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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?


Whatever your eating preferences and habits are, we work hard to make sure you are properly taken care of at Vandals 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?

All first year students, and students living in Wallace or McConnell must have a meal plan.

For the 2015-2016 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 online by visiting Vandal Web with your NetID and password or through the Vandal Card Office located in the Student Union Building (SUB).  Simply visit their office or e-mail them with your vandals email and your student number

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

Vandals Dining provides plans for any lifestyle on or off campus. All first year students, and students living in Wallace or McConnell must choose from one of the three standard meal plans(Vandal Premiere, Vandal Prestige or Vandal Pride). 

Students living off campus, Greek Students, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate level students living in an Living Learning Community (LLC) may choose from any 2015/2016 Meal Plan. 

**LLC Meal Plans for the 2015-2016 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 2015-2016 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 dining plan?

Dining plans can only be used at Bob's Place, the dining facility in Wallace. Vandal Premiere and Prestige offer unlimited access into Bob's Place at the times specified by the plan.  Block meals are a certain number of accesses into Bob's Place during breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Vandal Dollars that come with your dining plan can be used at any location on the Dining Map. 

Can I use my Dining Plan to feed others?

Yes and here's how.  

Vandal Dollars can always be used to purchase meals for guests at any Dining Location.

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

Unlimited Access plans cannot be used for guest passes. 

Weekly meals cannot be used for guest passes.

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

*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?

What are prices at Bob's Place?

For students, guests, faculty or staff with out a meal plan. 

Bob's Place Prices are as follows:

Breakfast- $7.50

Lunch - $9.00

Dinner - $10.00

I am considering the Idaho Advantage, when does my new allotment of 2 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 Vandal Dollars?

Dining Plans expire on the last day of each semester.  Vandal Dollars do not expire.  Block and Weekly Meals do not carry over.

What are Vandal Dollars and where can I use them?




Can I add more Vandal Dollars to my account?

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

Can I buy food with Vandal Dollars?

Yes, Vandal Dollars are accepted at all Dining Locations, including all 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 Marissa Rudley MS, RD, LD, the Campus Dietitian, for specific nutrition counseling or call (208) 885-6717.

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