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About Dining Services

What is included in the meal plans?

Beginning students can choose a traditional plan that includes 10-, 15-, or 21 meal swipes each week. The meal plans run Monday through Sunday each week of the semester. All meal plans reset Sunday night for the following week and unused meals will be forfeited.

  • The The 21 Meal + 500 Plan includes 21 meals per week in any residential dining location or select retail swipe locations. This plan is ideal for the student who eats three meals a day and offers $500 Dining Dollars per year to spend in dining and retail locations across campus.
  • The 21 Meal + 250 Plan includes 21 meals per week in any residential dining location or select retail swipe locations. This plan is ideal for the student who eats three meals a day and offers $250 Dining Dollars per year to spend in dining and retail locations across campus.
  • The 15 Meal Plan includes 15 meals per week in residential dining location or select retail swipe locations.  This plan is ideal for the student who eats two meals a day in any and offers $450 Dining Dollars per year to spend in dining and retail locations across campus.
  • The 10 Meal Plan includes 10 meals per week in residential dining location or select retail swipe locations.  This plan is designed for the student on a budget who chooses not to eat as many meals each week and offers $100 Dining Dollars per year to spend in dining and retail locations across campus.

Dining Dollars for all meal plans are distributed by semester, half in the fall and half in the spring. Unused Dining Dollars will carry over from fall to spring semester and will expire when the meal contract ends after finals week in May.

Can I change my meal plan?

Sometimes circumstances change, and if you find that the meal plan you selected is not the best option for you, we can usually make accommodations. You can go online any time before the start of the semester and make changes to your meal plan. After the semester begins, you can only move up in meal plans.

If you are living in Hawkins Hall or Hilltop Apartments where a meal plan is optional, you should be aware that when selecting a meal plan you are contracting for the entire academic year. You are billed by semester, but the meal plan option is for the full year. Note: Students living at Hawkins Hall and Hilltop Apartments who have selected a meal plan are not eligible to change to a room only option during the term of the housing contract.

For the 2020-21 Academic Year, you may reduce the number of meal swipes within meal plans by the following deadlines:

  • The fall deadline is Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020.
  • The spring deadline will be posted here once that information is determined.

Examples:

  • If you select an 10 meal plan to start the semester and want more meals, you can move up to the 15 or one of the 21 meal plans anytime during the semester. The difference in cost will be billed to your MyPurdue account.
  • If you select the 15 meal plan to start the semester, you can move up to one of the 21 meal plans anytime during the semester. The difference in cost will be billed to your MyPurdue account.
  • If you start the housing contract with the 21 + 250 meal plan and want more Dining Dollars, you can move up to the 21 + 500 meal plan anytime during the semester. The difference in cost will be billed to your MyPurdue account.
  • If you start the housing contract with the 21 + 500 meal plan, you are not eligible to change plans until semester break.
  • If you are changing plans at semester break and moving up or down into a new plan, any unspent Dining Dollars will roll over to the new plan.

The Fine Print

When choosing a meal plan please be aware that you are signing up for the full academic year. You can increase your meal plan at any time during the semester, but you cannot drop the meal plan while you are living in University Residences. Residents of Hawkins Hall and Hilltop Apartments are not required to purchase a meal plan. Students assigned to these residences who wish to change to a room-only option must do so prior to the start of the Fall contract. Current residents of non-apartment halls who transfer to Hilltop Apartments or Hawkins Hall can select a room-only option when they are initially assigned. Residents of Hawkins Hall or Hilltop Apartments may eat at any residential dining services location by purchasing a meal plan  here.

Do I have to get a meal plan?

Students who choose to live in the undergraduate residence halls are required to purchase a meal plan as part of the housing contract. Students who live in Hawkins Hall or Hilltop Apartments may select a meal plan when they sign their housing contract but are not required to do so. ( Note: Students living at Hawkins Hall and Hilltop Apartments who have selected a meal plan are not eligible to change to a room-only option during the term of the housing contract). 

What locations accept a meal plan?

The meal swipes may be used in any of the residential dining locations or select retail locations. Dining Dollars offer another level of flexibility to your meal plan. You can purchase extra meals or visit any of the select retail locations spread across the residential and academic campus. Unused meal swipes will expire each Sunday and the meal plans will reset for the following week. Unspent Dining Dollars roll over from first to second semester, but expire when your meal contract ends.

Where can I eat?

The meal portion of the board plan can be used in any residential dining locations and according to the posted schedule of service times and days they are serving. Dining Dollars can also be used in all Purdue Dining & Culinary residential dining and select campus retail locations.

What if my card doesn't work?

Email mealplans@purdue.edu for help. If after hours, you will be contacted the next business day.

I have a special diet. Can you help?

We offer a wide variety of menu items to accommodate most special diet needs. If you suffer from food allergies and would like some help navigating the dining courts please contact allergicboiler@purdue.edu. Our staff will be glad to meet with you to discuss your situation and provide guidance. If you require a special diet you should contact the Disability Resource Center http://www.purdue.edu/odos/drc/ for help in securing accommodations.

The DRC is located in Young Hall, Room 830. Current office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Students who wish to make an appointment may do so by calling (765) 494-1247

Can I purchase meals if I live off campus?

While Boiler Express is accepted at all Retail Dining Locations, we are currently not accepting Boiler Express at our Residential Dining Courts during this phase of our Dining Plan. We will only be accepting meal swipes in the Residential Dining Courts from student meal plan holders.

Are there opportunities for employment?

We are always looking for students who would like to work in a fun, fast paced environment. We offer flexible schedules and convenient locations. As an added bonus, you receive a free meal with each shift you work. You can contact any dining court directly or follow this link to fill out an application online.

About BoilerExpress

While Boiler Express is accepted at all Retail Dining Locations, we are currently not accepting Boiler Express at our Residential Dining Courts during this phase of our Dining Plan. We will only be accepting meal swipes in the Residential Dining Courts from student meal plan holders.

What is BoilerExpress?

A BoilerExpress debit account provides a way of making cash-free purchases at Purdue Dining & Culinary location or select campus retail locations. It can also be used in vending machines, copy machines and for doing laundry. BoilerExpress account information is accessed through each student’s University ID card. To open a BoilerExpress account, visit purdue.edu/card There is no minimum balance to maintain, and any balance remaining at the end of the year will roll to the next year as long as you remain a Purdue student.