Meal Plan FAQ

What is a Residential Dining Hall?

What is a Residential Dining Hall?

All of our Residential Dining Halls provide a variety of stations for guests to choose from including but not limited to a Deli, Home Station with comfort foods, International Entrees, Pizza, Grill, Food Allergen Friendly, Vegan and Vegetarian meals as well as unique options such as a Taco Bar, Sushi, Gelato and more. Students, faculty and staff can use their meal swipes (or M&G dollars, cash, credit or debit) to access the dining halls.

Can I take food out of the Residential Dining Hall?

Can I take food out of the Residential Dining Hall?

We feature all-you-care-to-eat dining halls where guests dine-in. For to-go options, feel free to use Meal Exchange at any campus market. 

Do I have to purchase a dining plan each semester?

Do I have to purchase a dining plan each semester?

All first year students living on the Tempe, Downtown Phoenix, West and Polytechnic campuses are required by the University to purchase a dining plan each semester. All Barrett Honors College students living in the Barrett Residential Complex are required to purchase a Barrett dining plan each semester. Any Upper-division or Graduate students living in traditional residence halls are required to have a meal plan. If you are an upperclassman living in a university apartment (Adelphi Commons II, Cholla, Vista del Sol, University Towers, Falcon, Mustang, Phantom or Las Casas) you are not required to purchase a plan, although it is strongly recommended.

How do I pay for my meal plan?

How do I pay for my meal plan?

Students living on campus will pay for their meal plan through University Housing at the My Housing Portal

Students not living on campus, faculty and staff can purchase a meal plan through this site and pay with a debit or credit card. Easy Pay installment plans are available to students not living on campus as well for the Unlimited, Sparky's Favorite, Gold, Maroon, Barrett Unlimited, Barrett Platinum, Barrett Silver, Barrett Gold and Barrett Maroon meal plans. Purchases can also be made in person at the Tempe campus dining office at the Memorial Union, Office 138 or over the phone at 480-727-3463.

When does my dining plan start and important dates?

When does my dining plan start and important dates?

Important Dates for Dining Plans*

Aug. 13, 2022First Day to use the Fall 2022 Semester M&G and Meals inside Dining Halls
Aug. 18, 2022First day of Fall 2022 Semester
Aug. 24, 2022 at 5 p.m.Last day to accept Fall 2022 Meal Plan Changes for Mandatory Resident Students
Oct. 8 - 11, 2022Fall Break; Limited Open Dining Locations and Hours; Meal Swipes and Meal Exchange not available
Nov. 24 - 27, 2022Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 2, 2022Fall 2022 Semester Ends
Dec. 10, 2022Last Meal Served in the Dining Halls - Lunch; Meal Swipes and Meal Exchange not available during Winter Break
Jan. 8, 2023First Day to use the Spring 2023 Semester M&G and Meals inside Dining Halls
Jan. 9, 2023First Day of Spring 2023 Semester
Jan. 16, 2023 at 5 p.m.Last day to accept Spring 2023 Meal Plan Changes for Mandatory Resident Students
Mar. 5 - 12, 2023Spring Break; Limited Open Dining Locations and Hours; Meal Swipes and Meal Exchange not available
April 28, 2023Spring 2023 Ends
May 6, 2023Last Meal  Served in the Dining Halls - Lunch;  Meal Swipes and Meal Exchange not available during Summer Break

*Dates Subject to Change

Can I carry over any unused meals to the next week or next semester?

Can I carry over any unused meals to the next week or next semester?

No. Plan to use your meals each week or each semester, depending on your plan. We can help you decide on the right plan to fit your schedule and eating habits, ensuring that you get the full value of your plan. Please contact us if you need additional assistance.

What happens if I have M&G or Meals left at the end of the semester?

What happens if I have M&G or Meals left at the end of the semester?

Students who have a residential dining plan purchased through My ASU Housing, your M&G dollars will transfer from the fall to spring semester and over the summer. Any dollars not used by the conclusion of summer session 2022 (summer session 2022 for Fall 2021 residents) will be forfeited. All accounts are reset at the conclusion of summer session 2022.

If you are on a Commuter Dining Plan (includes mandatory students that add on M&G after using the allotted amount from the mandatory dining plan), M&G Dollars transfer from semester to semester until you graduate from the university.

All M&G Dollars must be spent prior to graduation, any unused dollars prior to graduation will be forfeited. M&G Dollars may also be forfeited if there is no use on the account for six months or longer.

What is Meal Exchange? Where else can I use my meals swipes besides the Residential Restaurants?

What is Meal Exchange? Where else can I use my meals swipes besides the Residential Restaurants?

Meal exchange is available twice a day at the Tempe Campus at the Memorial Union POD Market, P.O.D. Warehouse at Vista Del Sol, Tooker House P.O.D. and GLV P.O.D. Market, Taylor Marketplace at the Downtown campus, West P.O.D. Market and Poly Marketplace during regular hours of operation. In addition to the P.O.D. Markets, Meal Exchange is available at the Flip Kitchen inside Fusion on First at the Downtown Phoenix Campus as well as The Market at Taylorplace as a latenight option. Meal Exchange options vary by location but will guarantee a full on-the-go meal with an entree, side and beverage. The choices are selected from a specific Meal Exchange Menu displayed at the campus markets. Look for the maroon and gold flyer placed inside each location.

Can I treat a friend to a meal on my plan?

Can I treat a friend to a meal on my plan?

Depending on the dining plan you select, there are options for guest meals. Guest meals allow you to pay for your friend or family member with your meal plan. You can also treat a friend using your M&G Dollars, Pitchfork ID MasterCard® Check Card, Cash or Credit Cards.

