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Vendor Relations

BUC$ (Binghamton University Card System)

Phone: 777-6000 Fax: 777-6434

BUC$ is an optional account where you can load money directly onto your BU ID Card. Your BUC$ account can be used to purchase books at the University Bookstore, snacks and drinks from student shops. In addition, BUC$ can now be used in the Bartle and Science libraries for printing photocopying, and paying fines, the academic PODs for color printing, and University Union shops such as Munchies, Take One Video, the John Author Café, the Food Co-Op, and Anderson Center ticket office.

There are no surcharges or activation fees associated with BUC$, so whatever money you put on your BUC$ account is yours to spend. The money rolls over from year to year, and when you graduate, you can request a refund of any money you have not spent. Therefore, you will not lose the money you have not used.

Think of your BUC$ account as a University Gift Card, for those times when you want something and forgot to bring cash. Since you always have your BU ID with you, you always have money with you.

If you want to deposit money into your account or see your balance, you can go online at You can also visit the Meal Plan Office, located in the University Union by Munchies, or you can add money at the Card Management Centers (CMC) located in the libraries.

Funds from your BUC$ account may be transferred to your meal plan account, but not from your meal plan account to your BUC$ account. You cannot request cash withdrawals or partial refunds unless you are closing out your account. In addition, if there are insufficient funds, the card will be refused. Any balance in your account is completely refundable when closing account.

After each transaction, the balance will appear on the reader display. When you use the BUC$ account at the various locations, the machine will read only the balance of the BUC$ account - not the food service account. Food service transactions are recorded separately from the BUC$ account. Your account balance may be obtained online at or by contacting the Meal Plan Office at 607-777-6000 to have a BUC$ balance printed.

If your card is lost or stolen, you can log on to your account at and place a hold on your account. You can also contact any dining services cashier or call the Meal Plan Office at 777-6000 to have your card deactivated until you find your card. Once you find your card, simply go to the Meal Plan office to have your card reactivated.

Liability for a stolen card and/or unauthorized usage is as follows. In the event that the cardholder's ID card is lost or stolen, individual liability will not exceed $50 in unauthorized charges provided the lost or stolen card is reported to the Meal Plan Office within 48 hours. Liability will not exceed $500 in unauthorized charges for reports made within 60 days. If notification of loss exceeds 60 days, the cardholder's BUC$ account liability for unauthorized charges shall be limited to funds available in the cardholder account(s).

Use of your BUC$ account is as easy as just swiping your Binghamton University ID card on or near the machines to receive your merchandise.

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Campus Pre-School and Early Childhood Center, Inc.

Founded in 1971, the Campus Pre-School and Early Childhood Center, Inc., provides child care and early childhood educational experiences to the children of students, faculty, staff and a limited number of community members at Binghamton University. Enrollment is open to children from the age of 18 months by September 1st through five years of age. It is located behind the East Gym on the Binghamton University campus.

Children are offered participation in a wide variety of creative and stimulating activities, including art, music, science, dramatic play, math and reading readiness, language, and fine and gross motor activities.

For more information, call the center at 7-2695.

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University Banking Services

M&T Bank, Binghamton University Office, 7-6400

Student Union Branch Hours: 10:30am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday

M&T is proud to be a member of the Binghamton community, and is here to help you with all your banking needs. Visit our centrally-located branch in the University Union, or call us at 607-777-6400 during normal business hours.

For complete information on M&T's products and services visit our website at

Find additional M&T locations near Binghamton University:

© 2011 M&T Bank. Member FDIC. All rights reserved.

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University Bookstore

Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, Inc., 607-777-2745

The Binghamton University Bookstore is a service of Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, Inc. It is located in University Union West. The University Bookstore not only sells required course textbooks and materials, but also offers a wide variety of school supplies, Binghamton University logo clothing and gifts, dorm supplies, posters, snacks, greeting cards and books for leisure reading, where you'll find the campus author section.

First Week of Classes
Mon.-Tues., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wed-Thur 9am-7pm
Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m
Sat., 12p.m.-4 p.m.
Closed Sunday

When Classes Are Not in Session
Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Closed Sat. and Sun.

When Classes Are in Session
Mon.-Thur., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Fri 9am-5pm
Sat., noon-4 p.m.
Closed Sunday

Payment for Purchases: The bookstore accepts one-party checks for the amount of purchase. Please be ready to present a valid University ID card and a valid motor vehicle operator's license at the time of purchase. The bookstore also accepts cash, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, the Binghamton University Card System (BUC$), and Barnes & Noble gift cards.
Buying Textbooks: The bookstore stocks textbooks by subject and numerically by course number within the subject. A bookstore customer service staff member will assist you in finding the books for your courses. If you need assistance, please have your course number and section number ready.
Used Book Policy: Used textbooks are on the shelves and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Used books will save you 25 percent off the publisher's selling price.
Services: The bookstore buys back books every day. Students may receive up to 50 percent of the selling price, depending on the need for the book. The best time to sell back textbooks is the week of final examinations. Academically priced software may be purchased through Textbooks for the next semester may be reserved through and be ready for pickup when you return to campus. Feel free to contact a bookstore representative with any questions at 607-777-2745.

