Duke Dining

Plans & Points

Dining Plan Information

Duke offers a variety of student dining plans to meet the varied needs of our students. Plans are lettered A-J, with plans customized specifically for first-year students, upper-class students and "non-resident" students. View the full details of plan profiles by clicking the heading below.

If you have a qualified medical condition, you may request special dining accommodations by filling out a request form or by calling the Student Health Office.

Plan Profiles

*All fees shown reflect plan costs for the 2018-2019 school year.

Students who reside on campus must enroll in a dining plan. 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. 

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.

Dining 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 in addition to your chosen plan. Both the charge for the dining plan and the tax will be listed separately on the bill. The price for the dining plan provides the same number of meals that you had before the tax went into effect.

For example, Dining Plan A, priced at $2,253 for the Fall 2018 semester, will be assessed a tax surcharge of $168.98, plus a $25 contract fee for a total cost of $2,446.98.

If you receive 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.

FIRST-YEAR BOARD PLANS

Plan H

First-year students only:

  • For light to moderate eaters or people who snack on the run. If you rarely eat lunch or eat a light lunch, Plan H is for you.

Dining Plan:...........................$2,848
Food Points:........................$472
7.5% Tax 
--Food Points: $35.40
--Board Plan: $213.60
Total Tax Surcharge:............$249.00
Dining Contract Fee:............$25
Total Cost Per Semester:.....$3,594.00

  • Includes 14 total meals within a week (five for breakfast; nine for dinner & brunch).
  • Is paid for by swiping your DukeCard
  • Allows students to eat breakfast, dinner and brunch at the Marketplace on East Campus, or if you yearn for a change of pace, have dinner at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life, which specializes in kosher, vegetarian and vegan selections
  • Allows students who miss breakfast to apply the meal equivalency (valued at $4.70) on the same day one of two ways: toward breakfast at The Skillet in the Brodhead Center on West Campus or toward an a la carte lunch selection in the Marketplace on East Campus.
  • Allows students who miss dinner to apply the meal equivalency (valued at $9.05) on the same day at Trinity Cafe after 9pm.
  • Comes with Food Points; each point is equivalent to $1 and can be used at any on-campus eatery, Merchant on Points vendor, campus convenience store or vending machine. You may add more food points during the semester in $25+ increments
  • Includes four complimentary guest meals each semester at the Marketplace

Plan I

First-year students only:

  • For moderate to heavy eaters. If you tend to buy lunch every day and enjoy occasional snacks or late-night pizza delivery, this plan will most likely suit your needs.

Includes all items from Plan H with additional food points.

Dining Plan:..............................$2,848
Food Points:...........................$545
7.5% Tax 
--Food Points: $40.88
--Board Plan: $213.60
Total Tax Surcharge:............$254.48
Dining Contract Fee:...............$25
Total Cost Per Semester:........$3,672.48

UPPERCLASS MEAL PLANS

Plan A

Available to upperclass, non-resident, Central Campus students -

  • If you are a light eater, tend to eat one or two meals a day, buy inexpensive meals, or plan to eat a number of meals off-campus, consider Plan A.

Dining Plan:..............................$2,253
7.5% Tax Surcharge:...............$168.98
Dining Contract Fee:...............$25
Total Cost Per Semester:........$2,446.98

Plan B (most popular upperclass plan)

Available to upperclass, non-resident, Central Campus students

  • If you generally eat light, but snack occasionally or order from Merchants on Points, Plan B may be for you. This plan is good if your eating habits vary from day to day.

Dining Plan:..............................$2,702
7.5% Tax:...............$202.65
Dining Contract Fee:...............$25
Total Cost Per Semester:........$2,929.65

Plan C

Available to upperclass, non-resident, Central Campus students 

  • For the medium appetite and occasional indulgences. If you tend to eat two to three meals a day on-campus and place occasional orders with Merchants on Points vendors, but you aren’t a really big eater, consider Plan C.

Dining Plan:..............................$2,992
7.5% Tax:...............$224.40
Dining Contract Fee:...............$25
Total Cost Per Semester:........$3,241.40

Plan D

Available to upperclass, non-resident, Central Campus students

  • If you think eating is a social event, try Plan D. You can enjoy two to three meals a day, snacks, and still have money left over for Merchants on Points and the campus convenience stores. This plan is a good option if you plan on eating frequently in our restaurants.

Meal Plan:..............................$3,211
7.5% Tax:...............$240.83
Dining Contract Fee:...............$25
Total Cost Per Semester:........$3,476.83

Plan E

Available to upperclass, non-resident, Central Campus students

  • If you like to eat and plan on eating a lot, Plan E is for you. With this plan, you should be able to eat three meals a day, snack, order pizzas from Merchants on Points, make purchases at the convenience stores, and maybe even treat a friend to an occasional dinner at one of our on-campus restaurants.

Dining Plan:..............................$3,501
7.5% Tax:...............$262.58
Dining Contract Fee:...............$25
Total Cost Per Semester:........$3,788.58

Plan F

Available to non-resident students only

  • Plan F is only available to students who live off-campus. It will allow you to eat a meal, use the vending machines, and pick up snacks from our convenience stores on campus during weekdays.

