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Buying meals on campus: FAQ for faculty and staff

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The reusable cup and food container used in the CSL Dining Room.

How much do meals cost at The Gerber Center for Student Life Dining Room?

This is an all-you-care-to-eat facility. Breakfast is $8.00; lunch is $9.00 ($6.45 for faculty and staff); dinner is $11.25($8.50 for faculty and staff). To purchase only a cup of coffee, a soft drink or a single item (like a cookie or piece of fruit), visit the Brew by the Slough or the Snack Bar at the College Center.

Is carryout available at the CSL Dining Room? Does it cost extra?

A carryout meal is the same price as a sit-down meal. Faculty and staff must buy a reusable Dining Services to-go meal container for $4. Bring the container back the next time you dine, and you will be given a clean container at no charge. The container must be able to close when you leave the Dining Room. Reusable cups with lids are $4. Bring the cup back the next time you dine. This is a no-paper facility.

What are Viking Bucks and where can they be used?

Viking Bucks can be used to buy food and drinks at any dining venue on campus. This includes the CSL, Brew by the Slough, Westerlin C-store, Snack Bar at the College Center, and concessions at the football stadium.

Do I have to use Viking Bucks to buy meals?

No, anyone can use cash, credit or debit to purchase meals at any dining venue on campus.

How do I buy Viking Bucks?

Visit the new Dining Services offices on the fifth floor of The Gerber CSL to purchase Viking Bucks. The money will go on your Augustana ID card. To purchase a meal, you swipe your card and the cost will be deducted from your balance. Or you may contact April Peterson at x7250 or Amy Roehrs at x 7543 with your departmental account number or credit card number.

Do I receive a discount when buying Viking Bucks?

Yes, your discount depends on how many Viking Bucks you purchase.

Amount Discount
$10-$190 None
$200-$390 5 percent
$400-$590 7.5 percent
$600 or more 10 percent

The savings from your discount will be applied directly to your Viking Bucks balance on your Augustana ID card or account.

What happens if I don’t use all my Viking Bucks by the end of the academic year?

Viking Bucks carry over for faculty and staff. You will not lose unused Viking Bucks.


  Monday-Friday Saturday/Sunday
The Gerber CSL Dining Room 7 a.m.-9 p.m. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Brew by the Slough 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (Friday)
10 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Saturday)
noon-10 p.m. (Sunday)
Snack Bar, College Center 9 a.m-2 p.m. closed