New Brunswick/Piscataway meal plans are based on a block plan format. This means you will select the number of meals you anticipate using for an entire semester. Your meal plan selection is only for use during a single semester. Meal plans may be utilized at all four dining halls and select cash (retail) operations by presenting your RUconnection ID Card to the courtesy worker/cashier.

Any unused visits will expire at the end of each semester, and you will not receive any credits or refunds for unused meals. Remaining number of meals can be monitored each time you use your card using this link. The meal plan selected for the fall semester will automatically be selected and charged to the term bill for the spring semester. It is the student’s responsibility to make payment for meal plan charges placed on their term bill, regardless of whether an actual bill is sent.

Meal plans may be obtained at the RU Express/Board Plan office.
If you have any questions, please contact the RU Express and Board Plan Office.

RU Express and Board Plan Office
620 George St., Records Hall Rm 102
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday
Phone: (848) 932-8041

Hours are extended during the first two weeks of each semester: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Summer and winter break hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

New Brunswick Meal Plans for 2016-2017

*Depicts minimum requirement

Meal Plan Descriptions

285 Plan ……………….. $2,645 per semester

This plan allows an average of 19 meals each week, which means you could take advantage of all meal periods offered by Dining Services or enjoy two meals during the same meal period. We recommend this plan for a student with an active lifestyle or for anyone who wants the assurance of having enough meals for the entire semester.

255 Plan ……………….. $2,553 per semester

This plan provides an average of 17 meals each week. It is ideal for students who want the convenience of three meals each weekday. This plan also allows for an evening takeout meal once or twice during the week.

210 Plan ……………….. $2,385 per semester *

The 210 plan offers an average of 14 meals per week. This is a good plan for students whose schedules may not allow time for breakfast, but who want to eat lunch and dinner each day, plus a few weekend or late night meals. The university housing agreement specifies that First Year students in residence halls must have a minimum 210 plan.

150 Plan ……………….. $2,253 per semester

This plan, which allows an average of 10 meals each week, may be a good choice for students who plan to eat only once or twice each weekday. Remember, you also have the convenience of using up to 10 of your meals for guests.

110 Plan ……………….. $1,958 per semester*

The 110 plan offers an average of 7 meals each week. This is the smallest approved plan for sophomore, junior and senior resident students. If you enjoy sharing a meal with friends in the dining hall a few times each week, this may be a good plan for you. The university housing agreement specifies upperclass students in residence halls must have a minimum 110 plan.

Meal Plans for Non-Residential Hall Students

Rutgers offers two additional meal plans to fit the needs of apartment residents, commuter students and others living off campus who want the convenience of an occasional on-campus lunch or dinner. Both these plans also allow the same flexibility as the other plans, as well as the ability to use up to 10 meals each semester for guests. Off-campus and students residing in University apartments may select any of the meal plans, including the 75 or 50 meal plans, but they are not required to have a meal plan.

75 Plan ……………….. $1109 per semester

This plan allows for an average of 5 meals each week.

50 Plan ……………….. $824 per semester

This plan allows for an average of 3 meals each week.

Medical and Dietary consideration

Dining Services will work with students who have special dietary needs to ensure a medically appropriate and nutritionally sound diet. Complete the Medical and Dietary Consideration Form and return it to the RU Express / Board Plan Office, Records Hall Room 102, College Avenue Campus, to initiate a professional review of your nutritional and dietary concerns. You may contact the Nutritionist by clicking here.

Kosher Meal Option

Rutgers University dining halls are non kosher facilities. Dining Services does provide upon request; pre-packaged kosher meals at any of the dining halls. Simply contact a dining hall manager before arriving at any of the dining hall locations to request a kosher meal be available.  Students interested in a kosher meal plan may contact Chabad House. On-campus residential students opting to purchase a Chabad House meal plan are exempt from the minimum meal plan requirement with Dining Services upon verification of participation, at a certain minimum plan size, by the Rabbi. First year residential students must sign up with at least a fourteen meal plan, while upperclassman residential students must sign up with at least a ten meal plan with Chabad to be exempt from a Rutgers Dining meal plan.

Mini Block

A mini block is equivalent to 5 meals. The option to purchase mini blocks is available only to students that are currently enrolled in a Rutgers Dining Services meal plan and is available for purchase after the first two weeks of the semester. The student may only purchase a maximum of 5 mini blocks in any given semester. Contact the RU Express / Board Plan Office for instructions on purchasing.

Guest Meal Rates

Meal plans are non-transferable, but students may use 10 of their meals for their guest(s).  Only one guest meal may be allocated for each guest.  Guest(s) must be present when utilizing guest meals.

Rates below remain in effect through Spring 2017.

Breakfast $8.00 plus 6.875% sales tax
Lunch $11.50 plus 6.875% sales tax
Dinner $18.00 plus 6.875% sales tax
Brunch $11.50 plus 6.875% sales tax

Rutgers Students are tax exempt by showing a valid student I.D.

Children’s Rate for guests 10 and under

Breakfast $5.75 plus 6.875% sales tax
Lunch $8.00 plus 6.875% sales tax
Dinner $13.00 plus 6.875% sales tax
Brunch $8.00 plus 6.875% sales tax

Children over age 10 pay the regular guest meal rate.

Meal Plan Requests and Changes

The online meal plan add/change requests forms for the coming Fall 2017 will be activated around late July.  Please visit us then to make your request. 

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Meal plan addition, reduction, and cancellation requests are accepted in person at the RU Express/Board Plan Office located in Records Hall Room 102 on the College Ave Campus.  All requests to reduce or cancel your meal plan must be made by the second week of each semester.  Requests may also be made online. The online request form will only be available up to the first two weeks of the new semester.  Requests made via the online form will not be immediate and may take up to 5 business days to process. For this Spring 2017 semester, the last day to reduce or cancel your meal plan is Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. All requests, to reduce or cancel your meal plan must meet the minimum requirement (if applicable) specified in the university housing contracts.

An automatic email response containing your request will be emailed to you once you press the submit button. Please keep this for your documentation. A second email will be sent to you indicating whether your request was processed (approved) or denied within 5 business days.  Make sure you contact the RU Express Office if you do not receive the result of your request within that time period.

Multiple requests may be made, but please keep in mind that your last valid request will supersede all other requests. Once your request has been approved, the corresponding charge will be placed on your term bill/statement of accounts in one to two business days.

Meal plans may be added or increased anytime throughout the semester..

Cancellations made after the two week change period will be assessed a $50 cancellation fee and will only be allowed if the meal plan was not utilized. 

Statement of Accounts and Refunds

Once your request has been processed, it should reflect on your statement of accounts online within one to two business days.  Refund checks and questions about general student accounting may be directed to Student Accounting (848) 932-2254).


Students who have withdrawn, dismissed from the University, or prematurely terminate dorm housing arrangement must notify the RU Express/Board Plan office as soon as possible to request a release from their meal plan and ensure the appropriate adjustments are made to their financial record.  Refunds will be determined on a prorated basis.  There will be no refunds issued after the 12th week of the semester.