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Meal Plans are convenient, flexible, and come with many different options. First-year students are required to have a meal plan for both semesters — either the Ultimate Access or the All Access 7. Membership gives your student access to more than 25 locations across Grounds, with hours ranging from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

UVA Dining offers these features:

All Access Meal Plans

First-year students have the option of two All Access Meal plans for their required meal plan membership. 

The Ultimate Access Meal Plan and the All Access 7 Meal Plan provide all access to eat inside the University's residential all-you-care-to-eat dining rooms (O-Hill, Fresh Food Co. at Newcomb, and Runk) seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

All Access Meal Plans provide unlimited swiping in the residential dining rooms. This means as long as your student is eating in O-Hill Dining Room, Fresh Food Co., or Runk Dining Room, she or he can swipe as many times a day as wanted. Please note that unlimited swiping is for eating in UVA locations only. Students are encouraged to eat in to get the best value out of their meal plan. See Dining Plan Options and Costs.

Plus Dollars

Each dining plan includes Plus Dollars, which can be used in all of UVA's dining locations. They work like an ATM or debit card. Students can use their Plus Dollars for beverages, snacks, coffee, and convenience food items at on-Grounds cafés, food courts, and convenience stores. The total purchase is subtracted from the student’s Plus Dollar dining plan balance. The balance can be checked through the Cavalier Advantage website. Plus Dollars can be added to your student’s card at any time.

Meal Exchange and To-Go Meals

Meal Exchange permits meal plan-holders to use a swipe for a meal at select retail locations on Grounds. Favorite combos have been created at several locations, and a Meal Exchange swipe can be used during each location's Meal Exchange posted hours.

To-Go meals at residential dining halls also are considered a Meal Exchange swipe. Students may ask for a to-go box and a to-go cup to get their meal for take away. Please note and discuss with your student that To-Go meals are expected to be a well-balanced meal that fits in the container. There are limits to this program that are upheld by the spirit of the Honor Code.

The maximum number of swipes that can be used for both Meal Exchange and To-Go is two per day, one per hour. Students who purchase the Ultimate Access Meal Plan receive an additional Meal Exchange and To-Go swipe per day (for a total of three swipes per day, one per hour.)

Food Trucks and Delivery

Food trucks are available during lunch in the Amphitheater for students’ dining convenience. Delivery from Papa John's Pizza and Ming Dynasty is also an option for Plus Dollar spending.

Residential College Plans

First-year Residential College students must choose either the Residential Ultimate Access Meal Plan or the Residential All Access 7 Meal Plan.

The University offers unique Residential College programs rooted in Thomas Jefferson’s philosophies about education. Residential College students are required to dine together several times each week. The dining plans for these colleges include frequent banquets and events attended by Faculty Fellows of the colleges. Students who reside in Brown College, Hereford College, and the Language Houses (French, Spanish, and Shea) are required to participate in a Residential Dining Plan.

Transfer Student Options

Thousands of upperclass UVA students have a meal plan, whether they live on Grounds or off Grounds. The expanded upperclass meal plan options are listed and can be purchased on the Dining website. First-year students are not permitted to purchase an upperclass meal plan. They must select the Ultimate Access or the All Access 7.

Upperclass students also have the option of selecting the Ultimate Access Meal Plan or the All Access 7 Meal Plan. Details on those meal plans are listed under the First-Year Meal Plan options. UVA Dining can help upperclass students choose the plan that best fits their lifestyle and dining preferences. Contact UVA Dining at or call 434.982.5141.

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