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Meal Plans

All undergraduate students living in Saint Louis University residence halls are required to have a meal plan each semester through DineSLU. Meal plans are also required for commuters and students living in on-campus apartments who are taking 12 or more credit hours.

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Meal Plan Options: Residence Halls

If you are a freshman and living in a residence hall, you will be automatically enrolled in the All Access Program.  All other students living in the residence halls can choose from the All Access, Block 125 or Block 80.

All three plans are included in the cost of your residence hall room, but each comes with a different amount of meal swipes or Flex dollars  — funds you can use to eat at SLU's retail dining options, such as Qdoba, Starbucks or Mein Bowl, anytime.  

SLU's retail dining locations also allow meal exchanges to be used on Monday through Thursday nights from 5 - 10 p.m. This means you can use a meal swipe instead of Flex dollars for up to $__ of food at these locations on certain days. 

Meal Plan Options: Commuters & Campus Apartments

SLU students living in on-campus apartments and commuters (students living in any other off-campus residence) must choose between the Flex 300, the Flex 600 or the Flex 300 Plus 5 Day All Access. Five day all-access is Monday – Friday access to Grand Hall Dining and applicable meal exchanges.

Residence Hall Meal Plans

Meal Plan Meal Swipes per Semester Flex per Semester
All Access* Unlimited $145
Block 125 125 $605
Block 80 80 $995

* All new freshmen are automatically enrolled in the All Access plan

Apartment and Commuter Plans

Meal Plan Meal Swipes per Semester Flex per Semester Cost
Flex 300 0 $300 $300
Flex 300 Plus 5  Unlimited, Monday - Friday $300 $1780
Flex 600 0 $600 $600

Changing Your Meal Plan

Meal plan changes may only be made within the first three weeks of each semester.  Meal plan changes can be made in your housing contract through June 30. To change your meal plan starting Aug. 1, log into your mySLU account, select the "Tools" tab, select "Banner Self-Service" and select the "Student" tab. Click on "Meal Plan Change Request.” Your meal plan options will be listed in the drop-down menu. Select your new meal plan.

Swipes and Bonus Flex

 Unused meal swipes expire at the end of the semester. Unused Flex dollars carry over from the fall to the spring semester and expire at the end of the academic year. 

Meal plans are charged to your student account and preloaded onto your SLU ID, but you can purchase additional Bonus Flex dollars anytime during the semester through the mySLU portal. Residential students will receive an additional 25 percent value with their Bonus Flex purchase, while students living in apartments, commuters, faculty and staff receive a 10 percent bonus. 

While regular Flex does expire, Bonus Flex and Billiken Bucks can be refunded. Refunds will be credited to your student account and applied to any outstanding balance prior to disbursement. You will receive a check within two weeks of completing a withdrawal form to close your Billiken Bucks or Bonus Flex account, minus any additional promotional percentage that might have applied. Note: Funds that were deposited via a SLU department for an award or incentive will not be refunded. 

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SLU Meal Plan FAQ

What is considered a meal swipe?

Each swipe is good for an all-you-care-to-eat meal at Grand dining hall. Other popular on-campus dining spots, such as Reinert On the Go, Billiken Club and Grill, Qdoba, Grill Works and Subway, allow you to use meal exchanges from 5 to 10 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. You can use as many swipes as you want in a day, but unused meal swipes expire at the end of each semester.

What are Flex dollars?

Flex dollars are used to purchase food at any DineSLU retail location. Unused Flex at the end of the fall semester will carry over to the spring semester. Flex expires at the end of the spring semester.

What if I want more Flex dollars?

If you are running low on Flex and want to add more, add Bonus Flex. Bonus Flex dollars are just like Flex dollars, with three exceptions:

  • You buy them in addition to your meal plan.
  • They do not expire at the end of the semester.
  • They are eligible for promotional matching bonus dollars that can only be used to purchase food.

Students who have a residence hall meal plan will receive a 25 percent bonus, and students who have a commuter meal plan will receive a 10 percent bonus.

What are Billiken Bucks?

Billiken Bucks is a debit account that can be used for purchases at the Instructional Media Center, campus bookstore, printing, vending machines and on ITS software sales. It can also be used at all DineSLU locations and at various off-campus vendors.

Billiken Bucks never expire. You may close your account at any time by submitting a refund request.

Am I required to have a meal plan? 

All undergraduate students living in campus housing, regardless of their current course load, and any undergraduate commuter student who is classified full-time, must have a meal plan, unless an exemption is made by our staff. This meal plan is charged to your tuition account, preloaded onto your SLU ID and becomes active on move-in day. Exemptions are considered in rare circumstances and must be submitted within the first three weeks of each semester.

How can I keep track of my meal plan, Flex, Bonus Flex, and Billiken Bucks?
In Person

Bring your SLU ID to Parking, Card and Transportation Services in Suite 130 of the Wool Center, or swipe your SLU ID at any of the four kiosks located on campus to retrieve your card balance and make deposits.

Kiosks are located in Busch Student Center, Pius XII Memorial Library, the Medical Center Library and in the Vincent C. Immel Law Library.


Log into your mySLU account, select the "Tools" tab, and click on the "SLU ID eAccounts" icon. Once you are in your account, you can view your account balances, track your purchases, make card deposits and view or update your profile.