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Meal Plans

Everything you need to know about your 2023-2024 meal plans!

Find your Plan

First year residents will automatically have the Residential All Access Plan with $250 Meal Plan Dollars assigned to your account in July and January. To upgrade to the Residential All Access Plan with $400, please visit  After the first day of classes, contact the Carolina Card Office at (803) 777-1708 for meal plan changes.

Voluntary meal plan holders will need to sign up for their Fall 2023 meal plan and re-sign up for thier Spring 2024 meal plan. There is no automatic assignment. 

Download the 2023 - 2024 Dining Guide [pdf]




Meal Plan Details & Definitions

Key Dates

August 19: Meal Plans begin at lunch
September 1: Last day to downgrade or remove a meal plan
November 22 - November 24: Meal Plans deactivate for Thanksgiving Break
December 17: Meal Plans deactivate for the semester after lunch

January 5: Meal Plans begin at breakfast
March 2 - March 9: Meal Plans deactivate for Spring Break
May 2: Meal Plans deactivate for the semester after lunch

Residential Dining Halls

Six all-you-care-to-eat dining halls spread conveniently throughout campus, each with its own in-house chef. Residential All Access Members enjoy unlimited access to any residential dining hall. Meal plan holders will receive free access to our reusable to-go program in residential dining halls (limit of 3 to-go meals per day).

Retail Restaurants

Any dining location on campus that is not one of our residential dining halls, including convenience stores.

Meal Swipes

Residential Swipes: One swipe gains access to all-you-care-to-eat residential dining halls. Students with All Access plans receive unlimited daily meal swipes in these locations.

Retail Swipes: Swipes have a value based on meal period. Guests can order up to that value with a meal swipe or cover any overage with meal plan dollars, CarolinaCash, credit or debit. Students with All Access plans receive 7 swipes per week on a Thursday-Wednesday schedule. Unused meal swipes do not roll over to the next week or semester. Breakfast: $7.50, Lunch/Dinner/Late Night: $10.50.

There is a 30-minute pause in between meal swipes to ensure meal plans are not being shared.

Meal Plan Dollars

Meal Plan Dollars are included in the price of meal plans. Use them at any of our on-campus dining locations just like a debit card. Add more MPDs at any point in the semester through the GET app or Carolina Card office. MPDs not used during the fall will roll over to the spring if you are still a member.

Managing Your Plan

View meal swipe and meal plan dollar balances on the GET app or visit the Carolina Card office in the basement of Russell House.

Meal plans are intended for individual use and may not be shared.

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