Meal Plan FAQs

I live on campus. Why am I required to have a meal plan?
I live off campus. May I sign up for a meal plan?
How are meals counted each week?
Once the semester begins, can I make changes to my plan?
Are there any exceptions to this policy?
My meal plan comes with 50 Dining Dollars. How do those work?
I have friends visiting for the weekend. Can they eat with me?
What are the hours of operation at the dining facilities?
I am a vegan. Does the UArts dining services plan have options for me?

I live on campus. Why am I required to have a meal plan?
There most important reason why we require the Platinum Plan for residential students (Returning students can opt to enroll in the Gold Plan if they do so by the drop/add date); we want to ensure that students can concentrate on studies without worrying about regular shopping, cooking (safely) and having nutritious food readily available.

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I live off campus. May I sign up for a meal plan?
Yes! Students can enroll online anytime up until the day before new student move-in: August, 19, 2014 for the fall 2014 semester and January 19, 2015 for the spring 2015 semester.

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How are meals counted each week?
Meal plans are tracked on a weekly basis, from Monday morning until Sunday evening. You may not exceed more than the number of meals per week as outlined in your plan above, unless you have purchased the Gold Plan and are using one of the four (4) weekly guest passes. There are up to four (4) meal time periods per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night).  Students may either use their meal plan, Dining Dollars, or receive a meal plan equivalency during those time zones, based on the specific location. For students wishing to dine at Mangia or the Mezz, those locations will offer a la carte items for a meal plan equivalency.

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Once the semester begins, can I make changes to my plan?
Students may not select a lower-level meal plan during a given term after the add/drop deadline, but may upgrade to a higher-level plan at any time during the semester. All changes must be made at Student Life on the 3rd floor of Gershman Hall. Residential students (those who live in on-campus housing) may not make changes to their plan at any time.

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Are there any exceptions to this policy?
Typically, no. However, the University understands that there are sometimes circumstances beyond a student's control, such as a major health issue, that do not fall within the general scope of our policies and need to be reviewed. Any exception to policies can be requested through the Office of Student Affairs & Dean of Students at 215-717-6617.

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My meal plan comes with 125 Dining Dollars. How do those work?
Dining Dollars can be used at any dining location on campus in exchange for a meal or snack. Dining Dollars do not roll over from semester to semester.

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I have friends visiting for the weekend. Can they eat with me?
Yes, of course! However, your meal plan can only be used once per meal time, unless you have purchased the Gold Plan and are using one of the four (4) weekly guest passes. Guests can pay using cash, UArts Dollars, or a credit card.

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What are the hours of operation at the dining facilities?
The University of the Arts understands the complexities of our students' schedules and we have designed convenient meal periods with extensive hours of operation:

Terra Dining Hall
Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Mangia
Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Closed Saturday & Sunday

The Mezz
Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m
Closed Saturday & Sunday

Please note that these hours are subject to change

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I am a vegan. Does the UArts dining services plan have options for me?
Yes! We have regular menu items that cater to a variety of different tastes, lifestyles and dietary needs. Specific questions regarding menus and other health-related needs can be addressed to the Director of Dining Services at diningservices@uarts.edu.

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