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Undergraduate or Graduate Student University Center Residents

​​​​​​Meal plans for University Center residents differ from those designated for Lincoln Park residents in two ways:

  1. Meal plans are loaded onto your University Center ID card.
  2. Food purchases are made at CAF and The Market; both conveniently located at University Center (2nd Floor).

However, if you would like to order food from dining locations on the Lincoln Park campus and at DePaul Center (11th Floor) in the Loop, we have the NEW Basic Plus and Standard Plus meal plans available. See details outlined in the "Meal Plan Options" section below.

We are dedicated to working with students needing meal plan accommodations outside of medically documented situations, such as dietary needs or religious practices. We take a one-on-one approach to guide and assist students to make appropriate dining adjustments. Prior to any release, we make every effort to satisfy each student’s requirements. Students wishing to request a meal plan accommodation may do so by contacting housing@depaul.edu.

The details outlined below are for 2024-25 meal plans. Students needing current meal plan rates may refer to the 2023-2024 Housing and Meal Plan Rates info sheet. 

How Meal Plans Work

Meal Allotments

University Center meal plans provide students with a set number of meal allotments per week. Meal allotments begin on Monday and continue through Sunday. The meal allotments are reset every Monday during the quarter/semester, but will not reset during Winter Break (only Flex Dollars will be available for Winter Break).

Flex Dollars

University Center meal plans also provide students with Flex Dollars. Flex Dollars can be used for purchases at the building's convenience store and can be used to pay for meals during interim periods when allotments are not active (when DePaul classes are not in session during Winter Break). Flex Dollars are made available on Monday of each week and unused dollars roll forward to the next week for the duration of the meal plan. Any remaining Flex Dollars at the end of Spring Quarter/Semester will be forfeited. Please use the Resident Meal Plan Request to add, change or cancel current and future meal plans.

Note: Meal plans can be added at any time but cannot be changed or cancelled after the dates listed​ in the Terms & Conditions.


Meal plans are loaded onto student and/or resident ID card(s) and may be applied at the following locations, depending on the plan selected:

  • University Center ID card
    • Connected to all University Center meal plans.
    • Use at CAF and The Market, located on the 2nd Floor of University Center.
  • DePaul ID card
    • Applicable for Basic Plus and Standard Plus meal plans only.
    • Use at dining locations on the Lincoln Park campus and the 11th Floor of DePaul Center (Loop).

2024-25 Meal Plan Options and Rates

Basic is the minimum meal plan requirement for ​students living at the University Center.

The new Basic Plus and Standard Plus meal plans give University Center residents more dining options across DePaul's two campuses. Have a class at the DePaul Center in the Loop? Head to the 11th Floor and grab a quick bite at The Market or a latte at Brownstones. Need to meet with your study group at the Lincoln Park Student Center? Find a large table at Blue Demon Dining Hall ​or across from 312 Diner to study and nosh with your team. Whether you choose the Basic Plus or Standard Plus plan, you get a taste of everything our dining program has to offer.


  • UC = University Center
  • LP = Lincoln Park Campus
  • DC = DePaul Center (Loop Campus)
Plan Name UC Meal Allotments LP + DC Meal Allotments UC Flex Dollars per Quarter LP + DC Blue Bucks* per Quarter Quarterly Rate
Basic 10 meals/week 0 240 0 $1,334
Basic Plus 10 meals/week 5 meals/week 240 50 $1,749
Standard 15 meals/week 0 240 0 $1,732 ​
Standard Plus 15 meals/week 5 meals/week 240 50

​*Blue Bucks are similar to Flex Dollars but may only be used at Lincoln Park dining locations and on the 11th Floor of DePaul Center (Loop Campus). 

Where to Dine

Students with a Basic and Standard meal plan can dine at the University Center only. Students with a Basic Plus or a Standard Plus meal plan can choose to dine at the University Center or at DePaul dining locations in the Lincoln Park Campus and at the Loop Campus (DePaul Center, 11th Floor). Additional dining location information can be found on our Location & Hours page.

Ready to Choose Your Meal Plan?

Visit myhousing.depaul.edu. If you currently have a meal plan, but would like more information on how to add money, change, or cancel your meal plan visit the Use & Manage Your Meal Plan page.​