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INFORMATION FOR 2013-2014 ACADEMIC YEAR

University of Kentucky Dining Services offers a variety of plans to accommodate different schedules and eating habits. We are dedicated to bringing you the best quality food, a variety of menu items, and excellent service.

Dining Services continuously brings new and exciting tastes to campus. In addition, throughout the academic year, we offer theme dinners and special events which feature regional favorites and authentic ethnic dishes from around the world. Low-fat and vegetarian items are also available daily at all campus dining locations.

Dining Services offers:

  • Food served from 7 am until 11 pm
  • 20 restaurants and 3 convenience stores located campus wide - close to classes and home
  • No grocery shopping, cooking, or clean up
  • Abundant food choices.

Dining Plans Explained

Dining Plans consist of Meals and Flex Dollars that are set up as an account which can be accessed using a UK or BCTC Student or Faculty/Staff ID like a debit card. Each time a purchase is made using one of the accounts, the total is deducted from either the Dining Plan or Flex Dollar balance. Account balance totals are available whenever a purchase is made at a dining location or convenience store on campus.

Each Dining Plan has two components, Meals and Flex Dollars.

Dining Plan Meals - Use this option to enjoy all-you-care-to-eat at Blazer and Commons or build your own "Combo Meal" at Ovid's Café or Bluegrass Café (BCTC) by choosing an entree, adding side(s), and a drink. Other locations accepting Meal Swipes are: Intermezzo (breakfast 7:30 am - 10:30 am/lunch 10:30 am - 4 pm M-R/10:30 am - 3 pm F), Fusion (breakfast and lunch 7:30 am - 2:30 pm M-R/7:30 am -1:30 pm F), Chick-fil-A® (dinner 5 - 8 pm M-R), Panda Express® (dinner 5 - 8 pm M-R), Sbarro® (dinner 5 - 8 pm M-R), Subway® (dinner 5 - 8 pm M-R), and Wildcat Coal Lodge (breakfast paid with meal plan Swipes only - 7:30 am - 10:30 am M-F).

Dining Plan Meal SymbolOur restaurants and stores use this symbol to show the restaurants that take the Dining Plan Meals.

Flex Dollars - Use this option for payment at all campus restaurants and convenience stores, including Starbucks®, using your student ID like a debit card. Money can be added during the semester to the Flex Dollar account and each deposit will receive an additional 10% based on the amount added.

Flex Dollar SymbolOur restaurants and stores use this symbol to show the restaurants that take Flex Dollars.

The following information has 2013-2014 rates.

Living on Campus? Which Plan is Right for You?

Step One: Determine the number of meals you'll need each semester.

Step Two: Choose a Dining Plan to meet your needs:

*All students living in a residence hall automatically have the Minimum Plan as part of the housing contract.

**The Champion and Wildcat Plans are Block Plan options

***Cost is per semester and includes Flex Dollars for each plan.

See FAQs for more details

Living Off Campus? Dining Plans are Still a Good Choice and Value.

UK Dining Services allows everyone who is part of the campus community, but doesn't live in the residence halls, the opportunity to save money and guarantee access to a variety of meals. All Dining Plans are available to UK or BCTC non-residence hall students, faculty and staff.

Another option for UK or BCTC non-residence hall students, faculty and staff is the Big Blue Community Plan.

The Big Blue Community Plan can be used to budget what you spend for meals each day. The Plan is a Flex Dollar only account which is accepted at all UK Dining restaurants and convenience stores on campus. The Big Blue Community Plan can be accessed using a UK or BCTC student, faculty or staff ID like a debit card. Funds may only be used for campus food or convenience store item purchases. Each time a purchase is made using the account, the total is deducted from the account balance.

Flex Dollars may be added to an existing Big Blue Community Plan and UK Dining Services will add 10% in addition to the amount deposited. Deposits require $25 minimum and may be made in...

  • The Dining & Plus Account Office: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Paid using cash, check, or any major credit card
  • By phone, (859) 257-6159, with any major credit card

Unused Flex Dollars will carry forward from Fall to Spring for students enrolled for the Spring semester.

Step 3: How to Sign Up

UK Community members, including students living off campus, can fill out the appropriate forms under our "Forms" Tab located at the top of this page and then bring the forms to the Dining and Plus Account Office in room 101 in the Student Center. Students must submit the completed form in person in The Dining & Plus Account Office.

Any other questions?

Please call (859) 257-6161, the Dining Services Administrative Office, with any further questions or clarification.

