Purdue University Residences offers a variety of meal plans to fit your busy schedule. You may choose from the 7-, 10-, 12-, 15-, or 20-meal traditional plans (number based on swipes per week). Unused meals expire at the end of the week. For the 2013-2014 Academic Year, students who are 19 years of age or older by August 21, 2013, are also eligible for the Boiler Block Plan. With the Boiler Block Plan, you may use your meal swipes as often as you wish. You may eat your meals and use Dining Dollars in Residential dining facilities weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., and weekends 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Off-campus students are not eligible to purchase these meal plans. Please view BoilerExpress for a meal purchase option.
New This Year: Hawkins residents may now purchase a meal plan. Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 19, 2013 meal plans can be added to your contract through the Meal Plan Request site here.
Note: Purdue Village residents may use BoilerExpress for dining in Residential dining facilities.
Meal Plan Choices View Housing Rates categorized by Meal Plan
With the exception of the 7-Meal Plan, traditional meal plans include a specific number of meal swipes per week along with a specific amount of Dining Dollars. Swipes in these plans expire at the end of the week if not used. Since the swipes are “budgeted” over the course of the contract, you can’t use too many and come up short later. Also, the meal swipes in these plans may only be used by the meal plan owner.
This plan includes 20 swipes per week and $125 Dining Dollars per semester. It gives residents the most access to all dining and On the Go! locations. It is ideal for the student who wants to eat almost every meal in University Residences.
It includes 15 swipes per week and $175 Dining Dollars per semester. If you’re always on the move, or if breakfast just seems to come too early, consider this plan. You’ll enjoy about two meals a day and more Dining Dollars to use at the mini-marts and grills.
This is our most popular plan. It includes 12 swipes per week and $225 Dining Dollars per semester. It offers more control, more flexibility - more for you.
This plan includes 10 swipes per week and $125 Dining Dollars per semester. It is ideal for students who eat fewer meals or have jobs or internships off campus. It’s the same food – you just can’t swipe your card as often.
This is our newest and most affordable meal plan. It is ideal for students on a budget and/or who plan to eat fewer meals each week. When considering the 7-meal plan, keep in mind you may increase to the 10-, 12-, 15- or 20-meal plans any time during the academic year. There are no Dining Dollars associated with this plan.
A block meal plan includes a specific number of meal swipes per semester and a specific amount of Dining Dollars. Any meal swipes remaining after the first semester of the plan will be added to the second semester total. Any swipes remaining at the end of the meal plan contract period will expire. This type of meal plan is ideal for students who do not typically use all their weekly swipes on a traditional plan and who eat a consistent number of meals per week. A block meal plan also allows you to pay for meals for accompanying friends or family (if you want). This plan is only available for purchase by students who are 19 years of age or older by August 21, 2013.
Boiler Block Plan
This block meal plan will include 246 meal swipes and $450 Dining Dollars per academic year. Meal swipes and Dining Dollars are distributed ½ in the fall and ½ in the spring. The meal swipes and Dining Dollars don't expire until the end of the academic year - not each week like the traditional meal plans. Plus, you may use the Boiler Block Plan for yourself and for guests accompanying you in any University Residence's dining facility.
Note: For the 2013-2014 Academic Year, the block plan is for students who are 19 years of age or older by August 21, 2013.
Use this form to help you determine which meal plan is most appropriate for your dining habits.
With the exception of the 7-Meal Plan, meal plans contain a specific amount of Dining Dollars each semester. They can be used to purchase items in University Residences’ restaurants, mini-marts or to purchase guest meals at any University Residences’ dining facility. Dining Dollars may also be used at Purdue Memorial Union dining operations, however there is a $25 limit per semester. Unused Dining Dollars roll over from fall to spring semester, but they expire when the meal contract ends.
Life is a series of choices. If you find that the meal plan you selected is not the best choice for you, tell us. We can help you change your plan to one that fits better.
- You may increase the 7-, 10-, 12-, or 15-meal plans any time during the academic year.
For the 2013-2014 Academic Year, you may reduce the number of meal swipes within the traditional meal plans or switch to the Boiler Block Plan by the following deadlines:
- The fall deadline is Thursday, August 15, 2013.
- The spring deadline is Sunday, January 12, 2014.
The Fine Print
For the 2013-2014 Academic Year, residents of Hilltop Apartments are not required to purchase a meal plan. Students assigned to Hilltop Apartments who wish to change to a room-only option must do so prior to the start of the fall contract. Current residents of non-apartment halls who transfer to Hilltop Apartments can select a room-only option when they are initially assigned to Hilltop. Residents of Hawkins Hall may eat at any Residential Dining Services location by purchasing a meal plan here or by using a BoilerExpress account.