Frequently Asked Questions

1. What do I need to know for FALL 2021?

Residential Meal Plan Members are contracted to fulfill a two-semester commitment for their meal plan. If you purchase a Fall Residential Meal Plan, you will have a Spring 2022 meal plan commitment as well. If you are exempted from your Spring Meal Plan commitment, any unused Flex Bucks from the Fall are forfeited. If you do not fulfill your Spring 2022 commitment, your Flex Bucks would not be available for your continued use.

If you convert your meal plan to all Flex Bucks, any promotional Flex Bucks dollars that you have remaining will be forfeited. Promotional Flex Bucks are only available to you if you have a traditional meal plan. The converted All Flex Bucks option is not considered a traditional meal plan.

Fall meal plans become active on August 17th, the first day of move-in, and will be active through December 17th, the last day of final exams.

There is no deadline to purchase a meal plan! You can sign up at any time, even if the semester has already started.

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 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.

3. Does Gator Dining Services accept Financial Aid Deferment?

Yes, you may defer payment of your 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 Meal Plan options?

The Unlimited Meal Plans are recommended for resident students and are the most economical, flexible, and fun way to eat on campus.  Choose from Unlimited Orange 450, Unlimited Blue 250, Unlimited 5 Day 375, or Gator Weekly 10. All of our meal plans can be found here: https://gatordining.com/meal-plan-options/

5. How do I choose the best Meal Plan for me?

Whether you eat three square meals a day, snack often, or eat sporadically, there is a Meal Plan for you! Browse our website for all of the meal plan options, or call (352) 392-2491 for an individual assessment and recommendation.

6. Can I change my Meal Plan?

A grace period is provided during the Fall and Spring semesters during which you may transfer the prorated values of your Residential Meal Plan to Flex Bucks. You can NOT convert your meal plan to Declining Balance. After the grace period, you can still upgrade your Meal Plan, but you cannot downgrade or convert to Flex Bucks.

You must come into our Reitz Union office in-person and complete a Meal Plan Change Form. The deadline to complete this form is
the last day in the grace period by 4:30pm
.
 

Fall Grace Period: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 to Friday, August 27, 2021

Spring Grace Period: Monday, January 3, 2022 to Friday, January 7, 2022

7. Is there a two-semester commitment to the Meal Plan?

Yes. When you purchase a Residential Meal Plan for the fall semester (regardless of whether you convert it to Flex Bucks or a fraternity/sorority meal plan during the grace period), you must purchase a Meal Plan for the spring semester as well. You do not have to purchase the same plan you had for fall; however, you can choose any Residential meal option to fulfill that obligation which you qualify for. Please note Commuter Meal Plans are only available to students residing off-campus and do not fulfill a two-semester commitment.

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

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

9. 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.

10. Can I take my meals-to-go if I don’t feel like eating in the dining hall?

Yes. Please tell the cashier you would like your meal to-go at the time of purchase. Unfortunately, you may not stay in the dining hall if you choose a meal to-go. The reusable or compostable to-go container must be fully closed when you leave. The to-go option is convenience for you. If you choose unlimited portions, you must dine-in.

11. 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.

Any student can purchase Declining Balance. The only option restricted to Commuter Students is the Declining Balance 770 option for Fall/Spring 2021.

12. 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.

13. What are the advantages of having a Meal Plan?

The Meal Plan is the most convenient and economical way to eat on campus. Our two all-you-care-to-eat dining halls are located near residential areas and provide not only great places to eat healthily but also popular destinations for socializing and studying. There is a wide variety of Meal Plans to fit any student’s schedule and eating habits, plus each Meal Plan includes Flex Bucks for flexible dining at all locations on campus.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. Where is the Gator Dining Business Office?

The Gator Dining  Office

Suite 1010, Reitz Union
655 Reitz Union Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611
Office: 352-392-2491
Fax: 352-392-9787
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(Next to the Info Desk at Reitz Union on the first floor)

17. Why is my Meal Plan not showing up online?

Although you may have already purchased a Meal Plan, it will not show up on Gator 1 Central until it is activated (at the beginning of the semester), regardless of what method you used to purchase it.

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

View Sorority/Fraternity Policy

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. When does the Meal Plan start and stop?

Summer A: Monday, May 10, 2021 through Friday, June 18, 2021.

Summer B: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 through Friday, August 6, 2021.

Fall: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 through Friday, December 17, 2021.

22. Where can I eat on the Meal Plan?

With the All Access Meal Plans, you are welcome at Gator Corner Dining Center and the Fresh Food Company as many times as you like either 7 or 5 days per week depending on which plan you choose!  Your All Access meal plan can also be used daily with the 7 Day All Access Meal Plan or Monday-Friday with the 5 Day All Access meal plan for one cash exchange meal swipe valued at $6.50.  This cash exchange meal swipe is available for one meal per day at select locations, If you spend over $6.50, the difference will come out of your Flex Bucks account. Find out which locations you can use your cash exchange meal swipe with any of the All Access Meal Plans by clicking here. 

For those students who do not need All Access and prefer to purchase a set number of meals per week, we offer a meal plan that provides 10 meals per week, Thursday-Wednesday.  With the 10 Meals Per Week plan, these meals are only redeemable from The Fresh Food Company and Gator Corner Dining Center only.

23. 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.

24. Where are all dining locations on campus?

Download the Gator Dining map.

25. When do the dining locations open and close?

Visit Gator Dining Hours.

26. Is there a Faculty/Staff Meal Plan?

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

27. 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.

28. Do you offer a Kosher Meal Plan?

We currently do not have a kosher meal plan, but feel free to reach out to our Registered Dietitian 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.

29. Who do I contact if I need to petition a standard policy?

If a student needs to petition a case against any of Gator Dining’s standard procedures and policies or terms & conditions, an email must be sent to gatordining@admin.ufl.edu. The email must include a name and UF ID number to be reviewed. Petitions are reviewed on a case-by-case individual status and usually takes up to 10 days to receive a response from the Gator Dining Petitions Committee. Official documentation must accompany medical petitions from a physician by submitting a letter on letterhead with a signature. In the case of acceptance to a study abroad program or an out-of-town internship, proof of official acceptance must be presented.