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Meal Plan Types & Rates

Plan Setup

Meal plans allow residents to use their DePaul or University Center ID card to make food purchases at various locations on both campuses and, for University Center residents, at the University Center dining center. New incoming residents will be assigned a meal plan along with their housing assignment. Continuing residents will select their meal plan during the room selection process. The full quarterly meal plan money will be added to the respective ID card at the beginning of each academic quarter/semester. Read the 2017-18 dining guide or 2018-19 dining guide​​ and see rates for types of plans in the pop-outs below.

Every effort is made to accommodate students’ needs within our housing system and food service plans. 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.

Plan Requirements

All campus housing residents are required to maintain a meal plan at specified minimums for each academic quarter/semester. Meal plans for residential students are managed by Housing Services.

Lincoln Park Campus

  • Traditional-Style Halls: Belden-Racine, Clifton-Fullerton, Corcoran, Munroe, Seton and University Halls 
    • Freshman residents living in these halls are required to maintain the DePaul Plan during each of the first two quarters of the academic year and may request to have the meal plan lowered to the Lite Plan for the spring quarter. 
    • Continuing and transfer residents in these halls are required to maintain the Lite Plan each quarter for the entire academic year.
  • Apartment-Style Halls: Centennial, McCabe and Sanctuary Halls; Courtside Apartments; Sanctuary Townhomes and Sheffield Square 
    • All residents living in these halls are required to maintain the Apartment Plan each quarter for the entire academic year. 
    • McCabe Hall Efficiency Apartments: This apartment type is not equipped with a full in-unit kitchen. Residents in these apartments are required to maintain the Lite Plan during the first two quarters of the academic year and may request to have their meal plan lowered to the Apartment Plan for the spring quarter.

University Center

  • Suite-Style Units: Any unit at the University Center that is not equipped with a full in-unit kitchen
    • All residents living in these unit types are required to maintain a minimum of the UC Basic Plan for the entire academic year.
  • Apartment-Style Units: Any unit at the University Center that is equipped with a full in-unit kitchen
    • All residents living in these unit types are not required to purchase a meal plan during the academic year but may if they are interested in one.​​

Lincoln Park Housing Plans (DePaul Plans)

DePaul plans may be used at all dining locations on the Lincoln Park Campus, as well as the DePaul Center 11th floor dining area in the loop. All DePaul plans operate on a declining balance, i.e., the balance of the plan is reduced as purchases are made. Meal plan allowances will be available on the first day of each quarter and will carry over until the end of spring quarter, at which point any remaining balance will be forfeited. 

Plan Per Quarter 2017-18 Academic Rate
Apartment Plan $532 $1,549
Lite Plan $1,015 $3,045
DePaul Plan $1,289 $3,867
Red Plan $1,471 $4,413
Blue Plan $1,645 $4,935
Demon Plan $1,856 $5,568
  • Apartment Plan: Minimum requirement for new incoming freshmen and transfer students or continuing DePaul students who will be living in Lincoln Park apartment-style res​idence halls. Offers ≈ 1 meal per day for each day of the academic quarter.
  • Lite Plan: Minimum requirement for new incoming transfer students and continuing DePaul students who will be living in Lincoln Park traditional-style residence halls or McCabe Hall. Offers ≈ 1 – 1 ½ meals per day for each day of the academic quarter.
  • DePaul Plan: Minimum requirement for new incoming freshmen students who will be living in Lincoln Park traditional-style residence halls. May be lowered to the Lite Plan for the spring quarter of the freshman’s first academic year. 
    Offers ≈ 1 ½ – 2 meals per day for each day of the academic quarter.
  • Red Plan: Offers ≈ 2 meals/day for each day of the academic quarter.
  • Blue Plan: Offers ≈ 2 ½ – 3 meals per for each day of the academic quarter.
  • Demon Plan: Offers ≈ 3 meals per day for each day of the academic quarter.

Read more about each DePaul plan on the Dining Services website.

University Center Plans

University Center meal plans have a specific number of meals that can only be used in the University Center's dining center. Meal allotments begin on Monday and continue through Sunday. The meal allotments are reset every Monday during the quarter/semester and are only available while DePaul classes are in session. 

University Center meal plans also provide “flex” money each quarter that can be used for store purchases outside of the second-floor dining center and when DePaul classes are not in session (such as winter break). Flex money is available on the first day of each quarter and will carry over until the end of spring quarter.

Plan Per Quarter Per Semester 2017-18 Academic Rate
UC Basic Plan $990 $1,485 $2,970
UC Standard Plan $1,278 $1,917 $3,834
UC Deluxe Plan $1,454 $2,181 $4,362
UC Apartment Plan N/A N/A $1,816
  • UC Basic Plan: Minimum requirement for all residents in suite-style units at the University Center. Offers 10 meals per week plus $240 flex dollars for each academic quarter.
  • UC Standard Plan: Offers 15 meals per week plus $240 flex dollars for each academic quarter.
  • UC Deluxe Plan: Offers 19 meals per week plus $240 flex dollars for each academic quarter.
  • UC Apartment Plan: Plan is billed in full at the start of the plan; no refunds will be given. Runs on a declining balance. Offers 150 meals and $376 flex dollars over the course of the academic year.(For law students on semesters, $360 flex dollars are included for the academic year.)
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