The Meal Exchange allows a student to use up to two "Meal" swipes per week Monday - Thursday at The Marketplace (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and The University Marche (lunch and dinner).
- Meal Exchange Hours: Breakfast opening till 10:30AM, Lunch 11AM - 3PM and Dinner 5PM to close.
- One Meal swipe equals one featured entree, one side and one beverage.
- The two "Meal" swipes will reset every Monday; they do not roll over week to week (Guest Meals not valid).
- Please inform your cashier you are using a "Meal" vs your Retail Points.
- Signage is located inside the dining location for what items are available through the Meal Exchange program.
Yes. Students seeking a non-work study, fun, on-campus job that fits your busy schedule are encouraged to apply and work with us. As one of the largest employers of students on campus, we offer flexible, part-time, and on-call positions in catering, concessions, and our dining spaces, all located minutes from your classes; on-the-job training is provided.
We encourage all students to explore their options and make the most of their meal plans. We find that lines are typical during class breaks and peak dining hours, during the first few weeks of classes; as students are learning to navigate campus, and extracurricular activities, including labs.
- We have three traditional dining halls, explore them all; each offers a unique menu every day, with different hours.
- Try dining at off-peak times (if possible, visit before or after class breaks, consider an early or later evening meal).
- Take a meal to-go from the dining hall with EcoWare.
- Utilize your Retail Points to dine at one of our retail locations located on campus; these locations offer a variety of options, including grab-and-go.
- Take advantage of the Meal Exchange, which allows students to use up to two "Meal" swipes per week Monday - Thursday at The Marketplace (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and the University Marche (lunch and dinner). One "Meal" swipe equals one featured entree, one side, and one beverage.
- Visit all three traditional dining halls, students have access to all of them, and each serves a different menu at each station daily.
- Use your retail points that come with your meal plan; they offer additional flexibility and variety.
- Take advantage of the Meal Exchange Program; visit Campus Dining Updates to learn more about the program.
- Download the Everyday app from your favorite app store to view menus and place orders to-go.
- Take advantage of our EcoWare, reusable take-out container program; visit to learn more.
- Follow us on social media @UVMdining or check out our digital screens to learn about our themed events, food fests, pop-ups, food trucks and more!
Many off-campus students eat one or more of their meals on-campus each day. When eating at our Retail locations, our Off-Campus/Commuter Meal Plan will save you time and money; looking to purchase an Off-Campus/Commuter Meal Plan? Meal plans can be purchased online. If you have questions, please email us MPO@uvm.edu.
We are committed to having safe options for a student with food allergies, intolerance, and other medical needs. We have a variety of food allergy stations available on-campus and a Registered Dietitian that meets with students to ensure their needs are being met. For more information, visit our Nutrition section.
Yes. We pride ourselves on the variety of vegetarian, vegan, and plant-based dining options that we offer, including offering several exclusive plant-based stations on campus (Rustic Roots at Central Campus Dining, Redstone Dining, and The Marketplace and PeaPod at Harris Millis Dining). Most on-campus locations use vegetarian/vegan/plant-based logos on menus and signage to help consumers identify foods that meet their preferences. Plus, we continually develop new plant-based recipes and train our culinary team, to help ensure that our offerings are not only nutritionally balanced, but they also taste great.
- Vegetarian (V) = no meat products
- Vegan (VG) = no meat or animal by-products, including white sugar and honey
- Plant-based (leaf logo) = no meat or animal by-products, but can include white sugar and honey
If you are in your ResHall sick or injured and unable to go to a dining facility, you can authorize a friend to use your meal plan to pick up a meal for you by completing the Meal Plan Access Authorization Form. Meals can be picked up from the traditional dining halls (Central Campus, Harris Millis, and Redstone Dining), Northside Dining, The Marketplace, and the University Marche.
Please note that using our EcoWare program is the only way to take food out of the traditional dining halls. The use of personal Tupperware containers is not allowed. Per the Vermont Department of Health, reusable containers must be washed and sanitized by Dining Services to ensure food safety.
- Give your EcoWare cow tag to the cashier and ask for an EcoWare container (a flat box or soup container). If you'd like to also dine-in, please inform the cashier, and they will have you swipe for that meal too.
- Fill your EcoWare with food from the dining hall (we just ask that it closes).
- Leave the dining hall and enjoy your meal.
- Empty (and if possible, rinse) and return your dirty EcoWare container to any EcoWare return bin located in most dining locations. You will receive a new cow tag (or container if you are ready for another meal to-go).
- Repeat to continue to participate in the program.
In the Retail Locations
Opt for your meal to be served in EcoWare (where available). It's good for the environment and your wallet!
- Give your EcoWare cow tag to the cook/server and ask for your meal to be served in EcoWare. Unfortunately, this option is not available on our mobile app.
- Save 25 cents at the register.
- Enjoy your meal.
- Return your dirty container to an EcoWare return bin located in most dining locations, and you will receive a new cow tag.
- Repeat to continue to participate in the program.
All first-year and transfer students will receive one complimentary EcoWare membership (cow tag) to participate in the program. Cow tags can be picked up at the EcoWare tabling events in the dining halls for the first few weeks of school or anytime at a UVM Dining cash register. If you lose your EcoWare cow tag or container, you will need to buy back into the program for $7.50, payable with Retail Points, Cat$cratch, or credit/debit at the register.
As of spring 2022, there are no longer EcoWare return bins in the residence halls. You will need to return to a UVM Dining location to receive another EcoWare token. There are blue EcoWare return bins located in the following cashier stations:
- Central Campus Dining
- Harris Millis Dining
- Redstone Dining
- The Marketplace
- University Marche
Check out our waste reduction programs.