All first year students, and students living in Wallace or McConnell must have a meal plan. All non-first year students living in a Living Learning Community (LLC) are not required to purchase a Dining Plan, but may choose to do so.
If you are a first-year student living in Upham LLC or the College of Natural Resources (CNR) LLC, you are required to purchase one of the 5 residential meal plans (Joe, Pride, Silver 160, Silver 130, or Silver 95).
All non-resident students, faculty or staff members at the University of Idaho are able to purchase from a wide variety of meal plan options.
Click here to purchase.
NOTE: The 'Pride' and the 'Gold' are the only plans that have specific weekly meal blocks. All meals reset on Saturday between 1 am and 1:30 am each week. Unused meals do not roll over.
Meal plans expire on the last day of each semester.
Dining Dollars expire at the end of each semester. Block and Weekly meal swipes do not carry into the next semester.
Changes to Fall meal plans must be submitted by August 28, 2020. No meal plans will be pro-rated on cancelled plans after October 9, 2020.
Changes to Spring meal plans must be submitted by January 17, 2021. No meal plans will be pro-rated on cancelled plans after March 5, 2021.
To change your meal plan, please complete our Plan Change Request Form located on the University of Idaho's website via the Vandals Dining web-page.
At this time, the Hub, our resident dining destination is the only location meal swipes are permitted to be used. However, Dining Dollars can be used at any of our retail locations on campus - excluding Starbucks.
For the Fall 2020 Semester, meal swipes will be active beginning August 19 at 11am for lunch.
Please see our hours of operation page for all times related to our additional restaurants and Cafes.
Dining Dollars are an amount of money loaded onto the VadalCard that may be used at all campus dining destinations. Dining Dollars can be reloaded at any point during the semester.
Dining Dollars expire at the end of each school year (the end of Spring semester). Dining Dollars roll-over from Fall to Spring with the purchase of a Spring meal plan.
The Hub will be following all CDC and state-regulated guidelines. All self-serve models will be replaced with pre-packed or staff-served options to reduce health risk.
In addition to providing enhanced service areas to offer expedited service to our guests, we will also be implementing a new "Express Lane" that will be located on the South entrance to the Wallace Residence Hall. This dining destination will be designed to offer guests pre-packaged nutritious entrees, various sides, desserts beverages etc. for grab-n-go service.
Our Express Lane has been created to offer a contact-less and speedy service option for students or guests who would prefer this dining style during the COIVD-19 era. Express Lane guests will enter only through the South entrance and should they be purchasing a meal through their dining plan, the South entrance will be their payment point.
See the layout of our new service style here.
Weekend Brunch: $10
Yes, you can use your dining plan to feed other people under the following circumstances:
You can use Dining Dollars to purchase meals at any time in The Hub or at any retail campus dining destination.
Students with a silver level meal plan can use a meal swipe to feed a guest. You cannot use weekly block meals to purchase food for guests at The Hub.
NOTE: The Vandal Card holder must be present when using their card for others.
At this time, we are unable to continue our Green-to-Go program due to mandated health and sanitation guidelines. We are constantly monitoring this trend and will phase the program back in should regulations relax moving forward.
Vandals Dining will not limit the time of any guest’s meal period – however, due to limited in-house seating arrangements mandated by social distancing practices, we do ask our guests be cognizant of the time spent in the dining hall to allow for as many guests as possibly the opportunity to dine in-house.
Vandals Dining will be increasing our number of front-line staff, streamlining our service style, encouraging the use of to-go options and implementing active transitions in between meal times to account for possible longer wait times.
While our to-go packaging during this time will be Styrofoam, we will still be upholding our commitment to our composting ititative that collects 2,000lbs of post consumer and additional waste per week that is directly used on our University-affiliated partner farms.
All dine-in guests will still be able to adopt an “all-you-are-to-eat” style of dining. Meaning no guest will be turned away from getting additional food items.
Upon entering the Hub, each guest will self-swipe their Vandal Card and be encouraged to utilize the touch-less hand sanitizer stations placed at the entryway and around the service area.
Upon opening, we will temporarily be suspending cash as a form of payment. If cash transactions are necessary, a separate process will be implemented at that time.
A six-foot distance will be maintained between guests and staff at all times with distancing floor signage for guests.
Additional protective barriers will be placed at service stations to limit contact.
Contact-less service between guests and staff will be in effect. Staff will place all necessary service items (plates, bowls etc) on a designated area for the guest to then handle themselves. No hand to hand contact will be necessary.
All tables for guests will be placed 6th apart and no more than 6 guests to a table will be permitted.
Dine-in guests will return their dishes to designated areas upon exiting the Hub. Once the guest exits the dining area, a front-line team member will then thoroughly disinfect all contact surfaces and seating.
Dine in guests will be given a new drink wear glass each time they would like a drink refill.
Enhanced sanitation of all areas will be implemented every 30 minutes regardless of use.
The use of thermal scanner monitoring has been mandated by the University of Idaho upon entrance to both the ISUB and Hub dining destination.
Should a guest's temperature test above the designated limit required for entry into the Hub, a team member will kindly ask the guest to visit our Express Lane - a convenitent, grab-n-go station located at the South entrance
All necessary eating utensils and condiments will be provided. This order will be crafted along the necessary health and safety guidelines.
Each meal period will provide not only a mindful, nutritious option, but an option free of 7 of the top 8 allergens for guests with dietary restrictions. Should you feel your needs are not met through our regular menu rotation, please reach out to us and we will be happy to accommodate you needs.
We strive to accommodate the full-spectrum of dietary needs and restrictions - this means we will be providing daily rotating vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options as well.
Should you feel your needs are not met through our regular menu rotation, please complete our Dietary Accommodation Form and contact our Campus Allergen Specialist:
Megan Beckman – Executive Chef of Resident Dining