On Campus Meal Plans

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

UNC students choosing to live on campus are required to carry an On Campus Meal Plan throughout the academic year. (Learn about the First-Year Student Live-On Requirement. Students living off campus, in Lawrenson Hall, or the Arlington Park Apartments are eligible to carry any meal plan Dining Services offers.

Freshmen Meal Plan Options

Meal Plans Bonus Meals Dining Dollars Price Per Semester
Any Meal / Any Time * 10 100 $3,110
19 Meals Per Week ** 15 150 $2,890
14 Meals Per Week 20 200 $2,640
10 Meals Per Week 25 250 $2,355

* The Any Meal / Any Time meal plan gives you access to 10 meals per day. You will not be allowed to swipe friends in on your meal plan - if you want to bring in guests, you'll need to use your Bonus Meals.

** The 19 Meals Per Week meal plan will be automatically assigned to all students living in the residence halls in accordance with your housing contract if no other choice is made.

Upperclassmen Meal Plan Options

Students who are at least 20 years old or who have at least 20 earned credits by the University published Drop Deadline may be eligible to switch to one of the upperclassmen On Campus Meal Plan options listed below.

Meal Plans Bonus Meals Dining Dollars Price Per Semester
Any Meal / Any Time* 10 100 $3,110
19 Meals Per Week ** 15 150 $2,890
14 Meals Per Week 20 200 $2,640
10 Meals Per Week 25 250 $2,355
10 Meals Per Week 0 0 $1,925
5 Meals Per Week 30 300 $1,650

* The Any Meal / Any Time meal plan gives you access to 10 meals per day. You will not be allowed to swipe friends in on your meal plan - if you want to bring in guests, you'll need to use your Bonus Meals.

** The 19 Meals Per Week meal plan will be automatically assigned to all students living in the residence halls in accordance with your housing contract if no other choice is made.


How Do The Meal Plans Work?

Meal plans are pretty easy to understand once you know a few basics...

Meals Reset Weekly

Students receive a specific amount of meals to use each week, depending on which meal plan they choose. Meal balances reset late Sunday night, so there will be a new set of meals to use each Monday morning.

The only exception to this rule is the Any Meal / Any Time plan -- it resets each day, so students will see 10 new meals each morning.

Choices

It's completely up to each student to decide how to use their meal plan -- however it works best for them. For example, if a student wanted to go to lunch at 11am and have a salad and a glass of milk... and then go back at 1pm for a sandwich and bowl of ice cream, that's OK with us. Most students don't do that, but it is possible.

Bonus Meals

Bonus Meals were created to allow students the opportunity to swipe in their friends and family a few times during the semester. They can also be used by the student if they run out of meals during the week.

Meal plans are meant to be used by the student -- not to swipe friends into the dining rooms.

A few more things we think you might want to know...

  • Students can change their mind about their meal plans up through the University published Drop Deadline (10th day of class). All contract changes must be done by the student (the contract holder) by the deadlines listed below.
  • Meal plans (both On Campus and Off Campus plans) are good for one semester only. Dining Dollars are different... they carry forward from Fall to Spring. Summer Dining Dollars are available during summer session only.
  • Based on a 16-week semester, there are around 300 meals served throughout the semester... but that can vary depending on the exact number of days in each semester.

Use your On Campus Meal Plan at any of these locations:

  • Holmes Dining Hall
    • Gourmet To Go
    • Bear On The Run
  • Tobey-Kendel Dining Room
    • Gourmet To Go
    • Bear On The Run
  • University Center Food Court
  • Bears Bistro (around the corner from the UC Food Court)

Living off campus, in Lawrenson Hall, or in the Arlington Park Apartments? You're eligible to carry an Off Campus Bear Plan.

Don't Forget To Add Dining Dollars

Dining Dollars allow students to purchase food and beverage items at campus retail food locations using their UNC Card. Students who carry an On Campus Meal Plan will automatically receive Bonus Meals and Dining Dollars (except the 10 Meals Per Week meal plan). Any UNC student can purchase Dining Dollars in increments of $25. (Parents, you can add Dining Dollars to your student's account with a credit card here!) Dining Dollars carry forward from Fall to Spring, but they expire the last day of Finals week in Spring.

How Do Students Sign Up?

If you choose to live on campus, you will choose your meal plan using the online Housing & Dining contract when your choose your residence hall. Want to make a change? Once you have registered for classes, you can choose a new meal plan with the Dining Services online dining contract or in person at the UC Card Office, any dining room, or the Dining Services Office located in Tobey-Kendel Hall, room 120.