Meal Plan:..............................$738
7.5% Tax:...............$55.35
Dining Contract Fee:...............$25
Total Cost Per Semester:........$818.35

Plan J

Available to Central Campus or non-resident students only

  • Plan J is only available to students who live on Central Campus or off-campus. It provides enough Food Points to eat on campus approximately once a day, with enough left over to stock up at Uncle Harry’s and indulge in a vending machine snack or the occasional purchase from Merchants on Points.

Meal Plan:..............................$1,594
7.5% Tax:...............$119.55
Dining Contract Fee:...............$25
Total Cost Per Semester:........$1,738.55

The State of North Carolina 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 took effect  January 1, 2014.

Student dining plans are being taxed at the combined state and Durham county rate of 7.5%. Both the charge for the dining plan and the tax will be listed separately on student’s bursar bills. The funds for the meal plan and the NC Sales Tax are added to the students DukeCard Food Points account.  The money to cover the taxes of each sale is included in the balance each student will see on their Food Points account. Tax is charged at all on campus dining locations, Food trucks and Merchants on Points and is applied at the actual point of sale as NC tax law requires.  

Students are not double charged for tax, since they are given credit for the NC Sales Tax on their food account. 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. At the end of the academic year, students will receive a refund of any unused NC Sales Tax money left in their account. The refund will go to student’s FLEX account, unless the student receives financial aid, to which the refund will be credited back to financial aid.

For example, Dining Plan A, priced at $2,253 for the Fall 2018 semester, will be assessed a tax of $168.98, plus a $25 contract fee for a total cost of $2,446.98. 

The tax applies to graduate and professional students who pay for food using a FLEX account, and will be assessed at the point of sale.

This page will be updated as new information on these tax changes is released by the State of North Carolina. For other dining questions, please contact dining@duke.edu.

 

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 stores and 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.

*All fees shown reflect the current year's rates.

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

Students living on campus should sign up for a Dining Plan when they confirm their housing assignment.

Below are pdf downloads of the dining contracts:

To add or reduce Food Points, cancel a plan, request an exemption from dining plan requirements or request to change your dining plan, see below.

Adding Food Points

Upward changes in Plan level are allowed anytime. Up to $1,500 in extra Food Points may be added to your Dining Account per semester. These changes may be requested at the DukeCard Office (012 TelCom Building, lower level rear entrance, 684-5800). The additional Points may be charged to your Bursar account.
 

Canceling or Changing Your Dining Plan
Under certain circumstances, you may cancel your Dining Plan and receive a refund or credit. These circumstances are normally limited to:

  • Academic Withdrawal: If you withdraw from enrollment or take a leave of absence, you may cancel your Dining Plan by presenting the DukeCard Office with certification from the Office of the University Registrar. There is a $30.00 cancellation fee to cover the costs of processing this transaction. If the DukeCard Office is notified prior to August 3rd for Fall Semester or December 18th for Spring Semester, this fee will be waived.
  • Moving Out Of Residence Halls or to Central Campus: If you are relocating from West Campus to Central Campus you have the option of reducing your meal plan. If you are moving out of the campus residence halls permanently or leave campus for a prolonged period elsewhere (eg. Semester at the Marine Lab, Semester in Europe program) you may cancel or reduce the level of your Dining Plan upon presentation of certification from the Office of Student Development at the DukeCard Office. There is a $30 fee for Dining Plan cancellations, but there is no charge for a reduction in Dining Plan level. The cancellation fee will be waived if you will be taking an official university leave for the upcoming semester and the DukeCard Office is notified of this intent prior to August 3rd for Fall Semester or December 18th for Spring Semester.

To request changes to your dining plan please contact the Duke Dining office at (919) 660-3900 or by emailing dining@duke.edu.

  • Changing Your Fall Dining Plan: Students who have a Fall 2018 Dining Plan and wish to change to a different plan for must do so by August 3rd, 2018, at 11:59pm. 
  • Changing Your Spring Dining Plan: Students who have a Fall 2018 Dining Plan and wish to change to a different plan for Spring 2019 must do so by December 18th, 2018, at 11:59pm. 

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

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 the plan profiles below and complete a dining plan worksheet.

If you have questions, contact Duke Dining at 919-660-3900 or dining@duke.edu.

Why are first-year students required to have a dining plan?
Socializing over a meal is a great way for students to forge strong relationships with peers and faculty. Duke's dining plan for first-year students provides meals at Marketplace on East Campus, which allows social interaction in a comfortable setting close to first-year residence halls.

What is the first-year dining board plan?
For complete information on each plan, see 'Plan Profiles' section above.

What dining plans are offered for upperclassmen?
For complete information on each plan, see 'Plan Profiles' section above.

What if I don't estimate the right amount for my student's dining plan?
Students have until December 18, 2018 to reduce or enhance their spring semester dining plan. Plus, to supplement any dining plan, additional food points can be added throughout the year in increments of $25+. 

What if a student misses breakfast and/or dinner at the Marketplace?
If a student misses breakfast, served Monday through Friday at Marketplace, he or she may apply the meal equivalency (valued at $4.70) on the same day one of two ways: toward a made-to-order breakfast at The Skillet on West Campus (West Union) or toward an a la carte lunch selection in the Marketplace on East Campus. If a student misses dinner he or she may apply the meal equivalency (valued at $9.05) on the same evening at Trinity Café.

What are 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.

What happens to extra Food Points at the end of the semester?
Food points remaining at the end of fall semester remain in the account for use during spring semester. Spring semester accounts must be purchased in full, regardless of Food Points left from fall semester.

No refunds are issued at the end of the academic year.