Whether you're an undergraduate, graduate, commuter, faculty or staff, Villanova University offers a range of meal plans to meet a variety of tastes and schedules.

Each plan includes a combination of Meals and Points. Meal Plan upgrades are available for those students who are in Bartley Hall or Driscoll Hall often. We also offer Bagged Lunch and Picnic Programs.

Students who are currently enrolled in classes can select a meal plan by visiting the Housing & Dining Portal. If you do not select a plan, you will be assigned either the Any Time 7 Day Plan for dormitory residents or the 14 Meal Plan for apartment residents. Faculty and staff have the opportunity to purchase a meal plan and must sign up in-person at the Meal Plan Office at 106 Dougherty Hall. 




Fall 2024 Meal Plan Registration is now open!

Online meal plan registration is now open.  All students living on campus are required to complete online meal plan registration by June 17, 2024. Anyone living on campus who does not complete online meal plan registration by the June 17 deadline will be placed in one of the default meal plans – 14 Meals per week for apartment residents, Any time 7 plan for traditional dorms and Commons singles residents.

Third year and above students living in on campus apartments may opt out of the meal plan, however registration must still be completed with Opt Out selected.

Once you are ready to make your selection, log on to the housing and dining portal at to complete registration.

Once you log in at and are on the home page you will see a link that says “housing application” at the top.  Click that, then select Academic Year 2024-2025 once the application opens there will be links down the left side – one of them being meal plan selection.  Click that and you will see the form to choose your plan.

Please note the timeline below.

  • Now – June 17, 2024 – Meal plan registration form is open in the Housing and Dining Portal
  • June 18, 2024 – Registration closes, selected or defaulted plans are assessed and sent to the Bursar for Billing
  • July 12, 2024 (approx) – Meal plan change form opens.
  • August 24, 2024 – Meal plan service begins.  Any changes or dropped may incur a usage charge.
  • September 3, 2024 – Meal plan change form closes, no changes or drops to Fall 2024 meal plans are accepted after this date.

Your Fall 2024 meal plan selection will automatically carry over to Spring 2025 unless you request a change during the change period which will open early December 2024.  Meal plans do not carry over to to the next academic year so registration must be completed for each Fall.


Each student meal plan comes with a certain number of meals.  Most plans reset each week (21, 14, 10 and Commuter). Your allotment of meals resets every Monday morning.  The 100 block is 100 for the semester and the Any Time 7 includes an unlimited number of meals that can be used in the 3 main dining halls.

Meal Plan Express allows you to use your meals in some locations that don't normally accept meal plans.  Cafe Nova is one example. In Cafe Nova students may order a meal and pay for it by using one of their meal plan meals.  MPE deducts one meal from your allotted meals and credits $8.75 towards your order.  Acceptance and value of MPE varies, details are on our location pages.  MPE's are not additional meals, they are part of your allotted meals, the number of MPE's you can use per day, week or meal period varies by meal plan.

Points are basically dollars.  Each meal plan comes with a certain number of points which can be spent in any dining location, including some on campus vending machines.  Points can be used in locations that do not accept MPE, to supplement an MPE purchase that exceeds the MPE value, or for transactions that you'd prefer not to use an MPE for.  Points are allotted per semester and unused points do not carry over to the following semester.

This contract shall be enforced for the full academic year. The usual period begins with dinner on the eve of the first official class day of the fall semester and concludes on the last day of final exams. In the event that a student signs the contract after the first day of the Fall semester, the period shall begin from the date of housing occupancy and conclude on the last day of the student's final exam schedule in the Spring semester. Meal plans follow the academic calendar. Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring and Easter breaks are not covered by this contract. During Fall, Thanksgiving, Spring and Easter breaks guest meals and points may be used in dining locations that are open.


First year students residing on campus must either choose the Any Time 7 or 21 Meal Plan.

Unlimited Meals/week

Come and go as you wish! The Any Time Plan is the perfect plan to take advantage of all that Dining offers. You can swipe into one of our three dining halls throughout the day or to use your Meals or Points in other locations. 

