Explore Meal Plans

Need to make a change? Students will have the opportunity to make changes to Fall semester meal pland from August 19 – September 10 via the Student Information System (SIS) page.

Meal Plan Match

Message from Bob Sullivan

On behalf of a very enthusiastic Yale Hospitality team, welcome to Yale! My name is Bob Sullivan, Senior Director of Residential Dining. We are here to make sure your experiences at Yale are memorable – in more ways than one.

You will have opportunities to tap into a variety of nutritious, delicious, and craveable food. This is how we do it: we believe food should be good for people, and good for the planet, allowing for conversation and learning. For those with unique dietary needs, we have resources to help you eat safely, with peace of mind. Ask for what you need – we’ve got you covered!

At Yale, dining halls are at the heart of the residential college experience. They are the place where you meet with your friends and community. This fosters a true sense of community, belonging, and home-away-from-home in every college – and at Yale.

Please find the latest meal plan information below.

Full (21)

We want you to get the most out of your Yale experience – especially as a First-Year! For this reason, this plan is required for all first-year students (unless the the Anytime Meal Plan is selected). This plan provides you with the setting to engage and create memories with your residential college community, while familiarizing yourself with the dining experience at Yale.

In case you are looking for a change in scenery, you can enjoy meals at any of our 14 residential colleges where your classmates live – in addition to Commons at Yale Schwarzman Center There will be opportunities for your friends and family to share a meal in the dining halls when they come to visit! If you’re looking to grab and go delicious meals, feel free to use your lunch transfers at The Bow Wow and Steep Café. Living off-campus? No worries! This plan is available to you too.

Flex (14)

Calling all upper-level students! By now, you likely have your course schedules, activities down to a science, and know locations on and off campus like the back of your hand. Just for you, this plan offers added flexibility sure to fit with your busy schedules. Choose from breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner to enjoy on a weekly basis. What’s more – this plan gives you even more opportunities to grab a meal in dining halls with your family, friends and guests when they visit on campus. Undergrads living off-campus? No worries! This plan is available to you too.

Connect (Off-Campus)

If you’ve chosen to live off-campus, you remain part of the Yale community! You will be automatically enrolled in this flexible plan, designed to provide you with opportunities to connect on-campus with your friends and classmates. While not a full meal plan, Bonus Meals and Points provide you with plenty of meal and location options to stay connected (and bring guests too)!

Grad 30 (30 Meals)

You’ve got enough to focus on with continuing your education. Let’s check eating nutritious (and delicious) meals off your list! This plan gives graduate students a bank of 30 meals to use throughout the semester. Choose from exciting meal options at Commons and The Bow Wow, at the centrally-located Yale Schwarzman Center, to fit your unique schedule.

Yale Hospitality Retail & Café Locations

Retail & Cafe Location

The Bow Wow*

Yale Schwarzman Center
Grove Street & College Street
New Haven, CT
Ramen at Becton Becton Hall
15 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT
Steep Café* Yale Science Building
260 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT
Café Med* Yale School of Medicine
333 Cedar Street
New Haven, CT
Health Center Café Yale Health
55 Lock Street
New Haven, CT
West Campus Yale West Campus
100 W Campus Drive
Orange, CT

*Lunch meal swipes/transfers accepted

Service Standards

Our current service standards provide portable food options throughout residential colleges and designated dining locations. Opportunities and important information for Meal Plan holders are as follows:

  • Dine In: Choice of picking up meals from dining halls and dining-in 
  • To Go: Choice of taking-out meals from dining halls, or alternative locations (lunch transfers only)
  • Pre-Order: Choice of pre-ordering SmartMeals for lunch and/or dinner via mobile app
  • Dietary accommodations continue to be managed through Yale Hospitality’s registered dietician
  • Kosher meals will be available via lunch transfer through the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life.

The Fine Print

  • Meal Plan credits are not transferable to others — they can only be used by the meal plan holder
  • Unused swipes do not transfer to future weeks
  • Unused bonus meals and guest swipes will carry over from the Fall to Spring semester
  • All points expire at the end of the academic year
  • Lunch meal period swipes/transfers must be between 11:00am and 3:00pm
  • You may not swipe again at residential dining halls until the dinner period, which starts at 5:00pm
  • Meal transfer swipes are not available on weekends (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Guest swipes are complimentary meals provided to students by Yale Hospitality
  • Refunds of meal plan payments are not permitted unless a student is leaving the University early in a semester or under other very extenuating circumstances.
  • This policy is governed by the University. View Yale College Undergraduate Regulations for more information.
  • Additional meal plan questions? Please contact us at yale.hospitality@yale.edu