Department of Housing > Dining Options > 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 2019-20.
Every effort is made to accommodate students’ individual needs. Keep in mind that the meal plan requirements do not permit release based on religious dictates, personal food choice, lifestyle or preferences (e.g., vegetarian, vegan), or other non-medically-based dietary requirements. Students wishing to request a meal plan accommodation may do so by contacting email@example.com.
Meal plans for Lincoln Park residents provide a set number of meal swipes to be used each period, which vary depending on the plan type and are for personal use only. 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).
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 do roll over from quarter to quarter, but not from year to year. Any Flex dollars remaining at the end of spring quarter will be forfeited.
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.
Meal plans for University Center residents can only be used in the University Center's dining center. University Center meal plans provide students with a set number of meal swipes per week. Meal swipes begin on Monday and continue through Sunday. The meal swipes are reset every Monday during the quarter/semester but will not reset during winter break. (Only Flex dollars will be available for winter break.)
University Center meal plans also provide students with Flex dollars. Flex dollars can be used for purchases at the building's convenience store, Outtakes, and can be used to pay for meals during interim periods when swipes are not active (like when DePaul classes are not in session during winter break). Flex dollars are made available on Monday of each week and will roll over from quarter/semester to quarter/semester, but not from year to year. Any remaining Flex dollars at the end of spring quarter/semester will be forfeited.
Students not living on campus may purchase a meal plan if they would like. Meal plan types are described above under "Lincoln Park Resident Plans," and non-residents may choose any level of plan. These 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).
Please use the Non-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 following dates for each quarter: fall quarter, September 1, 2019; winter quarter, January 4, 2020; spring quarter, March 21, 2020.
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.