Meal Plan FAQs

quick info

When does my Meal Plan start?

The fall portion of your Meal Plan begins at dinner on Saturday, August 19th, 2017.

Can I carry over my unused meals to the next semester?

Nope, sorry.  All meal swipes (including guest and PLUS meals) expire at the end of the semester.  You need to use them by Saturday, December 16th, 2017!  Your Dining Flex, however, does roll over from semester to semester as long as you are enrolled at UNC for the next semester.

Can I change my Meal Plan for the fall semester?

Yep!  You can change the fall portion of your Meal Plan until September 5th, 2017 – just go online or to the UNC One Card Office. When you change your Meal Plan, your original Meal Plan is refunded to you on a pro-rated basis (Block Plans are refunded per swipe, the Unlimited Plan on a daily basis). The Meal Plan you choose to change to is billed in full.

Confused about Meal Plan changes? Call us at 1.800.UNC.MEAL, we'll walk you through it!

Can I treat my friend to a meal on my plan?

Aw, what a good friend!  The answer is, that all depends on your Meal Plan. If you’ve got the Unlimited, you have five guest meals for the dining halls (Top of Lenoir & Chase) that you can share with a friend.  If you’ve got a Block, you can treat your friends to as many meals as you like, as long as you’ve got meals left!

No matter what plan you have, if you’ve got Dining Flex, you can treat your friend at any of our on-campus retail locations and dining halls!

What do I do if my Dining Flex runs low?

It’s easy – reload online!  You can also contact the UNC One Card Office directly if you have any problems loading more Dining Flex onto your account.

When do I sign up for a spring Meal Plan?

Did you buy a residential Meal Plan in the fall?  Well then, good news, you don’t have to sign up for a spring Meal Plan!  Our residential meal plans are annual contracts, so you will automatically be billed for the spring portion of your Meal Plan.  If you’d like to switch to a different Meal Plan for the spring, you can do that from Monday, October 23, 2017 to January 16, 2018 online or by visiting the UNC One Card Office.

Did you buy an off-campus Meal Plan in the fall?  Those are semester contracts – that means you will need to sign up for a spring Meal Plan if you’d like one.  You can purchase an off-campus Meal Plan for spring beginning December 06, 2017 through April 6th, 2018. Sign up online or visit the UNC One Card Office in person.

How can I track how many meals I use?

You can track your Meal Plan securely online by clicking “Manage My Account” and logging in using your ONYEN and password. For PLUS swipes, an email with your current balance will be sent out every Monday. Remember, PLUS swipes are a part of your total swipes!

When can I eat on campus?  

Whenever you want! Our dining halls, food courts, convenience stores and online delivery have a variety of schedules to make sure you’ve got the opportunity to eat on campus around the clock. 

Your Fall 2017 Meal Plan begins with dinner on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 and ends after brunch on Saturday, December 16th, 2018. We run on special hours during university holidays – check dining.unc.edu for updates!

Are there healthy options available?

Yes – our registered dietitian makes sure the dining halls offer a variety of healthy and nutritious options to help you live a healthy life. Each dining hall has its own vegetarian station and full-sized salad bars. If you’ve got allergy or dietary concerns, contact us and our registered dietitian will answer your questions!

How much does it cost to eat at Top of Lenoir or Chase Dining Hall without a Meal Plan?

Along with Meal Swipes, our all-you-care-to-eat dining halls accept Dining Flex, Carolina Convenience, Credit/Debit (MasterCard/Visa), and Cash. If you are paying with any of the listed options above, you'll be charged the door rate upon entry. See below for our door rates, which will be effective as of June 01, 2017:

Continental & Breakfast $8.75 + tax

Brunch, Lunch & Lite Lunch $11.25 + tax

Dinner & Lite Dinner $11.50 + tax

Late Night $10.25 + tax