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Meal Plan Options

UNC students living on campus are required to carry an On Campus Meal Plan throughout the academic year (per your Housing and Dining contract).

First-year students living in the residence halls are required to purchase one of 3 On Campus Meal Plans. If you are considered a sophomore or above in standing (20 years old or 20 earned credit hours), you can choose from additional On Campus Meal Plans. Students who are a sophomore or above in standing and living in Lawrenson Hall, the Arlington Park Apartments, or the UNC-owned houses are eligible to carry any meal plan offered -- or nothing at all.

Students living off campus can also choose to carry any dining contract, including On Campus Meal Plans, Bear Plans, Dining Dollars, or a Bear Plan with Dining Dollars added. It's really up to you!

Fall 2021 meal plans will be active for Dinner on Thursday, August 19. Spring 2022 meal plans will be active for Dinner on Sunday, January 9.

Online Dining Contract

Once you have registered for classes, you can use this contract to purchase a new dining contract (including On Campus Meal Plans, Bonus Meals, Bear Plans, and Dining Dollars) or change the one you already have.

Submitting a "blank" contract does not mean you are requesting to cancel your meal plan.

Purchase / change a dining contract

Cancellation Request


All dining contract change / cancellation requests must be submitted by 5pm on these dates:

Fall 2021: Friday, September 3
Spring 2022: Monday, January 24

We are sorry for the inconvenience -- due to nationwide supply shortages, some items are temporarily unavailable. If you have specific dietary issues and don't see what you need in the dining room, please speak with a manager. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Meal Plan Options

2021-2022 prices are subject to change until they are officially approved by the Board of Trustees in June. Meals are only valid for the semester the plan is purchased. They don’t carry forward from Fall to Spring, and there is no monetary refund for uneaten meals.

Meal plans and Dining Dollars are added to your account manually. Any new dining contract should be added within a few hours, but it could take up to 24-48 business hours to activate (depending on when it was submitted). If you submit a contract / change on the weekend, we wont see it until the next business day.

  • On Campus Meal Plan: First-year Student

    There are 3 "pieces" to an On Campus Meal Plans -- weekly meals, bonus meals, and dining dollars. Your weekly meals will reset every Sunday night, so you'll see a brand new set of meals every Monday morning. (The Any Meal / Any Time meal plan actually resets daily.) Bonus Meals are meant for you to use in addition to your weekly meals. If you need to swipe in a friend, you can. If you need the swipe for yourself, that's ok too. Dining Dollars can be used to purchase food and beverage items in any of our Retail Dining locations across campus (including vending machines).

    First-year students who are living in the residence halls are required to carry one of the 3 (three) meal plans listed below. 

    First-Year Options

    Bonus Meals

    Dining Dollars

    Price per Semester

    Any Meal / Any Time* 10 100 $3,302
    19 Meals Per Week** 15 150 $3,068
    14 Meals Per week 20 200 $2,803

    * Access to 10 meals per day. You can swipe friends in using your bonus meals only.

    ** If no other choice is made, the 19 Meals Per Week meal plan is assigned to all students living in the residence halls in accordance with your Housing & Dining contract.

    NEW for Fall 2021: Meal plan holders can use up to 5 meal swipes per week at Einstein Bros® Bagels and Subway®.

  • On Campus Meal Plan: Sophomore or Above

    There are 3 "pieces" to an On Campus Meal Plans -- weekly meals, bonus meals, and dining dollars. Your weekly meals will reset every Sunday night, so you'll see a brand new set of meals every Monday morning. (The Any Meal / Any Time meal plan actually resets daily.) Bonus Meals are meant for you to use in addition to your weekly meals. If you need to swipe in a friend, you can. If you need the swipe for yourself, that's ok too. Dining Dollars can be used to purchase food and beverage items in any of our Retail Dining locations across campus (including vending machines).

    Students living on campus who are a sophomore or above in standing (at least 20 years old or who have at least 20 earned credits by the university published Drop Deadline) can choose from any On Campus Meal Plan offered.

    Sophomore or above
    Meal Plan Options

    Bonus
    Meals

    Dining
    Dollars

    Price Per
    Semester

    Any Meal / Any Time*

    10

    100

    $3,302

    19 Meals Per Week**

    15

    150

    $3,068

    14 Meals Per Week

    20

    200

    $2,803

    10 Meals Per Week

    25

    250

    $2,500

    10 Meals Per Week

    0

    0

    $2,045

    5 Meals Per Week

    30

    300

    $1,750

    * Access to 10 meals per day. You can swipe friends in using your bonus meals only.

    ** If no other choice is made, the 19 Meals Per Week meal plan is assigned to all students living in the residence halls in accordance with your Housing & Dining contract.

    NEW for Fall 2021: Meal plan holders can use up to 5 meal swipes per week at Einstein Bros® Bagels and Subway®.

  • Bear Plans

    Students living off campus are eligible to choose any meal plan offered, including Dining Dollars, a combination of meal plan and Dining Dollars, or nothing at all. (We recommend carrying at least a small Bear Plan and some Dining Dollars.)

    For those students choosing to live on campus, Bear Plans are currently only available to upperclassmen (sophomore and above) who live in Lawrenson Hall, at the Arlington Park Apartments, or in the UNC-owned Houses.

