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Meal Plans

What Meal Plan options are available?

UD Dining offers Resident Meal Plan options for students living on or off campus. We also provide Optional Meal Plan options available to commuter students and students living in the Christiana Towers.

Are Meal Plans required?

All students living in an on-campus residence hall are required to purchase one of the available Resident Meal Plan options. Students living off campus or in the Christiana Towers are not required to purchase a meal plan, but still have the option to sign up for a Residential or Optional Meal Plan.

Is there a recommended Meal Plan?

Our default plan is the 12 Weekly Meal Plan, however, we offer a variety of plans to best suit each student’s personal eating habits and class schedule. Detailed descriptions of our various meal plan options can be viewed under the CampusDish website’s “Meal Plans” tab.

What is included with a Meal Plan?

All Resident Meal Plan options offer a balance of meals, points and guest meals--all are included in the total cost of the meal plan. Optional meal plans either include meals and points (Anytime Plans), or a large balance of points with no meals (All Points Plans).

What is a “Meal”?

A “meal” is a single swipe to enter one of the three residential, all-you-care-to-eat dining locations on campus during continental breakfast, breakfast, brunch,  lunch, or dinner. One entry into a residential dining location is considered one “meal.”

What is a “Meal Period”?

"Meal periods” are the residential dining locations’ designated meal times. There are a total of 21 meal periods in a week in which a student can use a meal. This includes breakfast, lunch and dinner during weekdays, and continental breakfast, brunch and dinner on the weekends. Meal period times are defined as follows:


  • Breakfast:  7:00am – 10:45am

  • Continental Breakfast (weekends):  9:00am – 10:45am

  • Brunch (weekends):  10:46am – 2:15pm

  • Lunch:  10:46am – 4:45pm

  • Dinner:  4:46pm – Close


Students can only use one meal swipe per meal period, unless they have an Unlimited or Anytime Meal Plan.

What are “Points”?

Points” are a declining balance fund dedicated to food. A points balance works exactly like a debit card--every purchase is a penny-for-penny, dollar-for-dollar transaction that decreases until it reaches a zero balance. Points are used to make dining purchases in the on-campus retail dining locations, such as food courts, coffee shops, convenience stores and snack bars. Points can also be used to enter the residential, all-you-care-to-eat locations at a casual rate, but this is not recommended unless you run out of meals.

What are “Guest Meals”?

A “guest meal” functions exactly like a regular meal swipe. Guest meals are usually used to treat visiting friends and family members to meals in the residential, all-you-care-to-eat dining locations. However, students can use guest meals for themselves if they run out of meals.

What are "PLUS" plans?

A “PLUS” plan is an upgrade to a student’s selected resident meal plan that increases their points balance with a 10% bonus.  For the “PLUS” plan, a student can upgrade for a cost of $150 and their points balance will increase by $165.  For the Double “PLUS” plan, a student can upgrade for a cost of $300 and their points balance will increase by $330.

What if I want to change my meal plan?

Students can change meal plans as many times as they want until move-in weekend. After move-in weekend, the student is allotted one change request during the first two weeks of the semester. The deadline coincides with the published Drop/Add date on the Academic Calendar

Do meals rollover?

No. Any meals remaining at the end of a given week, or at the end of the semester, will expire. 

Do points rollover?

Yes. Points will rollover within an academic year--from the Fall semester through to the Spring semester. However, points will expire after the final day of Spring Semester.

What happens if my meals or points balances run out?

Meals cannot be added during the semester, however, if you still want to access the all-you-care-to-eat residential dining locations, you can enter by paying the Casual Door Rates listed here. Points can be added at any point throughout the semester.

How do I know my current meal plan fund balances?

Students can see their remaining balance of meals after each swipe into the residential dining locations. Points balances are displayed on registers after each transaction. Students can also check their balances online at UDSIS, or ask UD Dining associates to check their balances at the registers.

Can I arrange for a meal if I am sick?

Yes. A student who is ill may arrange to have a meal prepared at one of the dining halls and have it picked up by a roommate or friend, per our Ill Student Meal Policy.

What are the “PLUS” plans?

