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Frequently Asked Questions

Which dining plan is right for me?

There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to Dining Plans so we offer a variety of options to best fit your needs.  To figure out the right plan for you, start by thinking about your eating habits.  Are you a light eater who grabs a bagel in the morning and a salad for lunch or do you need three square meals a day to function properly?  Do you graze all day, power eat like an athlete or have medical concerns that dictate your food intake?

See our Cost Comparison to find out how your eating habits fit in to our plans, and also for a neat breakdown of how much you can save by getting a dining plan.

Whatever your eating preferences and habits are, we work hard to make sure you are properly taken care of at Campus Dining.  For details on each plan, visit our Dining Plan page.  Also, keep in mind that you have until the end of the first two weeks of school at the beginning of each semester to change your plan if the one you select does not fit your needs.

Do I have to buy a dining plan?

Students living in the Residence Halls are required to purchase a Dining Plan.

For the 2013-2014 academic year; sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate level students living in an Living Learning Community (LLC) are not required to purchase a Dining Plan however they may choose to. If you are a first-year student living in Upham LLC or the College of Natural Resources (CNR) LLC you are still required to select one of the 3 standard Dining Plans (Vandal Premiere, Vandal Prestige or Vandal Pride).

Any University of Idaho student, faculty or staff member can purchase a Dining Plan if they wish to do so.

How do I buy a dining plan?

It’s easy. If you live in one of the Residence Halls, simply select a Dining Plan when you fill out your room reservation or renewal application. For questions about room reservations, contact the Housing Department

If you are a Commuter Student who lives off-campus, a Greek Life Student or a Staff or Faculty member, you may purchase any Dining Plan through the Vandal Card Office located in the Student Union Building (SUB).  Simply visit their office or e-mail them.

Which dining plans can I choose from?/What am I eligible for?

If you live on-campus this year, Resident Dining Plans are broken down by Housing location. This means that your on-campus living experience just got a customizable upgrade and a whole lot easier. First, choose the building you will be living in and then select the right Dining Plan for you. It’s just that easy.

*Community Restrictions: University Housing offers a variety of community options to benefit students in specific majors or academic levels. Please make sure to visit the University Housing website to learn more about certain community restrictions and availability for students interested in these unique communities.

**LLC Meal Plans for the 2013-2014 academic year; sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate level students living in an Living Learning Community (LLC) are not required to purchase a meal plan. If you are a first-year student living in Upham LLC or the College of Natural Resources (CNR) LLC you are still required to select one of the 3 standard meal plans (Vandal Premiere, Vandal Prestige or Vandal Pride).

I live in a LLC, which Dining Plan applies to me?

For the 2013-2014 academic year; sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate level students living in a Living Learning Community (LLC) are not required to purchase a Dining Plan however they may choose to.

If you are a first-year student living in Upham LLC or the College of Natural Resources (CNR) LLC you are still required to select one of the 3 standard Dining Plans(Vandal Premiere, Vandal Prestige or Vandal Pride).

I don’t live in the University Housing Residence Halls. Can I still purchase a Dining Plan?

Absolutely! Our Dining Plans were designed with all students in mind. Sign up today and never go hungry again!

Can I change my Dining Plan?

Yes!  You may decrease your Dining Plan anytime before the end of the first two weeks of the semester. You may increase your Dining Plan anytime during the semester.  

To change your Dining Plan, please visit or e-mail the Vandal Card Office in the Student Union Building.

Where can I use my meals?

Meals (either Unlimited, Block or 14 per week) are designed for use only at Bob's Place. Bob's Place also accepts Flex Dollars, Cash and Credit Cards (Visa, MasterCard and Discover) and Vandal Dollars.

Can I use my Dining Plan to feed others?

Yes and here's how.  

Flex Dollars can always be used for guests at any Campus Dining location!

Block Meals can also be used for guests at Bob's Place.

Vandal Premiere plan holders have 10 Guest Passes that can be used by anyone at anytime!  Simply tell the cashier you want to use a Guest Pass.

Weekly meals cannot be used for guest passes.

Bob's Place as well as all of our Retail Locations accept cash, Flex Dollars, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and Discover)and Vandal Dollars.

*The Vandal Card holder must always be present when using their Vandal Card for others.  Vandal Cards cannot be given to another person for them to use.

Can I take food out of Bob's Place?

Unfortunately, Bob's Place is a dine-in only facility.  We do not allow food to leave the establishment.

What are prices at Bob's Place?


Visit Bob's Place for current prices.

I am considering the Vandal Prestige, when does my new allotment of 14 meals start each week?

All meals reset Monday mornings at 12:01 a.m. each week. Unused meals do not rollover.

What if I don’t use all my meals or Flex Dollars?

Dining Plans expire on the last day of each semester.  Flex Dollars rollover from Fall to Spring semester only if you purchase a meal plan for Spring Semester and expire on the last day of Spring Semester .  Block and Weekly Meals do not carry over.

What are Flex Dollars and where can I use them?

Flex dollars are cash values committed for use only at ALL Campus Dining locations (including concessions and catering). Flex Dollars rollover from Fall to Spring semester only if you purchase a meal plan for Spring Semester and expire the last day of classes in the Spring Semester. To add more Flex Dollars, please visit or e-mail the Vandal Card Office in the Student Union Building (SUB).



What is the advantage of having Flex Dollars?

The most important feature of Flex Dollars is that you have money designated for food on your Vandal Card and won't go hungry!  Also, unlike cash or credit cards, if you lose your Vandal Card, your meal funds are secure.  Flex dollars are cash values committed for use only at Campus Dining locations (including concessions and catering).  Flex Dollars rollover from Fall to Spring semester only if you purchase a meal plan for Spring Semester and expire the last day of classes in the Spring Semester.

Can I add more Flex Dollars to my account?

Yes, you may add more Flex Dollars to your account any time during the semester by emailing or visiting the Vandal Card Office in the Student Union Building.

Can I buy food with Vandal Dollars?

Yes, Vandal Dollars are accepted at all Campus Dining Locations, including all 14 retail locations.

What if I lose my Vandal Card?

If you Vandal Card is ever lost or stolen, contact the Vandal Card Office immediately at 208-885-9289 to report your missing card.

What is available for my special dietary needs?

We want you to eat well on campus. Bob's Place, our Resident Dining Facility, as well as our numerous retail locations on campus, all offer many choices to accommodate gluten-free, vegetarian, non-dairy, nut allergies, vegan and other special dietary needs.  If you are ever uncertain about what we offer, ask our helpful and friendly staff.  You can always e-mail Verna Bergman MS, RD, LD, the Campus Dietitian, for specific nutrition counseling or call (208) 885-6717.  Also, feel free to ask us by e-mail our Executive Chef or calling (208) 885-6070.

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