Meal Plans

 

General Meal Plan Information

  • All undergraduate students living in any of the residential colleges during the Fall and/or Spring semesters are required to purchase a Meal Plan.
    • 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 $100 Dining Dollars.

  • Meal Plan service in the residential dining halls begins operation the first day housing is available 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; however, charges post each Fall and Spring semester. Commuter Meal Plans are charged for the semester only; however, meal swipes expire at the end of the Spring semester.

  • Requests for cancellation of the meal plan must be emailed to diningservices@miami.edu and may result in a cancellation fee. Requests for cancellation are reviewed on a case-by-case basis for any of the following reasons:  moving off campus, study abroad, transferring, graduating or taking a leave of absence.


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 end 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 roll over 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 Dollar balances roll over 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 one for the Spring semester.
  • Dining Dollars are limited to $50 per day.
  • Dining Dollars are a compliment to your meal swipes; use them when you cannot make it 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 11 - provides an option for choosing a meal plan. Students can revisit Step 11 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 at 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.
  • Student’s whose Block Meal Plan runs out of meals can also purchase an additional 10 Block Refresh meals at that time; not to exceed four (4) 10 Block Refresh purchases.
  • 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, or 100 Block Meal Plans. Email our department to sign up at 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, and 100 Block Meal Plans are nonrefundable.
  • Commuter/University Village students can also purchase Residential Block/Meal Plans.
  • Student’s whose Block Meal Plan runs out of meals can also purchase an additional 10 Block Refresh meals at that time; not to exceed four (4) 10 Block Refresh purchases.
  • Contact diningservices@miami.edu should you want to purchase multiple Block Meal Plans.


Guest Passes And Takeout

  • Residential (Unlimited, 19, and 14) Meal Plans come with ten guest passes a semester.  
  • Residential (175 and 100) 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. (Example: 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.