Please email ContactUKDining@lsv.uky.edu with any questions or to request any additional information.

 

 

Choosing your plan

Am I required to participate in a Dining Plan?
Students living in a Residence Hall are automatically enrolled in the Minimum Dining Plan for the 2013-2014 academic year as part of the housing contract.

This plan provides 7 Meals per week and a total of $200 Flex Dollars per semester. Students have the option to upgrade from the Minimum Plan to any of the other 5 available Dining Plans. All Dining Plans are for the academic year. Select "Dining Plan Info" for more information.

How do I pick a Dining Plan?
In order to determine the best Dining Plan for you or your student, first you must determine how many meals will be consumed per week and how much flexibility in meal choices you or your student would like to have. Using the chart above, determine which plan suits your needs.

How are the Wildcat and Champion Plans Different?

The Wildcat and Champion Plans are Block Plans that allows flexibility for the number of meals eaten throughout the semester. The plans are based on 5 or 8 meals per week but your student determines how many meals to use. Instead of the number of meals resetting each week, these plans allow for meals to be carried from week to week throughout the semester. Unused meals expire at the end of each semester and are non-refundable and non-transferable.

The Minimum, White, Blue, and Comfort Plans are considered weekly dining plans. Weekly Plans provide for a specific number of meals each week during a semester. If your student has a weekly dining plan the meal allowance begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday each week. Unused meals cannot be refunded, accumulated or carried over to the next week.

Is there a Dining Plan for commuter/off-campus students, faculty & staff?
Commuter/off-campus students, faculty & staff members may sign-up for the Big Blue Community Plan (Flex Dollars only). UK or BCTC commuter students, faculty & staff members also have the option of purchasing a Dining Plan (Meals & Flex Dollars).

If a Dining Plan is purchased after the beginning of the semester, the cost will be pro-rated based on the type of plan selected. Dining Plans are for the academic year.

The Big Blue Community Plan is for the academic year but a Spring deposit is optional. This Plan is a Flex Dollars account and funds may be added to it in increments of $25 as needed. UK Dining Services will add 10% in addition to the amount deposited.

About the Contract

How Long Does A Dining Plan Contract Last?

All Dining Plans are one academic year contracts that last through the Fall and Spring semester. The Big Blue Community Plan is for the academic year but a Spring deposit is optional and requires new forms.

Using the Dining Plan

How do I use my Dining Plan?
Each Dining Plan has two components, Meals and Flex Dollars. Choose from Weekly Meals or a Block Meal Plan. Meals may be used to purchase an "Unlimited Choice" Meal at Blazer and Commons or build your own "Combo Meal" at Ovid's Café or Bluegrass Café (BCTC) by choosing an entree, adding side(s), and a drink. Other locations accepting Meal Swipes are: Intermezzo (lunch 10:30 am - 4 pm M-R/10:30 am - 3 pm F), Fusion (breakfast and lunch 7:30 am - 2:30 pm M-R/7:30 am -1:30 pm F), Chick-fil-A® (dinner 5 - 8 pm M-R), Panda Express® (dinner 5 - 8 pm M-R), Subway® (dinner 5 - 8 pm M-R), and Wildcat Coal Lodge (breakfast paid with meal plan Swipes only - 7:30 am - 5 pm M-R/9 am - 1 pm F). Flex Dollars may be used at all Dining Services restaurants and convenience stores on campus.

Unused Weekly Meals cannot be refunded, accumulated or carried over to the next week. Unused Block Meals cannot be refunded or carried over at the end of the semester.

Unused Flex Dollars will carry forward from Fall to Spring for students enrolled for the Spring semester.

Unused Flex Dollars expire at the end of the Spring Semester and are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Funds may be added to a Flex Dollars account, in increments of $25, anytime during a semester. UK Dining Services will add 10% in addition to the amount deposited.

*The Big Blue Community Plan does not include Meals.

Where can I use my Dining Plan?
Meals may be used at "Unlimited Choice" Meal at Blazer and Commons or build your own "Combo Meal" at Ovid's Café or Bluegrass Café (BCTC) by choosing an entree, adding side(s), and a drink. Other locations accepting Meal Swipes are: Intermezzo (lunch 10:30 am - 4 pm M-R/10:30 am - 3 pm F), Fusion (breakfast and lunch 7:30 am - 2:30 pm M-R/7:30 am -1:30 pm F), Chick-fil-A® (dinner 5 - 8 pm M-R), Panda Express® (dinner 5 - 8 pm M-R), Subway® (dinner 5 - 8 pm M-R), and Wildcat Coal Lodge (breakfast paid with meal plan Swipes only - 7:30 am - 5 pm M-R/9 am - 1 pm F). Flex Dollars may be used at any of the restaurants on campus UK Dining Services locations.

