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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 for 2019-20 are listed. Meal plan terms and conditions for both 2018-19 and 2019-20 (which differ) are also mentioned below.

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 housing@depaul.edu.

Lincoln Park Resident Plans

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.

How does my meal plan work?

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.

Plan Name Minimum Requirement For:​ Price Per Quarter 2019-20 Academic Rate
Unlimited Plus ​Optional $1,955 $5,865
Unlimited Basic ​Optional $1,700 $5,100
DePaul Quarterly ​Freshmen* $1,440 $4,320
DePaul Weekly ​Freshmen* $1,440 $4,320
Blue 90 ​Nonfreshmen in traditional halls $1,050 $3,150
Apartment 45 ​Nonfreshmen in apartments $675 $2,025
Flex 300 ​N/A $300 N/A
  • Unlimited Plus: Offers unlimited meal swipes, 300 Flex dollars and 2 guest meals per quarter.
  • Unlimited Basic: Offers unlimited meal swipes, 50 Flex dollars and 2 guest meals per quarter.
  • DePaul Quarterly: Offers 150 meal swipes added at once, 300 Flex dollars and 2 guest meals per quarter. *Choice between DePaul Quarterly or DePaul Weekly as required minimum for incoming freshmen.
  • DePaul Weekly: Offers 12 meal swipes per week​, with new meals added each Sunday, plus 450 Flex dollars and 2 guest meals per quarter. *Choice between DePaul Weekly or DePaul Quarterly as required minimum for incoming freshmen.
  • Blue 90: Offers 90 meal swipes, 350 Flex dollars and 2 guest meals per quarter.
  • Apartment 45: Offers 45 meal swipes, 300 Flex dollars and 2 guest meals per quarter.
  • Flex 300: Available to any student seeking additional Flex dollars. Commuters or students living in the University Center may also want to have a DePaul-campus plan. Offers 300 Flex dollars with 0 guest meals per quarter.

University Center Resident Plans

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 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 outside of the main second-floor dining area and can be used when 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. 

Plan Per Quarter Per Semester 2019-20 Academic Rate
Basic $1,058 $1,587 $3,174
Standard $1,366 $2,049 $4,098
Apartment One time charge One time charge $1,900
  • Basic Plan: Minimum requirement for students living in suites at the University Center. Offers 10 meals per week plus 240 Flex dollars for each quarter/360 for each semester.
  • Standard Plan: Offers 15 meals per w​eek plus 240 Flex dollars for each quarter/360 for each semester.
  • Apartment Plan: Offers 150 meals and 376 Flex dollars over the course of the academic year. Plan is billed in full at the start of the plan and can only be changed within the first two weeks of the quarter/semester.

Non-Resident Meal Plans

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: No changes or cancellations can be made to a meal plan after the end of the second week of classes of each quarter.

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 Plan Terms & Conditions

2019-20 Academic Year

  • 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.
  • Meal plans cannot be changed or cancelled after the following dates:
    • Lincoln Park Resident Plans: fall quarter, September 1, 2019; winter quarter, January 4, 2020; spring quarter, March 21, 2020
    • University Center Resident Plans: the Friday of the first week of classes for each quarter/semester
  • 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.
  • Starting the second week of classes, newly added meal plans will be prorated for the allotted meals. Flex dollars will be added in full.
  • 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 2019-20 terms and conditions.

2018-19 Academic Year

  • 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.
  • Meal plans cannot be cancelled or changed after the end of the second week of classes of each quarter.
  • Flex dollar balances will roll over to future quarters, but expire at the end of the spring quarter.
  • There are no refunds for unused meals or Flex dollars.
  • Starting the second week of classes, newly added meal plans will be prorated for the allotted meals. Flex dollars will be added in full.
  • 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 2018-19 terms and conditions.