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Student getting lunch at Local Point in Lander Hall

All students living in residence halls are required to have a dining plan unless you live in Mercer Court, Nordheim Court, Stevens Court or a studio apartment.

For those students choosing to live in an apartment, we offer an apartment dining plan tailored for students who have a kitchen and live life on-the-go.

How to select your dining plan

You will choose your dining plan level, the amount you want to spend each month, when you apply for housing.

Select the level that's right for you

The residence hall dining plan has several levels so you can choose the one that meets your needs. At the beginning of each quarter the amount you chose is loaded into your dining plan for you to spend.

The average cost of a meal on campus is between $7–$11. We broke Levels 1–6 down into daily budgets to help you decide what works for you. 

Quarterly payment $1,064 $1,208 $1,354 $1,498 $1,788 $2,381
Daily budget (approx.) $14 $16 $18 $20 $23 $31

Summer Quarter

If you are living on campus during Summer quarter you can find dining plan information in the Summer Housing Application Guide.

Your dining plan is on your Husky Card

Your Husky Card actually has two separate accounts: your Dining Plan and your Husky Card Account.

Husky Card, one card with two accounts

How your dining plan works

You can use your dining plan at any on-campus dining location at any time. If the location is open, you can eat there using your dining plan.

Simply swipe your Husky Card to pay for your meal. Each time you purchase food, that amount is automatically deducted from your dining plan—just like a debit card. Food purchases will always be deducted from your dining plan as long as there are funds available in that account.

How to keep track of your dining plan balance

It’s easy to keep track of your balance—look for it displayed on the cash register when you make a purchase. You can also track your dining plan online.

If you run out of dining plan funds

If you run out of money in your dining plan, you cannot add more funds to it. Instead, you can add money to your Husky Card Account via the Online Card Office. You can use your Husky Card Account funds at all the same locations you would use your dining plan.

You can manage your Husky Card Account the same way that you manage your dining plan, using the Online Card Office. You can also access these accounts from your MyUW dashboard.

Your unused account balance

Your unused account balance rolls over from quarter to quarter until the end of your agreement period. Dining funds are nonrefundable and nontransferable. We recommend you monitor and adjust your dining plan level each quarter to avoid having a balance left over at the end of the year.

Make changes to your dining plan

Selecting the right dining level to match your lifestyle isn’t an exact science. If you want to change your dining plan level you can. You may change to a lower dining level for an upcoming quarter by making your request before these deadlines:

Autumn quarter by August 31, 2022
Winter quarter by November 30, 2022
Spring quarter by February 28, 2023

If you have any questions about your dining plan, please contact us. We are happy to help!

The Resident Dining Program

Learn about the Resident Dining Program which features information about special diets, dining locations for residents, leadership and job opportunities and community food events.