Meal Plan 101

As a student, you are responsible for understanding your meal plan. This includes making sure you know what meal plan you have received and how it works. You are also responsible for ensuring you have been charged correctly and have settled your account with the Bursar’s Office.

Click here to visit the U of L Dining Services website for more information.   

Meal plans are convenient, flexible, and loaded with options. Your meal plan can be used at dining locations all across campus with a range of menus and offerings. 


Students living in on-campus housing will be automatically billed a meal plan each semester.

 Traditional meal plans – Community Park, Kurz Hall, Louisville Hall, Miller Hall, Threlkeld Hall and Unitas Tower

 Apartment meal plans – University Tower Apartments, Bettie Johnson Hall and University Pointe

 Click here to view meal plan options available.


Undergraduate students living in off-campus housing taking at least 12 or more credit hours with at least 9 of those credit hours on the Belknap campus will be automatically billed a meal plan each semester.

 Commuter students – including the UofL affiliated properties Cardinal Towne, The Bellamy, The Province, The Arch, The Nine and The Clubhouse

 Click here to view all of the meal plan options available.

Types of Accounts:

Meal Swipes (Boards) - Meal swipes are accepted at all Belknap Campus dining locations except Starbucks, and the POD convenience store locations.

Meal swipes expire at the end of each semester. 

Ville Grill – all you care to eat (one swipe = one entry)

Participating retail locations (one swipe = one combo meal) Meal plan combos can be viewed here.

Guest Meals - Guest meals can be used to swipe in a guest with you to the Ville Grill.

Meal Plan "Flex" Points - Flex points are a dollar for dollar declining balance-type account that are accepted at any campus dining location. Visit U of L Dining Services for accepted locations.  Points earn an automatic 6% discount with each purchase, including the Ville Grill. Flex points can be added at any time throughout the semester here.

Students: Flex points expire after spring finals

Employees: Flex points never expire

Bonus Points – Any student or employee who deposits $100 or more in flex points will receive bonus points.  Bonus points are used once the remaining balance of flex points reaches a zero balance.

Deposit $100-$199, receive 10% of that amount in bonus points

Deposit $200-$299, receive 20% of that amount in bonus points

Deposit $300-$399, receive 25% of that amount in bonus points

Cardinal Cash - Cardinal Cash is a declining balance account that can be used for purchases at various locations both on-campus and off-campus. Cardinal Cash will carry over from semester to semester, does not expire and can be added here. Visit our website for  accepted locations.

Do you want to change your meal plan?

Students may change their meal plan during the current semester. The deadline is the Thursday at 4:00pm after the last day to drop/add of each semester. Your student account will be assessed the appropriate fees accordingly. Meal plan changes are accepted only during the following periods: 

Fall Semester:  April - August                      Spring Semester: November - January

You can access the meal plan upgrade form here.

 Meal Plan Waiver

For more information on filing a meal plan waiver, please visit the following website.