Duke Dining

Plans and Points

Duke offers a variety of Student Dining Plans to meet the varied needs of our students. Plans are lettered A-J, some specifically for first-year students, others for upper-class students, and still others for "non-resident" students.

If you have a qualified medical condition, you may request special dining accommodations by filling out a request form.

Food points will be effective on 8/18 and the First-Year Board Plan will be effective on 8/21.

 

Plan Profiles

Student who reside on campus must enroll in a dining plan.
We offer several convenient ways to pay for food, including a variety of traditional dining plans (listed in the "read more" section below), food points and Flexible Spending Account (FLEX). These accounts, available to students, faculty and staff, virtually eliminate the need to carry cash on campus.

As of January 1, 2014, meal plans will be taxed at the combined state and Durham county rate of 7.5% (6.75% for students at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort). Your semester bill from the Bursar’s office will have a “NC sales tax surcharge” in addition to your chosen plan. Both the charge for the meal plan and the tax surcharge will be listed separately on the bill. The price for the meal plan provides the same number of meals that you had before the tax surcharge went into effect.

For example, Meal Plan A, priced at $2,002.00 for the Fall 2015 semester, will be assessed a tax surcharge of $150.15, plus a $75 contract fee for a total cost of $2,227.15.

If you receive a Duke University scholarship or grant aid (including need-based, merit, and athletic aid), you will receive additional grant aid from Duke to cover the tax expense.

NC State Tax Surcharge

The State of North Carolina recently made taxable many items that were previously excluded from sales tax, including food sold to students at higher education institutions, and admission fees to entertainment activities. These changes will take effect January 1, 2014.

Meal Plans
As of January 1, 2014, meal plans will be taxed at the combined state and Durham county rate of 7.5% (6.75% for students at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort). Your semester bill from the Bursar’s office will have a “NC sales tax surcharge” in addition to your chosen plan.

Points & FLEX Defined

Food Points
Food points are used to supplement dining plans. Each food point is equivalent to $1 and is accessed with a DukeCard. They can be used to buy snacks and meals at any on-campus eatery, Merchants on Points vendor, food trucks and campus convenience store or vending machines.

Don’t stress over calculating the perfect number of food points. You can add more points during the semester in $25+ increments. We recommend selecting the lowest level of points and adding more when necessary.

Flexible Spending Account (FLEX)


Your FLEX account is just as flexible as you are!  You can add funds to your Dukecard through your FLEX account and use them at all on-campus (and even some off campus) locations.  FLEX is useful for purchasing everything from food, to books, to event tickets, and more.

Enroll in a Dining Plan

Dining plan enrollment is part of the housing application process. When you register for housing you will be prompted to select your dining plan.

The following links are for students that will be living off campus, and don’t need to register for housing:

 

Below are pdf downloads of the dining contracts:

 

Making Changes to your Dining Plan

Changes to your fall 2014 dining plan must be in by Friday, August 1, 2014 @ 11:59pm. Please click here for dining plan changes.

Plan Calculator & Usage Charts

To help you choose the right plan for you, try our Plan Calculator, or download our helpful usage charts to get an idea of annual, weekly and daily expenditure averages per plan.

Making Changes to Dining Plans

Your dining plan and food points plan are legal contracts between you and the University. Therefore, it is important to review your chosen contract carefully and file it for future reference. Please review the Dining Plan Change/Appeal Policy, in conjunction with the Department of Student Health, before making changes to your plan. To add or reduce points, cancel a plan, request an exemption from dining plan requirements, or request to change your dining plan, see below.

Dining Information For Parents

When your son or daughter comes to Duke, there are always questions about university life, including selecting the best dining plan. To help select the right dining plan for your student's needs, check out these plan profiles and complete a dining plan worksheet.

FLEX information for Employees

Using FLEX virtually eliminates the need to carry cash on campus. Paying for food on campus is easy with a Flexible Spending Account, which is accessed with your DukeCard. Deposit money into your FLEX account and with a swipe of your DukeCard, you can buy meals and snacks at any campus eatery, Merchant on Points vendor, food trucks and campus convenience store or vending machine.