TAMU Dining: All of Your Questions Answered

While most first or second-year students opt for an on-campus meal plan to help with the transition to college, even some third and fourth-year students find that meal plans are a convenient, cost-effective way to plan meals while avoiding the hassle and expense of grocery shopping and cooking.

To help students know what to expect from the meal plan offerings at Texas A&M University, here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about dining options at TAMU.

What are the meal plan options at Texas A&M?

Texas A&M University offers a variety of meal plan options for first-year, upper-class, and off-campus students.

First-year freshmen living on campus must have a meal plan for the fall and spring semesters.

Students in the second year or beyond or those who live off-campus can purchase a meal plan but are not required to do so.

The meal plan options at TAMU vary by the number of meals per semester and Dining Dollars available in any dining halls or food retailers on campus.

The All Access pass is the most convenient option for all students, which offers unlimited meals throughout the semester.

While the All Access plans are the most expensive, they do not require meal tracking to keep count of the number of meals remaining for the semester.

All options offer a set number of meals during the semester, and all plans include Dining Dollars, whereby 1 Dining Dollar is equal to $1 at any food retailer on campus.

How much are meal plans at TAMU?

The cost of meal plans at Texas A&M University varies by the number of swipes for the semester and the number of Dining Dollars they include.

Plans differ slightly between the freshman and upper-class/commuter plans.

The numbers outlined below are for the Freshman offerings for the Fall 2022/Spring 2023 academic year:

All Access plans with unlimited meals throughout the semester with additional dining dollars:

  • All Access with 300 Dining Dollars: $2,500 per semester
  • All Access with 200 Dining Dollars: $2,450 per semester
  • All Access with 100 Dining Dollars: $2,375 per semester

180 Block plans with an average of 11 meals per week in the dining halls:

  • Block 180 with 500 Dining Dollars: $2,281 per semester
  • Block 180 with 400 Dining Dollars: $2,181 per semester
  • Block 180 with 300 Dining Dollars: $2,087 per semester

145 Block plan with an average of 9 meals per week in the dining halls:

  • Block 145 with 500 Dining Dollars: $1,942 per semester
  • Block 145 with 400 Dining Dollars: $1,842 per semester
  • Block 145 with 300 Dining Dollars: $1,749 per semester (this is the auto-enroll plan for incoming first-year students)

110 Block plan with an average of 7 meals per week in the dining halls:

  • Block 110 with 500 Dining Dollars: $1,641 per semester
  • Block 110 with 400 Dining Dollars: $1,540 per semester
  • Block 110 with 300 Dining Dollars: $1,441 per semester

All TAMU dining halls are all-you-care-to-eat and accept Meal Swipes, Dining Dollars, and Debit/Credit.

Can you change your meal plan during the semester at Texas A&M?

Yes, Texas A&M allows students to downgrade or upgrade their meal plans after the start of the semester, but there is a deadline by which these changes must be made.

For the upcoming Spring 2023 semester, students have until February 10, 2023, to downgrade their plan to a lower-cost option and until March 18th to upgrade to a higher-cost option.

First-year students can only cancel their meal plan if they withdraw from the University. Students must provide proof of withdrawal to have their meal plan canceled, including the cancellation of their housing contract.

Upper-class students and those who live off-campus but have purchased a meal plan can cancel during the semester and receive a partial refund based on the date of cancellation. However, meal plans are not refunded after the fourth 5-day class week meal plans are not refunding.

Where are the dining halls at TAMU?

The dining halls at Texas A&M University are located in the following halls:

Sbisa Dining Hall

  • North Campus (233 Houston St, College Station, TX 77843)
  • Open during the following hours:
    • Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Commons Dining Hall

  • South Campus (233 Houston St, College Station, TX 77843)
  • Open during the following hours:
    • Monday – Thursday: 7:00 am – 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Friday: 7:00 am – 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Duncan Dining Hall

  • South Campus / Quad (233 Houston St, College Station, TX 77843)
  • Open during the following hours:
    • Monday – Friday: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Closed Saturday and Sunday

Be sure to check out Aggie Dining’s website for current deals, which are updated regularly.

Are there restaurants on campus at Texas A&M?

Texas A&M has many on-campus restaurants to supplement the dining halls’ buffets.

Here is a list of the restaurants available at TAMU based on campus location:

North Campus

  • Chick-fil-A
  • Houston Street Subs
  • Pizza @ Underground
  • Copperhead Jacks
  • Einstein Bros Bagels
  • 1876 Burgers

Central Campus

  • Cabo Grill
  • Spin N’ Stone Pizza
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Houston Street Subs
  • Rev’s American Grill
  • Pom & Honey Mediterranean
  • Panda Express
  • Azimuth Cafe

West Campus

  • Creekside Market
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Houston Street Subs
  • Copperhead Jack’s
  • Shake Smart
  • Vet Med Cafe

East Campus

  • Houston Street Subs
  • Salata
  • Panda Express
  • Shake Smart

What are the closest grocery stores to TAMU?

The closest full-service grocery store to the A&M campus is the H-E-B at 1900 Texas Ave S.

This grocery store is just under 2 miles from the center of the TAMU campus but is easily accessible by car, bike, or walking.

Northpoint Crossing is where you can live the Texas A&M dream, steps away from campus. It’s your home to study and play.

Find your next home at Texas A&M University

Now is the time to start your housing search for Fall 2023, and there’s no better off-campus option for Texas A&M students than Northpoint Crossing.

Northpoint Crossing is a student housing community located on the northeast corner of the Texas A&M University campus that offers fully-furnished studio, one, two, three, and four-bedroom apartments.

Residents of Northpoint Crossing are within walking distance of the University and nearby retail and restaurant areas along University Drive.

For information on availability, roommate matching, and current specials for Fall 2022 housing, contact the team at Northpoint Crossing today at (979) 314-0823!