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.
For example, Branford, Ezra Stiles, Benjamin Franklin, Morse and Silliman open for breakfast a half hour earlier than other dining halls, at 7:30 am. At dinner, all dining halls are open between 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm, but students who may be running late will find that Stiles/Morse remains open a half hour later, until 8:00 pm.
During lunch, when students require the most flexibility, all Yale College dining halls are open 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Although first-year undergraduate students are required to purchase the “Full Meal Plan”, upperclassmen have the option to choose from other meal plan options.
Meal Plan Options
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
Your Fall choice automatically becomes your Spring choice unless you request a change within the first 2 weeks of the spring term.
Key differences between the plans are described here:
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.
- Offers 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 bonus 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 $3,400 per semester ($6,800 per academic year)
Anytime Meal Plan
- Provides an unlimited number of meal swipes for the cardholder only at Yale College residential dining halls.
- Includes five “bonus” 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, Bulldog Café, 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 $3,470 per semester ($6,940 per academic year)
Any-14 Meal Plan
- Available to all undergraduate students with the exception of First Years, who participate in the Full Meal Plan.
- Includes any 14 meals per week.
- 5 bonus meals per semester (for yourself, guests, parents, etc.).
- $150 per semester in Dining Points to spend at Durfee’s convenience store, KBT Café, Café Med, Bulldog Café 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 $3,400 per semester ($6,800 per academic year).
OFF-CAMPUS MEAL PLANS
Off-Campus 5-Meal Plan
- Available to all undergraduate 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 Durfee’s convenience store and at other retail locations including the KBT Café, Café Med, Buldog Cafe 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 $1,125 per semester ($2,250 per academic year)
Off-Campus 150-Block Undergraduate Meal Plan
- Available to all undergraduate students, living off campus.
- Includes any 150 meals
- 6 bonus meals per semester (for yourself, guests, parents, etc.).
- $75 per semester in Dining Points to spend at Durfee’s convenience store, KBT Café, Café Med, Buldog Cafe 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 150-Block Undergraduate Meal Plan is $2,600 per semester ($5,200 per academic year)
At the Joseph Slifka Center’s Kosher Kitchen, each meal is a chance to think about food and contemporary life, follow cultural traditions, or just enjoy a good meal. Undergraduate meal plan holders are invited to use a meal transfer at the Center and all others are welcome to purchase single meals there.
For hours of operation and service information, please visit the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale website.
Meal Plan Transfers Within Residential Halls
In general, undergraduate meal plan holders can transfer meal credits to any Yale College dining hall, but there are some exceptions. Transfer policies are part of the Heads of College responsibilities in each residential college and restrictions are sometimes put in place when a college is holding a special event (these can even last all day in some cases). Please check with either a particular Dining Hall Manager or Desk Attendant/Cashier for current restrictions affecting an individual undergraduate dining facility.
The other key exceptions are:
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 one of these locations during lunch if the first swipe was also in one of these locations. Second swipes CANNOT be transferred to anyone else and can not be used at other locations like Durfee’s convenience store or the KBT Café.
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.
Board plan meals for the upcoming week are reset every Monday at 3 am. Leftover swipes from the previous week are deleted at that time.
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, the KBT Café, Café Med and Durfee’s Convenience Store. However, they can only do so provided that this is the first swipe of the lunch meal period, between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm. While the rules governing transfers and double swipes seem complex at first, students soon become familiar with them. They are a necessary result of Yale Hospitality’s efforts to balance the goals of ensuring as much meal plan flexibility as possible while also holding the cost of the plans as low as possible for students.
A lunch swipe at a retail location is the only swipe permitted for that meal period, regardless of the meal plan. You may not swipe again at residential dining halls until the dinner period, which starts at 5:00 pm. The cash equivalency for a board meal lunch transfer is $9.00. Purchases over that amount must be supplemented by another form of payment.
Dining Points can carry over from Fall to Spring semester only. Points remaining after the Spring Semester will NOT be reimbursed.
As a rule, rebates 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.