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​​​​​DePaul students having fun while eating at DePaul Central in the Loop campus.

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.

Lincoln Park meal plans allow diners to participate in an all-you-care-to-eat (AYCE) meal swipe environment with fewer declining balance dollars. In the swipe-based plan, when you get a meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner, or brunch), a meal swipe is deducted from your ID. Once you swipe in for a particular meal, you may eat all you like from any platform within Blue Demon Dining Hall rather than paying for each item you pick up. You may also stay as long as you like as the model includes continuous dining. Meal offerings inside the dining hall change throughout the day to transition from breakfast to lunch and lunch to dinner. Guests without a meal plan or those who do not have meal swipes can access the dining hall by paying the door price with declining balance (Flex dollars), Demon Express, cash or credit.

There are several details to note about the dining model:

  • In the Lincoln Park Student Center, the inner section of the 2nd floor contains the AYCE environment, Blue Demon Dining Hall. Meals are also available to go using a green reusable OZZI container from the AYCE area. Students will let the cashier know that they wish to take their meal “to go” and the cashier will take the student's OZZI token upon checkout. 
  • There are several platforms on the second floor outside of Blue Demon Dining Hall that offer food options that can be purchased per item using declining balance (Flex dollars), Demon Express, cash or credit.
  • There is one meal exchange allowed per day, where diners with a meal plan who wish to use one of their meal swipes instead of another form of payment can choose one of many value meal options at platforms outside of the AYCE area. For example, you could go to the 312 Diner late at night to use a meal swipe to get a combo meal featuring a burger, fries, and a drink.
  • On the Loop Campus, meal exchanges can be used in the DePaul Student Center on the 11th floor, which features various dining stations that have combos available for a meal swipe (as well as other payment options).
  • There are multiple other locations on campus where Flex dollars, Demon Express, cash, and credit can be used. In Lincoln Park, these locations include ETC (the campus convenience store located on the second floor of the Student Center), Brownstones Café (located on the first floor of the Student Center), Brownstones Café in the McGowan Science Building, and the Brownstones Café in the School of Music’s Holtschneider Performance Center. In addition, The Bean café locations in the Ray Meyer Fitness Center and Schmitt Academic Center also take all aforementioned forms of payment. In the Loop, diners can visit the Brownstones Café on the 11th floor of the DePaul Center.
  • If students would like to add declining balance money (Flex dollars) to their ID, they can do so at any time by clicking here. (They may also log in to Campus Connect and select University Services Meal Plan Online.)

The dining program at DePaul allows us to provide students with more options and flexibility. DePaul and Chartwells will be constantly assessing this program and evaluating what is working and what perhaps can be improved. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to fill out our online feedback form or contact us at dining@depaul.edu.

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.

Meal swipes are for personal use only, but guest meals or Flex dollars may be used for family or friends.

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, contact housing@depaul.edu.

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 containers:

  1. Before heading to Blue Demon Dining Hall, make sure you have an OZZI token.
  2. Grab a green OZZI reusable container from one of the stations within Blue Demon Dining Hall.
  3. Fill up your container with your favorite foods. (Please do not eat while you are in the dining hall unless you plan to stay and eat your entire meal there. If you change your mind and want to stay, that’s no problem—just return the to-go containers to the OZZI machine at the entrance of the dining hall.)
  4. Upon checkout, give the cashier your OZZI token.
  5. Don’t forget the disposable silverware.
  6. Enjoy!

To return your used OZZI 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 container system works, watch this video.

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.