Graduate Meal Plan Options

Graduate students have needs and campus schedules that are much different than those of undergraduate students. Yale Hospitality has developed unique meal plan programs designed especially for graduate students.

The HGS 150 Block Meal Plan for 2016/17

The Graduate 150 Meal Plan is a block meal plan that gives graduate students 150 meals to use anytime during the semester. The plan is required for all HGS residents as a minimum meal plan, but it is also available to non-resident graduate students. Meal credit balances are carried over from week to week during the semester, but reset to zero at the end of the last service day of each semester.

Meal plan participants can dine in the HGS Dining Room, which serves lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and also may eat any meal at any residential dining hall or have lunch at Commons at Schwarzman Center during the week. Meals can also be swiped at Café Med or the Divinity Refectory using an equivalency of $4.00 for breakfast, $8.00 for lunch and $8.35 for dinner. Lunch only can be swiped at KBT CaféCafé Med and Durfee’s Convenience Store using an equivalency of $8.00. Purchases over those amounts must be supplemented by Eli Bucks or meal credit dollars.

Double swipes are only allowed during the same meal period at retail locations during the last two weeks of the semester.

The plan includes $75 per semester in dining points that can be spent at Yale Retail locations, Dining retail locations, including KBT CaféCafé Med and Durfee’s Convenience Store, Café Med and Divinity. Points can also be used at The Blue Dog Café, which is located in the McDougal Center at HGS. Also, the plan includes 6 bonus meals that can be used for yourself, family, guests, etc. The bonus meals however, have no transfer value. The cost of the 150 Block Meal Plan for 2016-2017 is $2,550 per semester. ($5,100 per year).

Although this meal plan is valid at all undergraduate dining halls, access to the undergraduate colleges via the security gates is not automatically granted to graduate students. In addition, Graduate School meal plan holders are restricted from transferring to an undergraduate dining hall whenever the Head of College designates the meal as “Family Night”, usually on Sundays, and whenever “college only” special events are held.

The Divinity Plan

The Divinity School requires all of their students to support their graduate community by purchasing a meal plan. The Divinity plan is a declining points program designed specifically for Divinity students. Divinity students may also use their points at Commons at Schwarzman Center. The cost of the plan for 2016-2017 is $500 per semester for full-time students and $250 per semester for part-time students. Dining Points can carry over from Fall to Spring semester only. Points remaining after the Spring Semester will NOT be reimbursed.

The Harkness Plan

Harkness does not have a mandatory meal plan. Individuals who would like a meal plan option can select any of our traditional meal plans, our Off-campus meal plan, or use Eli Bucks for more flexibility.

Off-Campus Student Meal Plans

Non–residents, that is those who live off–campus in non–University provided housing, have choices too. Whether an undergraduate or graduate student, you may purchase the Anytime Meal Plan, the Full Meal Plan, the Any 14 Plus Points Meal Plan, the HGS 150 Plan, or the Off-campus Meal Plan.

  • Available only to students living off-campus
  • 5 meals per week (reset weekly)
  • 30 meal block (for guest meals or for extra weekly meals) per semester. Block meals carry over from Fall to Spring only.
  • $125 per semester in Dining Points to spend at KBT CaféCafé Med and Durfee’s Convenience Store. Dining Points can carry over from Fall to Spring semester only. Points remaining after the Spring Semester will NOT be reimbursed.
  • $1,100 per semester

Eli Bucks—Better Than Cash!

Eli Bucks are a great way to have maximum dining flexibility on campus and save 10% at time of purchase.

What are Eli Bucks? They’re dining dollar credits applied to your Yale University ID card.  As such, they give students and university staff an easy way to purchase meals across the Yale campus and eliminate the need to carry cash or credit cards for that purpose. To use Eli Bucks, you simply present your University ID card at the time of purchase.

  • Eli Bucks can be used at any of Yale Hospitality’s retail cafés, convenience stores, restaurants or residential dining halls. Eli Bucks can be used to purchase complete meals or to supplement a student meal plan. (Eli Bucks can also be used in any of the college dining rooms, but do not provide gate access to these areas. To enter a college other than your own, you should be accompanied by a college resident student who can provide access).
  • When you use Eli Bucks to dine at HGS you can have an all-you-care to-eat lunch for $9.31 and dinner for $13.11.
  • Eli Bucks have another advantage: they qualify you to a 10% discount at the point of sale of most Yale Dining campus locations (i.e., the discount is not valid at the School of Management, McDougal Blue Dog Café, the Yale Golf Course or The Kosher Kitchen at Joseph Slifka Center).
  • Additional Eli Bucks can be purchased at any time, in any amount.
  • Eli Bucks can be purchased by active Students, Staff and Faculty with a valid Yale University ID.
  • As long as your status with the University does not change, your Eli Bucks will not expire, and will carry forward from year to year.
  • Purchases can be completed by credit card, using our secure payment site.
  • No minimum purchase is required.
  • Eli Bucks can easily be purchased online. Log in to the Eli Bucks secure portal to purchase Eli Bucks, view your current balance, look up your last 50 transactions or manage your account in other ways.

For more information, or to add Eli Bucks to your student account visit click here

Graduate Retail Dining Options

Click here to view some of your Retail Dining location options that feature taste–tempting specials daily.