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, except for those students who graduate in December or study abroad in the Spring semester, in which case points expire at the end of the Fall 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 (2019-2020)
|Platinum Plan||5,170 points||$6,639|
|Gold Plan||4,636 points||$6,097|
|Silver Plan||3,779 points||$5,250|
|Bronze Plan*||2,928 points||$4,389|
*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.
Changing Meal Plans
Students may change their meal plan within the first two weeks of the fall semester or within the first two weeks of the spring semester. All changes submitted in the first 2 weeks of each semester will be effective at the end of the 2 week period.
Students with a housing contract may visit the WashU Housing Portal via WebSTAC to complete the meal plan change form. Students living off-campus, not in university housing, may request a change in their meal plan by contacting Washington University Dining Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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**||1,342 points||$1,974|
|Off-Campus Plan***||792 points||$1,228|
** 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 2019||August 17||December 19|
|Spring Semester 2020||January 4||May 7*|
*Seniors: your meal plan expires at the end of regular service on May 15, 2020.
For 2019-2020, Students may change their meal plan in the first 2 weeks of each semester; for the fall 2019 semester until September 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Changes to meal plans for spring 2020 may be made until January 25, 2020 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.