The First-Year Meal Plan is for first-year students only. This plan was created to support The Commons living-learning initiative and includes meals such as house meals, cookouts, and The Commons special events. The plan is designed to be easy: Dine as you wish during a meal period and use your meal money for snacks and beverages.
Vanderbilt Campus Dining offers comprehensive, convenient meal plan options in multiple locations across campus. We take pride in our commitment of providing value through the highest quality, best tasting, most nutritious, and most diverse menus possible.
Vanderbilt Campus Dining has designed Meal Plans that contain enormous flexibility while providing basic needs to serve students at Vanderbilt. Our First-Year Meal Plan is comprised of Meals, Meal Money and Flex Meals.
Meals are combinations of food items including entrees and "sides" at on-campus locations. A typical meal plan combination would be an entree, two sides, and a beverage. An entree would include items such as a sandwich, roast chicken, vegetarian items, a burrito, a hamburger, or even frozen microwavable meals. Sides range from whole or cut fresh fruit, chips, hot vegetables, and starches to candy bars and bottles beverages. Combinations vary slightly among locations.
Meal Money provides flexibility to buy groceries, snacks, and beverages at campus locations to supplement meals. Meal Money may be used at any of our 24 local partner restaurants for dine in, take out or delivery.
A Flex Meal is a meal that can be used to purchase an additional meal during a meal period or to buy a friend or family member a meal. Additional Flex Meals may be purchased online.
The First-Year Meal Plan — FACTS
- 3 Meals per day - 7 days a week
You choose 3 our of the 4 meals per day.
- $150 Meal Money/Semester
Use Meal Money at all food locations ON campus or at 24 partner restaurants OFF campus. Meal Money rolls over to spring semester and expires in May.
- 5 Flex Meals/Semester
Use Flex Meals anytime to buy a friend a meal or to buy another meal for yourself in a meal period.
- Price: $2,395/semester.
First-year students (Spring/Fall ) are automatically on this plan.
Meal Periods for all Meal Plans are:
|Meal Period 1
||12am - 4am
|Meal Period 2
||7am - 11am
|Meal Period 3
||11am - 4:30pm
|Meal Period 4
||4:30pm - 12am