Meal Plans

Students eating at DownUnder Cafe

Need a quick snack before heading to class? Stop by the Overlook Cafe. Hanging out with roommates and want to grab a meal? Pop into the DownUnder Cafe for dine-in or take out. Studying into the wee hours of the night? Grab a late-night meal at the DC Store.

Students can maximize their dining experience by signing up for one of four meal plans.  Each plan offers a fixed number of meals per week as well as FoodBucks - money that can be spent at retail locations anywhere on campus. Our meal plans offer versatility, convenience, and value. Meal plans are designated by the number of meal swipes allowed per week (no daily limit) and a prescribed amount of FoodBucks for the year. When you purchase a meal plan, your meal swipes and FoodBucks are added directly to your WolfCard.

If you have special dietary needs, our Management staff offers one-on-one consultation and can develop a personalized dining plan that meets your specific needs.

Faculty, staff, upperclassmen, and students living off-campus take advantage of our Lunch Only Meal Plan (not available for residents). The Lunch Only plan offers one meal per day (M - F) with a flexible range of hours. Visit our Lunch Only Meal Plan webpage for more information. 

Weekly Meals

  • Meal plan holders can use up to the allotted number of swipes per week at the Downunder Café and DC Store
  • Meal plan swipes can be used for your guests (e.g. friends & family) up to the allotted number of swipes per week
  • Access to the Swipe Out program. This program offers additional flexibility in being able to use all of your allotted weekly swipes

Meal Plan Rates

Meal Plans
PlanWeekly MealsFoodBucks
FallSpringTotalSpring OnlyFoodBucks Spring Only
A 19 $160/$140 $2,975 $2,435 $5,410 $2,705 $150
B 15 $210/$190 $2,835 $2,315 $5,150 $2,575 $200
C 12 $265/$235 $2,500 $2,040 $4,540 $2,270 $250
D 10 $370/$330 $2,315 $1,895 $4,210 $2,105 $350

Meal Plan Definitions

Meal Swipe

A meal swipe allows access for one person to dine in the DownUnder Cafe (take-out option available).  Meal swipes can also be used for one DC Store Combo Meal (dine-in or take-out). Meal swipes do not carry over to the next week. 

Meal Plan Week

Your meal plan week starts on Thursday morning and ends on Wednesday evening. During your meal plan week, you may use up to your weekly allotted meal swipes.  However, meal plan swipes do not carry over. For example, if you have 2 remaining swipes on Wednesday night, those 2 meal swipes will expire on Thursday morning. On Thursday morning, your meal swipes will reset to your regular weekly allotment. The Swipe Out program and DC Store Combo Meals are two ways to utilize your unused weekly meal swipes.

Swipe Out Program

When you know that you will not use all of your allotted weekly meal swipes at the DownUnder Cafe, you may exchange them for food items at the DownUnder Cafe or Combo Meals at the DC Store. On Wednesdays, let the cashier know that you would like to swipe out. Food items can be picked up on the spot based on their meal swipe equivalent. The selection of available swipe out items changes each week.

To Go Meal

A To-Go meal requires one meal swipe.  When you arrive at the DownUnder Cafe, let the cashier know you would like your meal to-go. They will deduct one meal swipe from your weekly allotment and provide you with up to two to-go boxes (one large, one small), a cup, and plastic cutlery.  You may not dine-in the DownUnder Café once you have paid for a to-go meal. 


FoodBucks are like cash and can be used at any dining location on campus. Each time you make a purchase using your FoodBucks, you will receive an automatic 10% discount. FoodBucks purchases are also not taxed, saving you an additional 8.265% (except when used at the Joe Crowley Student Union). FoodBucks do not expire at the end of either the fall or spring semester unless your account has been inactive for 18 consecutive months. The balance remains as long as you are enrolled at the University and use your account. After 18 consecutive months of inactivity, the balance in your account is reduced to zero. No refund is given for any unused FoodBucks balance.

Meal Plan Changes

You are allowed to change your meal plan one time during the first three (3) weeks of each semester.  You can submit your meal plan change request online using the Meal Plan Change Request Form.

Have more questions? Check out our Meal Plan FAQs.