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Meal Plan Types & Rates

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Meal plans allow residents to use their DePaul or University Center ID card to make food purchases at various locations on both campuses. Rates and plan descriptions, as well as meal plan terms and conditions, are listed below for 2021-22 (please note that these may be subject to change).

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 all efforts to satisfy each students’ requirements. Students wishing to request a meal plan accommodation may do so by contacting housing@depaul.edu.

Meal plans can be added at any time but cannot be changed or cancelled after the following dates for each quarter:

Fall Qu​arter​​​​​​
August 29, 2021
Winter Quarter
January 2, 2022
Spring Quarter
March 19, 2022

How does my meal plan work?

Meal Allotments

Meal plans for Lincoln Park residents provide a set number of meal allotments to be used each period, which vary depending on the plan type and are for personal use only. Meal allotments begin on Sunday and continue through Saturday. These meal plans can be used at DePaul dining locations on the Lincoln Park Campus and at the Loop campus dining hall, 11th floor of the DePaul Center.

Flex Dollars

Meal plans also provide students with Flex dollars. Flex dollars can be used for purchases outside of the main dining areas (such as campus cafes) and can be used when classes are not in session (such as Spring Break). Flex dollars are made available on the first day of each quarter and unused dollars roll forward to the next quarter. Any Flex dollars remaining at the end of Spring Quarter will be forfeited.

Convenience

Meal plans are loaded on your DePaul ID Card. Simply present your DePaul ID to the cashier to enjoy all-you-care-to-eat dining at Create, a daily carry-out meal or a daily exchange at one of our exciting platforms. All meal plans provide 2 guest meal swipes per quarter. Meal plans can be added, changed or cancelled by using the Resident Meal Plan Request form, but cannot be changed or cancelled after the dates listed at the top of the page and in the Terms & Conditions.

For Freshmen in Traditional Halls, Fall Quarter 2021
A DePaul Weekly meal plan is the minimum requirement for freshmen living in on campus housing:

Plan Name Meal Allotments Flex Dollars Quarterly Rate
DePaul Weekly 12 12 meals weekly,
resets on Sunday
450 $1,526
DePaul Weekly 14 14 meals weekly,
resets on Sunday
300 $1,526



For Sophomores and Transfer Students in Traditional Halls, Fall Quarter 2021
A DePaul Blue 90 meal plan is the minimum requirement for sophomores and transfer students living in traditional residence halls:

Plan Name Meal Allotments Flex Dollars Quarterly Rate
Blue 90 90 meals per quarter 350 $1,112



For Students in On-Campus Apartments, Fall Quarter 2021
A DePaul Apartment meal plan is required for non-freshmen living in on campus apartments:

Plan Name Meal Allotments Flex Dollars Quarterly Rate
Apartment 45 45 meals per quarter 300 $716



Unlimited Meal Allotments and Additional Flex Dollars, Fall Quarter 2021
DePaul also offers unlimited options, as well as a Flex dollar plan available to any student seeking additional Flex dollars:

Plan Name Meal Allotments Flex Dollars Quarterly Rate
Unlimited 5-Day Unlimited meals per quarter, available Monday-Friday 350 $1,647
Unlimited Plus Unlimited meals per quarter 275 $2,000
Flex 300 N/A (does not include guest swipes) 300 $300

How does my University Center meal plan work?

University Center meal plans differ from the Lincoln Park Campus. Meal plans for University Center residents are used in the University Center's dining center, and your plan is loaded onto your University Center ID rather than your DePaul ID.

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 at the top of the page and in the Terms & Conditions.

Convenience

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).

Options:

Basic is the minimum meal plan requirement for students living in suites 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 Loop Market or a latte at Big Shoulders Coffee. Need to meet with your study group at the Lincoln Park Student Center? Find a large table at Create 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. 

Plan Name University Center Meal Allotments Lincoln Park + DePaul Center Meal Allotments University Center Flex Dollars (Per Quarter / Per Semester) Lincoln Park + DePaul Center Flex Dollars (Per Quarter / Per Semester) Quarterly Rate Semester Rate
Basic 10 meals per week 0 240 / 360 0 $1,116 $1,674
Basic Plus 10 meals per week 5 meals per week 240 / 360 50 $1,456 $2,014
Standard 15 meals per week 0 240 / 360 0 $1,440 $2,160
Standard Plus 15 meals per week 5 meals per week 240 / 360 50 $1,780 $2,500


Those living in University Center apartments, such as graduate students and law students, may select any of the above meal plans or the Apartment 150 plan. Residents who choose the Apartment 150 plan must pay a one-time charge, in full.

Plan Name University Center Meal Allotments Lincoln Park + DePaul Center Meal Allotments University Center Flex Dollars (Per Quarter / Per Semester) Lincoln Park + DePaul Center Flex Dollars (Per Quarter / Per Semester) Rate for Academic Year (one-time charge)
Apartment 150 150 meals per academic year 0 400 0 $1,900

Students not living on campus may purchase a meal plan if they would like, which include Flex 300 and other meal plan types described in "Lincoln Park Resident Plans." Non-residents may choose any level of plan.

Plan Name Meal Allotments Flex Dollars Quarterly Rate
Flex 300 N/A
(does not include guest swipes)
300 $300


Please use the Non-Resident Meal Plan Request form to add, change or cancel current and future meal plans.

Meal plans can be added at any time but cannot be changed or cancelled after the dates listed at the top of the page and in the Terms & Conditions.

If you do not want to add a meal plan but wish to add funds to your DePaul University ID card, you can do so by logging in to Campus Connect. Once logged in, select Student Resources > Optional Transactions > Meal Plan Online. You can add funds by using a credit card or by billing them to your student account.

  • Meal plans cannot be changed or cancelled after the following dates:
Fall Quarter August 29, 2021
Winter Quarter January 2, 2022
Spring Quarter March 19, 2022
  • Allotments for all meal plans are only for use by the student associated with the plan and cannot be used by others. This excludes guest meals.
  • Meal plans are only valid in the quarter for which they are defined and will expire on the last day of each respective quarter.
  • Flex dollar balances will roll forward to future quarters until the end of spring quarter when any remaining Flex dollars will be forfeited.
  • There are no refunds for unused meals or Flex dollars.
  • If a student cancels their housing agreement, the meal plan will be cancelled for any future quarters.
  • Signing the housing agreement holds students to the meal plan terms and conditions.
  • Full meal plan terms can be found in section 5 of the 2021-22 Terms & Conditions.