What meal plan options are available?

Dining Services offers on-campus meal plans for students living on or off campus. We also provide off-campus meal plans available to students who live off campus, commute to campus or students who live in University Courtyard and family housing.


Do I need to buy a meal plan? 

All students living in an on-campus residence hall are required to purchase one of the available on-campus meal plans, except students living in University Courtyard or family housing. Students who will be living off campus or in University Courtyard and family housing are not required to purchase a meal plan, but still have the option to sign up for an on-campus meal planoff-campus meal plan or All Points plan.


What if I want to change my meal plan? 

For both fall and spring semesters, students can request one meal plan change during the first two weeks of the semester by visiting www.udel.edu/diningrequest. The deadline to add or change a dining meal plan is Tuesday, September 10 for fall 2019 and Friday, February 21 for spring 2020. Both dates correspond with the last day to register or add courses. Students who live on campus and off campus, and have a meal plan in the fall semester, will automatically start spring semester with the same type of plan they had in the fall.


Is there a recommended or most popular meal plan? 

There isn't one! The default plan is the 14 Weekly with 14 meals per week, 200 points per semester, 1 meal exchange per day and 5 guest meals per semester; however, we offer a variety of plans to fit every appetite. Detailed descriptions of UD's meal plans can be viewed here.


What is included with a meal plan? 

Meal plans contain different balances of meals and/or points preloaded onto your student ONEcard. All on-campus meal plans offer meals, meal exchange, points and guest meals. Off-campus meal plans either include meals, meal exchange, points and guest meals (Block plans), or a large balance of points with no meals (All Points plans). The 35 Block with Home Chef also includes a $120 digital voucher to Home Chef.


What is a meal?

Meals are redeemable for entry into any of UD's three residential, all-you-care-to-eat locations -- centrally-located Caesar Rodney Fresh Food Company, Russell Dining on East Campus and Pencader Dining on Laird Campus. Meals can be used anytime throughout the day on your own schedule; they are not restricted to meal periods. Meals are also non-transferable and can only be used by the meal plan holder.


What is meal exchange?

Meal exchange allows students to "exchange" one residential meal per day in either Trabant Food Court or The Scrounge, at select locations, during late night hours from 8 - 11 pm.


What is a meal period?

Meal periods are designated meal times in the residential dining locations and they align with each locations’ specific hours. Monday through Friday, students can eat during breakfast, continental breakfast (Caesar Rodney Fresh Food Company only), lunch, dinner and late night (Russell and Pencader Dining only). On weekends, students can enjoy continental breakfast, brunch and dinner.


What are points? 

One point is equivalent to one dollar and points decline like money on a debit card. Points are accepted at all of our dining locations and can be added throughout the semester by visiting www.udel.edu/diningrequest.


What are guest meals? 

Each meal plan includes five guest meals to treat friends, family members or guests to a meal! Guests can also be paid for at the door with points, Flex, cash and credit (unfortunately, credit is not accepted at Pencader Dining).


Do meals and points rollover? 

Meals do not rollover. Any meals remaining at the end of a given week, or at the end of the semester, will expire. Points will rollover within an academic year from summer sessions, fall semester & winter sessions through to the spring semester. However, points will expire after the final day of spring semester.


What happens if my meals or points 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 door rate. Points can be added throughout the semester by visiting www.udel.edu/diningrequest.


How do I know my current meal plan balances? 

Students can see their remaining balance of meals after each entry into the residential dining locations. Points balances are displayed on registers after each transaction. Students can also check their balances online in UDSIS or can ask any Dining Services cashier to check their balances at a register.


How does the meal plan with Home Chef work?

When the semester starts, students who purchase the 35 Block with Home Chef plan will receive an email with a unique code and instructions to redeem their $120 voucher on www.homechef.com. These funds are then available through Home Chef for the student to use as they see fit at any time in the future. Home Chef will ship your meal kit(s) to the address you designate. The $120 credit for the meal kit is non-refundable.


Can I arrange for a meal if I am sick? 

Of course! If a student is experiencing an illness or injury that does not allow them to attend a regular meal service at one of the residential dining halls, the student may arrange to have a meal prepared at one of the dining halls and picked up by an authorized roommate or friend per our policy.


How many dining locations are on campus? 

Dining Services operates 25 locations on campus including 3 residential, all-you-care-to-eat dining locations, 2 food courts with a variety of restaurants, 5 convenience stores, 3 national brand coffee shops & bakeries, 3 snack bars and concessions at both the Whitney Athletic Center and Bob Carpenter Center.


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 -- centrally-located Caesar Rodney Fresh Food Company on Academy Street, Russell Dining on East Campus and Pencader Dining on Laird Campus.


How do I know which locations are open and when? 

Our hours of operation, as well as seasonal hour changes, can be viewed by visiting Locations & Menus.


Can I use my meal plan off campus or on Main Street? 

Unfortunately not, University of Delaware meal plans are only redeemable at on-campus dining locations and cannot be used at eateries on Main Street or at any other off-campus restaurants.


Can I view menus before entering the residential dining locations? 

Yes! Daily menus for each residential dining location and can be viewed by visiting Locations & Menus.


If I have a dietary restriction or food allergy, how can I check to make sure the food I'm eating is safe?

Dining Services works hard to accommodate students with dietary restrictions due to food allergies or intolerances. You can check ingredient and allergen statements online for menu items served in our residential dining locations. You can also set up a consultation with our registered dietitian, Debbi Miller, by email at dml@udel.edu to learn more about dining options that fit your needs.


Are there Kosher options on campus?

Yes! There is an OU-certified Kosher station in our Caesar Rodney Fresh Food Company. P.O.D. Markets also offer an assortment of pre-packaged kosher items. Hillel at the Kristol Center for Jewish Life provides holiday meals as part of the student's participation on a meal plan. Shabbat dinner is provided free of charge.


Can I find food options on campus if I don't eat meat?

There is a designated vegan and vegetarian station in our Caesar Rodney Fresh Food Company. Pencader & Russell Dining also serve vegan and vegetarian options throughout each meal. You'll know if a menu item is vegan or vegetarian by the nutrition ID card displayed near the item. The cards include Just4U Nutrition Highlights - colorful icons that make it easy to identify and select the best options for you.


Can I ensure a specific food item is gluten free?

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