|Determine your meal plan
Meal plans are mandatory for all campus residents, regardless of courseload, and for all commuter students who meet all three of the following requirements:
- Full time (at least 12 hours)
- Attending at least 9 of those hours on Belknap Campus (does not apply to
- Live off campus (Cardinal Towne, The Bellamy and The Province are classified
as off-campus residences)
Don't fit into any of the above categories?
Create your own plan! Contact the Cardinal Card Office to purchase a block of 10 meals, or deposit funds into a flex point account and start saving money!
Each fall and spring semester,
mandatory meal plans are automatically charged to your tuition account and loaded to your student ID, the Cardinal Card.
The meal plan is accepted at all campus dining venues
and Flavours Catering.
Meals may be used at the all-you-care-to-eat dining hall Ville Grill, or for
breakfast and lunch combos across campus at Global Market. One meal is valid
for one entrance to Ville Grill or one combo at Global Market. Meals expire at
the end of each semester.
Flex points are accepted dollar for dollar at any campus dining location but earn an automatic 6 percent
discount with each purchase! Flex points roll over from fall to spring
semester. All flex points expire after spring finals.
While there are three pricing tiers according to where you
live, there are several plan structures within each tier
so that you may customize your plan to fit your lifestyle
at no extra cost. Before each semester, complete the Meal Plan Selection Form on the Cardinal Card web site. If you miss the deadline, you can add flex points or purchase blocks of 10 meals at any time.
Perks of the Plan:
Guest Meal Program: Use one meal swipe from your plan to pay for a friend or family member to dine with you at Ville Grill. Please note:
You must be present and use one of your meals at the same time as your guest and you are only permitted to use one guest meal per visit. Maximum of two swipes.
Automatic Discounts - You save 6 percent every time you use your flex points. Also, no overdraft fees! If you run out of funds, simply add more with Cardinal Card Online. Any deposit above $100 earns a 10 percent bonus. Example: a $150 deposit gives you $165 to spend.
Balance Tracking - Ask for a receipt after any transaction. It states your remaining meals and flex points. Compare your balance with the meal plan budget to make sure you get the most out of your plan.
Convenience - All meals and flex points go directly onto your Cardinal Card ID. So if you have your card, that’s all you need for a day on campus.
Security - With your Cardinal Card, cash is obsolete on campus. Easily report your card lost or stolen to prevent misuse.
Variety - On U of L Belknap campus, you are never more than five minutes away from a great place to eat. With close to 20 options on campus, including 8 national brands, your choices are abundant!