Anytime Meals

Ideal if you want the opportunity to eat whenever you like — breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

  • Eligible: Faculty and Staff
  • Cost: $245 (price includes MA sales tax)

25 Lunches

Ideal if lunch is the best time of day for you to dine with us.

  • Eligible: Faculty and Staff
  • Cost: $220 (price includes MA sales tax)

Meal Rules and Restrictions

  • You are allowed to use up to 5 meal swipes per meal period.
  • No refunds.

Compare Plans

25 Lunches 25 Anytime Meals
Meal Swipes 25 during lunch 25 any meal period
Jumbo Cash N/A N/A
Guests YES, as part of your 25 YES, as part of your 25
Cost $220 $245

Sign up for the Faculty/Staff 25 Anytime Meals

Sign up for the Faculty/Staff 25 Lunches



Summer Meal Plans

Spending the summer at Tufts? Check out our meal plan options for each six-week summer session.

Premium Summer Plan

Ideal if you want to eat all your meals on campus

  • Eligible: All students
  • Cost: $1,175 per session
  • 120 meal swipes to start with—and more if you need them

80 Summer Plan

Ideal if you want to eat a couple of meals each day on campus

  • Eligible: All students
  • Cost: $1,019 per session
  • 80 meal swipes

40 Summer Plan

Ideal if you want to eat one meal a day on campus

  • Eligible: All students
  • Cost: $518 per session
  • 40 meal swipes
Premium Plan 80 Plan 40 Plan
Meal Swipes per Session Multiple Access Each Meal Period 80 Swipes 40 Swipes
Meals per week Multiple access Each Meal Period 13-14 meals 6-7 meals
Jumbo Cash N/A N/A N/A
Guest Swipes none none none
Cost $1175 $1019 $518