What is a guest meal?

What is a guest meal?

The Unlimited and 14 meals per week plans have guest meals. The guest meals are allotted per semester, however are deducted from the overall weekly meal total. On your receipt, you will see the meals allotted for the week plus the semester guest meals. The guest meals are the individual meal plan holder’s meals, but may be used for a guest if desired. If the guest meals are not used, the meal plan holder uses those meals for him/herself as part of their weekly total.  

The 14 meals per week plan has 32 guest meals per semester.

The Unlimited meal plan is the only plan that has additional guest meals, at 48 guest meals per semester.

How can I check my M&G balance?

How can I check my M&G balance?

The balance is printed on the receipt each time you make a M&G purchase. Check your account with a cashier at any time, call the Sun Devil Dining Office 480.727.DINE (3463), e-mail us at sundevildining@asu.edu or check your ASU app.

Can I get a refund on my already purchased meal plan?

Can I get a refund on my already purchased meal plan?

All purchases are final. You may not cancel / refund your dining plan purchase unless you officially withdraw from Arizona State University, with University documentation.  

If a University Housing student officially withdraws from Arizona State University, refunds will be issued utilizing a prorated amount based on the following criteria: M&G dollars are prorated based on service days. Students are billed for the prorated dollars that are available to them on their M&G card. Meal Charges are prorated based on service days that the plan was available to the student. This is based on a daily charge (total cost of the meal plan divided by number of service days), multiplied by the number of days the plan was available.  

If a student that purchases a meal plan from Aramark/Sun Devil Hospitality officially withdraws from Arizona State University, refunds will be issued based on the following criteria: The current balance of M&G dollars will be refunded. Meal Charges are prorated based on service days that the plan was available to the student. This is based on a daily charge (total cost of the meal plan divided by number of service days), multiplied by the number of days the plan was available.

How do I change my meal plan?

How do I change my meal plan?

Dining plan changes for University Housing Resident students are accepted up through the first week of the Fall and Spring semesters. If you need to change your dining plan, please submit your change online here.  

When changes are made a prorated billing will be applied. *M&G dollars are prorated based on service days. Students are billed for the prorated dollars that are available to them on their M&G card. *Meal Charges are prorated based on service days that the plan was available to the student. This is based on a daily charge (total cost of the meal plan divided by number of service days), multiplied by the number of days the plan was available.  

All voluntary meal plans selected with Aramark/Sun Devil Hospitality (Campus Dining Office or SunDevilDining.com) are final at the time of purchase.

How can I add more M&G or meals to my Card?

How can I add more M&G or meals to my Card?

You can add M&G or meals to your card at any time by visiting SunDevilDining.com or call the Sun Devil Dining office at 480.727.DINE (3463). You can also fax 480.727.0008 or mail your order form with payment to: ARAMARK at ASU, 1290 S. Normal Ave., Memorial Union #138, Tempe, AZ 85287-0801

What does a meal plan come with?

What does a meal plan come with?

A meal plan includes meal swipes to use at the Residential Dining Halls. In addition, majority meal plans with the exception of the Faculty and Staff 20 and 10 Meal Block include Maroon and Gold Dollars for the purpose of dining at any on-campus location such as fast casual restaurants, coffee shops, markets and Residential Dining Halls. To view all on-campus locations, visit the Hours and Locations tab. 

What are Maroon and Gold Dollars?

What are Maroon and Gold Dollars?

Maroon and Gold Dollars (M&G Dollars) are declining balance dollars placed on your ASU ID that work like a debit card to be used at any Sun Devil Dining Hospitality locations across all four campuses. They are dollar for dollar. M&G Dollars are included in majority of meal plans but can be purchased separately starting at $25. When bought separately or with an Express Dining Pass, they will roll over from semester to semester until graduation. There's a Bonus Reward Program that gifts you more M&G Dollars based on the amount purchased: $100 - $200 will receive 5%, $201 - $300 will receive 10%, $301 - $400 will receive 15% and $401+ will receive 20%! The Bonus M&G will be automatically placed onto your ASU ID. To purchase, visit the Maroon and Gold Dollars under the Meal Plans tab. 

What is a meal swipe and how does it work?

What is a meal swipe and how does it work?

A meal swipe is housed on your ASU ID and used to access the 8 Residential Dining Halls across all four campuses. They are included in all meal plans. If you do not have a meal plan, you may use M&G Dollars, Cash, Credit and/or Debit. 

Where can I use bonus Maroon and Gold Dollars?

Where can I use bonus Maroon and Gold Dollars?

Bonus Maroon and Gold Dollars are dollars you received from the Bonus Reward Program and/or one of the monthly meal plan promotions throughout the year. You may use the bonus dollars at any Sun Devil Dining location across all four campuses with the exception of Brew Bike, Fat Burger, Osaka Grill, Crepes Club, Bodhi Market, Domino's Pizza, Tempe and Downtown Phoenix's Engrained Cafe, Bento Sushi, Shake Smart, Charlie's Cafe and Doner Dudes.

Where can I learn about Sun Devil Dining events and promotions?

Where can I learn about Sun Devil Dining events and promotions?

So many ways to keep in touch!

  • Visit our Events tab for a calendar view of all events and promotions per campus.
  • Take a look into the daily activities, events, food, our team and much more when you follow us on Instagram: sun_devil_dining, Facebook: Sun Devil Hospitality, Twitter: @SunDevilHosp and/or TikTok: Sun_Devil_Hospitality.