Meal Plans

Student selecting food from buffet

We know that Blue Jays all dine differently. Some Jays eat meals multiple times a day, some Jays eat larger meals a few times a day, some Jays eat large meals multiple times a day, and some Jays are in a hurry and need to fly out of the dining nest to make a class or study with friends! Whatever your Blue Jay dining preference, we have a plan for you.

Johns Hopkins meal plans are comprised of three parts: meal swipes, dining dollars, and guest passes. Explore the tabs below to learn more about each part.

Meal Swipes

Meal swipes are the primary part of the Anytime, 19/14/10 meals per week, Block 40/80 plans and Kosher 7/11/14 meals per week plans.

  • Each entry into a cafe is counted as a meal swipe.
  • Meal swipes are reset each Sunday morning for the next week.
  • Unused swipes on the 19/14/10 meals per week and Kosher 7/11/14 meals per week plans are forfeited each week.
  • Swipes on the Block 40/80 plans can be used at anytime during the semester and reset at the beginning of each new semester.
  • Meal wipes can be used in exchanged for up to two “meals in a minute” to-go meals on class days at Charles Street Market or up to three to-go boxes at Fresh Food Cafe a day.

Dining Dollars

Dining Dollars are a dollar-for-dollar tender that can be used in dining retail locations such as Charles Street Market and Levering Hall. These funds are designed to compliment the meal plans by allowing Blue Jays to purchase snacks, a morning or late night coffee or groceries to prepare a special meals for friends in their residence hall. Additional Dining Dollars can be added at the time of meal plan enrollment or online.

Guest Passes

Guest passes are bonus meals that can be used to treat your friends or family when they visit you in Charm City. Two guest passes are included with the Anytime, 19/14/10 meals per week, and Kosher 7/11/14 meals per week plans each semester. Any unused guest passes expire at the end of each semester.

Meal plan eligibility is aligned with class year and housing styles. Choose your class year to learn more about available meal plans:

Enrolling in a meal plan is full academic year commitment (both semesters).

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of the most commonly asked questions related to dining and meal plans. If your  questions is not answered below, please do not hesitate to contact using the information on the left.

What happens if I don’t use all of my meal swipes each week?

Any uneaten meals for the week expire as of midnight each Saturday and are forfeited.

Can I change my Meal Plan?

Yes. During the first week of each semester, you have the opportunity to change your Meal Plan (within eligible plans). Simply visit the Dining Website and fill out an electronic Meal Plan Change Form. You are only permitted to change during the first week of each semester (August/September & January/February).

Can I treat a friend using my Meal Plan?

Meal swipes are only for your use. If you would like to treat a friend, you can use a guest pass at FFC or Nolan’s (as a Meal Exchange) or your Dining Dollars at any on-campus dining location. Meal swipe meal plans receive 2 guest passes a semester. Unused guest passes do not carry over from semester to semester and expire at the end of the academic year and are non-refundable.

Can I cancel my Meal Plan?

No, once you are enrolled in a meal plan, you are committed for the entire academic year unless your student status changes. You may, however, change your meal plan to another one during the meal plan change period.

How do I sign up for a Meal Plan?

It’s easy! Just fill out the electronic meal plan enrollment form. Please remember it takes 24-48 business hours to be processed.

Why do I only have certain Meal Plans I can choose from?

Based on where you live, whether on or off campus, depends on the types of meal plans you can choose from. First-year plans are designed to accommodate the needs of students living in the first-year residences as well as the social needs of the JHU community. Second-year students or Upperclassmen living in University housing such as McCoy and Charles Commons are required to be on a certain range of plans based off of their residential facilities. Second-year students or upperclassmen living in University apartments or off-campus can choose from the entire range of meal plans or choose not to have one at all based on their accessibility to a full size kitchen.

What happens if I don’t use all of my meal swipes each week?

For weekly meal swipe plans, unused meals expire on Saturday at Midnight. You will receive a new set of swipes on Sunday. For Block plans, your meals expire at the end of the semester. These students will receive a new block set of swipes on the first day of the new semester. All unused meals are forfeited and non-refundable.

Where can I use my meal swipes?

You can use your meal swipes at the Fresh Food Cafe (FFC), Meals-in-a-Minute at the Charles Street Market & for second-year students and upperclassmen Meal Exchange at Nolan’s.

Where can I use my Dining Dollars?

Dining Dollars can be used at any JHU Campus Dining location, these include the Fresh Food Cafe (FFC), Nolan’s, Charles Street Market, Crepe Studio, Bamboo Cafe, Levering Kitchens and Levering Cafe.

Do Dining Dollars carry over?

Unspent Dining Dollars do carry over from the fall to spring semesters, but expire at the end of the academic year in May. Any unspent Dining Dollars at that time are forfeited and non-refundable.

What do I do when my Dining Dollars run low?

You can reload. You have to options to reload Dining Dollars, either visit the Dining Office in AMR II- Ground level Offices or fill out the  Dining Dollar Reload form. Please remember it takes 24-48 business hours to be processed.

Why do I pay more for Dining Dollars?

The Dining Dollars you receive cover the cost of the food and the staff involved in preparing and serving the food. The difference between the Dinning Dollars you receive and the price paid is the facilities fee associated with the University’s cost of building, furnishing, and maintaining the dining facilities and equipment for dining service operations.

PDF Document: Dining Contract Terms

PDF Document: Dining Guidelines and Policies