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By The Auxiliary Services Team

The new school year is just about here. For students, the first couple of weeks are hectic ones. That's especially true for incoming freshmen and transfer students who still are unfamiliar with the campus.

While this is by no means a comprehensive list, we here at Auxiliary Services hope this quick back-to-school resource guide highlighting some of the services we provide will be of some assistance to all our new and returning Cougars!

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There are plenty of changes within UH's dining program for the fall semester to digest (pun intended), not the least of which is a brand new service provider! So hopefully this quick synopsis will help both new and returning students alike.

Buy your meal plan todayMeal plans

The meal plan program was completely restructured and reimagined this year. We now have a full complement of unlimited access meal plans for residential and commuter students, which come with varying amounts of Cougar Cash, guest day passes and meal exchanges. Visit UH Dining's brand new website to learn more about them. To purchase a meal plan, Log in to AccessUH and select the Cougar Card icon to get the process started.

Hours of operation

The various dining locations across campus – both retail and residential – have different hours of operation depending on the day of the week. To find out when your favorite locations will be open, we recommend bookmarking this handy flyer.

Campus dietitian

Eating a balanced, sensible diet sometimes can be hard for college students away from home for the first time and who are under all the stresses that come with college life. With that in mind, any UH student can consult with the new campus dietitianScheduling a consultation is something that can be done online quickly and easily.

Social media accounts

To get the latest information about anything and everything related to UH Dining, make sure to follow all of the brand new social media accounts created this summer. The accounts have all been rebranded as UHFoodie. So you can now follow and like us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to get the latest news, updates and fun tidbits about dining on campus.


vending machines at the university

There are more than 180 vending machines across the UH campus that offer a convenient way to get drink or snack while on the go. The snack machines maintain a stock of healthy options, and nutrition facts about the snacks and drinks can be found on Vending Service’s Nutrition page.

Vending machines on campusHow to get a refund

Machines aren't perfect. We understand there are occasions – though rare – where a vending machine will accept your money, then forget to dispense you the product you selected without giving you back your money. To get a refund, you'll need to fill out a form. More information about the refund process can be found on our vending website.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the campus vending machines, you can contact Vending Services online or submit a Vending Refund Form.

Where to find a machine

Don't know where the vending machines are located? Here is a comprehensive list of all of them.


uh bookstore barnes and noble

During the first week of classes, the Barnes & Noble @ UH on the ground floor of Student Center South and the Law Center Bookstore at University Lofts will have extended business hours to accomodate students:

Barnes & Noble @ UH:

EXTENDED HOURS (first four days of classes)

  • 7:45 a.m.–9 p.m. (Aug. 21-24)


  • 7:45 a.m.–6:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday    
  • 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday
  • 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Saturday
  • Closed Sunday

Law Center Bookstore:

EXTENDED HOURS (first week of classes)

  • 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday–Thursday
  • 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Friday
  • Closed Saturday and Sunday


  • 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Thursday
  • Closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday


Textbook loans 

textbook loans deadline graphicNeed some extra financial help to buy textbooks for the fall? From now until Sept. 6, students can apply for a textbook loan. This short-term loan offers $400 that can be used to buy textbooks and school supplies at the UH Bookstore in the Student Center South. Every UH student qualifies to receive a textbook loan regardless of whether they are receiving financial aid. Those who receive the loan have until Sept. 18 to use it.

Save even more money on your textbooks at the bookstore by taking advantage of its price-matching policy.

Bookstore app 

Download the Bookstore app (available at the App Store or Google Play) to stay in the know about discounts, events and promotions on textbooks and UH merchandise. Those who download the app will receive an instant 25 percent off of all apparel.



posted: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017