- How do I change my meal plan?
- When does my meal plan contract start and end?
- Are there times when I cannot use my meal plan?
- What is the fee for break period meal plans?
- How can I check my meal plan balance?
- What is my suggested meal plan balance?
- Can I use my meal plan at the Frist Campus Center?
- How do I use my 10 guest meals from my block plan?
- What are Late Meal limits?
- Can I use two meals (swipes) at Late Meal?
- Can I meal exchange at the Frist Campus Center?
- Is breakfast served on weekends?
- Can I eat in a dining hall if I don't have a meal plan? What do you accept as payment and what is the cost?
Two Extra Meals Program
- What is the two extra meals program?
- When do the two extra meals per week for Juniors and Seniors begin?
- Can my two extra meals be used at any meal?
- Why should I convert my two extra meals to a flexible block 30?
- Are there times the 2 meal flexible block 30 cannot be used?
- How will I be charged for the 2 meal flexible block 30 conversion?
Dining Locations and Hours
Dining Options for Visitors, Students, Faculty and Staff Without a Meal Plan
How do I change my meal plan?
Changes in your meal plan which result in a decrease in your plan may be made once each semester online by entering the online Housing System located on the Housing and Real Estate Services website and selecting the Modify Your Meal Plan option.
- Fall semester changes
October 3, 2016 through October 9, 2016
- Spring semester changes
February 6, 2017 through February 12, 2017
(see Terms and Policies, Terminations and Changes)
Increases in meal plans may be made at anytime using the online Housing System.
When does my meal plan contract start and end?
Fall semester meal plan contracts begin with dinner on Friday, September 9 for freshmen and at breakfast on Monday, September 12 for all other contract holders. The Pre-Rade BBQ is open to all students with a TigerCard on Sunday, September 11 between 4 pm and 5:30 pm. Fall semester meal plan contracts end with dinner on January 27, 2017 after fall semester final exams.
Spring semester meal plan contracts begin with dinner on Sunday, February 6, 2017 and end with dinner on May 26, 2017.
Are there times when I cannot use my meal plan?
Block and unlimited meal plans cannot be used during fall recess, intersession and spring recess. Special recess contracts are available for purchase during these break periods one week prior to the break period. Unlimited meal plan holders must register in advance for the special recess contracts.
What is the fee for break period meal plans?
Princeton University Campus Dining offers a meal plan to students remaining on campus during fall recess, intersession, and spring recess. Break meal plans are complimentary to those students with an unlimited meal plan provided they register before the deadline. No guest meals are available. The fee is $190.00 for students without an unlimited meal plan. Registration information and access to an online registration form is contained in an announcement on the Campus Dining website prior to the break period. As an added reminder, Campus Dining sends a link to this information in an e-mail before each break.
How can I check my meal plan balance?
Check your dining account activity and balances online any time on the TigerCard Office Website.
What is my suggested Meal Plan Balance?
Once you know your meal plan balance, determine if you are using your block plan strategically by consulting the suggested meal plan balance by date for your particular plan.
Can I use my meal plan at the Frist Campus Center?
You may use your meal plan for Late Meal at the Food Gallery at Frist, beginning with the first day of classes on September 14, 2016 through January 27, 2017 and in the spring semester between February 7, 2017 and May 26, 2017. You may use Paw Points any time at the Food Gallery at Frist. In addition you may use your meal plan for Saturday breakfast at the Food Gallery, from 8 am-9:45 am. The breakfast cash credit may not exceed $4.00.
How do I use my 10 guest meals from my block plan?
You may ask the card checker during regular meal periods to deduct any of the 10 guest meals per block plan.
Can my guest meals be used at any meal?
Guest Meal cannot be used during recess periods.
Can I meal exchange at the Frist Campus Center?
No, meal exchanges are designed to make it possible for students to dine with their friends at eating clubs without the expenditure of additional funds.
Is breakfast served on weekends?
During non-recess periods, breakfast is served on Saturday in the Gallery at the Frist Campus Center, from 8 am-9:45 am with cash credit of $4.00.
Beginning Saturday, September 17 in the Residential College dining halls, brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am-2 pm. Dinner is served from 5 pm-8 pm.
Two Extra Meals Program
What is the two extra meals program?
Two Extra Meals is a University program intended to encourage Juniors and Seniors to stay connected to their residential college. This program administered by Campus Dining, credits two extra meals per week to all Juniors and Seniors to be used in a residential dining hall regardless of whether or not they have purchased a meal plan.
When do the two extra meals per week for Juniors and Seniors begin?
The two extra meals per week for Juniors and Seniors will begin on Monday, September 19, 2016. Students with block meal plans can expect to see the two extra meals (30 meals per semester) reflected in their meal plan balance within the first two weeks of each semester. The week begins with Sunday brunch and end with Saturday dinner.
Can my two extra meals be used at any meal?
Two Extra Meals cannot be used for Seders at the Center for Jewish Life or for Lunch-To-Go.
Why should I convert my two extra meals to a flexible block 30?
You gain flexibility to use more than 2 meals per week (meals expire each Saturday after dinner in the 2 Extra Meals program). In addition to this flexibility, the block can be used other designated special meals.
Are there times the 2 meal flexible block 30 cannot be used?
You may not use the 2 meal flexible block 30 for the Late Meal at Frist, Lunch to Go or as Guest Meals.
How will I be charged for the 2 meal flexible block 30 conversion?
Your student account will be charged $210 per semester to convert your 2 extra meals into a 2 meal flexible block 30. You must sign up each semester to convert your 2 extra meals to the flexible block 30.
Can I use the 2 meal flexible block 30 for club meal exchange?
Yes, the 2 meal flexible block 30 may be used for club meal exchange.
Where can I find nutritional information about the food served in Campus Dining dining halls, the Frist Campus Center, and other retail venues on campus?
The Today's Menus section of the Campus Dining website provides nutritional analysis of many of the foods served each day in each dining venue. In addition, allergen information is also contained there. View the Using Today's Menu section of this website for details.
Dining Hours and Locations
Dining Options for Students, Faculty, Staff and Visitors Without a Meal Plan
I will be visiting Princeton during the academic year, where can I dine on campus?
Retail dining venues will be open including the Food Gallery at Frist Campus Center and will follow the academic year schedule of operations.
Can I eat in a dining hall if I don't have a meal plan? What do you accept as payment and what is the cost?
Members of the University community without a meal plan, including students, faculty and staff may eat in any residential college dining hall and at the dining hall at the Center for Jewish Life. You will need to provide your TigerCard to gain access.
Acceptable student payment includes Paw Points or a student charge. Tower Cards, Paw Points and department charges are acceptable as payment from faculty and staff. The dining hall card checker will swipe your card. Be sure to let the card checker know which method you are choosing so that your account will be credited properly. Meal rates are provided here.
How do I contact Campus Dining?
The best way to contact Campus Dining is by e-mail sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I find information about Graduate Dining Options?
Dining options and graduate student meal plan information is provided by the Office of Student Life in the Graduate School and by Campus Dining.
How do I report a problem with a vending machine or request a refund?
To report a problem or request a refund use the Vending Machine Refund, Repair, Restocking Request form.