Meal Plans and Dining Accounts

Meal plans 2020: developed with students  

Meal plans are updated every few years in order to stay current with students’ dining needs and expectations. A year of opinion surveys, focus groups and meetings with resident students, student leaders and other interested groups began in fall 2018. From that data collected, three clear points emerged: students wanted plans that were 1) simple to understand and use, 2) flexible, and 3) less expensive.  

Meal plans have been restructured on what we heard from students. Beginning in academic year 2020/2021, plans will cost an average of 10 percent less, come with more Declining Balance (DB) dollars, and the plan designed for first-year students will include guest swipes. 

Here’s a preview:

A meal plan purchase provides these advantages:

  • Convenience: One card is used for all campus dining purchases.
  • Variety and Flexibility: Meal plans are designed to meet your dining needs; numerous places to eat on campus including late evening and weekend dining and many popular, national brands.
  • Diet Preferences: Vegetarian, vegan, gluten avoiding and healthy options are available at Crown Commons in the Student Union, SoVi in South Village Crossing and many of the retail locations. Additionally, both dining halls are committed to being completely nut free.

Overview of meal plans

  • All first-year residents living on campus, regardless of their housing assignment, are required to purchase The Daily Plan meal plan. This meal plan must be purchased each semester of occupancy.
  • Upperclassmen assigned to residence halls without private kitchens are also considered to be living in “required housing” and must choose a meal plan as part of the housing contract. These residences include Holshouser, Hunt, Sanford, Scott, Hawthorn, Laurel, Lynch, Oak and the suites in Belk, Levine, Miltimore, Wallis and Witherspoon.
  • Declining Balance (DB) funds attached to meal plans are offered in practical amounts that have proven sufficient for most students.
  • ALL meal plans purchased in the fall semester will be automatically renewed for the spring semester unless changed or cancelled by the student.

All first-year resident students are required to sign up for The Daily Plan. This plan has been developed to maximize the dining variety and value offered by the South Village Dining hall, Crown Commons and campus retail dining.

Prices include sales tax.

The Daily Plan offers unlimited meal swipes and $300 Declining Balance (DB) funds($2,250 per semester, applicable sales tax included)

  • Meal swipes may be used seven days a week at any time during serving hours at South Village and Crown Commons dining halls or SoVi2go. Students may enjoy as many meals, snacks or beverages per day as they want. The Daily Plan comes with five (5) guest swipes that may be used at any time during the semester. A maximum of three (3) guest swipes may be used per meal period
  • Declining balance funds may be used at any campus dining venue, including sports concessions and convenience stores.
  • Meal swipes and guest swipes will expire at the end of the semester. Unspent DB will roll over to the following semester and expire at the end of summer session II.

Upperclassmen in required housing

Upperclassmen who are assigned to Holshouser, Hunt, Sanford, Scott, and the suites in Belk, Hawthorn, Laurel, Levine, Lynch, Miltimore, Oak, Wallis, and Witherspoon may choose from the following. Plans are also available to Upperclassmen in non-required housing and all Commuters.

The Daily Plan (see above for details)

160/400 Block Plan offers 160 meal swipes and $400 Declining Balance (DB) funds($1,900 per semester, applicable sales tax included)

  • Meal swipes may be used at any time during the semester at South Village and Crown Commons dining halls, or SoVi2go. Meal swipes are counted down as they are used. 
  • Guest swipes are limited to three (3) guests per meal period
  • Declining balance funds may be used at any campus dining venue, including sports concessions and convenience stores.
  • Meal swipes will expire at the end of the semester; unspent DB will roll over to the following semester and expire at the end of summer session II.

100/400 Block Plan offers 100 meal swipes and $400 Declining Balance (DB) funds($1,350 per semester, applicable sales tax has already been included)

  • Meal swipes may be used at any time during the semester at South Village and Crown Commons dining halls, or SoVi2go. Meal swipes are counted down as they are used.
  • Guest swipes are limited to three (3) guests per meal period
  • Declining balance funds may be used throughout the semester at any campus dining venue, including sports concessions and convenience stores.
  • Meal swipes will expire at the end of the semester; unspent DB will roll over to the following semester and expire at the end of summer session II.

Commuters and upperclassmen in non-required housing

Commuters and students who have completed a full year of classes at UNC Charlotte who are assigned to “non-required” housing may purchase any meal plan listed above. Additionally, they have the option to buy a Straight Declining Balance Plan. Prices include sales tax

  • Straight DB offers $875 or $1,200 in DB funds that may be used at any campus dining venue including sports concessions and campus convenience stores. ($875/$1,200)
  • At the end of the semester, any unspent funds will carry over to the next semester through the end of summer session II in the academic year in which the plan was purchased.


SoVi2go!

SoVi2go! is a convenient way to use meal swipes to get takeout entrees, sandwiches and snacks from SoVi. DB, ODA, cash and credit/debit are also accepted. Students with The Daily Plan will not be able to use a meal swipe at SoVi2go! if they have already swiped into SoVi or Crown Commons during that same meal period.
 
Breakfast Lunch Midday Dinner Evening

7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For example, if you’ve swiped into SoVi Dining for dinner at 6:30 p.m., you'll have to wait until 8:30 p.m. to use a meal swipe at SoVi2go!, but you only have to wait 15 minutes to swipe in again to SoVi Dining or Crown Commons. Conversely, if you have swiped into SoVi2go! at 2:30 p.m., you can’t use another meal swipe anywhere until the next meal period. Weekend and holiday hours may affect meal periods.

Dining with guests

The Daily Plan provides students with five (5) guest swipes for the semester. Students may use these guest swipes at any time during the semester, but may only use up to three (3) in one meal period. The 160 and 100 Block Plans also allow for guest swipes. However, block plan guest swipes are limited to three (3) guests per meal period. This is so that students who buy meal plans are using them and will have meals available throughout the semester. 

Breakfast Lunch Midday Dinner
7 a.m. to 10 a.m. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The program allows for exceptions. Dining supervisors/managers may waive the guest limit in circumstances such as when more than two family members or friends visit. Just ask! 


Dining accounts

An Optional Dining Account (ODA) is a dining debit account that can be used at all campus dining locations, including convenience stores. ODA is available to all students and deposits can be made any time during the year. Unused balance rolls over from semester to semester, year to year, as long as the student is enrolled.

For any resident student, ODA can supplement a meal plan and may be used when declining balance (DB) funds have been spent. ODA is also a convenient choice for students who live in Wallis, Greek Village or on-campus apartments. 

Learn more about ODA and incentives.