Meal Plan FAQ

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.

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

Check the Dining Services website for location hours.

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

Flex dollars are not valid on vending machines.

What are my meal plan options?

Please click here to see current meal plans with rates.

What if I want to change my meal plan?

Meal Plan participants have only the first two weeks of each semester to DECREASE their meal plan. You can INCREASE your meal plan at any time.

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.

If you have questions contact the Card Office, MHC 101, or 651-962-6069.

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 651-962-6060.

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. You can also use your flex dollars, pay cash, or your eXpress account.

Meal prices for 2013-2014 are as follows:
Breakfast $7.25 -- Brunch/Lunch $8.75 -- Dinner $9.00

The number of guest meals per meal plan is:
Block 225: 4 guest meals
Block 180: 6 guest meals
Block 150: 6 guest meals
Block 135: 8 guest meals
Block 60: 4 guest meals

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.