Meal Plan FAQs

Meal Plans

Why do I need a meal plan?
Meal plans give you the peace of mind to know that not only are you being fed well but that you also have access to nutritious and delicious meals throughout your time at the University of Florida. Meal plans offer freedom, flexibility, and savings when dining on campus. Meal swipes give you the freedom to gain access to the all-you-care-to-eat meals in the dining halls at a discounted rate compared to the door rate, with the added convenience of using one swipe per day for a combo meal at select retail locations. Flex are 1-to-1 funds that are conveniently loaded onto your Gator 1 Card and offer tax savings when purchasing food and beverages.
When does my meal plan begin and end?
How do I cancel my meal plan?
How can I change my meal plan?
What if I have dietary restrictions?
The talented team of culinarians holds your safety and satisfaction as their top priority and will prepare a wide variety of special dietary offerings to serve you.  Contact Ashton Julian at Ashton.Julian@compass-usa.com or 352-392-2491 to discuss specific dietary needs.
I will be living off-campus. What is the best type of meal plan?
If you are going to live off-campus, we know you are looking for a meal plan that is flexible with your schedule and saves you money! There are a variety of meal plans offerings specifically designed for commuters – and you can conveniently load them onto your Gator 1 Card!

If you are signed up for a standard class schedule, we recommend the Block 80 with $200 Flex. This plan allows you to have an average of 5 meals a week, as well as $200 in Flex to use throughout the semester on coffee, snacks, and additional meals! If you will only be on campus a couple of days per week, the Block 50 with $200 Flex or Block 65 might be a better fit. If you are registered for several online courses and will only be on campus a handful of times, consider signing up for the Block 30.  Remember, if you purchase a meal plan that includes Flex, you can add additional Flex during the fall or spring semester at any time through our Gator 1 Card Management Portal.

I will be living on-campus. What is the best type of meal plan?
If you are going to live on campus, we recommend an unlimited plan. These plans give you the freedom to come and go throughout the day, without the worry of keeping track of your swipes. Students love these plans because it is similar to being back in the comfort of their home with the flexibility to come hang out and graze throughout the day, just like snacking from the pantry! In addition, each plan comes with various levels of Flex, so you can select the plan that works best with your schedule each year. Remember, if you purchase a meal plan that includes Flex, you can add additional Flex during the fall or spring semester at any time through our Gator 1 Card Management Portal.
What if I have no idea what type of meal plan to pick?
If you are living off campus and are not sure what the semester may look like or just prefer to simply buy meals as you go, the Flex 770 is the plan for you. If you are living on-campus, the 7 Day Unlimited Blue provides the best value and flexibility. Remember, if you purchase a meal plan that includes Flex, you can add additional Flex during the fall or spring semester at any time through our Gator 1 Card Management Portal.
Does my meal plan roll over at the end of the semester?
No matter which plan is purchased, any unused meals will NOT roll over to the next semester.
•Summer B –Flex does NOT roll over at the end of the Summer. Both Flex and your meal plan expire at the end of the Summer semester.
•Fall Commuter Students – your Flex and meal plan will expire at the end of the semester UNLESS you purchase a Spring meal plan.
•Fall Residential Students – Your Flex and meal plan will expire at the end of the Spring semester.
If I’m on an unlimited plan, how many times per day can I visit the residential dining halls?
Unlimited meal plan holders may swipe every 45 minutes.
If I live off-campus (commuter), may I purchase a residential meal plan?
Yes, you can! Students living off-campus can purchase either a commuter meal plan or a residential meal plan, both being only one-semester commitments.
If I live on-campus, may I purchase a commuter meal plan?
Only students living off-campus may purchase a commuter meal plan. Residential students may only purchase residential meal plans, which are a two-semester commitment.
What is the difference between Gator Bucks, Flex and Declining Balance?
  • Both Flex and Declining Balance are funds on your Gator 1 Card that work just like a debit account for food. They are accepted at all food locations on campus.
  • If you purchase a meal plan with Flex for the Fall or Spring semesters, you can reload your Flex account while meal plans are active by using a credit card through the Gator 1 Card Management Portal. There is a minimum deposit of $15 and max of $500. Note that you are not charged tax for food and beverage purchases when paying with Flex.
  • For Residential Meal Plans, any remaining Flex from the Fall semester will roll over to the Spring semester and then expire at the end of the academic year.  For Commuter Meal Plans, Flex expires at the end of the Fall semester unless you purchase another meal plan in the Spring, in which case it would roll over to Spring.
  • Declining Balance funds can be added at any time with a minimum deposit of $15 and max of $2,500. These funds never expire and will continue to roll over until you graduate, withdraw, or transfer from UF, at which point you can request a refund.
  • Gator Bucks is a combination of your Bookstore Debit and/or Vending accounts. These funds can now be used at any of our Bookstore locations or at snack/beverage vending machines. The funds never expire and refund requests are permitted upon separation from the University. You may not use your Gator Bucks accounts for purchasing foods at the residential dining halls, convenience stores or retail locations.
Where can I purchase additional Flex?
Additional Flex may be added at any time throughout the fall/spring semesters through the Gator 1 Card Management Portal.
Family members may also use the portal to add money to a student’s account by clicking,”Make a Guest Deposit.”  
Where can I spend my Flex?
Flex can be spent at any dining location on campus. This includes all-you-care-to-eat dining facilities (you’ll pay the door rate), Markets, and campus retail locations.

