In order to meet campus dining needs, two meal plans are offered for the academic year 2020-21: The Unlimited Dining Plan and the 15 Meals per Week Plan. All students housed on campus are required to purchase one of these meal plans. To purchase a meal plan, or if you would like to make a change to the plan you have already selected, simply contact the Paul Smiths College Student Accounts Office. If you have any questions, please call the Dining Services office at 518-327-6167.
Unlimited Dining Plan
The Unlimited Dining Plan offers students all you care to eat-in dining with unlimited access to the Lakeside Dining Room at the student center during posted hours of operation with a "swipe" of your meal card upon entry. Students housed in dorms other than the Upper and Lower Saint Regis Dorms, and the Overlook Dorm are required to purchase this plan.
We also offer the optional Ecoware Program in the Lakeside Dining Room, where one can take one meal to-go per day for breakfast or lunch Monday - Friday during posted hours of operation. Reusable eco-friendly containers can be purchased if one chooses to participate. See the General Manager and web page for details about this program. The Hutch Café offers express service to-go in our Take-5 Program. The Take-5 program provides a combination of five items from the menu a student can "swipe" for with their meal card; one "swipe" per day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, during posted hours of operation.
15 Meal PlanThe 15 Meal per Week Plan. Students housed in the Upper and Lower Saint Regis dorms and the Overlook dorm have access to kitchens may purchase this plan. The 15 Plan provides 15 meal card swipes per week under the same conditions of the Unlimited Dining Plan.
Bobcat BucksOne can purchase items with cash or with Bobcat Bucks. Bobcat Bucks are a declining balance account on their meal card. A student can purchase and maintain Bobcat Bucks through the Student Accounts Office.
Not enough time dine in the Lakeside Dining Room but need a meal to-go more substantial than the Take 5 program at the Hutch Café? We offer a to-go program from the Lakeside Dining Room, the Ecoware Program! The program provides one meal to-go per day for breakfast or lunch Monday - Friday during posted hours of operation.
How it Works
Purchase a cow tag from the cashier at the Lakeside Dining Room for a one-time charge of *$10. When you wish to "swipe" a breakfast or lunch meal to-go at the Lakeside Dining Room, present the cow tag to the cashier and you will be issued a reusable, eco-friendly to-go container to fill with whatever is served in the dining room; the only limit is that the container must be able to close after you fill it! The container is sized for easy carry and backpacks.
Take your meal and go! The next time you return to the dining hall and wish to take food to-go, return your container to the cashier, and you will be issued a new cow tag to exchange for a clean/sanitized eco-container to use the next time you wish to take food to-go. Ecoware is convenient for those who are on tight schedules and provides a safe, sanitary container that reduces packaging waste and our carbon foot-print; go green! *NOTE: if you lose your container/cow tag during the course of the semester, you can buy-in again for $10, so don't lose them!
Commuter 25/50 Block PlanThis plan is for anyone who does not live on campus and is voluntary. The plan offers all you care to eat-in dining at the Lakeside Dining Room at the student center during posted hours of operation with a "swipe" of your meal card upon entry to the dining room. You can purchase blocks of 25 or 50 swipes.