When will I select my meal plan for the upcoming year?

Students will have the option of selecting their meal plan for the upcoming school year during the room selection process.

What if I cannot decide which meal plan is right for me?

Students who do not select a meal plan will automatically be enrolled in the Gold plan. Within the first few weeks of the semester, you are welcome to try this plan out and decide if you would like to keep the Gold plan or downgrade to a lower meal plan option. Anyone that does not pick a meal plan will automatically be assigned the Gold Meal Plan.

New students selecting a room with a kitchen can select the Hawke Meal Plan since they have a university supplied kitchen.

How do I check my meal plan balance?

You can check your meal plan balance by logging your account with your Hawk ID and password online. Your account will show you the following information: your balance, number of flex swipes you have, and your guest meal balance. 

Can I upgrade or downgrade my meal plan throughout the semester?

Students are able to adjust their meal plans within the first 2 weeks of each semester. If you have a Black Meal Plan for the fall semester and found yourself short of meals mid-semester, we’d recommend adjusting your meal plan for the spring semester to the Gold Meal Plan.

I don't live on campus. How do I purchase an off-campus meal plan?

Any student living off-campus has the opportunity to purchase a meal plan. Meal plans give you access to our three market place locations and all of our retail and cafe locations on campus. You can purchase a meal plan online.

If I have unused meal swipes, will they carry over to the next semester?

Any unused meal swipes are no longer after once the semester ends as we do not roll them over. If you feel you’re not using your guest swipes, you can donate them to other hungry Hawkeyes on campus by visiting dos.uiowa.edu/assistance/meal-share/

What is a flex swipe?

A flex swipe offers you the ability to use a meal swipe at one of our seven on-campus retail locations or at market places once you have used all of your market place swipes. If you purchased the Black or Gold meal plan, you automatically have 75 Flex swipes included. We take flex swipes in select dining locations.

Please note: Flex swipes cannot be used as guest meals in the market places.

How do I obtain a sick meal?

If you're not feeling well enough to dine in the market place, you may arrange for your RA or a friend to pick up a meal for you. Simply give that individual your IowaOne card. They can then obtain a to-go container from the market place staff, make your selections, and bring your food back to your room.

What should I do If I lose my university ID card?

A valid University ID card is required to use your meal swipes at all locations accepting meal swipes. If you happen to lose your ID card, you should reach out to the University ID office.