Dining Plans

Whether you’re a student, faculty member, support staff or member of the community, dining on campus at MSU is convenient and affordable!

Student Dining Plans

Click on the heading to find out more about our student dining plans, including unlimited plans for on-campus students as well as off-campus plans for those living in Williams Hall, Van Hoosen Hall, University Apartments, 1855 Place or off-campus apartments.

Faculty/Staff Dining Plans

Click on the heading to find out more about our faculty/staff dining plans.

Public Dining

Members of the public are welcome to dine on campus any time! You can purchase your meal at the host stand in any residential dining hall. We accept cash, Spartan Cash, Eat at State Bucks, and debit or credit cards. Public pricing is listed below.

  • Breakfast: $7.75 plus tax
  • Lunch, Dinner or Late Night: $10.50 plus tax
  • Children (ages 2-9 years): $5.75 plus tax*

*Children under two years old eat free. To ensure that all guests enjoy their dining experience, adults bringing children under 10 years of age are respectfully asked to closely supervise their young diners.


Frequently Asked Questions


How do I use my dining plan?

Present your MSU ID card at the host station at any residential dining hall, or at the register when using a Combo-X-Change. Your ID is required to use your plan, bring guests into the dining halls, and to redeem Spartan Cash or Owen Cash. If your card is lost or stolen, you should report it immediately. See the MSU ID Office website for information on reporting.

How do I change my dining plan?

If you have an on-campus plan and you’d like to change it, contact the Housing Assignments Office at 517-884-5483 or liveon@msu.edu, or visit them on the first floor of 1855 Place, 550 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI 48823.

How do I check my dining plan and Spartan Cash balance?

To check your balance, log into the Blackboard website with your MSU NetID and password.

What is Combo-X-Change?

Combo-X-Change allows dining plan holders to use a meal access for a combo at Sparty’s, Sparty's Market, the MSU Union Food Court (Union Deli, Union Pizzeria and Serrano’s), Riverwalk Market at Owen Hall, UP Pizzeria at Crossroads Food Court, the Eat at State ON-THE-GO Food Truck, or for takeout from the residential dining halls. On-campus dining plan holders can use no more than one Combo-X-Change per day, and six total per week, Monday-Sunday. Off-campus dining plan holders and faculty/staff dining plans holders can use Combo-X-Change multiple times per day, seven days a week (one access is deducted for each use).

So, what comes with a combo? Options vary by location, and you can typically find signage with the yellow and green Combo-X-Change logo. At Sparty's and Sparty's Market, most items are marked with an A, B, C or BC on the shelf near the price. Combine items together to create a meal; your "A" item is a beverage, your "B" item is an entrée and your "C" item is a side or snack. Items that are BC are larger entrées. Sparty's Café locations at Brody, Case and Hubbard offer additional made-to-order options (e.g., hot breakfast, mozzarella sticks, black bean burgers). Sparty's Market has daily rotating specials, a pub menu, chopped salads, personal pizzas and grinders as well.

Food Court locations have on site signage listing options. For example, a combo at Union Deli could be any sandwich or salad with a fountain drink or bottled water. In addition, an example from UP Pizzeria would be a salad with a fountain drink or bottled water, or a pasta bake with a beverage.

At ON-THE-GO Food Truck, grab any entrée plus a beverage.

Riverwalk Market at Owen has an adjoining Sparty’s with items marked A, B, C or BC as well as hot food entrée options served from the grill.

Lastly, if you’d like takeout from a residential dining hall, let the entrance host know before they scan your ID. You’ll get a takeout container, silverware, and a hot or cold beverage cup. If you visit more than one venue, to ensure compliance with foodservice regulations, items will be put on a plate for you to transfer to the container. Self-serve items such as a salad and dessert can be added too as long as the container can close.

What is Spartan Cash?

Spartan Cash is a declining balance account available as a free service to MSU students, faculty and staff. Cardholders may access their account by presenting their valid MSU ID at more than 100 participating locations across campus and in the local area. Visit spartancash.msu.edu for more details or call 517-355-2274. Please note that once a Spartan Cash account is opened by selecting the DineOn Platinum or DineOn Gold plan for on-campus students, the funds in the Spartan Cash account are subject to the terms and conditions for a Spartan Cash account. A refund of these funds is not made if you change your dining plan.

What options are available for group dining?

If you are interested in private dining options or if you’re holding an event or conference, please contact University Conference Services at 517-353-9300 or conferences@rhs.msu.edu. Please note that you cannot bring outside food or beverages, including cakes/desserts, into our dining locations on campus.

What options are available for university departments?

MSU departments may purchase a meal card for business purposes as outlined in the MSU Manual of Business Procedures. Cards are intended for groups of 30 or less. Meal cards are non-refundable and non-returnable. If you lose/misplace your card, a $10 per card reprint fee will apply. Click here to access the meal card order form. Please save a copy of the form to your computer prior to filling it out.

University department meal tickets are also available. Meal tickets are a convenient means for small or large groups to gain fast and easy entry into a campus dining facility. If you are hosting a small group with more than five members, you can purchase meal tickets. If you are purchasing five meals or less, there is no need to pre-order; you can pay for tickets at the door and charge to your department. Department cards are suggested for frequent visits to the dining halls. Meal tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable. Click here to access the meal ticket order form. Please save a copy of the form to your computer prior to filling it out.

Important: Please click here to learn about changes going into effect for fall semester 2018 for guest meal tickets, MSU department meal cards and MSU department charges.

Are gift certificates available for purchase?

Eat at State Bucks are no longer available for purchase effective July 1, 2018. Click here for complete details. Please note that they are still redeemable at the following participating locations: residential dining halls, Riverwalk Market at Owen, the Eat at State ON-THE-GO Food Truck, Sparty's, Sparty's Market, Starbucks, MSU Union Food Court, UP Pizzeria at Crossroads Food Court at the International Center, MSU Bakers, MSU Concessions venues and Spartan Linen Services.