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? 

For both fall and spring semesters, students can request one meal plan change during the first two weeks of the semester. The deadline to add or change a dining meal plan will be Tuesday, September 12 for the Fall 2017 semester and Monday, February 19 for the Spring 2018 semester. Both dates correspond with the last day to register or add courses. Students who live on campus will automatically start spring semester with the same type of plan they had in the fall. 

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, click here to view this policy.

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.

How do I know which locations are open and when? 

Our hours of operation are posted on the CampusDish website.   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 “Locations & Menus” tab on our CampusDish homepage.