Duke Dining

Plans & Points

Meal Plan Information

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.

Please click on the Plan Profile link below to access all plan profiles. 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 2017-2018 school year.

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 $2,177 for the Fall 2017 semester, will be assessed a tax surcharge of $163.28, plus a $50 contract fee for a total cost of $2,390.28

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.

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.

Meal Plan:...........................$2,752
Food Points:........................$456
7.5% Tax Surcharge
--Food Points: $34.20
--Board Plan: $206.40
Total Tax Surcharge:............$240.60
Dining Contract Fee:............$50
Total Cost Per Semester:.....$3,498.60

  • 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 $4.55) 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 $8.75) 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.

Meal Plan:..............................$2,752
Food Points:...........................$527
7.5% Tax Surcharge
--Food Points: $39.53
--Board Plan: $206.40
Total Tax Surcharge:............$245.93
Dining Contract Fee:...............$50
Total Cost Per Semester:........$3,574.93

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.

Meal Plan:..............................$2,177
7.5% Tax Surcharge:...............$163.28
Dining Contract Fee:...............$50
Total Cost Per Semester:........$2,390.28

Plan B (most popular upperclass plan)

Available to upperclass, non-resident, central campus students

  • if you generally eat light, but snack occasionally, order from Merchants on Points, or like to dine at The Washington Duke Inn every now and then, Plan B may be for you. This plan is good if your eating habits vary from day to day.

Meal Plan:..............................$2,611
7.5% Tax Surcharge:...............$195.83
Dining Contract Fee:...............$50
Total Cost Per Semester:........$2,856.83

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.

Meal Plan:..............................$2,891
7.5% Tax Surcharge:...............$216.83
Dining Contract Fee:...............$50
Total Cost Per Semester:........$3,157.83

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:..............................$3,102
7.5% Tax Surcharge:...............$232.65
Dining Contract Fee:...............$50
Total Cost Per Semester:........$3,384.65

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.

Meal Plan:..............................$3,383
7.5% Tax Surcharge:...............$253.73
Dining Contract Fee:...............$50
Total Cost Per Semester:........$3,686.73

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:..............................$713
7.5% Tax Surcharge:...............$53.48
Dining Contract Fee:...............$50
Total Cost Per Semester:........$816.48

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 Dining 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:..............................$1,540
7.5% Tax Surcharge:...............$115.50
Dining Contract Fee:...............$50
Total Cost Per Semester:........$1,705.50

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 took effect  January 1, 2014.

Student dining plans are now being taxed at the combined state and Durham county rate of 7.5%. Both the charge for the dining plan and the tax surcharge will be listed separately on student’s bursar bills. The funds for the meal plan and the NC Sales Tax Surcharge are added to the students DukeCard food point account.  The money to cover the taxes of each sale is included in the balance each student will see on their food point account. Tax is charged at all On Campus Dining locations, Food Trucks and Merchant 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 Surcharge 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 Surcharge 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, Meal Plan A, priced at $2,124 for the Fall 2016 semester, will be assessed a tax surcharge of $159.30, plus a $50 contract fee for a total cost of $2,333.30. Plan profiles can be viewed here.

The tax surcharge 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.

Entertainment
As of January 1, 2014, admission to entertainment events will be taxed at the combined state and Durham county rate of 7.5%. This includes student-sponsored events for which admission is charged. Entertainment events include live performances, sporting events, movies, lectures, museums, cultural site visits, gardens, exhibits, tours, etc. The tax is applied to single tickets, multi-occasion tickets, season and annual passes, cover charges, etc. This tax will be collected at time of sale. For more information, contact tickets@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 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.

*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:

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 request form.

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.

Adding Dining 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.

Reducing Food Points

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 2017 Dining Plan and wish to change to a different plan for  must do so by August 4th @ 11:59pm. 
  • Changing Your Spring Dining Plan: Students who have a Fall 2017 Dining Plan and wish to change to a different plan for Spring 2018 must do so by December 19th, 2017 @ 11:59pm. 