Meals per week: Unlimited in resident dining halls, 14 MPE per week.

Points per semester: $110

Cost per semester: $4,450

21 Meals/week*

This plan is perfect for students who regularly eat in the dining rooms. You can eat in a dining hall or use your meals at our retail locations if you're on the move. Your meal balance resets every Monday.

Meals per week: 21 (any combination of dining hall or MPE)

Points per semester: $135

Cost per semester: $4,125

Second year students residing on campus, and third year students and above students residing in traditional dormitories or singles in The Commons must choose between the Any Time 7, 21 Meal, 14 Meal or 10 Meal Plans.

14 Meals/week*

This plan is perfect for students who want flexibility in their meal plans. You can eat in a dining hall or use your meals at our retail locations if you're on the move.

Meals per week: 14 (any combination of dining hall or MPE)

Points per semester: $150

Cost per semester: $3,730

10 Meals/week*

The 10 Meal Plan is the plan with the least amount of meals to use in our dining halls. It has the most dining points for dormitory students to use. Students can manage the balance of meals as needed. 

Meals per week: 10 (any combination of dining hall or MPE)

Points per semester: $350

Cost per semester: $3,370


Third year and above students living in on campus apartments or suites may choose the Any Time, 21 Meal, 14 Meal, 10 Meal or 100 Block Plans. You may also opt out of having a Meal Plan.

100 Meals/semester

The 100 Block Plan gives students the flexibility to manage how many meals they eat in the dining rooms over the course of the semester according to their schedule. This plan is tailored to students that have other options for food such as full kitchens or may travel off campus over the weekends. The plan averages six meals per week over a semester. Please note, unused meals do not carry over to the next semester.

100 meals per semester (any combination of dining hall or MPE)

Points per semester: $400

Cost per semester: $2,540

Commuters and off campus residents are not required to have a Meal Plan, but may choose any plan including the Commuter Plan, designed specifically for those living off campus.

5 Meals/week*

The Commuter Plan is designed for the off-campus life style. Cook for yourself or dine with us when you're on campus for class and meetings. Enjoy five meals a week at our resident dining halls. 

Meals per week: 5 per week (1 breakfast or lunch per day)

Points/semester $170

Cost/semester $1,325



Meals are normally not accepted in the Curley Exchange (Bartley Hall) or the Recovery Room, (Driscoll Hall). In order to provide dining options for students in these buildings, the following meal plan upgrades are available with the points noted being added to your total overall points balance. 


Points/semester $80 additional points

Cost/semester $500


Points/semester $80 additional points

Cost/semester $475




Students living on campus during the summer are required to have a meal plan. 

Summer meal plan details including cost, locations open, and requirements will be posted in the Spring

If you have any questions, please contact the Dining Services office at 610-519-4170 or via e-mail

Programs that take place within the summer semester but do not follow the summer session dates may be offered meal plans at a pro-rated price.




We’ve put together a list of some common questions students (and parents!) have about dining on campus. If the questions you have are not on this list, you can always reach out to us either via email or phone (610-519-4170).

Meal periods are defined in the meal plan system and are important to plans like the commuter plan (valid during lunch/brunch only) and Meal acceptance. Meal periods are also used to determine Meal values. The meal periods are:

Breakfast 7:00-10:58 am
Lunch/Brunch 10:59 am-4:10 pm
Dinner 4:11 pm-8:29 pm
Late Night 8:30 pm-1:30 am

Every Monday morning, the 21, 14 and 10 Meal Plans reset to their default amount of meals per week. Meals cannot be transferred from week to week.

Parents of meal plan participants and siblings under 12 always eat for free in our three residence dining halls when dining with you. Siblings aged 12 and older may be swiped as a guest meal, or you can use cash, points, NovaBucks or credit card to gain admittance. Cash entry prices are listed below.

Resident Dining Halls are also known as our all-you-care-to-eat dining halls. To gain access to these halls, meal plan participants may swipe a meal or guest meal. You may also use points, NovaBucks, or Visa/MasterCard to gain admittance at the following rates:


Breakfast $13
Lunch/Brunch $13
Dinner $17