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Residents living in Lincoln Park campus housing and suite units at the University Center, in the Loop, are required to maintain a meal plan.

Meal plans are optional for non-residents and commuters.

Residents will be assigned a meal plan along with their housing assignment.

Non-residents can request a meal plan by submitting the Non-Resident Meal Plan Form.

Please visit our Use & Manage Your Meal Plan page for details on using, changing, or adding money to your meal plan.

Yes. Go to Campus Connect. Once logged in, select Student Resources > Optional Transaction > Meal Plan Online.

If you are a resident of the University Center, you can receive your balance from the cashier at the University Center dining center.

Lost IDs must be reported immediately to ID Card Services. After normal business hours, lost or stolen cards should be reported to Public Safety at (773) 325-7777. You can get a new ID card at ID Services.

DePaul University is not responsible for misused funds for the time during which your card was not reported as lost or stolen.

You can purchase combo meals using meal exchanges from your meal plan. Meal exchanges are the equivalent of one meal allotment, and you can use up to two meal exchanges in a day—one at a Lincoln Park Campus dining location and one at a DePaul Center (Loop) dining location. More information about meal exchanges, including meal exchange options, may be found on the Blue Demon Dining powered by Chartwells website.

Meal swipes are for personal use only, but students are welcome to use their Blue Bucks to purchase food for family or friends at Lincoln Park Campus dining locations and DePaul Center in the Loop. Meanwhile, residents of University Center (Loop) may use Flex Dollars at their dining center.

If you are leaving DePaul at the end of any given quarter/semester, any remaining balance will not be refunded.

You can add funds by using a credit card or by billing them to your student account. Go to Campus Connect. Once logged in, select Student Resources > Optional Transaction > DePaul University Meal Plans.

If you are a resident of the University Center and want to add funds to your University Center meal plan, you can do so through the UC Resident Portal.

Yes. We understand that you have a busy schedule, but don’t miss a meal.

Here is how our to-go program works in Lincoln Park featuring OZZI reusable O2GO containers:

  1. Before heading to Blue Demon Dining Hall, make sure you have an OZZI token and give it to the cashier.
    • On-campus residents receive a complimentary OZZI token during move-in.
    • Don't have an OZZI token? You may purchase one for $5.00 at the register.
  2. In exchange, the cashier will give you a green O2GO container.
  3. Fill up your container with your favorite foods. 
  4. Don’t forget the disposable silverware before you head out.
  5. Enjoy!

To return your used O2GO container, simply insert it into the OZZI machine located at the entrance of Blue Demon Dining Hall. You will then receive an OZZI token for your next to-go meal. For a demonstration of how the OZZI reusable O2GO container system works, watch this video.

Compostable, biodegradable takeout containers are also available at no additional charge. 

To-go meals are also easy to use at the University Center dining hall. Please see the cashier for container options.

Those who select a Lincoln Park meal plan may use it at dining areas on the Lincoln Park Campus and DePaul Center, 11th Floor, located on the Loop Campus.

University Center meal plans can only be used at the University Center with the exception of the Basic Plus or Standard Plus meal plan.