Residential Dining

2013 - 2014 Meal Plans

 Meal plan options for 2013-14

Residential Meal Plans

All students living in the residence halls are required to have a meal plan.
Students may select from our Huskie Unlimited Access, Huskie 65,
Huskie 90, or Huskie Lite meal plans.


Huskie Unlimited Access Plan:    Provides unlimited access to any all-you-care-to-eat dining centers where you come and go as often as you'd like throughout the day during operating hours.  This unlimited meal access is provided for the entire semester.  You will never run out of meal service with this plan.  The Huskie Unlimited Access plan offers guest meals for friends and family, and flex dollars which can be used in the Stevenson dining center (which is our only full service a la carte dining location) and in the Trident for snacks like sandwiches, soup, salads, etc.  Unused guest meals and flex dollars not used by the end of the semester will be forfeited. 
The Huskie Unlimited Access plan structure provides worry free dining for your student.

Unlimited Access Dining Centers are:  Neptune, New Hall, Gilbert and Douglas (breakfast and dinner only)

A la Carte Dining Centers are: Stevenson, Gilbert East Side Cafe, Douglas (at lunch only), and Trident.

For more information check out this breakdown.

We currently offer two declining-balance plans:

  • The Huskie 65 Plan has a value of $65 per week
  • The Huskie 90 Plan has a value of $90 per week 

Declining-balance plans may be redeemed in any of the dining units (New Hall, Neptune, Gilbert, Douglas and Stevenson).

The weekly declining balance meal plans value will be allocated to each resident Monday at 12:01 a.m.  Any unused portion of the weekly allocation will expire Sunday at 11:00 p.m. and is not refundable.  You will need to plan your weekly expenditures to fully utilize the value of the plan.  In weeks that are shortened due to University holidays/breaks, you will receive a pro-rated allocation based on the number of days of dining unit operations for that week.


The Huskie Lite Plan Offers 140 meals that can be used in any of our all-you-care-to-eat dining centers 7 days a week. You also get $25 flex dollars to use at our a la carte locations.  On-campus residents who are involved in full-day (7 hours or more) academic assignments (student teaching, nursing clinical assignments, internships, etc.) for 2 or more days a week a minimum of 8 weeks of the semester, have the option to contract for a reduced meal plan that is more compatible with use for dinner and weekend-only schedules.
Apply for the Lite Meal Plan


Commuter & Non-Residential Meal Plans

Huskie Commuter Plan is designed for those students who live off-campus and commute to campus each day. The plan is designed to supplement student's meal options. The plan provides $350 Flex Dollars for a discounted rate of $300. The plan provides for students to purchase meals and foods in campus residential dining facilities without being subject to state sales tax. Flex Dollars are honored at all residential dining facilities. Flex dollars not used by the end of the semester will be forfeited

Off-campus and commuter students who wish to sign up for any of the residential dining plans, may do so by filling out the following form and either bring it into the Housing and Dining Administrative Office located in Neptune East 101, or scan it and send it to Once we receive your request it will be posted to your NIU OneCard and you will be able to use the plan.
Off-Campus & Commuter Meal Plan Sign up Form

You may change your meal plan once per academic year at no charge by completing the necessary form in any of the dining units.  Subsequent meal plan changes result in a charge of $25 per change.
Want to change meal plans?  Meal Plan Change Form (pdf)

Huskie Bucks can be purchased to use in the dining units.  They can also be used for laundry in the residence halls, at the Subway, Blackhawk, and Pheasant Room in the Holmes Student Center; and at several local restaurants. Students can also add Huskie Bucks on the Internet by going to the OneCard Office web site.