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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 carry 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 2 additional On Campus Meal Plans. Students who are a sophomore or above in standing who live in Lawrenson Hall, the Arlington Park Apartments, or one of the UNC-owned houses are exempt from the mandatory meal plan requirement -- so they can choose any meal plan (or none).

Students living off campus can also choose to carry any dining contract -- including On Campus Meal Plans, Bear Plans, Dining Dollars, or Bear Plans with Dining Dollars added. Choose what meal plan works best for you!

Dining Contract Portal

Registered students -- use our NEW portal to manage your dining contract during these times:

Fall 2022: open 7/25/22 @ 10am
Spring 2023: open 12/1/22 @ 10am

MANAGE YOUR DINING CONTRACT


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

Fall 2022: Friday, September 2
Spring 2023: Monday, January 23

Fall 2022 meal plans will be active at breakfast on Wednesday, August 17th. Dining Dollars will be active that morning as well.

Meal Plan Options

2022-2023 prices are subject to change until they are officially approved by the Board of Trustees in June 2022. 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.

Great news -- with our new dining software system, your meal plan is adjusted immediately. That means you don't have to wait for us to add your balance manually anymore!

  • 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. 

    MEAL EXCHANGE OPTION: Meal plan holders can use up to 5 meal swipes per week at Einstein Bros® Bagels and Subway®.

    First-Year Student
    Meal Plan Options
    Bonus
    Meals
    Dining
    Dollars
    Price Per
    Semester
    Any Meal / Any Time* 10 100 $3,533
    19 Meals Per Week** 15 150 $3,283
    14 Meals Per Week 20 200 $2,999

    * 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.

  • 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.

    MEAL EXCHANGE OPTION: Meal plan holders can use up to 5 meal swipes per week at Einstein Bros® Bagels and Subway®.

    Note: Prices were updated 6/16/22.

    Sophomore or above
    Meal Plan Options
    Bonus
    Meals
    Dining
    Dollars
    Price Per
    Semester
    Any Meal / Any Time* 10 100 $3,533
    19 Meals Per Week** 15 150 $3,283
    14 Meals Per Week 20 200 $2,999
    10 Meals Per Week 25 250 $2,675
    5 Meals Per Week 30 300 $1,537

    * 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.

  • Off Campus 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.

    MEAL EXCHANGE OPTION: Meal plan holders can use up to 5 meal swipes per week at Einstein Bros® Bagels and Subway®.

    Note: Prices were updated 6/24/22.

    Off Campus
    Bear Plan
    Average Meals
    Per Week*
    Price Per
    Semester
    120 Bear Plan 7-8 $1,468
    80 Bear Plan 5 $986
    50 Bear Plan 3 $628
    25 Bear Plan 1-2 $315
    10 Bear Plan <1 $129

    * 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.

Note: 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.

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: With our new dining portal, your student can grant you guest access to their account so you can add Dining Dollars to their account!

Accepted Retail Dining Locations

Use your Dining Dollars all across campus:

  • Bears Coffee Shop 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 Room Cash Prices

Guests and visitors are welcome to join us in Holmes Dining Hall and can pay using cash or credit for meals. All prices include tax. Children 3 years old and younger are complimentary.

Adults

(13 years old and above)

  • $9.50 - Breakfast
  • $13.50 - Brunch/Lunch
  • $14.00 - Dinner

Children

(4 years old - 12 years old)

  • $6.50 - Breakfast
  • $9.25 - Brunch/Lunch
  • $9.50 - Dinner