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

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

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.

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.

Riverview Eatery is a brand new food service operation available to all students. Students that reside in Riverview are required to have a meal plan at the Eatery.

New for Fall 2015 UW-Milwaukee has implemented Net Nutrition.

With this program you are able to choose your meal before setting foot in the dining facility. You will be able to utilize this program to find out the caloric value of your meal, plan meals if you have special accommodation and much more!

Our campus also uses dietary symbols to inform customers about food choices. To see detailed descriptions of our symbols, please visit our Dietary Information page.

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.

The Eatery is a brand new café that features hot meals, bakery items, fried foods, deli station, and a fruit & salad bar! The Eatery also includes a mini convenience store, making it a one-stop shop to grab fresh & delicious food and all your grocery needs!

  • Find the daily menu and other info here!

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.

Our primary vendor for the University comes from Performance Food Group. We also have a variety of specialty vendors that deliver our more select foods:

  • Alpha Baking – Fresh daily baked breads
  • Miller Baking Co. – Fresh daily doughnuts
  • SAS – Primary packaged retail distributor
  • Pepsi – Primary pour rights
  • Lipari – All natural / organic provider
  • Rooftop & On-Campus Gardens – Grown & harvested fruits, vegetables, and herbs
  • Assorted Beverage Companies – General Beverage, Naked, 7-Up, Coca-Cola, American Bottling, Webb & Gerritsen, Badger
  • Learn-Earn-Grow Milwaukee – Locally grown food partnering with Milwaukee Public Schools
  • LOCAL Companies – Milwaukee Pretzel, La-Coppa, RISHI, Cedar Crest, Colectivo Coffee

Our team of chefs, bakery staff and student staff follow tested recipes. The majority of our prepared food is prepared right in front of the customer to order.  The “comfort food” items are, at minimum, prepared in our batch cooking concept (one pan at a time). We have also created our unique concept in deconstructing dishes and have the customer create their meal the way they want. We prepare the majority of our bakery and our entire grab n’ go menu daily in house. Our recipes use the freshest available ingredients including produce from our own gardens and local farms. To see our menus, please visit our location page to choose and view your desired location.

It starts with our New Employee training program which includes Serving it Safe, Sanitation and Hygiene, Knife Handling and Customer Service Policies. We do a scheduled walk through by our managerial staff to ensure we are adhering to our strict safety policies. All operations are regularly visited by the Health Department.

Our food sources have strict safety and handling procedures in place and are known to have impeccable records. Some examples include Markon fresh vegetables and Jones Dairy Farm breakfast meats. In addition to these measures, we wash all of our fresh fruits and fresh vegetables with natural ozone infused water which kills harmful bacteria.

For all student supervisor and full time staff it is required that each holds Serv Safe Certificate. We also have each of our managerial staff CPR certified.

The best place to find a variety of information and current events is on our website!

Each unit is listed on our Locations and Hours page. Here you can find our menus, hours and our Facebook pages.

Each unit has digital signage players that display our menus and any upcoming events. We also have iPad stations at each Café for the customers to access our nutritional page.

Money can be added to meal plans at any time. Additional deposits are dollar-for-dollar, the administration fee is charged only once per semester. Meal plan additions can be done at: or at the Cash Value Center located near Sandburg C134

You can also add to your Gold Account at any time in person at the Panther Card Office in Union W143, at the UWM Bookstore, or at Sandburg Hall Main Desk.

Meal Plan Refunds: If a positive balance remains on a student’s meal plan at the end of the academic year, it will be refunded as a credit to their PAWS account less a $10 administrative fee.

We have a variety of practices including:

  • Rooftop Gardens
  • Raised Bed Gardens
  • L.O.C.A.L. Living Operating Consuming Acquiring Locally
  • Composting with Sanimax
  • Compostable disposable containers
  • Fryer Oil/Plastic/Cardboard/Aluminum Recycling
  • Made to Order meals and batch cooking concepts

Please visit our Sustainability page for more information on all our practices.

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.

UWM makes every effort to identify ingredients that may cause an allergic reaction to those with food allergies. There is always a risk of contamination from customer interaction and production environment. There is also a possibility that the manufactures of the commercial food we use could change the formula or substitute a product at any time.

Plan Ahead: If you will be living in a Residence Hall please fill out our Allergy Request Form. Our Assistant Director, Brian Vetter, reviews each of these requests and works with everyone to enable them to make informed dining choices. Introduce yourself to the managerial and student staff so they can also facilitate your dining choices.

For your security we will not manually type in your Id number without your ID present. If you have your PantherCard and it is not readable, we will manually type in your student Id number for one meal. You will need to go to Panther Card Services located in the Student Union room 143 to purchase a new PantherCard. They are located just down the south corridor from the Union Grind.