Special Diets and Meal Plans

MIT Dining and House Dining partner Bon Appetit work together to provide personal attention and find service solutions for students with special dietary requirements whenever possible.


MIT is committed to providing reasonable accomodation to students who have a disabling food allergy. It is MIT's goal to work with each student in an attempt to address each student's particular circumstances to enable the student to participate in the meal plan program. Our House Dining program is accustomed to working with students who have an array of food allergies that may restrict their dietary options. Our current dining partner, Bon Appetit, has experience in adjusting its menu options to accomodate common dietary restrictions such as lactose intolerance, nut allergies, and Celiac disease. Only in rare cases (generally due to the severity of the disorder), verified through medical documentation and reviewed by MIT's Student Disabilities Services office and an Associate Dean for Student Life, will these conditions warrant consideration for exemption from the meal plan program. MIT makes decisions about its ability to accomodate individual dietary restrictions on a case-by-case basis.
If a student believes, after meeting with Bon Appetit to discuss his/her needs related to common dietary restrictions and/or a trial period, that his/her health condition warrants exemption from the meal plan program, the student has the option to request assignment to a non-dining residence hall and cancel the meal plan after they have moved.
If a student believes that the nature or severity of the food allergy would preclude participating in a trial period, or otherwise disagrees with the Bon Appetit proposals, the student should follow MIT's policy for seeking disability-related accomodations by making an appointment with the Student Disabilities Services office.
  • To schedule a meeting with Bon Appetit to discuss your needs reatled to common dietary restrictions and a trial period, please contact Dean Naomi Carton.
  • If you believe that the nature or severity of your food allergy would preclude participating in a trial period, or if you otherwise disagree with the Bon Appetit proposals, please contact Dean Kathleen Monagle.