Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is the last day Spring 2022?

Spring meal plans will be active through April 29, 2022, the last day of final exams. All Flex Bucks and Meal Swipes must be used by that date. No exceptions or extensions.

Meal Plan Terms and Conditions – Click Here

2. How DO I sign up for A meal plan?


Online at www.gator1.ufl.edu.  A charge for your Residential Meal Plan can be paid by credit card on cashNET, or posted to your student account and may be paid together with tuition and fees.  Charges may also be paid with any financial aid you have available if you complete the Federal Title IV Aid permission form. See FAQ #3 for more information on financial aid deferment. Additionally, send a check by mail: Box 112282,  Gainesville, FL 32611.

For information on Summer B, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Meal Plans, please click here

3. Does Gator Dining Services accept Financial Aid Deferment?

Yes, you may defer payment of your residential meal plan or Declining Balance Account (with a minimum balance request of $500) if the expected amount of your financial aid award is large enough to cover your meal plan PLUS the amount of your tuition, campus housing expenses (if applicable) and any bookstore deferment you may have chosen. You must complete the Title IV Aid permission form at ONE.UF.EDU under the Campus Finances Summary, by clicking “Authorize Student Permissions.” If approved, Financial Aid will be automatically resubmitted in the spring semester for the same amount. Please contact Gator Dining Services at (352) 392-2491 for more information.

4. What are the door rates for the dining halls?

$7.50 for breakfast, $9.50 for lunch, and $9.50 for dinner, plus tax.

5. Can I bring guests to the dining halls?

The Flex Bucks portion of a meal plan or a Declining Balance Account can be used to treat a guest to a dining facility; however, a meal from the Meal Plan can only be used by the individual with the Meal Plan.

6. What is a Declining Balance Account?

For the student living a distance from campus, the Declining Balance Account is a convenient alternative to the Meal Plan. The Declining Balance Account allows the student to deposit funds at any time. The account is accepted at all Gator Dining locations. There is no fee to establish the account and no minimum balance to maintain. Any unused balance carries forward from semester to semester and from year to year until they graduate or leave school. It’s fast – just scan and go. It’s convenient and safe; no need to carry cash on campus. It may also be used at any campus dining location and convenience store. All students can purchase declining balance and you can request a refund when you leave UF.

7. What is the difference between Flex Bucks and Declining Balance?

Both Flex Bucks and Declining Balance are accounts on your Gator 1 Card that work just like a debit account for food. They are accepted at all food locations on campus. Flex Bucks come with a Meal Plan while Declining Balance is maintained separately. Because Flex Bucks come with a Meal Plan, they expire at the end of the spring semester while Declining Balance will continue to roll over until you graduate, withdraw, or transfer from UF. All Flex Bucks expire April 29, 2022, no exceptions or extensions.

8. Does my Meal Plan roll over at the end of the semester?

Any unused meals at the end of the semester will not roll forward into the following semester; however, the Flex Bucks portion of the Residential Meal Plan will roll over from the fall semester until the end of the spring semester if the account is in good standing.  Please note that the meals and Flex Bucks for the Commuter Meal Plans do not roll over to subsequent semesters. All Flex Bucks expire April 29, 2022, no exceptions or extensions.

9. How do I add money to my dining account?

Declining Balance customers can add money to their account at any point in the semester. You can also add Declining Balance to your meal plan if you run out of Flex Bucks. You can do this online at www.gator1.ufl.edu, or in person at the business office.

10. Where is the Gator Dining Business Office?

The Gator Dining  Office

245 Gale Lemerand Drive
Gate 4 | Suite 149
Gainesville, FL 32611
Office: 352-392-2491
Email: gatordining@admin.ufl.edu

Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday

11. If I join a fraternity or a sorority what happens to my Meal Plan?

View Sorority/Fraternity Policy

12. How do the dining halls accommodate special dietary needs?

Whether for religious, personal, or health reasons, Gator Dining Services strives to accommodate a large range of special dietary needs. Many of the recipes at both dining halls can be made without certain ingredients upon request.

The True Balance station featured at the Fresh Food Company at Broward and Gator Corner Dining Center is designed to accommodate students with food allergies and help alleviate their concerns as they make meal selections in our residential dining hall. All foods in this station are made without the top 8 most common food allergens, including wheat, soy, eggs, milk, fish, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts. Meals served are prepared in a separate area to eliminate the chance of cross-contact. Our goal is to provide students with the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal regardless of their food allergy or dietary restriction.

In addition, both dining halls have permanent vegan stations that serve daily entrees at each meal period.

For information on Dietary Needs and programming for Summer B, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023, please email Business Services at dining@bsd.ufl.edu or call 352-392-0306.

13. What is a pro-ration?

If you request to modify your meal plan under one of the three approved circumstances (transferring to Flex Bucks during the grace period, joining a fraternity or sorority with a mandatory meal plan component, or graduating, withdrawing, or transferring from UF), then the remaining value of your meal plan will be prorated on a weekly basis (Thursday through Wednesday), based on the number of weeks remaining in the semester. This method applies to all meal plans, regardless of how many meals have been eaten. In addition, a $35 administration fee will be administered for refunds.

14. When does the Meal Plan start and stop?


Spring:  January 2nd –  April 29th.
Summer A: May 10-June 18

Summer B: TBA

For questions about Summer B, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023, please email Business Services at dining@bsd.ufl.edu or call 352-392-0306.

15. What if I live off-campus?

Students who live off-campus may choose a Commuter Meal Plan, a Residential Meal Plan, or the Declining Balance option.

16. Where are all dining locations on campus?

Download the Gator Dining map.

17. When do the dining locations open and close?

Visit Gator Dining Hours.

18. Is there a Faculty/Staff Meal Plan?

Yes. For complete details and to sign up, please visit
Faculty/Staff Meal Plan 

19. Can anyone on-campus purchase a Commuter Meal Plan?

Commuter Meal Plans are exclusively offered to off-campus students only. However, off-campus students are able to purchase any of the Residential Meal Plans or Declining Balance.

20. Do you offer a Kosher Meal Plan?

We currently do not have a kosher meal plan, but feel free to reach out to our team for a consultation and to customize your meal plan! Additionally, the following locations on campus have Kosher Grab n Go items: Chomp & Go @ UF Health Orthopaedics, P.O.D. Market @ Rawlings Plaza, Little Hall Express, Chomp It @ Graham, P.O.D. Market @ The Hub, and P.O.D. Market @ Beaty Towers.