A coffee and muffin from King Cafe.

Meal Plans

Our new and improved meal plans provide flexibility and value to match our students’ needs. Our Diplomat Meal Plans are a combination of buffet meals plus declining balance dollars. It’s flexible, transparent, and simple to use! Learn more about your meal plan options below and explore dining options in the Places to Eat section. 

Meal plans are available to all Miami University students. To ensure a satisfactory dining experience, we maintain a database with over 5,000 recipes. Menus include a wide variety of freshly prepared and made-to-order items that have become Miami’s hallmark. Many of the items served are prepared from scratch daily in our kitchens or our Demske Culinary Support Center.

Incoming Students Living in Residence Halls (Miami Tuition Promise)

VALUE

    • Confidence to know you have meals available
    • Lower costs per meal than non-meal plan customers
    • More meals for your money than in the past
    • More predictable costs for budgeting

FLEXIBILITY

    • Unused declining balance dollars stay with you and roll over each year
    • Buffet meals can be used at any time during the semester, no daily limits
    • Add additional declining balance any time to be used at any dining location
    • Our four buffet locations will offer continuous dining which allows you to eat based on your schedule because the buffets will no longer close between meals during the day

TRANSPARENCY

    • The price you see at a la carte locations is the price you pay
    • Easily keep track of your meal plan balances online

COMMUNITY

    • Six buffet halls will be open in Fall 2016
    • Dining on campus provides a place to meet with friends, study, and stay connected to the campus
    • Five buffet guest meal passes are included each semester

SUSTAINABILITY

    • Increased made-to-order options will provide nutritious "Homestyle" meals
    • Less paper use at a la carte
Meal Plan Options and Costs
Level What's Included Each Semester The Details Cost per Semester Cost per Buffet Meal
Diplomat Premium Unlimited buffet meals for you, 5 guest meals, $800 declining balance dollars Best value plan! Rest assured that you can eat at buffets as often as you’d like, and also use your flexible spending dollars at any dining location on campus. $2,925 $6.44
Diplomat Standard 262 buffet meals for you, 5 guest meals, $500 declining balance dollars Provides an average of 2-3 buffet meals per day, plus declining balance to spend at any dining location. $2,400 $7.25
Diplomat Minimum 225 buffet meals for you, 5 guest meals, $100 declining balance dollars Our lowest cost plan. Provides an average of 2 buffet meals per day, plus a smaller declining balance amount to spend at any dining location. $1,900 $8.00

Returning Students Living in Residence Halls

VALUE

    • Confidence to know you have meals available
    • Lower costs per meal than non-meal plan customers
    • More meals for your money than in the past
    • More predictable costs for budgeting

FLEXIBILITY

    • Unused declining balance dollars stay with you and roll over each year
    • Buffet meals can be used at any time during the semester, no daily limits
    • Add additional declining balance any time to be used at any dining location
    • Our four buffet locations will offer continuous dining which allows you to eat based on your schedule because the buffets will no longer close between meals during the day

TRANSPARENCY

    • The price you see at a la carte locations is the price you pay
    • Easily keep track of your meal plan balances online

COMMUNITY

    • Six buffet halls will be open in Fall 2016
    • Dining on campus provides a place to meet with friends, study, and stay connected to the campus
    • Five buffet guest meal passes are included each semester

SUSTAINABILITY

    • Increased made-to-order options will provide nutritious "Homestyle" meals
    • Less paper use at a la carte
Meal Plan Options and Costs
Level What's Included Each Semester The Details Cost per Semester Cost per Buffet Meal
Diplomat Premium $3,000 in declining balance dollars to spend at any dining location Fully declining balance option available for returning students only. $2,850
$2,500 in declining balance dollars to spend at any dining location Fully declining balance option available for returning students only. $2,500
$1,750 in declining balance dollars to spend at any dining location Fully declining balance option available for returning students only. $2,000
Diplomat Standard 262 buffet meals for you, 5 guest meals, $500 declining balance dollars Provides an average of 2-3 buffet meals per day, plus declining balance to spend at any dining location. $2,350 $7.06
Diplomat Minimum 225 buffet meals for you, 5 guest meals, $100 declining balance dollars Our lowest cost plan. Provides an average of 2 buffet meals per day, plus a smaller declining balance amount to spend at any dining location. $1,850 $7.78

Express Meal Plan for Heritage Commons & Off-Campus Students

Miami Express is the meal plan for students residing in Heritage Commons, living off campus, or attending one of our regional campuses. This meal plan is designed specifically to give students the flexibility of being able to cook at home or eat in one of our many dining locations. Miami Express meal plan holders have the convenient option of shopping at Market Street at MacCracken. This grocery style location stocks fresh produce, locally raised meat, and the largest variety of organic products on campus.


