Undergraduate Meal Plan Options

Yale College Meal Plan Options

Yale Dining serves more than 3 million meals each year to students, parents, faculty, staff and campus visitors. The dining needs of all these constituencies vary, and we’ve tailored our programs and operations to satisfy them in many different ways.                                                          


Residential Dining Program

When undergraduate students enroll at Yale, they are assigned to one of the 14 Residential Colleges. Each college has its own dining room, dining traditions and residential community. While many students take a majority of their meals in their own college, they are not required to do so. When they do, they are joined at mealtime by the Heads of College, Deans and Resident Fellows who reside in that college.

In general, undergraduate meal plan holders can choose to take their meals at any of the residential dining halls, as a matter of location convenience or just to have a change of scenery. There are a few exceptions, described in the “Policies” section below, and it is always wise to check ahead in case temporary restrictions have been placed on a college other than your own.

For lunch, Yale Hospitality also offers students additional flexibility with “meal transfer” options and “double swipe” policies (detailed in the “Policies” section below). These special options help students more conveniently take meals during mid-day, when they are often crossing campus between classes.

Dining hall hours of operation vary. This policy gives students more time-scheduling flexibility, with some dining halls opening and closing earlier and others opening and closing later. You can check an individual college’s current hours of operation here.

Although first-year undergraduate students are required to purchase the “Full Meal Plan”, upperclass students have the option to choose from other meal plan options.

Meal Plan Options

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

Your Fall choice automatically becomes your Spring choice unless you request a change within the first 2 weeks of the Spring term. 

ON CAMPUS MEAL PLANS

 

Full Meal Plan

This plan is mandatory for first year students and any undergraduate students who have never specified a meal plan choice; this will be your meal plan by default.

  • Includes 21 meals per week (three meals per day, seven days per week). Double Swiping is allowed for lunch, but must comply with the double swipe Policies described below.
  • Includes five guest meals per semester (for yourself, guests, parents, etc.).
  • Allows you to eat as much as you would like in any of the residential dining halls.
  • The cost for the Full Meal Plan is $3,500 per semester ($7,000 per academic year).

Anytime Meal Plan

  • Includes an unlimited number of meal swipes at any of the residential dining halls.
  • Includes five guest meals per semester (for yourself, guests, parents, etc.).
  • Provides $70 per semester in Dining Points. These can be spent at Durfee’s convenience store and at other “retail” locations including the KBT Café, Café Med and Divinity Refectory. Dining Points can carry over from Fall to Spring semester only. Points remaining after the Spring Semester will NOT be reimbursed.
  • The cost for the Anytime Meal Plan is $3,570 per semester ($7,140 per academic year)

Any-14 Meal Plan

  • Available to all undergraduate students with the exception of first year students, who participate in the Full Meal Plan.
  • Includes any 14 meals per week (meal plans are reset every Monday morning at 3am).
  • 5 guest meals per semester (for yourself, guests, parents, etc.).
  • $150 per semester in Dining Points to spend at Durfee’s convenience store, KBT CaféCafé Med and Divinity Refectory. Dining Points can carry over from Fall to Spring semester only. Points remaining after the Spring Semester will NOT be reimbursed.
  • The cost for the Any-14 Meal Plan is $3,500 per semester ($7,000 per academic year).

 

OFF-CAMPUS MEAL PLAN

 

Off-Campus 5-Meal Plan

  • Only available to undergraduate students, living off-campus.
  • 5 meals per week (meal plans are reset every Monday morning at 3am).
  • 30 meal block per semester (for guest or extra weekly meals). Block meals carry over from Fall to Spring only.
  • $125 per semester in Dining Points to spend at Durfee’s convenience store and at other retail locations including the KBT CaféCafé Med and the Divinity Refectory. Dining Points can carry over from Fall to Spring semester only. Points remaining after the Spring Semester will NOT be reimbursed.
  • The cost for the Off-Campus Meal Plan is $1,200 per semester ($2,400 per academic year)

Undergraduate students living off-campus may also purchase any one of the 3 on-campus meal plans.

Kosher Meals

Undergraduate meal plan holders are invited to use a meal transfer at the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life Center and all others are welcome to purchase single meals there.

For hours of operation and service information, please visit their website.

Undergraduate Meal Plan Policies and Procedures

 

Meal Transfers Within Residential Dining Halls

In general, undergraduate meal plan holders can transfer meal credits to any residential dining hall, with some exceptions.  Please check with either a particular Dining Hall Manager or Desk Attendant/Cashier for current restrictions affecting an individual undergraduate dining facility.

Exceptions may include:

  • When a college is holding a special event (these may last all day in some cases).
  • Sunday night “Family Dinners” are hosted at each residential college and are restricted to undergraduates of that college.

Meal plan credits are not transferable to others — they can be used only by the meal plan holder.

Double Swiping” is a special privilege for undergraduate meal plan holders during the lunch period only at residential dining halls. This allows the holder a second swipe access at a residential dining hall during lunch if the first swipe was also in a residential dining hall. Second swipes may not be transferred to anyone else and may not be used at retail locations.

NOTE: Most meal plans are sold with an allotment of a certain number of meal swipes each week. Unused swipes do not transfer to future weeks.

 

Meal Transfers to Retail Facilities

Meal Plan Holders are offered the flexibility of transferring a lunch swipe to one of several campus cafés and convenience stores such as the Divinity Refectory, KBT CaféCafé Med and Durfee’s Convenience Store, provided that this is the first swipe of the lunch meal period, between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm. You may not swipe again at residential dining halls until the dinner period, which starts at 5:00 pm.

The equivalency for a lunch transfer is $9.00, purchases over that amount must be supplemented by another form of payment.

Refunds

As a rule, 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; for specifics, go to: Rebates for board charges are governed by the Undergraduate Regulations.