Regardless of our background, food is a very important part of our lives. Having good quality food available to students is a priority at DU. Everyone that lives on campus has to have a meal plan, and if you do not live on campus, but still want to eat at the dining halls, commuter meals are available.
There are three main meal plan options: 125, 150, and 175 meal plan. This means that along the 10 weeks of the quarter, you have that number of allotted swipes you can use at any dinning hall on campus. You have to swipe your Pioneer ID (student card) to get into any dining hall, whether you go get a full meal or an apple. If a student lives off campus, and wants to eat at DU they can buy one of the commuter plans, the 50 block package or the 10 block package. This plans do not come with meal plan cash.
Meal plan cash is a certain amount of money that each student receives when they purchase a meal plan, students are required to have at minimum the 125-block meal plan during their first and second year. When entering a dining hall on campus you have to swipe your Pioneer ID, your meal plan is calculated on how many swipes you want/need. The meal plan cash is separate from the amount of swipes you purchase, every meal plan receives the same amount of money. The meal plan cash is not transferable to the next quarter, it “resets”.
There are seven dining options on the DU campus: Academic Commons, Centennial Dining Hall, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Front Porch Café, Law School Café, Nagel Hall Market, Nelson Hall, and the WOW Café. Plus the convenience stores inside Johnson-Mcfarlane and Centennial Halls dorms. If eating at Einstein Bros. Bagels, Front Porch Café, Law School Café and the WOW Café, the only way to pay is with meal plan cash or your personal card, they do not accept swipes; but the regular dining halls accept meal swipes.