Meal Swipes

What is a meal swipe exchange?
In addition to using your meal swipes at an all-you-care-to-eat dining hall, a meal swipe can be exchanged for a combo meal at various retail locations (specific menu items are reserved for these menu swipes). Meal swipe exchanges are available when you purchase an Unlimited plan, Block plan or Weekly plan, limit 1 per day. Visit locations and menu here.
Where can I use my meal swipes?
•Fall 2022: Meal swipes can be used at any all-you-care-to-eat dining halls and select retail locations.
How many times per day can I use my meal swipes?
Students may use a meal swipe once every 45-minutes.

Declining Balance

What is the difference between Flex and Declining Balance?
  • Both Flex and Declining Balance are funds on your Gator 1 Card that work just like a debit account for food. They are accepted at all food locations on campus.
  • If you purchase a meal plan with Flex for the Fall or Spring semesters, you can reload your Flex account while meal plans are active by using a credit card through the Gator 1 Card Management Portal. There is a minimum deposit of $15 and max of $500. Note that you are not charged tax for food and beverage purchases when paying with Flex.
  • For Residential Meal Plans, any remaining Flex from the Fall semester will roll over to the Spring semester and then expire at the end of the academic year.  For Commuter Meal Plans, Flex expires at the end of the Fall semester unless you purchase another meal plan in the Spring, in which case it would roll over to Spring.
  • Declining Balance funds can be added at any time with a minimum deposit of $15 and max of $2,500. These funds never expire and will continue to roll over until you graduate, withdraw, or transfer from UF, at which point you can request a refund.
Will my financial aid cover the cost of declining balance?
Declining balance is now available for purchase by charging to the student account/financial aid.

Eating at the Residential Dining Halls

How much does it cost to eat at the residential dining halls if I don’t have a meal plan?

Anyone is welcome to eat at an all-you-care-to-eat residential dining hall. Breakfast will cost $7.95 plus tax, while lunch & dinner will cost $9.95 plus tax.

Can guests eat with me at the residential dining hall?
Guests are welcome to eat at the all-you-care-to-eat residential dining hall Breakfast will cost $7.95 plus tax, while lunch & dinner will cost $9.95 plus tax. Guests are also welcome to eat at any retail or C-store location. The Flex portion of a meal plan or a Declining Balance Account can be used to treat a guest to a dining facility; however, a meal from the Meal Plan can only be used by the individual with the Meal Plan.

Financial Aid

Does financial aid cover the cost of my meal plan?
Certain financial aid programs will cover the cost of your meal plan (you may choose any meal plan). Declining Balance funds may be purchased using Financial Aid through this link.
Will my financial aid cover the cost of declining balance?
Declining Balance funds may be purchased using Financial Aid through this link.

Catering

I need catering for an upcoming event on campus. Who do I contact?

 

CONTACT US

For Meal Plan questions, text Florida Fresh Dining team at (352) 618-3859.
For concerns about your account, call (352) 392-0306 or email dining@bsd.ufl.edu.