Meal Plans and Dining Accounts

Meal Plans

A meal plan purchase provides these advantages: 

  • Convenience: One card is used for all campus dining purchases.
  • Variety and Flexibility: Meal plans 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.

Overview of Meal Plans

  • All first-year residents (first-year, defined as students who have earned 29 or fewer credit hours) living on campus, regardless of their housing assignment are required to purchase a meal plan. A 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.
  • Meal plans are offered based upon the student’s current balance of earned credit hours
  • Unlimited Meal Plans have been developed to maximize the dining variety and value offered by the new South Village Dining hall and Crown Commons.
  • 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.

Plans available to first-Year residents:

Prices include sales tax.

  • 185/300 Plan offers 185 meal swipes and $300 Declining Balance (DB) funds. ($2,200 per semester)
    • Meal swipes may be used at any time during the semester at the dining halls: SoVi in South Village Crossing and Crown Commons in the Student Union. Meal swipes are counted down as they are used. Three (3) swipes per meal period may also be used for guests. This is so that students who buy meal plans are using them and will have meals available throughout the semester. 
    • Declining balance funds may be used throughout the semester at any campus dining venue, including theater and sports concessions and Outtakes convenience stores.
    • Meal swipes and Declining Balance expire at the end of the semester; unused swipes and/or unspent DB will NOT roll over to the following semester.
  • 7 Day/200 Plan offers unlimited meal swipes and $200 Declining Balance (DB) funds. ($2,375 per semester)
    • Meal swipes may be used seven days a week at any time during serving hours at South Village or Crown Commons dining halls. Students may enjoy as many meals per day as they want. No guest swipes are permitted.
    • Declining balance funds may be used throughout the semester at any campus dining venue, including theater and sports concessions and Outtakes convenience stores.
    • Meal swipes and Declining Balance expire at the end of the semester. Unspent DB will NOT roll over to the following semester.

Plans available to upperclassmen in required housing:

In addition to the plans offered to first-year residents (see above), 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, based upon their current balance of earned credit hours. Prices include sales tax.

30+ Credit Hours

  • 160/300 Plan offers 160 meal swipes and $300 Declining Balance (DB) funds. ($1,975 per semester)
    • Meal swipes may be used at any time during the semester at South Village or Crown Commons dining halls. Meal swipes are counted down as they are used. Three (3) swipes per meal period may also be used for guests. This is so that students who buy meal plans are using them and will have meals available throughout the semester.
    • Declining balance funds may be used throughout the semester at any campus dining venue, including theater and sports concessions and Outtakes convenience stores.
    • Meal swipes and Declining Balance expire at the end of the semester; unused swipes and/or unspent DB will NOT roll over to the following semester.

Available to Sophomores (30-59 credit hours), Juniors (60-89 credit hours), Seniors (90+ credit hours), Upperclassmen in non-required housing, and all Commuters

  • 5 Day/200 Plan offers unlimited meal swipes Monday through Friday and $200 Declining Balance (DB) funds. ($2,200 per semester)
    • Meal swipes may be used Monday through Friday, any time during serving hours at South Village or Crown Commons dining halls. Students may enjoy as many meals per weekday as they want. No guest swipes are permitted.
    • Declining balance funds may be used throughout the semester at any campus dining venue, including theater and sports concessions and Outtakes convenience stores.
    • Meal swipes and Declining Balance expire at the end of the semester. Unspent DB will NOT roll over to the following semester.

Available to Sophomores (30-59 credit hours), Juniors (60-89 credit hours), Seniors (90+ credit hours), Upperclassmen in non-required housing, and all Commuters

60+ Credit Hours

  • 135/300 Plan offers 135 meal swipes and $300 Declining Balance (DB) funds. ($1,715 per semester)
    • Meal swipes may be used at any time during the semester at South Village or Crown Commons dining halls. Meal swipes are counted down as they are used.
    • 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.
    • Declining balance funds may be used throughout the semester at any campus dining venue, including theater and sports concessions and Outtakes convenience stores.
    • Meal swipes and Declining Balance expire at the end of the semester; unused swipes and/or unspent DB will NOT roll over to the following semester.

Available to Juniors (60-89 credit hours), Seniors (90+ credit hours), Upperclassmen in non-required housing, and all Commuters

90+ Credit Hours

  • 85/300 Plan offers 85 meal swipes and $300 Declining Balance (DB) funds. ($1,225 per semester)
    • Meal swipes may be used at any time during the semester at South Village or Crown Commons dining halls. Meal swipes are counted down as they are used.
    • 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.
    • Declining balance funds may be used throughout the semester at any campus dining venue, including theater and sports concessions and Outtakes convenience stores.
    • Meal swipes and Declining Balance expire at the end of the semester; unused swipes and/or unspent DB will NOT roll over to the following semester.

Available to Seniors (90+ credit hours), Upperclassmen in non-required housing, and all Commuters

Commuters and upperclassmen in non-required housing:

Commuters and students with 30 or more earned credit hours 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 theater and 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 the second summer session for the academic year in which the plan was purchased.

What "Unlimited" means in a Meal Plan... 

You may use meal swipes for yourself at SoVi and Crown Commons throughout the day as often as you like, as long as there are 15 minutes between each swipe. There are no guest swipes allowed on these plans. You may also use meal swipes at SoVi2go! unless you’ve already swiped into SoVi or Crown Commons during that same meal period.

MEAL PERIODS
  7 AM-10 AM   Breakfast
  10 AM-2 PM   Lunch
2 PM-5 PM   Midday
5 PM-8:30 PM   Dinner
8:30 PM-9 PM   Evening

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.

Block plan guest swipes

Block plans (185/160/135/85) with a set number of meal swipes allow for guest swipes. 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. 

MEAL PERIODS
7 AM-10 AM   Breakfast
10 AM-2 PM   Lunch
2 PM-5 PM   Midday
5 PM-8:30 PM   Dinner

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 Outtakes 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.

Deposit to 49er and ODA accounts