Meal Plan Overview

Contract Overview

A Meal plan is required for all first-year students living on campus. All meal plans are considered to be a contract between the University and the named contract holder (the student). The services and products provided under this contract cannot be sold or transferred to others. Meal swipes cannot be used to admit others into the Market Places. Contract holders with eligible meal plans may use guest swipes (provided as part of the plan) to allow guests to eat for free. Also, the Market Places accept U-Bill charge or Hawkeye Dollars to purchase guest meals. Additionally, meals are served seven days a week, with Sunday evening meals offered only at Hillcrest Market Place. Current menus are available online. Meal plan terms and conditions are available on the housing website.

Check Your Meal Swipe Balance

Meal Plan Options

For the 2013-2014 academic year all meal plans are based on the block plan system, which allows the student to use their swipes anytime during the semester (swipes do not expire until the end of the semester). Meal swipes are usable at the Burge and Hillcrest Market Places. For more details see the Meal Plan Contract Overview below.

Meal Plan Name Meal Swipes Cost per Semester
Gold Plan* Unlimited $1,625
Black Plan 220 $1,475
Hawkeye Plan** 75 - shared w/Retail Swipes $662.50
Herky Booster pack 25 - shared w/Retail Swipes $225

**The Hawkeye plan is available only to students living in rooms with a university supplied kitchen. It may also be purchased by students living off-campus, as well as staff and faculty. 

Returning students with university-supplied kitchens may purchase the Herky Booster pack as their primary meal plan, along with staff and faculty.

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Retail Swipes

Meal plans come with retail swipes that are usable at four retail locations on campus providing students with several quicker, more convenient dining options. Click on the these links: The River Room Café, Food for Thought Café, Pat's Diner, or the Mayflower Market, to see the retail swipe options at available each location. The Hawkeye plan and Herky Booster Pack offer a shared set of swipes, usable at both the Market Places and at retail locations accepting meal swipes.

Meal Plan Type Retail Swipes   
Gold Plan 75
Black Plan (these swipes are included in the 220 above) 75
Hawkeye Plan (shared w/Market Place swipes) 75
Herky Booster Pack (shared w/Market Place swipes) 25

Guest Meals

Gold and Black meal plans include 8 guest swipes (in addition to the total number seen in the “Swipes per Semester column), which allow you to pay for others’ meals at either Market Place (Burge or Hillcrest). Get more info, and check your balance, on the Guest Meals page.

Walk-in Pricing

Our walk-in pricing can be found on the Walk-in pricing page.

Hawkeye Dollars

Hawkeye Dollars are funds – available to you with your room contract – that may be used at all of our campus dining locations,  laundry services, and at vending machines in the residence halls. For more information, go to our Hawkeye dollars overview page. You can also check your Hawkeye dollar balance.