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Dining Services


The Green Room Café

The Green Room Café is the on-campus retail dining hall located on the first floor of the Student Life and Performance Center catered by ARAMARK Campus Services.

The Green Room Café offers a variety of options including a salad bar, fruit and yogurt bar, grill, daily entrees, and Grab-N-Go items. For those with gluten, nut, shellfish or other severe food allergies, accommodations can be made. Please notify Dining Services staff of your allergies in advance.

Off-campus students, faculty, staff, and visitors can pay with cash, credit card or Penguin Pass by loading their IDs with Cold Cash.

Standard Hours of Operation:

Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 7:00pm

Off-campus students, faculty, staff, and visitors can pay with cash, credit card or Penguin Pass by loading their IDs with Cold Cash.

Menu and Catering:

ARAMARK website


Eric Pierce
Food Services Director
Phone: 617-585-1288


Residential Meal Plan

All resident students are required to participate in the meal plan program. Funds are included in room and board pricing. Each resident’s Penguin Pass is loaded with $1,250.00 in Café Cash per semester ($2,500 for the academic year). Café Cash works like a declining balance bank account and can only be used in the Green Room Café. Funds are automatically deducted from students' cafe Cash balance by swiping their Penguin Pass at the register.  At the end of the fall semester, any remaining Café Cash balance will roll over to the spring. Please note that Café Cash may not be rolled over from the end of the spring semester to the following academic year. In addition to Café Cash, all NEC students may load Cold Cash onto their Penguin Pass, which can be spent in the Green Room Café, the laundry machines in the Residence Hall (for residents only), and for copying and printing on campus. 

Students can view Penguin Pass transactions, account balances, and add additional Cold Cash online.


Meal Plan for Non-Resident Students, Faculty, and Staff

NEC faculty, staff and students can now add Café Cash to their Penguin Pass ID Card and get up to a 20% bonus in the Green Room Café.

Who is eligible to participate?

  • All College students regardless of residency (on or off campus) and status (full or part-time)
  • College Faculty
  • NEC Staff

What are the plans?

  1. Symphony - $500 with $100 bonus for a total of $600
  2. Concerto - $350 with $50 bonus for a total of $400
  3. Sonata - $250 with $30 bonus for a total of $280
  4. Suite - $100 with $10 bonus for a total of $110

Please note: Café Cash is separate from the Cold Cash program.

Café Cash can only be used in NEC’s Green Room Café and can not be increased while Cold Cash can be added to a Penguin Pass used for laundry and other services.

How is payment accepted?

  • Pay in person or over the phone: NEC Business Office | St. Botolph, Room 201 | 617-585-1220 | M-F 9am-5pm
  • Forms of payment: Cash, Check, and Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX)
  • Cold Cash is added to your Penguin Pass as soon as payment is received


  • Café Cash carries over from Fall to Spring semester and then expires at the end of the academic year 
  • Please note: there are no refunds