Since residential dining is a cornerstone of how community is developed in Housing & Residence Life, all residents in The Houses are assigned a meal plan. There are three components to the residential meal plans: meals in the dining commons, meal exchanges for use in the campus cafes/markets, and Maroon Dollars for use in all UChicago Dining venues (including the Campus Bookstore).
Meal plans expire at the end of each quarter. Any unused meals and meal exchanges will not roll over into the next quarter. Maroon Dollars, however, do roll over from one quarter to the next – expiring on the Saturday that the residence halls close in June.
First-year students are assigned to the Unlimited Meal Plan, regardless of the type of room or location they are assigned. They must remain on the Unlimited Meal Plan for the entire first year.
Upper-class students who live in a single or double room are assigned to the Unlimited Meal Plan, but may change to the Phoenix Meal Plan during meal plan change periods: the week prior to and through Friday of the first week of classes at 4:30 p.m.
Upper-class students who live on campus in an apartment are assigned to the Apartment Meal Plan, but may change to the Phoenix or the Unlimited Meal Plan during meal plan change periods: the week prior to and through Friday of the first week of classes at 4:30 p.m.
Meal Plan Changes
Upperclass students may make meal plan changes in person at the UChicago Dining Office or at the Housing & Residence Life office. Meal plan downgrades (i.e.; Phoenix to Apartment) are not permitted mid-quarter. Students may upgrade their meal plans (i.e. Apartment to Unlimited) or purchase additional Maroon Dollars at any time during the year.
Changing from the Phoenix Meal Plan to the Unlimited Meal Plan does not constitute an upgrade, since these plans cost the same. Changing between the Phoenix and Unlimited meal plans may only occur during the meal plan change periods.