Miami Express Benefits and Discounts

  • Convenient dining locations near classrooms and campus libraries
  • Many nutritious choices
  • Meal plan purchases are tax-exempt—save 6.5%
  • Save time with various grab-and-go selections
  • An easy to use declining meal plan balance

Meal Plan Pricing

Each student has a different schedule and unique dining habits. That is why we offer a wide range of pricing options for the Miami Express Meal Plan. Once you select a price level, your bursar account will be charged that amount and then the funds will be added to your meal plan account, accessible via your Miami ID. This meal plan offers various levels ranging from $100 to $3,000 to fit your needs.


Sign Up For Your Meal Plan

Students may sign up for the Miami Express Meal Plan online through MyCard. Meal plan accounts remain active as long as you are a student at Miami.

To sign up online:

  1. Log in to MyCard using your UniqueID and password
  2. Click My Meal Plan
  3. Select your desired meal plan amount
  4. Check Make this my Spring meal plan also option if desired
  5. Click Submit Changes

Use Your Meal Plan

The Miami Express Meal Plan works like a debit account; students have a balance that is accessed through their Miami ID card. Your meal plan is accepted at all Miami University dining locations. As you purchase beverages, meals and snacks throughout the semester your balance decreases. At the end of each year unspent meal plan dollars will automatically transfer to a Miami Express plan for the next year. Meal plan dollars are non-refundable.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I begin using my meal plan?

All meal plans become active at 10:30 am on Thursday, August 20.

Are there jobs available in dining locations?

Yes. The dining locations are an excellent place of employment for students. Competitive wages, flexible hours, and the opportunity for individual growth and development while working a team environment are a few of the perks. Locations are convenient to classes and work schedules are individually created around class and study time. Apply online today!

Where do the Miami recipes come from?

We maintain a database with over 5,000 recipes. Over the years, recipes have been collected from students, staff, cookbooks, trade magazines, and test kitchens. Menus include a wide variety of freshly prepared and made-to-order items that have become Miami’s hallmark. Many of the items served are prepared from scratch daily in our kitchens or our Demske Culinary Support Center.

Can you help me find food that works with my dietary restrictions?

Absolutely! Please start by viewing our Special Diet pages. There you will learn about our policies and our procedure for processing special diet requests.

Is nutritional information available?

Yes. Detailed nutritional information about the day’s menu choices is always available on our website.

Using MyTray you can calculate the nutritional information of all the items you enter from the menu.

If you need to make a last minute decision, you can check out nutritional info at one of our many kiosks located on site in our dining units.

Are vending machines available on campus?

Yes! Vending machines are located throughout campus in residence halls, academic halls, and other locations. You can conveniently use your MUlaa account to make purchases at these machines. Look for green product pushers on items that meet healthy snack recommendations by The American Heart Association. If an issue comes up with your purchase and you feel you have been charged wrongly please fill out our Vending Refund Request form.

What is a MUlaa account?

MUlaa is Miami’s on-campus debit account that may be used at Miami vending machines, residence hall laundry facilities, non-food items in campus markets, the Miami Bookstore, Recreational Sports Center Pro Shop, Copy and Print Center, Box Office, campus print stations and copy machines. You will use your Miami ID card to access your account. You can add money to your account through your Housing Contract, or by visiting any open food service location or the H.O.M.E. Office.

What should I do if I am sick and cannot make it to a dining hall?

If you are unable to go to a dining location due to a medical condition, you may arrange for a roommate or friend to pick up a meal for you. Your roommate or one of your friends may go to any dining location with your Miami ID to obtain a meal for you. While all dining locations provide Under-the-Weather Meals upon request. Aa la carte locations that offer pre-packaged foods are the most convenient. The person picking up the meal should request the assistance of a manager. Call 513-529-3040 if you have any questions or need help contacting a manager.

What do I do if I have a suggestion or complaint?

We want to hear from you! Surveys are conducted electronically through MyCard. If you have questions, concerns or comments not addressed in a survey, our Miami Expressions can be accessed through MyCard when you log in. Managers are also available in all locations to answer questions.


Check Your Meal Plan Balance

Each time you use your meal plan, your account balance is displayed at the register. Logging into MyCard allows you to view your balance online. WebCard Center lets you view itemized purchase lists and sign up for low account balance notifications.

To view itemized purchase list:

  1. Log into WebCard Center using your UniqueID and password
  2. Click Spending History
  3. Adjust the date range to match the spending history timeline you wish to view
  4. Click View History

To sign up for low account balance notifications:

  1. Log into WebCard Center using your UniqueID and password
  2. Click Notification Preferences
  3. Check that your contact information is up to date, email & phone
  4. Under Daily Alerts select When my balance drops below
  5. Customize where you want the notification to be sent and at what balance you wish to be notified

Add Money to Your Meal Plan

If at any point during the semester your declining balance gets low, funds can be added online using MyCard. Authorized guest payers may add money online through the Bursar’s website.

To add money via MyCard:

  1. Log in to MyCard using your UniqueID and password
  2. Click My Meal Plan
  3. Select your desired meal plan addition amount
  4. Click Submit Changes