Meal Plans FAQ

Dining Services is dedicated to providing the highest level of satisfaction when it comes to our units and presence on campus. Below is a complied list of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to meal plans and how they may be used. If you have a question that is not listed here get in touch with us.

What are my meal plan options?

Click here to view meal plan options.

Who needs a meal plan?

All resident students (except students living in Morrison, Flynn, CDC, Transfer Houses, or Grand apartments) are required to purchase a meal plan. If no meal plan is selected, the student is automatically placed on the Block 150 plan. Any meal plan is available to non-resident (off-campus) students but is not required.

When and where can I use my meal plan?

The meal plans offered during the fall and spring semesters are designed to meet a variety of student needs. Meal plan participants are welcome to dine in the The View and at the Binz on the St. Paul campus or Food for Thought in Minneapolis. Check the website for location hours.

Flex dollars may be used for food purchases at any UST Dining Services location.

Meals and flex dollars do not carry over to the next semester.

Flex dollars are not valid on vending machines.

When and where can I use my meal plan?

The meal plans offered during the fall and spring semesters are designed to meet a variety of student needs. Meal plan participants are welcome to dine in the The View and at the Binz on the St. Paul campus or Food for Thought in Minneapolis. Check the Dining Services website for hours, hours may be different during the summer months or during break periods.

  • Flex dollars may be used for food purchases at any UST Dining Services location.
  • Meals and flex dollars do not carry over to the next semester.
  • Flex dollars are not valid on vending machines.

What if I want to change my meal plan?

Meal Plan participants may decrease their meal plan up until the 2nd Friday of the semester. For spring 2015 this date is: Friday, February 13, 2015. Participants may increase their meal plan at anytime.

If you are an on-campus student visit Residence Life in Koch Commons, room 106, to fill out a Meal Plan Change Form.

If you are an off-campus student visit the Card Office to fill out a Meal Plan Change Form.

What if my schedule conflicts with dining location hours?

If you have class, lab, practice, or a work conflict, you need not miss a meal.

T's offers a bag lunch option Monday - Thursday from 7 am - 6 pm and Friday from 7 am - 2 pm. Students who have a schedule conflict should visit the Dining Services office (ASC 351), to fill out an application for a sack lunch. Please bring supporting documentation such as a copy of class, work, or practice schedule. A sack lunch will include any item from the deli or grill, a yogurt or fruit, and a fountain beverage or bottled milk.

The only class schedules accepted will be ones printed out of Murphy Online. If you have questions on how to do this contact the Registrar’s office.

After one business day you will receive an email indicating whether your application was approved or denied.

If you have questions regarding this process please call 651-962-6062.

Where can I use my meal plan in Minneapolis?

Meal Plan participant purchases (up to $6.75) can be exchanged for one meal from your plan at Food For Thought on the Minneapolis campus. No prepackaged items qualify for the exchange but can be purchased with Flex, eXpress, debit, credit or cash at the time of purchase.

What if I want to bring a guest?

If you wish to bring a guest to eat in The View or the BINZ, you may use your guest meals attached to your meal plan. Not all meal plans have guest meals, see your individual plan for details. You can also use your flex dollars, pay cash, or your eXpress account.

What happens to unused meals and flex dollars at the end of the semester?

Unused meal plans and flex dollars do not carry over to the next semester. eXpress dollars do carry over from semester to semester. For more information on eXpress dollars please click here.

What if I withdraw from St. Thomas or terminate my housing contract during the semester?

Students who have a meal plan and withdraw from St. Thomas will be refunded on a pro-rated basis. When a resident terminates their housing contract it also cancels their meal plan.