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 2020-21.
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
Note: Meal plans can be added at any time but cannot be changed or cancelled after the following dates for each quarter:
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.
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.
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, but cannot be changed or cancelled after the dates listed at the top of the page and in the Terms & Conditions.
A DePaul Weekly meal plan is the minimum requirement for freshmen living in on campus housing:
A DePaul Apartment meal plan is required for nonfreshmen living in on campus apartments:
DePaul also offers unlimited options, as well as a Flex dollar plan available to any student seeking additional Flex dollars. Commuters or students living in the University Center may also want to add just Flex dollars for access to DePaul campus options:
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.
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.)
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 and Conditions.
*Basic is the minimum meal plan requirement for students living in suites at the University Center.
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.
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.