Meal Plans

Besides cash and credit card, you also have two other options for purchasing food from Restaurant Operations. The Resident Meal Plan and a UWM Gold Account .

Meal Plans

Every Resident is required to participate in the meal program with the exception of Residents in Purin Hall, Cambridge Commons upgraded suites, and Sandburg’s East Tower.

3 Levels

Level 1
Level 1$3,456.00/year
Level 2
Level 2$4,189.00/Year
Level 3
Level 3$4,922.00/Year
Meal Plans include $1,728.00 Administrative Fees


Any resident not required to participate in a meal plan may still do so. All residents are required to pay the fee to cover basic costs (rent, utilities, staff, etc)

Every dollar above that amount is added to the resident’s Panther Card to be spent at Restaurant Operations units across campus.

When eating in Residence Halls Dining Units, you are entitled to purchase as much as you wish at a 50% discount* from cash or gold card prices.

Meals are a la carte and you may purchase as much or as little as you wish, paying only for the items you select at each meal. Points on your card may be used at other campus Restaurant Operations locations at regular prices.

No Sales Tax! As a Resident Account card holder, you do not pay sales tax on your purchase.

For additional meal plan information check out the Contract Guide Book.

* due to food cost variability, selected items on the menu may not be priced at the 50% discount.

Gold Account

Purchase food, merchandise, performance tickets, and services at many UWM retailers and storefronts. Your purchases with your Gold Account are tax-free.

Frequently Asked Questions

Residents and Meal Plan Only contract holders are able to add money to their meal plan through the Cash Value Center (CVC) located next to Palm Gardens in Sandburg or online at GET Funds and view your balance account.

If you added money to your meal plan or Gold account through the Cash Value Center (CVC) you should contact the Service Desk of the building you added funds in.
The Service Desk Staff will work with University Housing to process your refund request.

Please provide the Service Desk with your full name, ID number, location of deposit, time of deposit and amount deposited. Refunds are not automatic as University Housing needs to verify your request against the CVC transaction report and the cash deposit receipt.

Once a refund is approved University Housing will contact you via your UWM e-mail address to inform you that the amount was credited back to your meal plan or Gold account.

All University Housing contract holders are required to carry a meal plan with the exception of those who live in Cambridge Commons Double Upgrades, Purin Hall, East Tower and Kenilworth Square Apartments. If you are a resident of Cambridge Commons Double Upgrades, Purin Hall and East Tower you can elect to have No Meal Plan but are still responsible for the administrative fee. To opt out of the meal plan you can visit University Housing in Sandburg C100 to submit the paperwork for your request.

Any unused meal plan points remaining from fall semester will roll over for spring semester. Your spring semester meal plan points will also be added on top of any remaining balance.

University Housing process meal plan refunds the first week of June for any remaining meal plan points, less the $10 administrative processing fee.

If you have an outstanding balance with UWM or University Housing your refund amount would be first applied to cover those charges and then any remaining balance would be refunded. Refunds are processed in the same way payments were made (i.e. if you paid by credit card, the refund would go back to the credit card). Please note check refunds do take a little longer to process.

If the meal plan was paid by Financial Aid a check will be made out to the student. If the meal plan was paid by a Parent Plus Loan a check will be made out to the individual who took out the Parent Plus Loan.

Yes! If you a member of the UWM community and in good behavior standing with University Housing you are eligible to purchase a meal-plan only contract. Standard meal plan and administrative fee rates apply. To view meal plan levels and rates please visit here. To purchase a Meal Plan Only you can visit University Housing located in Sandburg C100 or contact University Housing at (414) 229-4065.

Note: If you have been found responsible for a residence hall policy violation and have been banned or terminated you are not eligible to purchase a non-resident meal plan.

The meal plan is for University Housing Contract holders or Meal Plan Only Contract holders who pay for meal plan points and a set administrative fee per semester. Residents and Meal Plan Only Contract holders are provided a 50% discount on their meal cost when they eat in one of the residential dining facilities located in Cambridge, Riverview or Sandburg. Meal plans can also be used at the Grind, Emporium and other dining locations across campus for a dollar for dollar value.

Gold Accounts are used to pay for laundry and vending most often. Off Campus and commuter students have the option to add money to their Gold account as it is a convenient way to not have to carry cash while they are on campus. Gold account money is also a dollar for dollar value.

Sandburg and Cambridge Cafes have compostable to go container for all our fruit and salad bars! All sandwiches and wraps made at the delis in these locations are wrapped for the ease of our customers. RESTOR’s provide premade salads, cut fruit, sandwiches and fresh bakery all made in house and able to grab quickly.

On our website found here we have a place where our customers can find information regarding allergen, ingredients, caloric/nutritional information, LOCAL products, nutritionally sound meals, and much more.  Net nutrition is a new data base that can help direct our customers in areas they need specific information for. We will also meet w/ all customers on an individual basis for severe/life threatening allergies so that we can clearly communicate so that we are providing the safest food possible. We encourage all of those that have restricted diets and/or special requests to talk to one of our managers. If you have any severe food related allergy, please let us know by filling out our Allergy Request Form 3 weeks prior to the start of service so that we can meet with you.

Making students feel at home by using concepts that they’re familiar with, such as the *build your own bowl style, but at the same time diversifying the menu with foods that they might not have tried before such as tamales, Korean bowl, African stew bowl etc. Our foods reflects the diversity of our campus all while being scratch made and custom built the way our customer’s desire.

Our Restaurant Operations team does a full market analysis of similar local products to determine affordable and reasonable pricing. We strive to use fresh, local, and quality ingredients for every food and drink we make.

Please  contact University Housing located in Sandburg C100 to formally request a change in your meal plan level.

Yes! For the convenience factor, you may use your meal plan points at any other campus locations and even at participating off-campus locations under the GET Platform. Please keep in mind that you are not maximizing your discounts at these regular prices and the 50% discount does not apply.