Off-Campus Student Meal Plans

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We offer Off-Campus Student Meal Plans that combine Dining Dollars and meals to provide flexibility to commuters and students living off campus. You can use meals seven days a week at any of the All You Care To Eat dining centers. Dining Dollars are accepted at all Campus Dining locations across campus. You can also use your allocated meals and Dining Dollars to treat friends and family.

Looking for spring 2020 meal plans?

The meal plans listed below are what will be offered for fall 2020 semester. Plans for spring 2020 are still visible on the Spring 2020 Off-Campus Meal Plan webpage and the link to sign-up is available as well.

In regards to changes for the fall semester, the most notable change is in the naming of the flexible spending account from Flex Dollars to Dining Dollars.

Fall 2020 Off-Campus Meal Plans

Plan Meals
(semester)
Dining Dollars
(semester)
Cost
Huskie Block 50 
includes to-go and meal exchange
50 150 $550
Huskie Block 100 
includes to-go and meal exchange
100 150 $925
Huskie Block 150 
includes to-go and meal exchange
150 150 $1225
Huskie Classic Unlimited None $1395

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Additional Dining Dollars Plans

Plan Dining Dollars Additional Cost Valid Through
Dining Dollar Level 1 110 $105 End of academic year
Dining Dollar Level 2 220 $210 End of academic year
Dining Dollar Level 3 330 $315 End of academic year
Dining Dollar Level 4 450 $420 End of academic year

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Why select this plan?

Take meals to-go out of Gilbert, Neptune, and New Hall.

Use Dining Dollars to treat guests in All You Care to Eat dining centers.

Use Dining Dollars at Stevenson and other retail locations across campus.

A plan that offers access to all locations across campus and includes to-go option.

Why select this plan?

You'll usually only eat at New Hall, Gilbert, or Neptune.

You don't care about taking meals to-go.

You can use any number of meals per week.

You don't plan to visit Stevenson to use a meal plan swipe.

The plan that provides full-access to All You Care to Eat dining centers. A throw-back to a traditional meal plan option.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up?

Use the online sign-up portal, you'll be given the option of selecting one of these plans.

Am I able to sign up for a meal plan?

To purchase any of these plans, you must be a current-enrolled, matriculating student for the concurrent semester that the plan is purchased.

How and when do I pay for a meal plan?

Your meal plan will be billed to your NIU Bursar's account along with your room rate. See due dates.

How can I change my meal plan if I already signed up?

You can change your plan by sending an email from your student Z-ID email account to housing@niu.edu and  dining@niu.edu.

Deadlines for requesting changes:

  • If you added your meal plan before the semester started, you have ten business days from the start of the semester to upgrade, downgrade, or cancel your meal plan. After those ten business days, you can still upgrade or refill, but you can't cancel or downgrade your plan.
  • If you added your meal plan on or after the first day of the semester, you have ten business days from the date you added your plan to upgrade, downgrade, or cancel it. After those ten business days, you can still upgrade or refill, but you can't cancel or downgrade your plan.

What meal plan should I select?

This depends on how often you plan on eating on campus, and where you would like to eat. Prefer the dine-in experience in our All You Care to Eat dining centers? The Huskie Classic Plan is great for you. Prefer to grab food on-the-go, or fancy a coffee every morning before class? The Huskie Block Plans, or Dining Dollars Level Plans provide flexibility to let you eat at all on campus locations .

What is Meal Exchange?

Meal Exchange offers the ability for Huskie Block plans to choose dining options from a retail dining center. In locations like Stevenson Retail Dining or Dog Pound C-Store, use one of your meal swipes for a combination of items like a sandwich, chips, and a drink. Locations offering meal exchange will list what items are eligible to be combined for one meal swipe.

What is the To-Go meal program?

A new program for any student on a Huskie Block Plan (50, 100, or 150) to fill a reusable container and take their food to-go.

Take To-Go from Gilbert, Neptune, and New Hall.

Return dirty but empty container and receive a new, clean container or key tag for the next time you wish to take To-Go.

One-time fee of $4 the first time you wish to take to-go. Lost containers or key tags will result in another $4 charge.

See more information on the To-Go program

I'm running low on my meal swipes or Dining Dollars, can I add more?

If you run out of meal swipes or Dining Dollars during the semester, you can always refill by selecting the same plan again, or another plan from the list above. Refill a meal plan online.

When do unused meals or Dining Dollars expire?

For Huskie Block Plans, unused meals and Dining Dollars both expire at the end of the semester.

For Flex Level Plans, any unused Dining Dollars expire at the end of the academic year, ending with the spring semester.

What are Huskie Bucks, and do I need them?

Huskie Bucks are another way to pay for meals but are not part of a meal plan. Huskie Bucks are also used for printing/copying on campus. You can deposit funds into your Huskie Bucks account at any time. Learn more about Huskie Bucks.


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dining@niu.edu

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