What are Flex Dollars and where can they be spent?

Every Dining Plan comes with Flex Dollars that work like funds in a debit card account and may be accessed using a UK or BCTC Student or Faculty/Staff ID.

Flex Dollars can only be used for on purchasing food or necessity items at campus dining locations including:

  • All-you-care-to-eat buffets at Commons and Blazer
  • National franchises in the Student Center including: Chick-fil-A®, Panda Express®, Sbarro®, Subway®, and Starbucks®. Additional Starbucks® locations are in Commons, Kentucky Clinic, and Ovid's Café. A Subway® Cart is operated in the Ralph G. Anderson building of the Engineering Complex.
  • Dining Services locations in academic buildings including Erikson (Fusion), Gatton College of Business (Blue Chips Cafe), Ag North (Ag Deli), Dickey Hall, Ralph G. Anderson (Subway® Cart), Bluegrass Community and Technical College (Bluegrass Café), and Patterson Office Tower (Intermezzo).
  • Locations close to residence halls including Blazer, Commons, Ovid's Café, WIldcat Coal Lodge, and Food Court at the Student Center.
  • Three Quick Stop convenience stores: Blazer, Commons, and the Student Center.
  • Unused Flex Dollars will carry forward from Fall to Spring for students enrolled for the Spring semester.
  • All unused Flex Dollars expire at the end of the Spring Semester and are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Adding money to your Flex Dollars is easy at the Dining & Plus Account Office in 101 Student Center.

How will I know how many Meals I have left for the week or the semester?
On the Dining & Plus Account website use the "Manage Your Account" feature. BCTC Students will need to click on "I'm new here" and obtain a password in order to manage your account. You may then login and view your account balances and transaction history. Select "accout Activity" from the menu to view your transactions. You may view transactions from the past 6 months.

What if I run out of meals in the middle of the week?
You may use the Flex Dollars component of your Dining Plan to purchase meals. You can also use your Flex Dollars or Plus Account at any of the on campus UK Dining Services locations.

What happens if I don't use all of my Weekly Meals or Block Plan Meals?
Weekly meals do not accumulate or transfer to the following week. The Wildcat and Champions Block Plan Meals do not carry over to the next semester.

Do any of the Dining Services locations accept credit or debit card?
All Dining Services locations accept cash, check, Visa®, MasterCard® , Discover®,, American Express®. and PayPal® credit.

How does Dining Services keep track of the number of Meals I've eaten each week?
Each time you use your UK WildCard ID or BCTC Student ID to purchase a Weekly Meal or Block Plan Meal, a computer program tracks how many Meals you have used as well as how many Meals you have left for the week or semester. For Dining Services, the week starts with breakfast on Sunday and ends with dinner the following Saturday.

What if I do not use all of my Meals?
Weekly Meals do not accumulate or transfer to the following week. Unused Wildcat and Champion Block Plan Meals expire at the end of the semester and are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Changing your plan

How Can a Dining Plan be Changed?

Changes can be made to Dining Plan agreements by upgrading or downgrading the type of plan selected using either the Residence Hall Students Form or Non-Residence Hall Students/Faculty/Staff Form to indicate the change.

Upgrades are available anytime during each semester (Fall or Spring). One upgrade is allowed per semesterUnused Flex Dollars will carry forward from Fall to Spring for students enrolled for the Spring semester.

Downgrades may only be made until September 13 for the Fall 2013 semester; January 31 for the Spring 2014 semester. One downgrade is allowed per semester. Following a downgrade, credit will be issued to the billing account. If the billing account is paid in full, a refund check will be issued.

Dining Plan modifications during the semester will take effect beginning the Sunday after you make the change, as meals are counted during the calendar week, Sunday through Saturday. Additional charges or credits will be pro-rated based on the type of changes requested.

Payments for changes to Dining Plans should not be mailed to The Dining & Plus Account Office. Students will be billed through the appropriate billing office (UK or BCTC) for any balances due.

Where can I add funds to my Flex Dollars?
Flex Dollars may be added to an existing Big Blue Community Plan Monday - Friday, 8:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m.($25 minimum deposit). Deposits can be made in...