Simply put, “PLUS” plans provide a student with an opportunity to increase their Points balance while receiving a 10% bonus.
A “PLUS” plan can be added to any of the available Resident Meal Plans as an upgrade for a cost of $150, however, the student’s Points balance will increase by $165 – providing a 10% bonus, or $15 for free.  A Double “PLUS” plan can be added to any of the available Resident Meal Plans as an upgrade for a cost of $300, however, the student’s Points balance will increase by $330 – providing the same 10% bonus, or $30 for free.  The additional $165 or $330 is in addition to the existing balance of Points that comes with the base Meal Plan option. These upgrade options offering the 10% bonus can only be added during the Drop/Add period at the beginning of each semester.

Locations

How many dining locations are on campus?

UD Dining operates 16 total locations on campus including three residential, all-you-care-to-eat dining locations, two food courts, five convenience locations, three national brand coffee & bakery locations and three snack bar locations.

Where are the locations where I can use meals?

You can use meals at any of our three residential, all-you-care-to-eat dining locations: Pencader on Laird (North) Campus, Rodney Fresh Food Company on Academy Street, and Russell on East Campus. You can view our Campus Dining Map here.

How do I know which locations are open and when?

Our hours of operation are posted on the homepage of our CampusDish website under the “Hours of Operation” tab. Seasonal hour changes will be posted on the website.

Can I use my meal plan funds off campus?

No. Meal plan funds are only redeemable at the on-campus UD Dining locations and cannot be used on Main Street or at any other off-campus restaurants.

Can I view menus before entering the residential Dining Locations?

Yes. Daily menus for every residential dining location and can be viewed by selecting “Menus” tab on our CampusDish homepage. You can also view menus on the go by downloading the CampusDish app to your smartphone.

CampusDish

Do I have to create an account to use the UD Dining CampusDish app?

Yes. When you download the app, you will be prompted to either log in or create an account.

How do I create an account?

Once you download and open the app, search for University of Delaware. You will be directed to a login page where you will click on create an account and fill in your information.

Is CampusDish available for all smartphones?

Yes, the CampusDish app is available on both the Apple Store and Google Play.

What are the benefits of downloading the CampusDish app?

Through the CampusDish app, you can view weekly menus, nutritional information, ingredient statements and allergen statements for all of our dining locations. Use the CampusDish Meal Calculator to keep track of your daily nutritional intake. You can also set preferred dining locations and turn on menu alerts when your favorite menu option is being served.

How do I set a menu item as a favorite?

When viewing the menu items on the UD Dining CampusDish site, click on the star to the left of the menu item name. Once an item is marked as a favorite, you will receive a notice 24 hours before it is served again.

Food Allergies & Restrictions

I have a food allergy. How can I check to make sure the food I am eating is safe?

You can check the ingredient and allergen statements on our CampusDish website and app for all of the residential dining locations. You can also set up a consultation with our registered dietitian, Debbi Miller, for how to best manage food needs while living on campus.

Are there Kosher dining options on campus?

Yes. There is a designated, OU-supervised Kosher kitchen and station in the Rodney Dining Fresh Food Company. Kosher options will be available at our other all-you-care-to-eat residential dining locations during major Jewish holidays. P.O.D. Markets also offer an assortment of pre-packaged kosher items. Additional kosher dining solutions can be reviewed upon request to diningservices@udel.edu.

Where are holiday meals offered?

Hillel at the Kristol Center for Jewish Life provides holiday meals as part of a student’s participation in a UD Dining meal plan. Shabbat dinner is provided free of charge.

Will there be dedicated meat and dairy kitchens?

Yes. The Kosher Dining program features a dedicated meat and dairy kitchen where we will produce and serve all kosher menu items under OU supervision.

Is it difficult to find food options on campus if I don't eat meat?

There is a designated vegan station in the Rodney Dining Fresh Food Company. Our other two all-you-care-to-eat residential dining locations serve vegetarian and vegan options throughout each week.

How will I know if a menu option is vegan or vegetarian?

There are nutrion cards displayed nearby every menu item at our residential dining locations. The cards include “Just4U Nutrition Highlights”-- colorful icons that make it easy to identify and select the correct food option for you.

How can I ensure a specific food item is gluten-free?

There is a designated gluten-free station in the Rodney Dining Fresh Food Company. P.O.D. Markets also offer an assortment of pre-packaged gluten-free items.

Do any of the dorms have kitchens?

All traditional residence halls on campus have one shared kitchen for the building. Dorms in the upperclassman, apartment-style Christiana Towers have kitchens.