Meal Plan

Congratulations! Before you arrive in the fall you will need to complete the Housing and Meal Plan Contract; where you will sign-up for housing and select your meal plan. Don't worry about doing this before you attend summer orientation. Dining staff will present the different meal plans and how to pick the one that works for you. If you can't wait till then, take a look at the Meal Plans and Choosing a Meal Plan sections. Keep in mind the deadline to submit your Housing and Meal Plan Contract.

Not sure what meal plan would be best for you? Ask our Meal Plan Professor, or view tips on choosing a Meal plan. Please note that students living on-campus must select their meal plan as part of the Housing and Meal Plan Contract.

Many off-campus students eat one or more of their meals on-campus each day. Whether you're eating at one of our retail locations or in unlimited dining, our Off-Campus/Commuter Meal Plans will save you time and money. Looking to purchase an Off-Campus/Commuter Meal Plan? Meal plans can be purchased on-line or by contacting our Meal Plan Office at (802) 656-2945.

Our four unlimited dining locations are pay one price at the door and are "all you care to eat." They accept Meals, Retail Points, Blocks, CatScratch, cash and credit cards. Verses retail dining locations where you pay for selected individual items (a la carte dining). Our retail locations accept Retail Points, CatScratch, cash and credit/debit cards.

If you find that the plan you selected on your housing contract is not meeting your needs, then you can change your plan during our meal plan switch period. In addition you may add meal Retail Points to your to your account at any time on-line or by phone at (802) 656-2945.

Meal plans are billed through the University, thus any meal plan switches must fall within the University's billing cycle.

Retail Points can be added to your meal plan on-line, by phone at (802) 656-2945 or by visiting our Meal plans Office at 406 S. Prospect Street, Robinson Hall, 2nd Floor.

Any unused Retail Points that came with your First-Time, First-Year or On Campus Meal Plans will carry over from fall semester to spring semester, however they do not carry over at the end of the academic year and are non-transferable and non-refundable. Any additional retail points added to your First-Time, First-Year or Resident Meal plans are yours until balanced is used.

The cashiers at any of our dining locations can swipe your UVM ID and tell you're remaining balance. Account information can also be obtained by contacting our Meal Plan Office or on-line by registering with the CatCard's Office Webcenter.

Our resident dining halls are designed to offer "all you care to eat" within the facility. Guests are more than welcome to finish their ice cream or piece of fruit as they exit. Or if you are seeking another dining option try our Resident EcoWare Take-Out program available at all our "all-you-care-to-eat" dining location for breakfast and lunch Monday - Friday only.

No. Meals are designed and priced for the sole use of the person who has purchased the Meal plan and are designed to cater to that person’s needs for an entire semester of dining. The Unlimited Meal Plans come with a set number of guest meals that enable you to bring someone into the unlimited dining locations. Please note that using someone else's UVM ID is a violation of University Policy.

Service hours are based on data collected from the Meal Plan Office. This information is then matched against other data such as comment cards, surveys and University classes/meeting schedules. All of this information helps us develop service hours recommendations, which are then presented to the University for approval.

Your UVM ID accesses your meal plan account and it is worth money. If you lose it, you must take immediate steps to protect your account and replace your ID. 

Call the CatCard Service Center at (802) 656-4509 to put a hold on your account. Once reported, your account is frozen and the meal plan account becomes unusable. During the evenings and on weekends, report lost cards to Police Services at (802) 656-3473. 

Please Note: All guests wanting to access a meal plan account must present their UVM ID or University issued guest card. There is no exception to this policy. Anyone found in possession of and attempting to use a UVM ID card which does not belong to them to access a meal plan account will be subject to the disciplinary policies and procedures of UVM and the State of Vermont.

Retail points can only be used at on-campus dining locations. CatScratch dollars can be utilized at local restaurants.


At UVM Dining we understand that no two customers eat the same. Some of our customers have specific dietary needs related to medical, religious and/or cultural reasons. That is why UVM Dining has a Registered Dietitian on staff, offers specialized services in addition to a wide variety of foods that cater to our customers' dietary needs and preferences. Check out our Health section. 

If you are sick and unable to go to a dining facility, you can authorize a friend to use your ID and pick up a meal for you. Print the Meal Access Authorization Form, complete, sign and give to your friend along with your UVM ID. The transaction is for one Meal or up to $15.00 in Retail Points depending on the location used. One form is needed for each meal request. 


UVM Dining is committed to serving local food wherever and whenever possible. View our local foods and sustainability commitments for the most current information.