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The UW-Whitewater Dining Services meal plans provide exceptional value for both residential and off campus members of the University community. The UW-W Dining Services meal plan program provides you with a wide variety of fresh meals to choose from all day long, AND they offer the convenience of no clean up or shopping for food.

The cost of your meal plan will vary depending on which plan and level of Dining Dollars you choose. The price you pay for a meal plan (but not Add-on Dining Dollars) is divided into two segments:


The Administrative Fee: This segment of the meal plan cost is used to pay for all the kitchen equipment and services, furniture, maintenance of the building and the kitchen, utilities, cleaning supplies and staff, and all remodeling and repairs. The administrative fee portion of the meal plan is not available for purchasing meals.

The Meal Plan: This segment of the meal plan cost is available for food purchase in campus dining facilities. The university offers four plan choices. Each with its own advantages. It's your choice!


Important Meal Plan Guidelines

What happens to the meals that are not used at the end of the week?
A student on a weekly meal plan (10, 14, 19, or 24) has the opportunity to use that number of meals each week. The unused meals do not accumulate or roll over and do not figure into a refund.

Can I bring a friend to eat with me?
Yes! If you have meals available, you can bring a non-UW-W guest to eat from dinner on Thursday through Sunday late night. One guest is allowed per meal period. Just tell the cashier you have a guest. Extra guest meals may also be purchased with Dining Dollars, Purple Points, cash, check or credit card. You will save 15% by using Dining Dollars in the Esker Dining Hall, Prairie Street Cafe, Erbert & Gerbert's or Drumlin Hall. You will receive a 10% discount at all other on-campus restaurants. You will save the 5.5% sales tax when using Purple Points.

What are the benefits of signing up for a meal plan?
There are lots of reasons why you should sign up for a meal plan:

  • With grab 'n' go choices, daily vegetarian entrees, a variety of home-style dishes and entrees with an international flair, you can be sure to satisfy your appetite!
  • You won't have to race back to your room to cook up a nutritious meal.
  • Eat with your friends on campus.
  • Don't worry about always having cash to get a bite to eat!
  • 10 campus locations to choose from with a variety of choices at each location.

What are "Dining Dollars"?
"Dining Dollars" are a small debit card-like account that are a part of your weekly meal plan. You use Dining Dollars to buy extra meals, snacks or food from any of the campus dining halls or restaurants. It's just for purchases in the campus dining halls and restaurants. Dining Dollars are a required part of your weekly meal plan. You start with $50, $75, $100, or $150 for the semester and spend it down to $0. When you use your Dining Dollars, you will receive a 15% discount on items/meals bought in either Esker Hall, the Prairie Street Cafe, Drumlin or Erbert & Gerbert's. You will receive a 10% discount at all other on-campus restaurants.

When you want to use your Dining Dollars, just tell the cashier "Dining Dollars" when handing your HawkCard to them for payment. You can't get cash refunds from this account. To see how to budget your Add-on, Full or Mega Dining Dollar Plan over the semester, go to our Dining Dollars Usage Guide. Meals and food on campus, paid for with Dining Dollars, are not charged the 5.5% sales tax so you save money every time you use your account.

Where can I eat with my meal plan/Dining Dollars?

Dining Dollars are accepted at any UW-W Dining Services location (Esker Dining Hall, Prairie Street Market, Drumlin Dining Hall, Erbert & Gerbert's, CAfé, Food for Thought, Deloitte Café, The Kettle, Ike Schaffer Commons, Down Under, Willie's, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Sideline Café).

What happens to my Dining Dollars at the end of the semester?
At the end of the fall semester, any unused Dining Dollars will roll over to your Dining Dollar account for the spring semester and be combined with your spring semester Dining Dollar deposit.  Any Dining Dollars remaining on your account at the end of the spring semester will expire. Dining Dollars have to be used during the school year for which they were purchased. Students should carefully consider how much they will use their Dining Dollars over each semester. Generally, lower Dining Dollar amounts are best. You may always purchase more as long as you have a meal plan.

Why is there a difference between the cost of Full or Mega Dining Dollars Meal Plan and the redemption value?
The difference is an overhead charge that is part of all meal plans. This charge covers bonds, utilities, maintenance and custodial services for the Residence Dining Program in Esker Hall and Drumlin Hall. This same overhead charge is built into the 10, 14, 19, and 24 weekly meal plans.

Are there any restrictions on meal plans for Freshmen?
No. All options for meal plans are available for Freshmen.

Can't I just use Purple Points?
According to the policy of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, all freshman and sophomore students are required to reside in University operated Residence Halls during the academic year. As stated in the University Housing contract, "If you are a freshman or sophomore, you also agree to subscribe to one meal plan offered at the University."

