Unlimited Dining

New for Fall 2019! Unlimited Meal Plan

Dining Services is excited to offer a new unlimited meal plan, beginning fall 2019. The unlimited plan is just what the name implies — unlimited trips to campus dining locations.

Unlimited dining is the closest option to having your own kitchen and pantry. Eat what you want, when you want, as often as you want. The unlimited plan offers the flexibility that a college student’s lifestyle demands. Stop by for that important cup of coffee before your first class, then return after class for a made-to-order breakfast. Grab a snack during a study break between regular meals. You can eat as much as you'd like during each trip to a residential dining location. 

With the new unlimited meal plan comes expanded dining hours. Beginning in fall 2019, The View will be open with uninterrupted service throughout the day, starting at 7 a.m.

The unlimited meal plan also comes with dining dollars — which replace flex dollars — that can be used in any campus dining location, including retail locations like T’s, Scooter’s, Summit Marketplace, Stacks, Beakers and Food for Thought.

Please note, the unlimited meal plan offers unlimited trips to residential dining facilities — The View and The Binz. All food should be consumed while in the dining facility, and not be taken to go.

More about the new plan:

Any student can enroll in the unlimited meal plan.   

All first-year students living on campus in 2019-20 will be enrolled in the unlimited meal plan.

The unlimited plan is available, but not required for other students, including resident and off-campus commuter students.

Unlimited plans result in improved health, wellness and eating habits. Students on this plan don’t feel the need to eat excessive portions each time they use a meal from their plan.

From a food insecurity perspective, students never run out of meals partway through a semester so there’s no need to ration meals.

Unlimited plans provide all students equal access to food and nutrition. With access to dining all day and a wide variety of choices to fit those with special diet needs, everyone can enjoy healthy meals.

Of course it’s not just about the food; eating on campus allows students to take part in the socializing that goes on during meals, allowing them an opportunity to interact outside the classroom. Students enjoy themed meals and special events each semester to make dining a social event with friends. Unlimited dining means students never miss out on these opportunities.

With unlimited dining plans, research shows that food waste is considerably lowered, addressing sustainability and the need to reduce discarded food. In tandem with other initiatives like trayless dining — which prevents food waste and saves thousands of gallons of water for washing — and our partnership with the Food Recovery Network, unlimited dining advances St. Thomas’ commitment to sustainability.