    Bear Plans are simply a "bucket" of meals for you to use throughout the semester. For example, with the 80 Bear Plan, you get 80 meals to use through the semester.

    NEW for Fall 2021: Meal plan holders can use up to 5 meal swipes per week at Einstein Bros® Bagels and Subway®.

    Bear Plans

    Average Meals Per Week*

    Price Per Semester

    160 Bear Plan

    10

    $1,825

    120 Bear Plan

    7-8

    $1,385

    80 Bear Plan

    5

    $930

    50 Bear Plan

    3

    $592

    25 Bear Plan

    1-2

    $297

    10 Bear Plan

    <1

    $122

    * Averages are based on a 16-week semester. You are not limited to the averages listed -- you can use as many meals per week as you like.

  • Fall 2022: Early Arrival Meal Options

    If you’re moving into your residence hall early and need meals, you can request an Early Arrival Meal Package. With this plan, you can have your meal plan activated up to a week early for $25 each day.

    Request Early Arrival Plan -- form available July 1, 2022

    With the Early Arrival Meal Package, you’ll receive the following for each paid day:

    • Three meals per day at Holmes Dining Hall.
    • If your meal plan includes Dining Dollars, you’ll be able to use those early at our campus retail dining locations (including select vending machines).
    • Fall meal plans will be active starting at dinner the day residence halls open.
    • Charges will be placed directly to your Ursa bill, so there’s nothing to pay up front.

    Days needed prior to move-in date.

    Total Number of Meals

    Price

    7 days

    21

    $175

    6 days

    18

    $150

    5 days

    15

    $125

    4 days

    12

    $100

    3 days

    9

    $75

    2 days

    6

    $50

    1 day

    3

    $25

     Things to Consider

    • If you’re part of a "pre-fall" group like Athletics or Lead On, please let us know when you submit your request. You will receive pro-rated pricing to accommodate meals already provided for you.
    • Once you’ve submitted your request, a confirmation email will be sent to you with more information within one to three business days. 
    • Cancellations will only be accepted 24 hours prior to your requested start date. There are no refunds for unused meals. Remember, guests are always allowed to pay cash at the door.

    Need more information?
    Contact us at 970-351-2652 or email diningservices@unco.edu.

  • Summer 2022

    Students taking classes in the summer or visiting over the summer may want to consider our summer meal plan options. Holmes Dining Hall and some retail dining locations remain open during the summer semester. Check the hours of operation for Holmes Dining Hall before you select a Summer Bear Plan to see if our open hours work with your schedule.

    Summer meal plans and Dining Dollars are good for the summer term only. Balances do not carry forward to Fall, and no refunds will be given for unused meals or Dining Dollars. 

    Summer Bear Plans (the number is the meals in the plan)

    Price Per Semester

    160 Bear Plan

    $1,825

    120 Bear Plan

    $1,385

    80 Bear Plan

    $930

    50 Bear Plan

    $592

    25 Bear Plan

    $297

    10 Bear Plan

    $122

Dining Dollars

Use Dining Dollars to purchase food and beverage items at campus retail dining locations using your UNC Card. Many meal plans include Dining Dollars, but you can add them at any time during the year by logging into the online dining contract. (All registered students can purchase Dining Dollars in $25 increments.)

Parents and Support People: Add Dining Dollars onto your student's ID card too -- using a credit card!

Purchase Dining Dollars for your unc Student

Accepted Locations

Dining Dollars can be used in any of our Retail Dining locations across campus:

  • Coffee Corner at Michener Library
  • Einstein Bros® Bagels at the University Center
  • Hissho Sushi at the University Center
  • Munchy Mart™ at the University Center
  • Subway® at the University Center
  • Vending machines across campus

Dining Dollars are convenient and easy to use.

  • UNC Card: Dining Dollars are loaded on your student ID (just like a meal plan), so you can use your card to pay for your retail dining and vending purchases.
  • Convenience: No need to carry extra cash when you have your UNC card loaded with Dining Dollars. Purchase most food and beverage items with no sales tax added when using Dining Dollars.
  • Carry Forward: Dining Dollars carry forward from Fall to Spring, but they expire the last day of Finals Week in Spring. Summer Dining Dollars are available during summer session only. No refunds are given for unused Dining Dollars -- so be sure to use them.
  • Bear On The Run: You are allowed to purchase your Bear On The Run reusable container with Dining Dollars in Holmes or Tobey-Kendel (cost is $5 to participate in the program).
  • Safety: If you lose your UNC Card, the Dining Dollars account can be immediately de-activated by contacting the Dining Services Office at 970-351-2652. Once you get a new card, we can re-activate your account.

Dining Dollars

Cash Prices

Guests and visitors are welcome to join us in Holmes Dining Hall and may pay using cash or credit for their meal. All prices include tax.

Adults

(13 years old and above)

  • $9.50 - Breakfast
  • $13.00 - Brunch/Lunch
  • $13.00 - Dinner

Children

(4 years old - 12 years old)
Children 3 years old and younger are free!

  • $6.50 - Breakfast
  • $8.00 - Brunch/Lunch
  • $8.00 - Dinner

Gourmet To Go

Available during the academic year at both the Holmes and Tobey-Kendel Gourmet To Go locations.

  • $8.00 - Lunch