Can I change my meal plan if I don't like it?
Yes. Meal plan changes will be accepted during the second and the third weeks of fall semester and the first two weeks of spring semester. Meal plan changes are effective the following Monday. Changes to a meal plan may be made in person at the HawkCard Office (UC 250) or by using our on-line change form at Change a Meal Plan.

How do I get involved with the meal plan program?
You can get involved by becoming active in your Hall Council, Residence Hall Association (RHA) or the University Dining Committee. Residence Dining related topics covered by each of these organizations include program and menu planning and how well students' dining needs are being met. For more information or to become involved, contact us at 262.472.1437 or RHA at 262.472.4903. 

Meal plans offer students the option of selecting the number of meals they wish to eat each week or over the course of an entire semester.

  • The weekly meal plan starts on Monday with breakfast and runs through Sunday late night meal period.
  • Every Monday morning at 4:00 AM the computer resets all student accounts for the next week.
  • Students signed up for a meal plan must present their HawkCard (ID card) to the UW-W Dining Services cashier prior to entering the Esker Hall or Drumlin Hall serving areas.
  • Unused meals do not transfer over from week to week.
  • "Guest Meals" can be used from Thursday dinner thru the Sunday late night meal, provided the account holder has enough meals left to use.
  • Individual meals may also be purchased with Dining Dollars, Purple Points, cash, check or credit card.
  • Meal Plans are not transferable.
  • HawkCards are not transferable. Misused HawkCards will be confiscated.
  • Final plan pricing reflects allowances for partial weeks when fewer meals are offered.

Meal Plan Special Features


Guest Meals
Guest Meals are available for students who have signed up for a Weekly Meal Plan and can be used if there is a sufficient weekly meal plan balance. Guest meals are for guests of UW-W students and are available each weekend beginning with dinner on Thursday through the late night meal period on Sundays, except for move-in weekend.

Sack Lunches
Sack lunches are prepared lunches available for take out from the dining facilities. Students who have work, school, or other University sponsored obligations that conflict with Residence Dining Service hours can contact the dining hall manager to make arrangements. Advance notice is required.

Special Diets

UW-W Dining Services shall make every effort to accommodate a student's special dietary need. In most cases an accommodation can be made.  After the student has met with the campus dietitian and it has been determined that UW-W Dining Services is unable to satisfy a student’s special dietary need, the student will be directed to the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD). CSD staff members will determine whether the student shall be released from any existing meal plan contract. Students will be required to provide written evidence from a physician that identifies specific circumstances that require special dietary consideration or exemption.  

Sick Trays
Students who are ill need not miss a meal. Sick trays are available for students who are ill. Request may be arranged by the student or the student's Resident Assistant. Requests for a period longer then two days must be accompanied by a note from a physician. Contact the dining facility manager to make arrangements. Advance notice is required.


Am I required to have a meal plan?

According to policy of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, all freshman and sophomore students are required to reside in University operated Residence Halls including Fox Meadows and Cambridge apartments during the academic year. If students wish to be exempt from the "Residency Requirement," they need to file the Application for Exemption form prior to signing a housing contract.

As stated in the University Housing Contract, "if you are a freshman or sophomore, you also agree to subscribe to one meal plan offered at the University."

If students wish to be exempt from the "Meal Plan Requirement," they need to contact the HawkCard office. The staff there will refer them to the appropriate office to assist them with their request. Exceptions to this policy include:

  1. Students who have completed 60 credits or more.
  2. Married students.
  3. Veterans.
  4. Students who have resided in the residence halls for at least two full years.
  5. Students recognized by the University as having independent status.
  6. Students with junior, senior, or commuter status.
  7. Students 21 years of age or older. 
Exemptions to the mandatory meal plan policy will not be granted for employment reasons, class schedule conflicts, or for financial hardship. Exemptions requested due to medical conditions will be referred to the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD).

Weekly meal plans

Students have the opportunity to choose from 10, 14, 19, or 24 meals per week, plus a choice between $50, $75, $100, or $150 in Add-on Dining Dollars each semester. Add-On Dining Dollars provide extra meals, snacks, or food from any of the campus dining halls or restaurants.

The Weekly Meal Plan allows one meal to be eaten during a breakfast and late night meal period. You may use two meals per lunch and dinner. There are 28 meal periods per week: breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night, seven days a week. You may use two meals per lunch and dinner.

Final plan pricing reflects allowances for partial weeks when fewer meals are offered.

2017-18 prices per semester

The 24 Meal Plan: $1,230 + Add-on Dining Dollars
Students have the opportunity to eat 24 of the 26 meals offered each week. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night are served daily while brunch, dinner and late night are served on the weekends. This plan is designed for the student who regularly eats 3-4 meals a day and/or will staying on campus most of the weekends each semester. This plan offers the lowest average cost per meal.

The 19 Meal Plan: $1,200 + Add-on Dining Dollars
Students have the opportunity to eat 19 of the 26 meals offered each week. This plan is designed for the student who regularly eats 3 meals a day and/or will staying on campus most of the weekends each semester.

