What meal plan options are available?

Dining Services offers residential meal plans for students living on or off campus. We also provide optional meal plans available to students who live off campus, commute to campus or students who live in the Christiana Towers, Graduate Student & 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 residential meal plans. Students who will be living off campus or in the Christiana Towers, Graduate Student or Family Housing 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 or most popular meal plan? 

There isn't one! The default plan is the 12 Weekly with 250 points and 5 guest meals; however, we offer a variety of plans to fit every appetite. Detailed descriptions of our 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 residential meal plans offer meals, points and guest meals. 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?

Meals are redeemable for entry into any of UD's three residential, all-you-care-to-eat locations. Meals are not redeemable in food courts, convenience stores or other retail dining locations.


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


What are guest meals? 

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


What are Plus and Double Plus plans? 

A Plus or Double Plus plan upgrades a student’s selected residential meal plan and increases their points balance with a 10% bonus. For a Plus plan, a student can upgrade for a cost of $150 and their points balance will increase by 165 points. For a Double Plus plan, a student can upgrade for a cost of $300 and their points balance will increase by 330 points.


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 11 for the Fall 2018 semester and Friday, February 22 for the Spring 2019 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 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 at any time 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 swipe 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 UD Dining Services cashier to check their balances at a register.


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? 

Dining Services operates 16 locations on campus including 3 residential, all-you-care-to-eat dining locations, 2 food courts, 5 convenience stores, 3 national brand coffee & bakery locations and 3 snack bars.


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, Caesar 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, as well as seasonal hour changes, can be viewed by visiting Locations & Menus.


Can I use my meal plan off campus? 

No. 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-supervised 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 week. 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.