Meal Plans

Meal Plan Options Available by Class Year

Freshman: Easy Pass
Sophomores: Easy Pass, Residential, Flex Plans 1 or 2
Juniors: Easy Pass, Residential, Flex Plan 1, Flex Plan 2 or All Points Plan
Seniors: Easy Pass, Residential, Flex Plan 1, Flex Plan 2 or All Points Plan
5th Years: Easy Pass, Residential, Flex Plan 1, Flex Plan 2 or All Points Plan
Graduate: Easy Pass, Residential, Flex Plan 1, Flex Plan 2 or All Points Plan

Dining Plan

Meals

Dining Points

Cost per year

Availability

Easy Pass

40 meals per semester

200 per semester

$5,472.00

freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors, 5th years & graduate

Residential plan

2 meals per day

475 per semester

$4,408.00

sophomores, juniors, senior, 5th years & graduate

Flex plan 1

150 meals per semester

500 per semester

$4,575.00

sophomores, juniors, senior, 5th years & graduate

Flex plan 2

75 meals per semester

1100 per semester

$4,024.00

sophomores, juniors, senior, 5th years & graduate

All Points plan

none

1020 per semester

$2,040.00

junior, senior, 5th years & graduate

Note: All juniors, seniors and 5th years must choose a meal plan if they are living in the Hill Houses or 15 West Alcove Suites.

Choosing a Plan

The easiest way to decide which dining plan is best for you is to determine how many meals you are likely to eat each week.

  • Easy Pass Plan has a Met “easy pass” which allows for unlimited visits to that venue. For example, you may have lunch at noon and then come back for a mid-afternoon snack. It also includes forty meals per semester that can be used at the Portfolio Café, Jolly Roger or Watermark Café, and 400 points per academic year that can be spent at any dining location.
  • Residential plan offers two meals per day throughout the academic year and dining points for additional purchases. This meal plan is for the student that does not want to concern themselves with budgeting meals and regularly eats two meals per day. If you are planning to be away for winter session you should consider opting for a flex plan, or points plan if that is available.
  • Flex plans offer a set amount of meals per semester coupled with dining points. Meals are available anytime during the semester. Any unused dining points are carried over from fall to spring semester (unused meals do not).
  • All Points plan uses dining points like cash. Dining points can be used at all campus dining locations, including the student run café, Carr Haus. When your dining points balance is depleted, you may then add bonus points. Dining points are carried over from the fall semester to the spring semester, but are not carried over from academic year to academic year.

Note:
- Points carry over from semester to semester but meals do not.
- No part of the meal plan is carried over from academic year to academic year.
- If you are not on campus, arrangements can be made through Isabel Ferreira, Dining Account Manager (401 454-6642).

Campus Tenders

  • Easy pass: Easy pass access allows students to dine as they want taking as much or as little as they desire with unlimited returns. Easy pass is available for The Met only.
  • Meals: A meal is defined as an entree with accompanying sides and a beverage. Meals are accepted at The Met, Portfolio Café, Watermark Café, and the Jolly Roger Café
  • Points: Points are used for purchasing food a la carte. Points are accepted at The Met, Portfolio Café, Watermark Café, Jolly Roger Café, and Carr Haus Coffee Shop.

ID Cards and the risdbucks Program

Meal plans are not transferable and all students are required to present their ID cards for service. Any violation may result in a termination of the plan or other disciplinary action.


risdbucks is an optional account that is not associated with our meal plans but is accepted at all dining locations.
Learn more about risdbucks »

Who needs to be on a plan?

  • All students are eligible to purchase meal plans.
  • First-year students pay a room and board rate that includes the required first-year dining plan.
  • All sophomores, regardless of where they reside on campus, are automatically assigned to the Residential Plan, but may choose Declining Balance Option I or II. Students may change their plan on WebAdvisor.
  • Juniors, seniors and fifth-year students living in the Hill Houses (except Dwight House) or the 15 West Alcove Suites must choose one of the plans offered. Students living in Colonial Apartments, Charles Landing or the apartments at 15 West or the lofts at 15 West may choose from any meal plan option or none at all.
  • Graduate students may choose from any meal plan option or none at all.

How to Add, Change or Cancel a Plan

  • First-year students are unable to alter their meal plans.
  • Sophomores are automatically placed on the Residential Meal Plan (2 meals per day plus 475 points per semester).
  • Upper class students are automatically contracted and billed for the meal plan they had the previous year. For spring semester, students are automatically re-enrolled in the same meal plan they purchased for the fall semester.
  • Eligible students interested in adding or changing their meal plan should do so on WebAdvisor. Changes are only allowed once a semester - during the first two weeks of the semester.

Billing Details

  • Meal plan contracts are billed per semester.
  • Contracts are in effect for the full academic year.
  • After classes begin, eligible students may cancel a meal plan in person at the Dining Services main office through the first two weeks of the fall semester. No meal plan contract may be canceled after the second week of the fall semester. Omission of meal plan contract fees from tuition payments to the Business Office does not constitute cancellation of a meal plan contract.

Full-time students who withdraw from RISD are charged a percentage of their chosen dining plan, as follows:

Withdraw in first two weeks

20%

Third week

40%

Fourth week

60%

Fifth week

80%

Thereafter

100%

Percentage charges are based on semester charge, carried over balances do not apply.

Second semester meal plans are activated the third week of January. Any remaining fall semester funds will be added to the new spring semester funds.

Meal plan participants must abide by the same rules of conduct outlined in the Residential Life Handbook. Any violation may result in a non-refundable termination of the plan or other disciplinary action.

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