  • The Dining & Plus Account Office with cash, check, or any major credit card
  • By phone, 859) 257-6159, with any major credit card.

About Dining Services

I have a food allergy. Who should I contact about this? What foods can I safely eat?
Prior to coming to the University, you should contact Jacob Karnes at (859) 257-2754. Special meals can be prepared for you.

Where can I find vegetarian and/or low-fat options?
Every Dining Services location offers vegetarian and low-fat items. For a listing of these items, please contact the manager at your favorite Dining Services location. All Dining Services locations cook with trans fat-free oils.

What Dining Services locations are open during holidays and breaks?
The hours of operation during holidays and breaks vary from location to location. To get the latest hours of operation, see our Hours of Operation.

How do I get a job in Dining Services?
If you are interested in applying for a job with Dining Services, just visit the Student Employment web site to fill-out an application!

About the Plus Account

What is the Plus Account?
The Plus Account is a debit program for University of Kentucky students, faculty, and staff, and Bluegrass Community & Technical College students. The Plus Account is a feature of your UK WildCard Student ID, UK Faculty/Staff ID, or BCTC Student ID. The Plus Account is widely used on campus and off campus for dining, entertainment, laundry, bookstores, printing, copying, prescriptions, and much more. Residence Hall laundry and UK campus printing may only be accessed with a Plus Account.

Where can I add money to the Plus Account?
Funds may be deposited in whole dollar amounts at the following locations:

  • Online at www.uky.edu/PlusAccount - ($20 minimum deposit, $2 convenience fee)
  • The Dining & Plus Account Office in 101 Student Center
  • Student Account Services in 18 Funkhouser Building
  • DART machines in Dickey Hall, Med Center Library, William T. Young Library, King Library, Little Library, Gatton College of Business, College of Nursing Building and Mechanical Engineering (Any whole dollar amount)

Online deposits may be made with Visa® ,MasterCard®, American Express®, or Discover®, and PayPal® credit. The Dining & Plus Account Office accepts cash, credit, Visa® ,MasterCard®, American Express®, Discover®, and PayPal® credit. Student Billing Services accepts cash or check, and DART machines accept cash only. All Plus Account monies may be refunded less a $5 processing fee or will automatically carry forward. Unused funds expire after five years of non-use.

What if I lose my UK Wildcard Student ID or BCTC Student ID?
For complete information on obtaining or replacing a Wildcard or BCTC Student ID visit Wildcard ID Office.

If you lose your UK WildCard Student ID or it becomes damaged, report it immediately to the UK WildCard UKID Center, Room 107 Student Center, (859) 257-1378 or deactivate it online using the "Manage Your Account" feature at the Dining & Plus Account website, www.uky.edu/PlusAccount.

If you lose your BCTC Student ID, report it immediately to the BCTC Student Activities Office, Room 202A Oswald Building on the BCTC Cooper Campus, (859) 246-6523, the UK Dining & Plus Account office, Room 101 Student Center, (859) 257-6159 or de-activate it online using the "Manage Your Account" feature at the Dining & Plus Account website, www.uky.edu/PlusAccount.

Please Note: In order to use the "Manage Your Account" feature at The Dining & Plus Account website, you will need to click "I'm new here" and request a password.

  • The WildCard UKID Center is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:15 pm, closed official University Holidays.
  • The BCTC Student Activities Office is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, closed official Academic
  • Holidays. Note: The BCTC Student Activities Office hours may vary due to official Student Activities events on campus. You may call (859) 246-6523 or 246-6524 to confirm availability.
  • The Dining & Plus Account Office is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:0 0pm, closed official University Holidays.

 

Complete the form that fits your needs.

Fall 2014 Dining Plan submissions are not being accepted at this time.

Online Dining Plan Forms for UK Students, Faculty, and Staff

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BCTC Students or Campus Guest, please complete the form below that fits your need.

Any other questions?

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Please email ContactUKDining@lsv.uky.edu with any questions or to request any additional information.

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The Department of Dining Services strives to be a responsible campus partner.
As a partner, we: provide a healthy, fresh and attractive dining service that is responsive to the changing desires of students, staff, faculty, and guests; encourage community development and campus involvement through communication, creative programming, and relevant facilities; operate in a fiscally viable manner while providing affordably priced food; educate the community in regards to nutrition, sustainability, and Kentucky Proud® products; create partnerships between dining services and academic programs; provide a flexible catering program that meets the needs of both student groups and campus groups; and provide services convenient to the campus community.