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Meal Plan Sign Up
Five Ways to Sign Up for your Meal Plan
- Sign Up Online: Student www.gator1.ufl.edu
- Call our business office: 352-392-2491
- Walk into our business office: 222 Fletcher Drive
- Parent and Spouses can go to www.gator1.ufl.edu/Parents
- By Mail: Mail form for checks only payable to the University of Florida. Mail to Gator Dining Services, University of Florida, PO Box 112282, Gainesville, FL 32611-2282.
Welcome to the world of Gator Dining Services, the official food service provider for the University of Florida. Studies of college students across the nation consistently show that students who eat and live on campus are more involved, have higher grade point averages and are more likely to graduate than students living at home or off campus. Dining centers are great social hubs and provide an easy way to make new friends.
We offer two types of plans: 1) Meal Plans 2) The Declining Balance Account. Both plans work off a magnetic strip on your student ID card (Gator 1 Card), so once you get your card, there’s nothing more you need to do. When you purchase your meal plan, your account will automatically be activated. At our residential dining centers, you will find state-of-the-art dining concepts including a Mediterranean Kitchen, American Bistro, Gator Grille, World Flavors, Vegan Corner, espresso cafes, ice cream, and more. Our two residential dining centers, Fresh Food Company (located next to Broward Residence Hall on Inner Road) and Gator Corner Dining Center (located on the corner of Gale Lemerand Drive and Stadium Road), feature upscale, authentic foods from around the world, made fresh right before your eyes. But don’t worry; we also have all your favorites too, like oven roasted turkey, carved honey ham and burgers.
In 2014, UF Dining Services was voted #1 in the Nation for the Most Vegan-Friendly Large American College by Peta2. Since then, we have received an “A+” grade on their Annual Vegan Report Card. The food at both these locations is “unlimited seconds,” including salads, sandwiches, entrees, vegetables, fruits, beverages, and desserts. In addition to the fantastic food and selection, dining at the residential facilities is also extremely flexible. If you don’t have time to sit down and eat, you can always get your meal to go!
Types of Meal Plans
The Open-Access Meal Plan
The Open-Access Meal Plan is recommended for all resident students and is the most economical and flexible way to eat on campus! Choose from 5-day access (Monday through Friday) or 7-day access (7 days a week) – depending on whether or not you plan to go home on weekends. No need to count how many meals you’ve used or how many you have left. No extra cost to hang with your friends over lattes! Gator Dining’s Open-Access Meal Plans provide you with a VIP pass to UF’s residential dining centers- any time of day or night the facilities are open. It’s more than breakfast, lunch or dinner. You’ll make new friends over lattes or meet your study group in the evening for ice cream. Or, if you’d prefer, you can just bring your laptop and surf the net using our free wireless internet and if you don’t have time to sit down and eat, you can always get your meal to go! For added convenience, in addition to accessing unlimited meals at The Fresh Food Company and Gator Corner Dining Center, you may also use your Meal Plan at these secondary locations: Pollo Tropical, Wendy’s, Papa John’s, Croutons, Jamba Juice, the Camellia Court Cafe, Subway, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Chomp It at the Racquet Club Dining Center and Graham. At these secondary locations, meals are for a specific combo or combos and/or a dollar equivalency, which may differ by location and during specific time periods.
For those students who do not need Open-Access and prefer to purchase a set number of meals per week, we offer a meal plan that provides 14 meals per week.
Commuter Meal Plans
There are three options for off-campus students – the 65, 30 or 25 Block Commuter Meal Plan. These small, convenient meal plans allow off-campus students to enjoy on-campus dining at a discounted price. Each block of meals rolls over on a weekly basis, concluding at the end of the semester. Commuter Meal Plans are accepted at all the same locations listed above with the Residential Meal Plans. In addition, the 65, 30 and 25 Block Meal Plans include Flex Bucks so you can eat all over campus at places such as Wing Zone, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, convenience stores, and more! These plans are available exclusively to students living off campus.
By purchasing the 30 Block Commuter Plan + Home Chef Meal Kits you automatically receive a One Hundred and Twenty Dollar ($120.00) credit with which you can purchase meal kits from Home Chef, a third-party meal kit delivery service. After you have purchased your meal plan, you will be contacted by firstname.lastname@example.org via e-mail with instructions regarding how to redeem your $120 credit, and Home Chef will ship your meal kit to the address you designate. You may redeem your $120 credit during the redemption period which runs from January 15 to June 30, 2019. The $120 credit for the meal kit is non-refundable, and any unused balance of the $120 credit will be forfeited by you on the last day of the calendar year.
Flexibility to Dine at Other Locations!
One of the great things about the Meal Plans is its flexibility. Along with the meals at Gator Corner Dining Center, the Fresh Food Company, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Subway, Pollo Tropical, Wendy’s, Papa John’s, Jamba Juice, Camellia Court Cafe, Croutons, and Chomp It, your plan includes a special declining balance supplement called Flex Bucks. Depending on the option you choose, you’ll get between $225 – $475 per semester to use at any of the other dining locations on campus including Au Bon Pain, Einstein Bros Bagels, Wing Zone, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Rising Roll, Panda Express, convenience stores and more.
Meet, Greet, & Eat!
It’s often difficult being away from home for the first time and making new friends. As the residential dining centers are conveniently located close to many of the residence halls on campus, they are a natural gathering spot for students to meet, greet, and eat. Join your neighbors for coffee, a meal, or a late evening snack. What better way to get acquainted?
Choosing the Right Option For You
With the 7 Day Open-Access Plan, the average price for unlimited meals and snacks per access is only $3.70! With the 5 Day Open-Access Plan, the average price for unlimited meals and snacks per access is $4.74!
For those students who do not need Open-Access and prefer to purchase a set number of meals per week, we offer the 14 meals per week option, which averages about $6.76 per meal.
Not sure that the Meal Plans will fit your new campus lifestyle? Don’t worry – there is a grace period at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters during which time you may convert the prorated value of your meal plan to a Declining Balance Account. All you have to do is come into the Gator Dining office and fill out the conversion form. So, you have nothing to lose by trying out one of these plans!
In addition, those students who join a fraternity or sorority that has its own mandatory meal plan component may apply for a prorated refund of their Residential Meal Plan at any time during the semester. You may also apply for a prorated refund if you withdraw from school. Note: refunds are prorated to the date we receive all required paperwork. Please call our business office for additional details. View the Fraternity and Sorority Refund Policy for more information.
Receiving Student Financial Aid Awards?
If so, you may be able to eat now and pay later. You may qualify to defer payment of your meal plan 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 and any bookstore deferment you may have chosen. Please call Gator Dining Services for additional details (352-392-2491).