Any student may apply for a meal plan. Students that live on campus may pay for a meal plan in addition to their living costs with Residence Life. Residents assigned to apartments may choose to apply for an optional, supplementary meal plan. The plan includes 150 meals for the academic year (fall and spring semesters), plus $250 in "flex" dollars to spend at the student’s discretion within the dining facility. Please understand that this plan is strictly supplementary, as it allows an average of five meals per week. Supplementary meal plans cost approximately $1,600; several hundred plans are available for purchase each year and are made available on a first-come, first-served basis until all are sold. Detailed meal plan information will be included in your housing contract packet.
However, for those living in apartments, apartment units do have full kitchens that include a full-sized refrigerator, oven, range, and dishwasher. Residents without meal plans cook for themselves and often share cooking duties with their roommates. Two major grocery stores are within walking distance of the residence centers, or students may order groceries online through a commercial provider (such as Peapod™). Meal preparation is an important part of the independent living experience available to students.