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University Dining Services

Sodexo Campus Services

All students living in College-in-the-Woods, Dickinson Community, Hinman College, Mountainview College or Newing College are required to open one of six flexible dining plans.

Resident students are also able to use their meal cards in any retail dining location. The resident dining program has been structured to provide the best value for students in resident dining halls. There is no worry if you miss a meal. The meal plans are based on an à la carte system. Every item has its own price. There is no set amount you must spend on each meal.

Each dining service location features its own unique atmosphere and menu. There are many choices in dining:

The Kosher Kitchen is a co-op offered for students wishing to observe the kosher laws of Kashruth. To become a member, a resident student needs to purchase a resident meal plan, pay a small Mashgiach fee at the Kosher Kitchen, and work one two-hour shift each week.

Further information regarding the dining plans may be found on the website at Contact Sodexo Campus Services at 7-6000 or toll-free at 888-858-9167.

Medical Necessity of Food Provided

Sodexo Campus Services will make every effort to provide a dietary program within the expertise of the food service staff, for people with a medical necessity. Anyone with a medical necessity that requires a specialized diet must provide documentation of the condition from his or her physician. This documentation must be sent one month prior to the commencement of classes to ensure evaluation and preparation to meet the individual’s needs. Sodexo Campus Services may elect to obtain a second medical opinion from the medical director of Binghamton University's Decker Student Health Services Center.

The documentation must be sent to:

Medical Director
Decker Student Health Services Center
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, New York 13902

The documentation must include:

In consultation with the University nutritionist, a written response will be sent to the individual and their physician regarding the type of program to meet their needs.

Refunds to Resident Board Contracts

  1. Refunds of resident board contract payments are permitted only under one of the following circumstances:
    1. A student withdraws from the University, or
    2. A student obtains a medical exemption from the University physician.
  2. The amount of a resident board contract refund is a percentage of the total contract price paid for that semester, determined according to a prorated weekly schedule. The same prorated percentage is applied to both the operating expense and the spending money component. Eligible students receive the appropriate refund, provided that the amount of funding in their accounts is equal to or greater than their anticipated refunds. For the purpose of prorating refunds, weekly increments are used; students whose board contracts have been in force for any part of a week will be charged for the full week. The refunds are prorated according to the following schedule:
    • Week 1 - 85%
    • Week 2 - 75%
    • Week 3 - 65%
    • Week 4 - 55%
    • Week 5 - 45%
    • Week 6 - 35%
    • Week 7 - 25%
    • Week 8 - 15%
    • Week 9 - 5%
    • Week 10 - 0%
  3. No refunds are permitted after the ninth week of the semester. No refund can be made, under any circumstances or at any time, of any part of the spending money balance transferred forward from the previous semester. Additional spending money deposits made to a student’s account prior to the ninth week of the semester are refunded in accordance with the prorated refund schedule given above. Students who advance register, but do not attend the University, receive a full refund of their dining plan payment. No refund is provided to students who have excess spending money in their accounts after the ninth week of the semester, when they graduate or leave the University for any reason.

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University Laundry Services

ASI/MacGray Campus Laundry Solutions

The washers and dryers on campus are provided and serviced by ASI Campus Laundry Solutions. Washers and dryers are free for the residents to use. Each residence hall has its own laundry facility located either in the basement or on the first floor. Laundry rooms are also located in each building of Hillside and Susquehanna communities. These laundry facilities provide a safe and convenient location for students to wash and dry their clothing.

The rooms are open 24 hours per day. You may contact Vendor Relations at 7-2883 regarding laundry questions.

A 24-hour automated trouble reporting number is available at 1-800-762-3452 or go online to  Indicate the number of the machine and post an out-of-order sign on the machine until it is repaired.  

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University Refrigerator Rental

The University provides a rental program with Campus Specialties Inc. to lease refrigerators of various sizes to University students on a yearly basis. The specific refrigerators available are listed.

Contact Campus Specialties Inc. at 1-800-525-7307 for more information.

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University Vending Services

Snack machines here at Binghamton University are provided by American Food & Vending. There are more than 60 vending machines on the Binghamton University campus including residence halls, academic buildings, and activity centers. Items available through the vending machines include a wide range of products, such as soda, juice, coffee, candy, pastries, and chips, as well as a complete line of "Eat Smart" snacks, sandwiches, and dinner items. Machines are equipped with dollar bill acceptors and credit card readers. There are microwave ovens provided at some locations.

For snack machines refunds or service please call 1-800-967-3091

Beverage machines here at Binghamton University are provided by Coca-Cola Bottling Company. There are more than 90 vending machines on the Binghamton University campus including residence halls, academic buildings, and activity centers. Items available through the vending machines include a wide range of products. Machines are equipped with dollar bill acceptors and credit card readers.

For Coke machines refunds or service please call 1-800-647-2653.

When calling in a problem the operator will ask for an Outlet Number. This number can be found in the front of the machine. This number will identify the type of machine and its location here on campus, then the type of service needed.

REFUNDS will be mailed to you by contacting the appropriate Vending Company using their service phone number

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Last Updated: 8/5/15