Undergraduate Plans

Meal plans operate on an “all points” or “declining balance” basis. This offers students greater flexibility and spending options in our a la carte cafes.

Meal points are allocated per semester to assist students in budgeting their meal plan points. Students can see their point balance and spending history in WebSTAC. Points not used during the fall semester carry over to the spring semester. Points not used by the end of the academic year are forfeited.

Undergraduate meal points may be used at all Dining Services locations on the Danforth, North and West Campuses, including Paws & Go and Millbrook Markets. Undergraduate Meal Plan points are not accepted at Einstein Bagels in Simon Hall, the Business School Cafe in Bauer/Knight Hall or the School of Medicine.

Student Meal Plans (2017-2018)

Points Standard
Platinum Plan 4,954 points $6,356
Gold Plan 4,442 points $5,844
Silver Plan 3,622 points $5,024
Bronze Plan* 2,806 points $4,206

*First year students are required to purchase no less than the Silver Plan. For residential students, the Silver Plan is the most popular: adequately meeting the dietary needs of most students.

Students may change their meal plan within the first four weeks of the fall semester or within the first two weeks of the spring semester. Please visit the Office of Residential Life.

View the 2016-2017 Meal Plans.

Transferring Points

Points can be transferred between or among students only one time per academic semester with a 100-point minimum and 500-point maximum. A 7.5-point transaction fee will be assessed PER STUDENT for the transfer. Both students will need to sign the transfer form, and both students involved in the transfer need to visit the Dining Services offices located in the South 40 House (just past Paws & Go Market), open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Students with a Platinum Plan, Gold Plan, Silver Plan, Bronze Plan or Apartment Plan are eligible for transfer. Students may purchase food or beverage items for friends with their own meal card as well.

Additional Undergraduate Meal Plan Options

In addition to the standard residential meal plans, the university requires that students living off-campus have meal plans.

Apartment Plan** 1,286 points $1,894
Off-Campus Plan***    758 points $1,170

** Minimum required for those students living in Millbrook Apartments or Village East
*** Minimum required for those living in off-campus apartments or commuting

Student Meal Plan Descriptions

Platinum Plan This plan is designed for the individual who requires more overall nutrition than provided by the Gold Plan. This might be due to a personal workout plan, involvement in intramurals, club sports, team sports, cheer or other high intensity activity.
Gold Plan This plan is designed for the individual that leads an active lifestyle.
Silver Plan Our most popular plan – this plan is designed to meet the needs of our residential students. The Silver Plan is the minimum required for first year students, and is the most popular plan for our returning students.
Bronze Plan This plan is designed for the student who is occasionally off campus, involved in university related activities such as internships or research projects. (Not available to first year students.)
Apartment Plan  This plan is designed for the student living in campus apartments. This plan meets the needs of students who prepare some meals for themselves in their apartments.
Off-Campus Plan This plan is the minimum required for those students residing off-campus.

Meal Plan Contract Service Dates

Meal Plans are designed for students based upon the academic calendar and the opening and closing of residential housing.

Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2017 August 24 December 21
Spring Semester 2018 January 14 May 10*

*Seniors: your meal plan expires at the end of regular service on May 18, 2018. Students may change their meal plan for the fall semester until September 22, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Changes to meal plans for spring 2016 may be made until January 26, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Out of Contract Purchases

Students on campus during non-service dates may purchase food or beverages using their optional Bear Bucks account. Student purchases of on-campus food and beverage remain tax-exempt. Out of Contract dates include Pre-Orientation, Winter Break and Summer Break (Summer Meal Plans are available for enrolled students living on campus.).

Depleted Meal Plans

If a student depletes a meal plan, food and beverages may be purchased tax-exempt with the optional Bear Bucks Account. Students will automatically be rolled over to the Bear Bucks Account if a meal plan is depleted.