Meal Plan FAQs
I live on campus. Why am I required to have a meal plan?
The 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) is that we want to ensure that students can concentrate on studies without worrying about regular shopping, cooking (safely) and having nutritious food readily available.
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 each semester.
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.
Meal Exchange vs Dining Dollars:
Dining Dollars can be used at any time to purchase items on a retail a la carte basis.
Meal Exchange is when a guest uses one of their All You Care to Eat Meals from the Terra Dining Hall in exchange for bundled offering in Terra To-Go, Mangia, or The Mezz.
Guests also have the opportunity to take advantage of Meal Exchange Program in Mangia during the 4th Meal Zone of the day (Late Night). These bundles are pre-determined and pre-set in the(touch screen ordering system.
The Meal Zones are as listed below:
Terra Dining Hall "On the Go" Late Night
(Terra Dining Hall) (All Locations) Mangia
Monday - Friday
Breakfast 7:00am-10:59am 7:00am-10:59am
Lunch 11:00am-3:59pm 11:00am-3:59pm
Dinner 4:00-7:30pm 4:00-7:30pm
Late Night (Mangia) 7:30-10:30pm
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 Residence 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.
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 Educational Accessibility at 215-717-6616.
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.
Dining Dollars cannot be used at vending machines on campus. E-Accounts can.
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.
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.
Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Closed Saturday & Sunday
Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m
Closed Saturday & Sunday
Please note that these hours are subject to change
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.