There are three main dining halls conveniently spread across campus: Burke, Lakeside, and the Fresh Food Company. Each one is unique and delicious, so try them all and see which best fits you and your schedule! Remember, they all take your mandatory freshman meal plan. In addition to these, if you need a quick pick-me-up, you can always stop by Starbucks; there’s two locations on campus! There are also retail locations in the The University of Alabama Student Center, Lloyd Hall, and Alston Hall.

Also, make sure you check out the locations and times that food trucks are scattered across campus to grab a delicious bite on the go!

Bama Cash vs. Dining Dollars

Have you ever wondered the difference between Bama Cash and Dining Dollars? We are here to help!

Bama Cash

Bama Cash serves as your University debit card where you can deposit funds as needed via myBama. You can swipe your Action Card at more than 100 locations on and off campus using Bama Cash as your payment. It can also be used for a variety of purchases such as: books/supplies, gas, laundry, groceries, printing, food, and more! This is the only currency used for laundry machines in residence halls!

Dining Dollars

Dining Dollars, on the other hand, are allotted to every student who is taking nine credit hours or more on campus. You have $350 to spend at Bama Dining locations (including Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks!), most vending machines, Smoothie King at the Rec Center, and eleven off-campus locations including Buffalo Phil’s, Domino’s, Glory Bound Gyro Co., Newk’s, Aijan, Papa John’s, U Perk, Swen, VooDoo Wing Co., Twelve 25, and Pyro’s.

Dining Dollars Budget Breakdown

  1. You have approximately 115 days per semester. (83 weekdays and 32 weekend days)
  2. You will have $350 Dining Dollars per semester.

Daily Snack

If you are constantly on the go and in need of a midday pick-me-up, this is the plan for you!

$3 per day

Tall Starbucks Coffee, Auntie Anne’s Pretzel, or vending machine snack! 

Weekday Lunch

If you’re the type to stop and grab a hearty lunch to stay focused during your busy day, this plan will be your best friend!

$7 per weekday (3 times per week, Monday – Thursday)

An entree from Chick-Fil-A, Wendy’s, Panda Express, or any other Restaurant at the Student Center! 

Weekend Splurge

If you stick to the dining halls all week, then weekends are your time to splurge on your favorite restaurants with this plan!

$11 per weekend day (Saturday & Sunday)

A meal from the Student Center Food Court, Buffalo Phil’s, or even a Domino’s Pizza! 

Other Dining Locations