The mission of Northwestern Dining is to educate students, engage the community, and enrich the Northwestern experience by offering one of the most unique and pioneering campus meal programs in the nation.

2015 - 2016 Meal Plans

Resident Meal Plan Options 2015 - 2016

In order to meet your dining needs, the following meal plans are available for the 2015-2016 academic year.  To purchase a Resident Meal Plan use the Meal Plan Change/Request Form.  For more information visit the Meal Plan Terms and Conditions page. More information about the meal plan can be found here

Meal Plan Start Date: The Weekly 6, Weekly 13, Weekly 14, Block, and Unlimited Meal Plans will be effective on Monday, September 14th. WildCat Meal Packs are accepted at any time.

WildCat Weekly 13 
The Weekly 13 Meal Plan provides 13 meals per week for use within any of the six resident dining halls, and 35 WildCat Points ($35.00) each quarter. (WildCat Points expire at the end of each quarter.) You will also receive two complimentary Guest Meals each quarter.  (The guest meals are available on your Wildcard.)

  • WildCat Weekly 13 Annual Rate: $5,802
  • WildCat Weekly 13 Quarterly Rate: $1,934

WildCat Weekly 14
The WildCat Weekly 14 Meal Plan provides 14 meals per week for use within any of the six resident dining halls, and 35 WildCat Points ($35.00) each quarter. Each week 3 of the 14 meals may be used to purchase a Smart Bundle or as an Equivalency Meal. (WildCat Points expire at the end of each quarter.) 

You will also receive two complimentary Guest Meals each quarter. (The guest meals are available on your Wildcard.)

  • WildCat Weekly 14 Annual Rate: $6,108
  • WildCat Weekly 14 Quarterly Rate: $2,036
WildCat Unlimited Plan 
The WildCat Unlimited Plan offers unlimited access to the six residential dining halls during every meal period and 50 WildCat Points ($50.00) each quarter.  Each week 2 meals may be used to purchase a Smart Bundle or as an Equivalency Meal. (WildCat Points expire at the end of each quarter.)  You will also receive two complimentary Guest Meals each quarter.  (The guest meals are available on your Wildcard.)
  • WildCat Unlimited Plan Annual Rate: $6,435
  • WildCat Unlimited Plan Quarterly Rate: $2,145

WildCat Block Plan - Not available to First Year Students
The WildCat Block Meal Plan offers a 117 meals per quarter (351 per year) that can be used at any of the six resident dining halls or to purchase Smart Bundles or as Equivalency Meals, plus 100 WildCat Points ($100.00) per quarter. (WildCat Points expire at the end of each quarter.)   The WildCat Block Meal Plan meals may also be used for guests or additional meals. Since all of the meals and points are distributed at the beginning of the quarter, students on the Block Plan should budget their meals carefully.

  • WildCat Block Plan Annual Rate: $6,108
  • WildCat Block Plan Quarterly Rate: $2,036

Off-Campus Student, Faculty, and Staff Meal Plan Options

Note: off-campus students are able to purchase any of the above Resident Meal Plan Options as well as those listed below.  To purchase a Resident Meal Plan or the Weekly 6, complete the Meal Plan Change Form.

WildCat Meal Pack purchase wildcat meal pack   NOTE: All WildCat Meal Pack Meals will expire on August 31, 2015.  Please wait until September 1, 2015 to purchase WildCat Meal Packs for the 2015-2016 year.

The WildCat Meal Pack provides 10 meals for use within the six resident dining halls plus 25 WildCat Points ($25.00) for purchases at our retail locations (these WildCat Points do not expire.) Multiple packs can be purchased throughout the academic year.

This meal plan is only available to faculty, staff, and students living off campus or in fraternities or sororities. 

  • 1 - 2 Packs: $120.00 for each pack. 
  • 3 - 4 Packs: $110.00 for each pack.
  • 5 or more Packs: $100 for each pack.
  • Purchase WildCat Meal Packs   (currently only showing 2014-2015 pricing.  Check back on September 1 for the new prices.)

WildCat Weekly 6 Meal Plan
The Weekly 6 plan is only available to faculty, staff, and students living off campus or students living on campus participating in a fraternity or sorority meal plan. (Proof of participation must be supplied from the Treasurer to allow this plan.)

The Weekly 6 Meal Plan offers 6 meals per week for use within the six resident dining halls and 100 WildCat Points ($100.00) per quarter which can be used to buy food at our C-stores, restaurants, and cafes on campus. (WildCat Points expire at the end of each quarter.)

  • Annual Weekly 6 Rate: $3,015
  • Quarterly Weekly 6 Rate: $1,005

Equivalency Meals and Smart Bundles

Many meal plans provide the user a pre-set number of meals each week that can be used as either an Equivalency Meal or to purchase a Smart Bundle.

Equivalency Meals

Equivalency Meals can be used at any of our restaurants, cafes, or C-Stores for a pre-set exchange rate based on time of day. (see chart below)

Below is a chart outlining when Equivalency Meals are available and their corresponding rates.

MealMeal TimeEquivalency Exchange Rate
Breakfast7:30 am - 10:45 am$5.00
Lunch10:46 am - 4:45 pm$7.00
Dinner4:46 pm - 7:30 pm$9.00
Late Night7:31 pm - 2:00 am$7.00


Smart Bundles

Smart Bundles offer our guests a selection of items that can be grouped together and purchased by using a meal swipe. Smart Bundles are currently only available at Lisa's Cafe.



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Important Info

All students, faculty, and staff are able to purchase meal plans.

Questions?

If you have any questions about meal plan assignments, please contact the Food Service Office at 847-491-2020.

Lost or Stolen Meal Cards

Lost or stolen meal cards can be replaced. Should this happen to you, please contact the Wildcard Office at 847-467-NUID (6843).

Dietary Needs

Do you have particular dietary needs? Please let us know. Our campus dining services program can accommodate your special dietary requirements. For more information, please contact our campus dietitian at diet-food@northwestern.edu.

Dining Policies

One of our main goals is to provide a pleasant, clean, comfortable and satisfying dining experience. In order to meet this goal, we ask for your assistance with the following procedures:

  • Please bus your dishes and disposables from your table when you have finished dining.
  • Please refrain from taking food, dishes, or utensils from the dining area.
  • You may take one piece of fruit or one dessert with you as you leave the dining hall, plus a beverage in a reusable mug (20 oz or less).
  • Remember that Wildcards are non-transferable. Wildcards cannot be used by anyone but the purchaser.
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