Meal Plans

General Meal Plan Information

The University of Miami requires all undergraduate students living in its residential colleges during the fall and/or spring semesters to purchase a Meal Plan. Meal Plan service in the residential dining halls begins operation the first day of housing and continues through the last day of final examinations, during the fall and spring semester. The Meal Plan contract term is for one academic year, with a charge in the fall and spring semester. Request for cancellation of the meal plan must be emailed to the diningservices@miami.edu and may result in a penalty.

NOTE: First Year/Freshmen must choose the Unlimited Meal Plan, 19 Meal Plan, or 14 Meal Plan. Students, who fail to choose a meal plan upon enrollment in Housing, will automatically be signed up for the Unlimited meal plan with the $50 Dining Dollars.


How Does The Meal Plan Work

The Meal Plan description number indicates how many meals a week a student can use in either of the two residential dining halls on campus. A meal week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday night; unused meals at week’s ends are forfeited. The Block Meal Plans description number indicates how many meals a semester a student can use in either of the two residential dining halls on campus. Unused Block meals rollover from the fall semester to the spring semester, but are forfeited at the end of the spring semester. A student’s Cane Card is required for access to the residential dining halls.


Dining Dollars

Dining Dollars are an exciting feature of some Meal Plans and Block Meal Plans; they provide flexibility and variety to your daily dining. Dining Dollars assigned to Block and Meal Plans are semester values. Dining Dollars balances rollover from fall to spring semester, but are forfeited at the end of the spring semester. Once the spring semester begins you will have two Dining Dollar balances on your Cane Card, one for the fall and spring semester. Dining Dollars are limited to $50 per day and are in addition to the standard meals. Dining Dollars may be used when you can’t get back to the resident dining hall, or when you just want a change. Dining Dollars are accepted at any of the food service locations on the Campus Dining Map. Dining Dollars may also be used at the resident dining halls if you have depleted your meals for the week.


How To Sign Up For A Residential Meal Plan

Sign on to CaneLink and under Housing, select "Housing Application Process" - Step 10 - provides an option for choosing a meal plan. Students can revisit Step 10 to make a change prior to Housing opening. Once Housing has opened if you would like to sign up or make a change to your plan just email our department diningservices@miami.edu Please provide your name, student number, and meal plan choice. You have up to the end of the first week of classes to lower your meal plan. If you wish to increase your meal plan after the first week of school just email our department. A student’s Block Meal Plan that runs out of meals can also purchase an additional 10 Block Meals at a time. Students will be able to downgrade their meal plan for the spring semester for a $40 administrative fee; the last day to do so is before the end of the first week of classes for the spring semester.


How To Sign Up For A Commuter/University Village Apartment Block Meal Plan

Commuter and University Village Apartment Students - have the option of choosing between 15, 50, 75, or 100 Block Meal Plans. Email our department to sign up diningservices@miami.edu. Provide your name, student number, and block/meal plan choice. Block meals remaining at the end of the fall semester roll over to the spring semester, but are forfeited at the end of the spring semester. 15, 50, 75, and 100 Block Meal Plans are nonrefundable. Commuter/University Village students can also purchase Residential Block/Meal Plans. Student’s whose Block Plan runs out of meals can also purchase an additional 10 Block Refresh at a time.
If you would like to purchase multiple Block Meal Plans you may also do that by contacting our office.


Guest Passes And Takeout

Residential (Unlimited, 19, and 14) Meal Plans come with ten guest passes a semester.  Residential (225, 160, and 117) Block Meal Plans come with two guest passes a semester. Takeout options are available at the entrance of the residential dining halls; students may only use one meal swipe per meal period. (Ex: a student on an Unlimited Meal Plan having lunch in the dining hall may not also do a takeout option for lunch as well)


Accommodations

Accommodations must be requested through Office of Disabilities Services (ODS) prior to June 1st for the fall semester and prior to December 1st for the spring semester. Requests for accommodations received after the deadline will be processed for the next regular term semester. The student is responsible for submitting the Accommodation Request Form along with comprehensive documentation. Request forms without accompanying documentation will not be reviewed.
 


Meal Plan Contract

 



More Information

If you need more information or if you have any questions, please contact: diningservices@miami.edu.