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Fall 2020 Meal Plan

Meal plans are available to all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff. All Vanderbilt students living in university housing are required to participate in a meal plan based on their cohort year. See below for meal plan components and rates for the 13-week semester between August 24 and November 20.

FIRST-YEARS SOPHOMORES JUNIORS SENIORS
The 21 Plan The 19 Plan The 19 Plan The 14 Plan
21 on-campus meals per week 19 on-campus meals per week 19 on-campus meals per week 14 on-campus meals per week
$ 225 Meal Money per semester $ 275 Meal Money per semester $ 275 Meal Money per semester $ 325 Meal Money per semester
$ 2,686 per semester $ 2,666 per semester $ 2,666 per semester $ 2,385 per semester

All meal plans include 5 guest meals, for use at any time during the semester

Nonresidential students, including undergraduates opting out of on-campus housing, will have the ability to purchase the 14 or 19 meal plans, but will not be required to do so. In addition, nonresidential students, faculty, and staff have the option to purchase flex meals which are prepaid blocks of meals, redeemable at any Campus Dining location.

In addition to our meal plans, students can use debit spending accounts for food purchases:

  • Meal Money — Money in this account is non-taxable for students living on campus and can be used at on-campus dining facilities, Munchie Marts, food trucks and Taste of Nashville restaurants. Unused Meal Money from the fall semester can be rolled over to the spring, but must be depleted by the end of the spring semester or the money is forfeited.
  • Commodore Cash — Money in this account is taxable and fully refundable. It can be used in dining facilities, book stores, Munchie Marts, Sarratt ticket desk, post office, athletic concessions, Outdoor Recreation Center, Taste of Nashville locations, food trucks and at vending, laundry and copier machines.
Faculty Staff Meal Plan

Available to Vanderbilt Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Professional Students

Graduate and Professional Students are not required to purchase a meal plan, but are offered at a bundled discounted rate and are good at open Vanderbilt Campus Dining locations. Any selection will be billed to your student account and may be purchased here.

Faculty and Staff who wish to purchase a meal plan, you can do so with a credit card here.

Log in with your VUNetID and Password and follow the instructions. Please note meals are non-refundable, and are not transferable.

Please note that due to COVID-19 safety protocols, access to dining halls may be limited to undergraduate students during the initial weeks of the fall 2020 semester.  Changes to this plan will be communicated via Campus Dining social media and news page.

2020-2021 Meal Plan Start & Stop Dates

Fall 2020 Meal Plan start date is Monday, August 17, 2020.

Meal Plan FAQ’s:

As a Vanderbilt student, if you live on campus you will be defaulted into a meal plan based on your year at Vanderbilt. Example: First Years recieve The 21 Plan (21 meals per week).

If you are a Vanderbilt Student that lives off campus, you do not need to purchase a meal plan but can opt into The 14 Plan, The 19 Plan or The 21 Plan. They are the same plans that are offered on campus, yet are taxed.

As a Vanderbilt student, if you live on campus you will be defaulted into a meal plan based on your year at Vanderbilt. Example: First Years recieve The 21 Plan (21 meals per week).

If you are a Vanderbilt Student that lives off campus, you do not need to purchase a meal plan but can opt into The 14 Plan or the The 19 Plan. They are the same plans that are offered on campus, yet are taxed.

If you are a Junior or Senior, you can upgrade your meal plan to The 19 Plan or The 14 Plan.

For off-campus students who wish to purchase a meal plan or those who want to upgrade your meal plan, you may do that here

Fall 2020 meal plans will be activated Monday, August 17.  Most of our dining facilities will be open, although some markets may have limited hours until classes begin.  On Monday, August 24, all Campus Dining locations will be fully open.  For current hours and menu offerings, visit vu.edu/menus.

No, you can visit any residential dining hall at the time that is convenient for you.  Preordering is required for the following locations:

  • Munchie Marts (Meals)
  • Munchie Marts (Convenience Items and Snacks)
  • Suzie's Cafes, Grins, Local Java
  • PickupSpot Locations

Preordering is available on the GET app, linked to your Commdore Card account.

Vanderbilt takes great pride being AllerTrain's "2019 Best Food Allergy Champion." Most all of our food in dining halls have allergies clearly marked. Starting in the Fall of 2019, our dining hall kitchens will be peanut and tree nut free. For further questions, please reach out to our Registered Dietitan, for assistance on navigating your way through Vanderbilt's dining facilities. Emily Suttle RD, LDN dietitian@vanderbilt.edu

The dining locations at Vanderbilt and the menus chosen were created with the Vanderbilt community in mind. Vanderbilt's dining services have won many awards for their awareness of special diets and allergens at a university. Please visit our Nutrition page for all menus on Vanderbilt's campus. If you would like more 1-on-1 help, our in-house Registered Dietitian, Emily Suttle, can work with you to help you navigate campus dining and continue your lifestyle at our university. You can contact her at dietitian@vanderbilt.edu.

Yes. In fact, due to social distancing recommendations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all food sold in dining halls is designed to be enjoyed elsewhere.

The Commodore Card Office has a great website that allows you to view your account status online here

You may also download the GET app to be able to easily check your balance on the go. 

Faculty staff can buy meals in bundles of 10 using a credit card here. Please be aware that during the intial phase of Campus Dining's reopening plan, access to dining facilities may be restricted to undergraduate students only.

These are two different accounts with separate funds.

  • Meal Money is an additional debit spending account available for food purchases. Meal Money can be used at on-campus dining locations, vending and Munchie Marts as well as off-campus participating Taste of Nashville restaurants. With the student VU Meal Plan, you will receive an alotted amount per semester of Meal Money. You may add any additional funds to this account as you see fit.
  • Commodore Cash is a debit spending account which can be used to make cash-free purchases at any campus location that accepts the Commodore Card (your student, faculty or staff ID). This account does not come with the VU Meal Plan, but may be added as you see fit. Money on this account is taxable and is fully refundable. The locations to use Commodore Cash include: 
    • Dining Locations
    • The Bookstores
    • Munchie Marts
    • Vending
    • Laundry and Copier Machines
    • Sarratt Ticket Desk
    • Post Office
    • Athletic Concessions
    • Outdoor Recreation Center