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Find the perfect Meal Plan to fit your life on campus. Our dining team on campus is excited to welcome you to the table with a variety of different plans centered on authentic culinary experiences. We want to make dining on campus easy, so our plans offer access to a convenient combination of sit down meals, grab and go snacks, retail restaurants, marketplaces, coffee shops, guest meals, and more.

Read about all of our available plans below and learn about the features of our plans. Visit the links to read about commonly asked questions, add Food Dollars to your Phoenix Card, view retail combo Meal Exchanges at different on campus restaurants, and view Faculty and Staff Meal Plans. Learn about Meal Plan terms and requirements here!

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2020-2021 Meal Plans

Learn about our plans

Meal swipes. All Access. Meal Exchanges. What does this all mean? Our plans come with a number of features to make your dining experience convenient and flexible. Learn about common terms and plan structure below!

All Access Meal Plans

With All Access Plans, you can use as many meal swipes as you want throughout the semester in the dining halls. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night, theme meals – you name it! This unlimited access gives  If we’re serving it in the dining halls, you can swipe to your heart’s content and try it all. All Access Plans can also be upgraded to include weekly Meal Exchanges. Each plan also includes pre-loaded Meal Dollars and Guest Meals.

Block Meal Plans

Living off-campus, and need more flexibility? With our Block Plans, you can choose a set number of meals for the year, depending on how often you’d like to eat on campus. Block Swipes can be used in dining halls as Meal Swipes, or at on-campus retail locations as a Meal Exchange. These plans also come with pre-loaded Meal Dollars, and Block Swipes can be used for guests as long as the card holder is present.

Meal Swipes

Meal Swipes can be used in our residential dining halls. Once you swipe in, you can enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat meal. All Access Plans come with unlimited Meal Swipes, while Block Plans come with a set amount of swipes that roll over between semesters, but drop at the end of each year.

Meal Dollars

Meal Dollars come with your meal plan. These can be used at any Elon Dining facility working on the same principle as a debit card. Meal Dollars carry over from Fall to Winter and Winter to Spring (must purchase same or higher priced meal plan in Spring for meal dollars to transfer). Roll over Meal Dollars will appear on student accounts after the Add/Drop period ends. If you run low on Meal Dollars, reload with Food Dollars.

Food Dollars

Food Dollars are a pre-paid balance account used exclusively in dining locations on campus. Food Dollars differ from Meal Dollars in that they are added in addition to your meal plan, and they stay on your card as long as you enrolled at Elon. You also receive a 15% discount when you use Food Dollars at any dining location. You can add Food Dollars at any time on our website or by contacting the Phoenix Card Office

Meal Exchange

A Meal Exchange is a set retail combo that can be used at any of our on-campus retail locations. You can typically get an entrée, side, and drink. All Elon Dining retail locations offer Meal Exchange, so variety abounds! Unused Meal Exchanges expire at the end of each week.

Guest Meals

You can use your Guest Meals to treat friends and family that come visit you on campus! Guest Meals may be used in dining halls or on-campus retail locations. Guest Meals come with All Access Plans, and you may also use Block Plan swipes on a guest as long as the card holder is present.

Phoenix Cash

Though Phoenix Cash does not come with any of our meal plans, this Elon University tender can be used at any of our dining locations. I can also be used at several campus shops, such as the book store and the print shop, so it is best to utilize Meal Dollars at dining locations first.

Meal Plan Requirements

  • First-year Students: – Required to have the All Access + 14, All Access + 7 or All Access Basic meal plan in all residence halls.
  • Sophomores: – Required to have at least the All-Access Basic Meal Plan in all residence halls and Greek houses. Students living in university apartments, Newman Center and Trollinger House must select at least the 300 Block Meal Plan.
  • Juniors: – Required to have at least the All-Access Basic Meal Plan in all residence halls. Students in Danieley K, the Colonnades, Greek houses, Global Village, and Academic Village must select at least the 300 Block Meal Plan. Students in apartments are encouraged to select a Meal Plan.
  • Seniors: – Required to have at least the All-Access Basic Meal Plan in all residence halls. Students in Danieley K, the Colonnades, Greek houses, Global Village, and Academic Village must select at least the 300 Block Meal Plan. Students in apartments are encouraged to select a Meal Plan.

Students living off campus and non-mandatory juniors and seniors in university apartments are encouraged to select a meal plan. The 200 Block Meal Plan is only available to students living off campus and non-mandatory junior and senior university apartment residents.

Door Rates

You can still eat at our dining halls if you don’t have a meal plan!

  • For Students and Guests: $11 for breakfast, and $12.25 for lunch or dinner (including tax).
  • For Faculty: $7.25 for any meal (including tax).

Important Dates

2020-2021

August 21 Fall Meal Plans Begin

December 12 Fall Meal Plans End

January 3 Winter Meal Plans Begin

January 26 Winter Term Meal Plan Ends

January 30 Spring Meal Plan Begins

May 19 Spring Meal Plan Ends