Meal Plans and Dining Accounts

Fall 2021 meal plan information

A meal plan provides:

  • Convenience: Your 49er Card is used to purchase campus dining.
  • Variety and flexibility: Meal plans are designed to meet your dining needs; there are many places to eat on campus including popular, national brands.
  • Options for students with dietary needs and preferences: Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-avoiding and healthy options are available in the dining halls and many of the retail locations. Both dining halls are completely nut-free.

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Overview of meal plans

All first-year residents* living on campus are required to purchase The Daily Plan meal plan. This meal plan must be purchased each semester of occupancy.

Upperclass students assigned to residence halls without private kitchens are considered to be living in “required housing” and must choose a meal plan as part of the housing contract. Required housing includes Holshouser, Hunt, Sanford, Scott, Hawthorn, Laurel, Lynch, Oak and the suites in Belk, Levine, Miltimore, Wallis and Witherspoon.

All meal plans purchased for the fall semester are automatically renewed for the spring unless the student changes or cancels their meal plan.

*First-year residents are defined as students who have taken no college course since graduating high school.

The Daily Plan: for all first-year resident students

All first-year residents are required to sign up for The Daily Plan. This plan maximizes the dining variety and value offered by the dining halls and campus retail dining.

The Daily Plan - $2,210 per semester, applicable sales tax included

  • Unlimited meal swipes and $250 Declining Balance (DB) funds. 
  • Meal swipes may be used seven days a week during serving hours at SoVi and Crown Commons dining halls and Crown2Go. Students may enjoy as many meals, snacks or beverages per day as they want, but must wait 15 minutes between using swipes at different locations.
  • Includes five (5) guest swipes that may be used at any time during the semester with a maximum of three (3) guest swipes at one time. 
  • Declining balance funds may be used throughout the semester at any campus dining venue, including concessions and convenience stores.
  • Meal swipes and guest swipes expire at the end of the semester. Unspent DB rolls over to the end of the academic year.

Plans available to upperclass students and commuters

Upperclass residents who are assigned to required housing - Holshouser, Hunt, Sanford, Scott, and the suites in Belk, Hawthorn, Laurel, Levine, Lynch, Miltimore, Oak, Wallis, and Witherspoon - may choose The Daily Plan or one of the following meal swipe plans. 

Commuters and upperclass residents assigned to “non-required” housing may purchase any meal plan, including any Straight Declining Balance Plan. 

160/350 Block Plan 

$1,868 per semester, applicable sales tax included 

  • Offers 160 meal swipes and $350 Declining Balance (DB) funds. 
  • Meal swipes may be used at any time during the semester at South Village and Crown Commons dining halls. Meal swipes are counted down as they are used. 
  • Up to three (3) swipes per meal period may also be used for guests. 
  • DB funds may be used throughout the semester at any campus dining venue, including concessions and convenience stores.
  • Meal swipes expire at the end of the semester; unused DB rolls over to the end of the academic year.

100/350 Block Plan    

$1,325 per semester, applicable sales tax included 

  • Offers 100 meal swipes and $350 Declining Balance (DB) funds. 
  • Meal swipes may be used at any time during the semester at South Village and Crown Commons dining halls. Meal swipes are counted down as they are used.
  • Up to three (3) swipes per meal period may also be used for guests. 
  • Declining balance funds may be used throughout the semester at any campus dining venue, including concessions and convenience stores.
  • Meal swipes expire at the end of the semester; unused DB rolls over to the end of the academic year.

Straight Declining (DB) Plans     

$875 or $1,200 per semester

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

Important dates

  • Aug. 16, 2021: Meal plans go live and are able to be used on campus.
  • Aug. 12, 2021, at noon: Last day for upperclassmen and commuter students to make changes or cancel their meal plan without incurring a $25 administrative fee.
  • Sept. 10, 2021, at noon: Deadline to change or cancel a non-required meal plan.
  • Dec. 16, 2021: Last day to use meal swipes for spring 2021 block meal plans.
  • Aug. 10, 2022: Fall 2021 Declining Balance Rollover funds expire.

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, may use their meal swipes to swipe in friends and family but 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.

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!

Meal Periods

Students with The Daily Plan may only use one meal swipe within a 15 minute period unless they are using a guest swipe in addition to their meal swipe. For example, if you've swiped into SoVi for dinner at 6:30 p.m., you will have to wait 15 minutes before you can swipe in again to SoVi or Crown Commons. Weekend and holiday hours may affect meal periods.

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.

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.


ODA Information