Meal Plans

RISD dining plans 2016/17

The Foundation Plan provides unlimited meal swipes to The Met, RISD’s “All-You-Care-To-Eat” facility. Students on the Foundation Plan may choose to use one meal swipe per day at the Portfolio, Watermark, or Jolly Roger, or may purchase items using their Dining Points. Students on the Foundation Plan receive a total of $500 Dining Points per year. Other benefits include 6 guest meals per year (3 per semester), two free exchangeable to-go (Ozzi) containers per year, and a complimentary celebration cake for birthdays or other celebrations! Note: All first year students participate in this plan. Also, this is the recommended plan for students planning on traveling during winter session.

The Residential Plan provides 2 meal swipes per day which can be used to access The Met, RISD’s “All-You-Care-To-Eat” facility, or to purchase a meal at the Portfolio, Watermark, or Jolly Roger. Meals do not accumulate day to day. Students on the Residential Plan also get $1500 Dining Points per year (the equivalent of $45 Dining Points per week) which rollover from semester to semester and are loaded at $750 increments at the start of each semester. Other benefits include 6 guest meals per year (3 per semester), two free exchangeable to-go (Ozzi) containers per year, and a complimentary celebration cake for birthdays or other celebrations! To order your complimentary celebration cake, complete this form.

The Flex 7-60 Plan provides blocks of 120 meal swipes per semester, which can be used to access The Met, the Portfolio, Watermark, or Jolly Roger. Students on the Flex 7-60 plan also get a total of $2,000 Dining Points per year (approximately $60 per week), which rollover from semester to semester, meals do not roll over. Points are loaded at $1,000 increments at the start of each semester. Other benefits include 6 guest meals per year (3 per semester), and two free exchangeable to-go (Ozzi) containers.

The Flex 5-40 Plan provides blocks of 90 meal swipes per semester, which can be used to access The Met, the Portfolio, Watermark, or Jolly Roger. Students on the Flex 5-40 Plan also get a total of $1,400 Dining Points per year (approximately $40 per week), which rollover from semester to semester, meals do not roll over. Points are added at $700 increments at the start of each semester. Other benefits include 6 guest meals per year (3 per semester), and two free exchangeable to-go (Ozzi) containers.

The Connect 3-25 Plan is designed for Graduate, Upper-class (senior and 5th year) and Commuter students who want to stay connected to RISD and take advantage of RISD Dining at discounted rates. The Connect 3-25 Plan provides blocks of 50 meal swipes per semester (this averages 3 meal swipes per week), which can be used to access The Met, RISD’s “All-You-Care-To-Eat” facility, the Portfolio, Watermark or Jolly Roger. Students on the Connect 3-25 Plan also get a total of $850 Dining Points per year (average $25 per week), which are loaded at the start of each semester. Other benefits include 6 guest meals per year (3 per semester), and two free exchangeable to-go (Ozzi) containers. Note: This plan is available to off-campus residents, 5th Year, Senior, and Graduate students living in Apartment Experience housing. Sophomores, Juniors, and anyone living in Essential RISD or Suite Experience Housing are not eligible for the Connect 3-25 Plan.

Room and Board Package Details

Please note meals do not roll over; the flex plans meals are refreshed weekly (Saturday) and the connect plan meals are given in a lump sum at the beginning of each semester.

*All first-year students must be on the Foundation Plan.
*Students living in Cooperative and Independent apartments may change their meal plan to the Foundation or Residential Plans for an additional $700 per semester, or opt for the Flex 5-40 Plan and receive a $550 credit per semester.
*Students living in Independent Apartments may opt for the Connect 3-25 Plan and receive a $1,175 credit per semester.
*The only students eligible to opt out of a meal plan are seniors, 5th-years or graduate students living in an Independent Apartment. Those who opt out of a meal plan will receive a $2,050 credit per semester.

Off-Campus Meal Plan Options

Students living off campus are eligible for any of the available meal plans: Foundation, Residential, Flex 7-60, Flex 5-40, or Connect 3-25. See details below:

meal plan Foundation Residential Flex 7-60 Flex 5-40 Connect 3-25
price per year $5,500 $5,500 $4,100 $3,000 $1,750
price per semester $2,750 $2,750 $2,050 $1,500 $875

ID Cards and the risdbucks Program

Meal plans are not transferable and all students are required to present their ID cards for service. Any violation may result in termination of the plan or other disciplinary action.

risdbucks is an optional account that is not associated with our meal plans but is accepted at all dining locations.
Learn more about risdbucks »

How to Add, Change or Cancel a Plan

  • First-year students are unable to alter their meal plans.
  • Upperclass students are automatically contracted and billed for the meal plan they had the previous year. For spring semester, students are automatically re-enrolled in the same meal plan they purchased for the fall semester.
  • Eligible students interested in adding or changing meal plans should do so on WebAdvisor. Changes are only allowed during the first two weeks of the semester.
  • After classes begin, eligible students may cancel a meal plan in person at the Dining Services main office through the first two weeks of the fall semester. No meal plan contract may be canceled after the second week of the fall semester. Omission of meal plan contract fees from tuition payments to the Business Office does not constitute cancellation of a meal plan contract.

Billing Details

  • Meal plan contracts are billed per semester.
  • Contracts are in effect for the full academic year.

Full-time students who withdraw from RISD are charged a percentage of their chosen dining plan, as follows:

withdraw in the first two weeks 20%
third week 40%
fourth week 60%
fifth week 80%
thereafter 100%

Percentage charges are based on the per-semester charge. Balances carried over do not apply.

Second semester meal plans are activated at the start of the third week in January. Any remaining fall semester funds will be added to the new spring semester funds.

Meal plan participants must abide by the same rules of conduct outlined in the Residential Life Handbook. Any violation may result in a nonrefundable termination of the plan or in other disciplinary action.

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