Canceling 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 4th for Fall Semester or December 19th for Spring Semester, this fee will be waived.
  • Moving Out Of Residence Halls or to Central Campus: If you move 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 4th for Fall Semester or between December 19th for Spring Semester.

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

request form. 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 these plan profiles and complete a dining plan worksheet.

If you've got questions, contact Duke Dining Services 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 the 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?
First-Year students are offered two dining plans offering two differing levels of food points, depending on the needs of the student. View Plan Profiles.

What dining plans are offered for upperclassmen?
Beginning with their second year on campus, students are able to select from five dining plans. While off-campus students can choose from any of the upperclass plans there are two additional plans designed specifically for students living off-campus or on Central Campus. Off-campus & Central Campus Plans.

What if I don't estimate the right amount for my student's dining plan?
Students have until December 19, 2017 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+. View information on adjusting dining plans.

What if a student misses breakfast and/or dinner at the Marketplace?
If a student misses breakfast, served Monday through Friday in the Marketplace, he or she may apply the meal equivalency (valued at $4.55) 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 $8.75) on the same evening at Trinity Cafe.

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.

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.

Meal Plan:...........................$2,752
Food Points:........................$456
7.5% Tax Surcharge
--Food Points: $34.20
--Board Plan: $206.40
Total Tax Surcharge:............$240.60
Dining Contract Fee:............$50
Total Cost Per Semester:.....$3,498.60

    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.

    Meal Plan:..............................$2,752
    Food Points:...........................$527
    7.5% Tax Surcharge
    --Food Points: $39.53
    --Board Plan: $206.40
    Total Tax Surcharge:............$245.93
    Dining Contract Fee:...............$50
    Total Cost Per Semester:........$3,574.93

     

    *Plan I includes all items from Plan H with additional food points.

    Both plans:

    • Include 14 total meals within a week (five for breakfast; nine for dinner & brunch).
    • Are paid for by swiping your DukeCard
    • Allow 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
    • Allow students who miss breakfast to apply the meal equivalency (valued at $4.55) on the same day one of  two ways: toward breakfast at The Skillet on West Campus or toward an a la carte lunch selection in the Marketplace on East Campus.
    • Allow students who miss dinner to apply the meal equivalency (valued at $8.75) on the same day at Trinity Cafe after 9pm.
    • Come 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
    • Include four complimentary guest meals each semester at the Marketplace.

    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.

    Meal Plan:..............................$2,177
    7.5% Tax Surcharge:...............$163.28
    Dining Contract Fee:...............$50
    Total Cost Per Semester:........$2,390.28

    Plan B (most popular upperclass plan)

    Available to upperclass, non-resident, central campus students

    • if you generally eat light, but snack occasionally, order from Merchants on Points, or like to dine at The Washington Duke Inn every now and then, Plan B may be for you. This plan is good if your eating habits vary from day to day.

    Meal Plan:..............................$2,611
    7.5% Tax Surcharge:...............$195.83
    Dining Contract Fee:...............$50
    Total Cost Per Semester:........$2,856.83

    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.

    Meal Plan:..............................$2,891
    7.5% Tax Surcharge:...............$216.83
    Dining Contract Fee:...............$50
    Total Cost Per Semester:........$3,157.83

    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:..............................$3,102
    7.5% Tax Surcharge:...............$232.65
    Dining Contract Fee:...............$50
    Total Cost Per Semester:........$3,384.65

     

    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.

    Meal Plan:..............................$3,383
    7.5% Tax Surcharge:...............$253.73
    Dining Contract Fee:...............$50
    Total Cost Per Semester:........$3,686.73

     

    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:..............................$713
    7.5% Tax Surcharge:...............$53.48
    Dining Contract Fee:...............$50
    Total Cost Per Semester:........$816.48

     

    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 Dining 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:..............................$1,540
    7.5% Tax Surcharge:...............$115.50
    Dining Contract Fee:...............$50
    Total Cost Per Semester:........$1,705.50