Meal Plans

RISD dining plans 2015/16

The Foundation Plan provides unlimited meal swipes at The Met, RISD’s “all-you-care-to-eat” facility. Students on the Foundation Plan receive six guest meals per year and may also choose to use one meal swipe per day at Portfolio, Watermark or Jolly Roger, or may purchase items using their $450 dining points per year. Other benefits include two free exchangeable to-go (Ozzi) containers and membership in the RISD Dining Club (RDC), which includes a complimentary cake for birthdays or other celebrations. All first-year students participate in this plan.

The Residential Plan provides two meal swipes per day which can be used to access The Met, RISD’s “all-you-care-to-eat” facility, or to purchase a meal at Portfolio, Watermark or Jolly Roger. Students on the Residential Plan also get 1,500 points per year (the equivalent of $45 in Dining Points per week) which rollover from semester to semester. Other benefits include three guest meals per semester, and two free exchangeable to-go (Ozzi) containers.

The Flex 7-60 Plan provides seven meal swipes per week, plus six guest meals, which can be used to access The Met, RISD’s “all-you-care-to-eat” facility, along with Portfolio, Watermark or Jolly Roger. Students on the Flex 7-60 Plan also get a total of $2,000 in dining points per year (approximately $60 per week), which are loaded at the start of each semester. Other benefits include three guest meals per semester and one free exchangeable to-go (Ozzi) container and grocery bag.

The Flex 5-40 Plan provides five meal swipes per week, which can be used to access The Met, RISD’s “all-you-care-to-eat” facility along with Portfolio, Watermark or Jolly Roger. Students on the Flex 5-40 Plan also get a total of $1,360 in dining points per year (an average of $40 per week), which are loaded at the start of each semester. Other benefits include two guest meals per semester, and one free exchangeable to-go (Ozzi) container.

The Connect 3-25 Plan is designed for graduate students and commuter students who want to stay connected to RISD and take advantage of RISD Dining at discounted rates. This plan provides 50 meals per semester (this averages out to three meal swipes per week), which can be used to access The Met, RISD’s “all-you-care-to-eat” facility along with Portfolio, Watermark or Jolly Roger. Students also get a total of $800 in dining points per year (an average of $25 per week), which are loaded at the start of each semester, and a complimentary travel mug for coffee/tea on the go. This plan is available to off-campus residents, 5th-year, senior and graduate students living in Apartment Experience housing. Sophomores, juniors and anyone living in Essential RISD or Suite Experience Housing are not eligible for the Connect 3-25 Plan.

room + board package details

*All first-year students must be on the Foundation Plan.
*Students living in Cooperative and Independent apartments may change their meal plan to the Foundation or Residential Plans for an additional $710 per semester, or opt for the Flex 5-40 Plan and receive a $425 credit per semester.
*Students living in Independent Apartments may opt for the Connect 3-25 Plan and receive a $1,140 credit per semester.
*The only students eligible to opt out of a meal plan are seniors, 5th-years or graduate students living in an Independent Apartment.

off-campus meal plan options

Students living off campus are eligible for any of the available meal plans: Foundation, Residential, Flex 7-60, Flex 5-40, or Connect 3-25. See details below.

meal plan  Foundation Residential Flex 7-60 Flex 5-40 Connect 3-25
price per year $5,400 $5,400 $3,980 $2,930 $1,700
price per semester $2,700 $2,700 $1,990 $1,465 $850

 


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 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 »

how to add, change or cancel a plan

  • First-year students are unable to alter their meal plans.
  • Upperclass 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 meal plans should do so on WebAdvisor. Changes are only allowed 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 the first two weeks 20%
third week 40%
fourth week 60%
fifth week 80%
thereafter 100%

Percentage charges are based on the per-semester charge. Balances carried over do not apply.

Second semester meal plans are activated at the start of the third week in 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 nonrefundable termination of the plan or in other disciplinary action.

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