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Meal Plan

Fall 2020 Meal Plan Information

Campus Dining is adapting its operations to the new reality of physical distancing, enhanced sanitization protocols, and modified service style. While our dining facilities may look different, know that our focus on the safety and well-being of the Vanderbilt community has never been stronger.

Despite the myriad challenges posed by this public health event, Campus Dining is fully committed to providing a wide variety of healthy and nutritious meal options to the Vanderbilt community. In addition to a network of residential dining halls, retail markets, and cafes, we are proud to announce the following enhancements to our dining program for the 2020-2021 academic year:

  • The Nicholas S. Zeppos College dining hall will be opening in August 2020 and adds another option to the Vanderbilt West End neighborhood.
  • Broad expansion of mobile ordering options, including all Munchie Mart convenience stores and Suzie’s Cafes. Students will have the option to use meals or meal money in these locations. Options include a rotating menu of chef-inspired sandwiches, wraps, and healthy bowls, in addition to market and convenience items.
  • To further support physical distancing efforts, and to reduce congestion in high-traffic dining halls, Campus Dining Pick-up Spots will be located in key places across campus; students can order meals online, then pick up at a convenient location.
  • Students can use their Meal Money or Commodore Cash to purchase food at any one of the Taste of Nashville partner restaurants, all located near campus. In addition, Campus Dining will host a rotation of food trucks on a daily basis, further adding value and variety to a student’s Meal Money or Commodore Cash.

Ranked #7 Best Campus Food, 2020 by the Princeton Review, Vanderbilt Campus Dining serves up a globally-inspired menu, with exciting new cuisines and healthy options that support a diverse array of dietary preferences and restrictions. Our award-winning chefs are proud to offer a comprehensive meal plan that supports community, sustainability and healthy living.

Meal plans are available to all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff. All Vanderbilt students living on campus 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

Nonresidential students, including undergraduates opting out of on-campus housing, will have the ability to purchase any of the above 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.

Faculty Staff Meal Plan

Available to Vanderbilt Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Professional Students

Faculty, Staff Graduate and Professional Students are not required to purchase a meal plan, but are offered a discounted rate for bundles of 10 meals and are good at open Vanderbilt Campus Dining locations.

Those 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 residential undergraduates during the initial weeks of the fall 2020 semester.  Changes to this plan will be communicated via Campus Dining social media and news page.

FUN FACT: You may use more than one meal at a time on the Faculty Staff Meal Plan. Take a colleague to lunch and have the cashier swipe your card twice to take two meals. This feature is only available for the Faculty Staff Meal Plan. This plan does not expire, is nonrefundable, and nontransferable.

2020-2021 Meal Plan Start & Stop Dates

These dates will be announced soon, and will align with Housing move-in and move-out schedules.

Meal Money

Meal Money is used as an enhancement to your VU Meal Plan. Meal Money is an additional debit spending account available for isolating funds for food purchases. Money in this account is non-taxable (for students living on campus) at Rand Dining Center, The Commons, The Pub and Local Java.

Meal Money can be used at on-campus dining locations, vending and Munchie Marts as well as at off-campus participating local Taste of Nashville restaurants.

See all the 2020-2021 locations here.

Unused meal money from the fall semester will roll over and be added to the balance of meal money that comes with the spring semester meal plan. Money in this account is also non-refundable and must be depleted by the end of the spring semester.

Meal Money is associated with Meal Plans. If you drop your Meal Plan, your Meal Money is forfeited.

Commodore Cash

Commodore Cash (CC) is a debit spending account which can be used to make cash-free purchases at any campus location that accepts the Commodore Card.

These locations include:

  • Dining Locations
  • The Bookstores
  • Munchie Marts
  • Vending
  • Laundry and Copier Machines
  • Sarratt Ticket Desk
  • Post Office
  • Athletic Concessions
  • Outdoor Recreation Center
  • Taste of Nashville partner locations

Money on this account is taxable at all locations and is fully refundable.

 

Please find our FAQ section at the bottom of this page if you have any questions regarding the Vanderbilt Meal Plan.

Flex Meals

Flex Meals allow for plan customization and optimal flexibility.

Treat a guest, friend or family member to a meal at any VU Meal Plan location. Whether you’re a member of the Vanderbilt community or a visitor spend a few months on campus, Flex Meals are the way to go!

VU Students
Vanderbilt students may explore options and purchase meals here. VUnet ID required.

For all students- meal purchases are billed to your student account.

Faculty and Staff

Vanderbilt Faculty and Staff may explore options and purchase flex meals here. VUnet ID is required.

For all faculty and staff- meals are purchased with a credit card.

Please note: Flex Meal purchases are non refundable and non transferable. For students, flex meals expire at the time you graduate or leave the University. For visitors and all others, flex meals expire when you leave campus or end employment. Dining operates on a reduced schedule during the summer.

 

Meal Plan FAQ’s:

All Vanderbilt students living on campus are required to participate in a meal plan.  On-campus students will be automatically be enrolled in a meal plan based on a student's cohort year at Vanderbilt. Example: Sophomores receive the Sophomore Plan, with 19 meals per week.

If you are a Vanderbilt Student living off campus, you do not need to purchase a meal plan but can opt into any residential meal plan. They are the same plans that are offered on campus, yet are subject to TN state sales tax.

Meal plans are a required component of the residential undergraduate cost of attendance, and exceptions are not granted.

(Students residing at OHARE at the Village at Vanderbilt are considered on-campus for the purposes of meal plan requirements)

All Vanderbilt students living on campus are required to have meal plan.  Students are automatically enrolled into a meal plan based on your year at Vanderbilt. Example: Sophomores receive the Sophomore Plan, with 19 meals per week.

If you are a Vanderbilt Student who lives off campus, you do not need to purchase a meal plan but can purchase any of residential meal plan.  They are the same plans that are offered on campus, yet are taxed.

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 2021 meal plans will be activated Saturday, August 21 (and earlier for transfer students arriving the week of August 16).  Most of our dining facilities will be open, although some locations 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.

For the 2021-22 academic year, there is no daily limit on the number of times you can redeem a meal.  Students can redeem meal swipes up to three times per 60 minute period.

This meal swipe policy will be consistent in all Campus Dining locations, including dining halls, cafes, and Munchie Marts.

Vanderbilt takes great pride being named "Best Overall Food Allergy Program, 2021" by MenuTrinfo.  Most all of our food in dining halls have allergens clearly marked, and can be viewed on our NetNutrition menu builder at vu.edu/menus. In addition, all residential dining halls are certified peanut and treenut 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 at dietitian@vanderbilt.edu

Vanderbilt Campus Dining takes seriously its role in providing healthy and nutritious options for all students - including those with unique dietary preferences or allergies.  To help find menu options that fit everyone's unique needs, we encourage studtens to visit our NetNutrition menu planning tool at vu.edu/menus.  For more comprehensive information regarding special dietary requirements and how to navigate any accommodatoins, our Registered Dietitian Emily Suttle is available to meet privately and confidentially with studetns.  Emily can be reached via email at dietitian@vanderbilt.edu.  For quick nutrition questions, you can now text Emily directly - simply text "AskEmily" + your question - to 55744 from your mobile device.

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
    • Vanderbilt Bookstore
    • Vanderbilt Printing Services
    • Munchie Marts
    • Vending
    • Laundry and Copier Machines
    • Sarratt Ticket Desk
    • Post Office
    • Athletic Concessions
    • Outdoor Recreation Center

 

Can’t find the answer to your question? Email us at meals@vanderbilt.edu