The 14 Meal Plan: $1,175 + Add-on Dining Dollars
Students have the opportunity to eat 14 of the 26 meals offered each week. This plan is an option for students who don't regularly eat breakfast and will be staying on campus about half of the weekends each semester. This is the most commonly chosen plan by UW-W students.

The 10 Meal Plan: $1,155 + Add-on Dining Dollars
Students have the opportunity to eat 10 of the 26 meals offered each week. This plan is designed for students who are light eaters or for those students who go home most weekends.

2017 Summer Meal Plan

05/30/2017 – 08/19/2017

Meal Plan Cost Dining Dollars (Redemption)
$150 $110
$300 $210
$450 $310
  • Summer meal plans are optional, whether you are living on campus or not.
  • To enroll, please send a written request with your ID number and choice to hawkcard@uww.edu.
  • Dining Dollars are accepted at all dining locations on campus. Visit UW-W Dining Services (http://campus-dining.com/uww/) for hours of operation.


Pricing Your Meal Plan

Choose a meal plan from the rows on the left, then choose an Add-on Dining Dollar amount from one of the columns. The total cost of the meal plan is determined by the combination of prices in the corresponding columns and rows. This gives you more flexibility in creating a plan that fits your individual needs. For example, if you choose 14 meals per week ($1,175) and $75 Dining Dollars ($75), your cost would be $1,250. Final plan pricing reflects allowances for partial weeks when fewer meals are offered.

2017-18 Weekly Meal Plan prices per semester

   DINING DOLLARS (Per Semester)
$50 $75 $100 $150 Cost/week Avg. Cost/meal
Meals Per Week (cost per semester) 10 Meals ($1,155) $1,205 $1,230 $1,255 $1,305 $72.18 $7.22
14 Meals ($1,175) $1,225 $1,250 $1,275 $1,325 $73.43 $5.25
19 Meals ($1,200) $1,250 $1,275 $1,300 $1,350 $75.00 $3.95
24 Meals ($1,230) $1,280 $1,305 $1,330 $1,380 $76.87 $3.20

Dining Dollar Meal Plans

Dining Dollars are flexible funds that accompany a meal plan or are stand alone plans when a Full or Mega plan is chosen. Students can spend them at any campus restaurant. The Dining Dollars feature provides greater flexibility to the meal plan program. They provide for purchases at any campus restaurant, at any time of day, for yourself or an accompanying guest. $50 in Dining Dollars is the same as $50 cash, and you can buy items from any menu or at any market (convenience store). They are accepted at all campus restaurants.

Students have the opportunity to choose from the Full Dining Dollar Plan or the Mega Dining Dollar Plan. With the Full or Mega Dining Dollar plans, students receive discounted prices at campus restaurants or dining halls and do not pay sales tax.

If a Full Dining Dollar plan or Mega Dining Dollar plan runs out before the end of the semester, a student will need to purchase another meal plan at its prorated price.

The Full Dining Dollar Plan per semester: Cost - $1,340, Redemption Value - $935
This plan is designed to offer the average student the equivalent of 6-7 meals per week.

The Mega Dining Dollar Plan per semester: Cost - $1,955, Redemption Value - $1,475
This plan is the same as the Full Dining Dollar Plan, but has $540.00 more spending money during the semester. This plan is designed to offer the students the equivalent of 10-11 meals per week. Students desiring all Dining Dollars may choose one of the following plans:

Meal Plan Price Per Semester Redemption Value Per Semester Avg. Weekly Redemption
Full Dining Dollar Plan $1,340 $935 $58.44
Mega Dining Dollar Plan $1,955 $1,475 $92.19

2017-18 Individual Meal Prices.

Provided at Esker Hall, Prairie St. Cafe, Drumlin Market, Erbert & Gerbert's and the Schaffer Commons (breakfast only).

Meal Dining Dollars Student Purple Points Staff Purple Points, Cash, etc. (tax incl.)
Breakfast $4.81 $5.66 $5.97
Lunch $6.76 $7.95 $8.38
Dinner $7.72 $9.09 $9.59
Steak Night $8.48 $9.97 $10.52

Dining Contact Info

Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Office Location: Drumlin Hall, lower level
Phone: 262.472.1161
Fax: 262.472.5720
Catering: 262.472.5093
Catering Fax: 262.472.1160
Email: Angela Meldonian, UC Associate Director
Managers & Directors:

Gilbert Villas, Resident District Manager, 262.472.4987

Chris Przylucki, Director of Retail Operations, 262.472.5718

Stephanie Mankowski, Director of Residence Dining, 262.472.1743

Joel Meagher, Marketing Director, 262.472.4943

Jessica Teague, Office Manager, 262.472.5094

Rachel Dotson, Registered Dietician, 262.472.1357


Meal Plan Terms and Conditions