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Meal Plans

 First YearsSophomoresJuniorsSeniors
Required PlanThe 21 PlanThe 19 PlanThe 14 PlanThe 8 Plan
Meals per Week2119148
Meal Money per Semester$225$275$275$325
Guest Meals per Semester5555
Price per Semester$2,933$2,904$2,586$1,735

Vanderbilt students that live on campus are defaulted into a meal plan based on their cohort year. (please see table above)

Off-campus students who wish to purchase a meal plan are able to at https://get.cbord.com/vanderbilt

2019-2020 MEAL PLAN CHANGES:

  • No meal periods! Now, there is a 60 minute “cool down” between meal swipes. Example: you get your breakfast at 9:17 and can purchase lunch as soon as 10:17. You may now use a meal swipe as many times as 24 times a day!
  • You are able to use 7 meal swipes a week at a munchie. Meals including an entree from the Kitchen at Kissam or from the Hot/Cold bars at Highland are considered regular dining hall meal swipes. Meals including an entree from the munchie is considered a munchie meal swipe.
  • In lieu of rollover, $50 in extra meal money per semester was added to the 19, 14, and 8.
  • 5 guest meals a semester which may be used to treat guests or donate to students in need through the GET app.

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 at meals.vanderbilt.edu

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

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.

2019-2020 Meal Plan Start & Stop Dates

StartStop
August 17, 2019November 22, 2019 (Thanksgiving Break)
December 1, 2019December 13, 2019 (Winter Break)
January 3, 2020February 28, 2020 (Spring Break)
March 8, 2020April 30, 2020 (Commencement)

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 2019-2020 locations here.

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.

Visitors/Interns
Flex Meals must be purchased in person at the Commodore Card Office, located in the Sarratt Student Center. If you’ve been issued a Vanderbilt ID, once you purchase meals in the Commodore Card Office, we will load the meals onto your card. For all others, we will issue you a meal card with meals purchased loaded onto the 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:

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 8 Plan, The 14 Plan or The 19 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 8 Plan, The 14 Plan or 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 can do this at https://get.cbord.com/vanderbilt

Faculty staff can buy meals in bundles of 10 at meals.vanderbilt.edu using a credit card.

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. Meredith Williams 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, Meredith Williams, 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. Since each meal is defined and you pay for any items that aren’t included, you may take out all the items that are included in your plan or paid for individually. The exceptions are Commons Dining and Saturday Brunch at Rand. In an effort to build community and maintain a green facility, Commons Dining does not offer carry out containers.

The Commodore Card Office has a great website that allows you to view your account status online: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/commodorecard/

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

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 recieve an aloted 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

 

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