Meal Plan & FlexDine FAQs

If you have a question that is not covered on this page or in the Meal Plan Policy, you can contact M Dining at mealplan@umn.edu.

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Am I required to have a meal plan?

Students living in the nine traditional residence halls (Bailey, Centennial, Comstock, Frontier, Middlebrook, Pioneer, Sanford, Territorial and 17th Avenue) must select a residential meal plan as part of their housing contract. There are no exceptions. Please consider this before signing your application contract. Students can change their meal plan within the first two weeks of fall semester and prior to the winter break for spring semester. Cooking is permitted only in residence hall kitchenette areas and in University apartment kitchens.

Apartment and Commuter students are not required to sign-up for a meal plan, however they can choose to sign-up for any of the Weekly or Block Plans. Eating on campus is more convenient with a meal plan!

How do I check my meal plan/FlexDine Balance?

Each time you use your meal plan or FlexDine you can ask the cashier for your balance. You can also check your balances online at http://z.umn.edu/FlexDineBalance.

Do FlexDine dollars expire?

FlexDine balances remaining on your U Card at the end of each semester will remain available for your use until they are used or until one year of inactivity occurs on the account. After one year of inactivity, any funds remaining will revert back to the University of Minnesota.

Can I get a meal to go with my meal plan?

Yes! The M Dining To-Go Program allows you to fill our reusable container at any dining hall and take your meal to-go. More information can be found at the To-Go Program link in the top menu.

Can I visit the Dining Halls without a meal plan?

Through at least the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester, only students on a meal plan will be provided building access to the residence halls. If you run out of meal swipes for the week, you can use FlexDine, GopherGOLD, Cash, or Credit/Debit to purchase a meal at the door rate if you are on a meal plan and have building access. Guests must be accompanied by a student with access.

Do unused meal swipes carry over?

Unused meals will not roll over to the next semester. Weekly meal plans reset each Monday morning and Block Plans expire at the end of the academic term. 

Can I change my meal plan?

Residence Hall Students

Residence Hall students may request a change to their Fall Semester meal plan during the first two weeks of class by visiting www.housing.umn.edu/mealplanchange. Please be aware that change requests placed prior to the start of Fall Semester classes will be effective immediately, but it may take up to one week for any financial adjustments to be posted to the student account. Additionally, later submissions during the change period replace earlier submissions.

Instructions for changing Spring meal plans will be emailed (from the Housing Office) in late October or early November. Please be aware that this email will also contain other Housing related information. Failure to read the email does not exempt students from the Spring Meal Plan Change process or its deadlines.

Residence Hall students new to campus with a Spring ONLY housing contract may submit a meal plan change request by emailing mealplan@umn.edu with their name, student ID number, and specific meal plan change request. The deadline to make changes is the 2nd Friday of the semester. All emailed requests will receive a confirmation once the change has been processed.

Apartment/Commuter Students

Apartment, Commuter, and Faculty & Staff plans purchased prior to the beginning of the fall or spring semester may be changed through the end of the second week of the semester. 

Plans purchased after the beginning of Fall or Spring semester may be changed within 10 business days of purchase. When applicable, refunds will be processed to the original form of payment or may be converted to FlexDine. 

To request a change, please email M Dining at mealplan@umn.edu. Please provide your name, student ID number and the specifics of your request. Once your request has been processed you will receive an email notification.

Can I cancel my meal plan?

Residence Hall Students

Students living in a residence hall are required to have a meal plan as part of their housing contract.

Apartment/Commuter Students

Apartment, Commuter, and Faculty & Staff meal plans may be cancelled within 5 business days of initial purchase. If the plan is purchased before the beginning of the semester, the first day of meal service for the semester will be used as the purchase date. Refunds will be prorated based on the type of plan, the date of the cancellation request and FlexDine usage. There are no fees assessed for cancelling meal plans. 

To request a cancellation, please email M Dining at mealplan@umn.edu. Please provide your name, student ID number and the specifics of your request. Once your request has been processed you will receive an email notification.