Resident Dining Plans

As a resident dining plan member, enjoy access to campus dining halls — any time we are open, you are welcome – enjoy a meal, grab a snack, or maybe just meet up with your friends.

Look for information and updates here — dining.umd.edu/FAQS

Every student living on campus in traditional residence halls must have a Resident Dining Plan. These plans provide for your dietary needs, seven days a week for the whole semester, while classes are in session and during finals.

Our focus will be to serve delicious and popular food while ensuring your health and safety. We will continue to offer a wide variety of food at each meal, modifying the overall plan and our service methods in accordance with best practices this fall.

Dining Halls:

Resident Dining Plans include access to plenty of food all semester long. We are open breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Come in and enjoy anything from the wide range of offerings you find on the serving lines.

You enter the dining halls by waving your hand through the scanners at the front entrance, which provide a convenient and secure way to verify your identity. Three dining halls mean that you always have somewhere to go for food – from 7:00 am until 9:00 pm. Visit The Diner (Ellicott), South Campus Dining Hall and 251 North (Denton Community).

Dining Dollars:

Dining halls provide a wide range of tasty and nutritious food, but we know you’ll want to eat somewhere else now and then. Dining Dollars are special funds that you can use at many locations  on campus, including the convenience shops, cafes (when academic buildings open) and several of the brand name franchises in the food courts. Dining Dollars are always bought at a discount, and you don’t pay sales tax when you use them! Three of the Resident Dining Plans include Dining Dollars, and you can buy them separately in bundles.

We strongly recommend the upgraded plans because they include Dining Dollars. Dining Dollars enable you to get fresh carryout from cafés and convenience shops on days when you can’t — or prefer not to — eat in a dining hall. Dining Dollars are great for room snacks and supplies. Read up on resident dining plans, or keep reading to learn more about Dining Dollars.

We offer four different Resident Dining Plans so you can find the option that works best for you. We recommend the Preferred or Premium plans to get the best discounts on Dining Dollars. These upgraded plans will give you greater flexibility and spending power at our locations!

Dining Fees for 2021-2022

New to Dining Residents*

Resident Dining Dining Dollars Guest Passes** Fall 2021
Price*
Spring 2022
Price
Price above
Base Plan
Premium Seven-Day
Access
400 8 $2,858 $2,798 +$340 15% DD savings
Preferred Seven-Day
Access
300 6 $2,782 $2,722 +$264 12% DD savings
Base Plus Seven-Day
Access
200 4 $2,698 $2,638 +$180 10% DD savings
Base Seven-Day
Access
2 $2,518 $2,458  –

Returning Residents

Resident Dining Dining Dollars Guest
Passes**
Fall 2020
Price
Spring 2021
Price
Price above
Base Plan
Premium Seven-Day
Access
400 8 $2,798 $2,798 +$340 15% DD savings
Preferred Seven-Day  Access 300 6 $2,722 $2,722 +$264 12% DD savings
Base Plus Seven-Day
Access
200 4 $2,638 $2,638 +$180 10% DD savings
Base Seven-Day
Access
2 $2,458 $2,458  –

 

View Locations & Hours here and Menus here.

*Fall price for new-to-dining students includes dining during the Fall Welcome program and the New Student Welcome event.

**Guest Passes are provided at no additional cost to you and provide one dining experience per Guest Pass. They may be deleted if required by public health circumstances or regulations.

New to Dining

In order to access the dining halls, you enroll in the Biometric Entry system. You can enroll at Xfinity Center when you pick up your room keys. If you miss that opportunity, you can enroll in the South Campus Dining Hall Building, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday. Find us in the Contract Office just below the dining hall –face the entrance to the dining hall but don’t go in. Instead, turn right, come halfway down the exterior stairs and in through the glass doors. The Contract Office is straight ahead.

Access Dining Dollars using your UMD ID card. The Registrar’s Office will take your photo and issue you the card either during new student move-in or in the Mitchell Building. You must be present with your UMD ID card for every Dining Dollars purchase.

Allergies, Intolerances and Special Diets

Our team is well-trained to help you manage your allergy, intolerance or dietary preference. Contact us at nutrition@dining.umd.edu to discuss which menu items suit your needs or to make accommodations. We have recipes for many diets, including halal, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

If you maintain a kosher diet, contact the Maryland Hillel Center for information on their Platinum Kosher Plan, the only approved substitute for a Seven-Day Resident Dining Plan.

Any other questions?

Check out our FAQ page, contact us at 301-314-8068, email diningplan@umd.edu or visit our office in the South Campus Dining Hall (come halfway down the outside stairway on the west side of the building and in through the glass doors). We’re in room 1109, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Or see our calendar for important dates, like when your plan starts and ends and when we’re closed for breaks.