ACADEMIC YEAR MEAL PLANS AUTUMN 2021

For the Autumn Quarter, only undergraduate students will be allowed to purchase one of our meal plans.

Additionally, we will not be allowing cash, credit cards, or Maroon Dollar transactions in the Residential Dining Commons.

Undergraduate Meal Plan Enrollment

THE MEAL PLAN CHANGE PERIOD HAS ENDED.

Students living off-campus can choose to enroll in a meal plan, or those students on an Apartment meal plan can choose to upgrade.

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MAROON DOLLAR BONUS MEAL PLANS

accepted at retail outlets, markets, student run cafés managed by UChicago Dining

Available for all off-campus students, staff and faculty 

FAQ's

The dining halls aren't open for dinner on Saturdays. Where can I eat?

Every Saturday during the academic year students may use a Saturday Night Meal Swipe to dine at Hutchinson Commons Or Woodlawn dining commons. These meal swipes are in addition to the meal exchanges that come with the Unlimited, Phoenix and Apartment meal plans. The Off Campus Meal Plan does not include Saturday Night Meal Swipes. Students who live in the College Houses enjoy a long-standing tradition of dining at off-campus locations on Saturday nights.  Frequently, the resident staff will prepare dinner for their Houses on Saturdays as well.

What are Meal Exchanges?

The meal exchange program allows you to use a select number of your meal swipes on a combo meal at the campus cafes, campus markets or Hutchinson Commons.  The meal will be deducted from your total number of meals, rather than from your Maroon Dollar balance, based on how many meal exchanges come with your plan. (For instance, there are 15 meal exchanges included on the Phoenix meal plan, meaning that 15 of the plan’s total 150 meals may be redeemed as meal exchanges).  Meal exchanges may be used only once per meal period, and expire at the end of each quarter.

If I live in on campus, am I eligible to change my meal plan?

  • First-year students remain on the Unlimited Meal Plan for the duration of their first year.
  • Upper-class, on-campus housing students may change their meal plan until 4:30 p.m. on Friday of the first week of each quarter.
  • At any time prior to or during the academic year, upper-class students who live on campus may upgrade to a higher plan (i.e., Apartment to Unlimited).
  • Once a meal plan has been upgraded, it cannot be downgraded during the course of that quarter.

How do I pay for my meal plan?

Meal plans can be charged to your tuition account when you purchase a plan through UChicago Dining.

 

Are meal plans available during the summer?

Meal plans are not offered over the summer. However, select dining locations on campus remain open with adjusted hours, and UChicago Dining venues continue to accept Maroon Dollars.

When does my meal plan begin?

Meal plans begin each academic year with dinner on the Friday prior to when classes begin. Maroon Dollars can be spent on this same Friday. Incoming students have a separate Orientation Week meal plan. In the interest of developing strong House communities, during Orientation Week, students are limited to eating in the dining commons where their House tables are located.

How does my meal plan work?

Meal plan account information is encoded directly onto your University of Chicago ID Card. Simply present the UChicago Card to the cashier for entry into a dining commons, and enjoy all-you-care-to-eat dining from the time the dining commons opens until it closes. Except in the case of the Unlimited Meal Plan, each visit deducts one meal from the meal plan total. Due to the flexibility of the meal plan, food other than an ice cream cone or cookie may not be removed from the dining commons. Also, due to food safety guidelines, food that has been prepared elsewhere is not permitted to be brought into the dining commons.

What are the meal plan requirements for College House residents?

  • Residential dining is a cornerstone of Housing & Residence Life. All students in Houses are assigned a meal plan.
  • First-year students are assigned to the Unlimited Meal Plan, regardless of the type of room or location they are assigned. They must remain on the Unlimited Meal Plan for the entire first year.
  • Upper-class students who live in a single or double room are assigned to the Unlimited Meal Plan, but may change to the Phoenix Meal Plan during meal plan change periods: the week prior to and through Friday of the first week of classes at 4:30 p.m.
  • Upper-class students who live on campus in an apartment are assigned to the Apartment Meal Plan, but may change to the Phoenix or the Unlimited Meal Plan during meal plan change periods.
  • Meal plan changes can be made in person at UChicago Dining or online. Meal plan downgrades are not permitted mid-quarter. Students may upgrade their meal plans or purchase additional Maroon Dollars at any time during the year.
  • Changing from the Phoenix Meal Plan to the Unlimited Meal Plan does not constitute an upgrade, since these plans cost the same.
  • Meal plans expire at the end of each quarter.  Any unused meals will not roll over into the next quarter.
  • Graduate students are not required to have a meal plan.

Will my meal plan include Late-Night Dining?

All meal plans include a “Fourth Meal” option, Monday through Friday, beginning 2nd week. Students on a meal plan can use one of their meal swipes. Maroon Dollars can also be used to eat during Fourth Meal.

What are "To-Go" Swipes and how do I use them?

Meal plans come with a total of 50 “To-Go” Swipes per quarter and you will be able to use one per meal period.  If you are interested in taking your lunch to-go, you must inform the cashier when you enter the dining commons. The cashier will provide you one set of disposable containers (container, cup, utensils). You may then visit any station to choose your meal. Once you have selected your meal, we kindly ask that you exit the dining commons so that those that choose to eat in the dining commons have space to enjoy their meal.

What is my default meal plan?

Are you a first-year? If your answer is yes, your default meal plan is Unlimited, regardless of your housing type, and you are not eligible to switch to another plan.

Are you a 2nd through 4th year and live in an Apartment?  Your default meal plan is the Apartment meal plan. You are eligible to upgrade your meal plan to the Unlimited or Phoenix plan at any time.

If the answer to both questions above is no, your default meal plan is the Unlimited meal plan and you are eligible to switch to the Phoenix meal plan.  However, you must request this no later than 4:30 pm, Friday, October 1, 2021, click here to submit the request.

Be sure to read the Meal Plan Terms and Conditions.

 

How do I change my meal plan?

Meal plan changes can be made online the first week of the quarter. Changes for the current quarter may only be made during the first week of the quarter until 4:30pm of that Friday.

Be sure to read the Meal Plan Terms and Conditions.

 

How do I sign up for a meal plan?

During O-Week through the 1st week of classes, students can fill out a Dining Meal Plan Board Contract online.

  • All First-year students are automatically assigned the Unlimited meal plan and are required to remain on that plan throughout the year, regardless of their room type.
  • All other students, not living in an apartment on campus are assigned to the Unlimited meal plan, but have the option to change to the Phoenix meal plan during the first week of the quarter.
  • Students living in an Apartment will be assigned the Apartment meal plan, but have the option to change to the Unlimited meal plan or Phoenix meal plan during the first week of the quarter.
  • Off-campus undergrad students are not assigned to a meal plan but are welcome to purchase any of the four meal plans offered.

 

 

Who can purchase Meal Plans?

For Autumn 2021 only undergraduate students will be allowed to purchase a meal plan that provides them access to the dining commons.  All others are welcomed to purchase Maroon Dollars and dine in our retail locations.

What are Maroon Dollars?

Maroon Dollars allow students, faculty, and staff to use their University IDs like a debit card at any dining hall and most cafés and markets on campus. Each time you make a purchase with Maroon Dollars, money will be subtracted from your personal account. One Maroon Dollar is equivalent to $1.

 

How do I get a Maroon Dollar Bonus Meal Plan?

Maroon Dollars allow students, faculty, and staff to use their University IDs like a debit card at any dining hall and most cafés and markets on campus. Each time you make a purchase with Maroon Dollars, money will be subtracted from your personal account. One Maroon Dollar is equivalent to $1.