When you enter University dining spaces this fall, you'll notice some changes.

Leveraging the expertise of food safety experts and remaining aligned with CDC guidelines, Bucknell has carefully policies and procedures to help ensure students have access to nutritious food while protecting everyone's health and safety.

You have a key part in keeping everyone safe as well by adhering to social distance and face-covering policies. While at dining venues, you should:

  • Maintain physical distance while waiting in line. 
  • Wear a face covering at all times when you are not seated and actively eating, including while waiting in line. 
  • Keep physical distance while seated. Seating at indoor dining venues will be limited to maintain physical distance. Additional outdoor seating will be available.

Move-in Dining Hours

Meal plan swipes will be accepted in Bostwick starting with dinner on Jan. 31. Prior to that date, meals may be purchased with Dining Dollars, PLUS Dollars or credit card at the following venues and times.


DateBisonBostwick Marketplace
Thursday, Jan. 28Closed11 a.m.–1 p.m., 5–7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 299 a.m.–9 p.m.11 a.m.–1 p.m., 5–7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 309 a.m.–9 p.m.11 a.m.–1 p.m., 5–7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 319 a.m.–11 p.m.10 a.m.–2 p.m., 5–10 p.m.


Key Changes to Dining Venues

  • 7th Street Café and the Library Café will be open for simple coffee drinks (iced coffee and drip coffee) and prepackaged snacks. 
  • Reminders for social distancing will be placed in waiting, food serving and dining areas.
  • Contactless payment can be made via the GET mobile app on your phone.
  • All food will be served by a dining team member in to-go packaging. There will be no self service.
  • We will use only disposable cutlery and pre-packaged condiments to reduce shared touchpoints.
  • Bostwick Marketplace will re-open with multiple made-to-order stations. Bostwick will be the only location that accepts meal swipes. Entrance to Bostwick will continue to be via the patio area.    
  • The Bison will re-open with multiple made-to-order stations.
  • The Terrace Room will be open with grab-and-go selections.
  • 7th Street Café and the Library Café will be open with full beverage menus and grab-and-go selections.
  • We will offer mobile ordering only via the GET app at the Commons Café.
  • Meal plans have changed.
  • Dining hours have changed.
Chopping vegetables

Health & Safety Changes to Dining Venues

Health & Safety

You'll find a number of changes to dining venues this fall to ensure health and safety, including mask and physical distance requirements, enhanced cleaning and sanitization practices, more disposable items and increased outdoor seating. Learn more about what you can expect in dining areas here.

Meal Plans

All students who are residing on campus this fall must have a meal plan. Plans range from seven to 19 meals per week and include prepaid accounts that work like debit cards. 

Meal plans begin with dinner on Sunday, Aug. 16. Meal plans end with dinner on Friday, Nov. 20. During the five-day move-in period, Aug. 12–16, meals will be provided free of charge to students.

See the meal plan options