Residence Life
Residence Life

A successful journey on campus begins with friendships and great food. Gather with your roommates, classmates, and friends over a meal at Benny's, Coal Ben or over refreshments and light snacks at Starbucks along the way. There are several meal plans to choose from, all are designed to meet the needs of our campus community.

Dining Services – BenUeats

BenUeats campus eateries include Bennys, The Pub at Coal Ben, #Coffee and Concessions at Sports Complex are brought to you by Benedictine staff and Chartwells Higher Education through partnership.

Meal Plan Requirement & Resources

All residents are required to carry a meal plan during the term of their housing agreement. Meal Plan selection occurs within the Housing Portal and often follows the Room-Selection Process. Each plan includes Dining$ (dining dollars) that can be used at all on-campus eateries. Dining$ are discretionary dollars that lets your BenCard work like a debit card that can be used to purchase coffee, beverages, snacks, additional meals, or groceries. Students can always add more BBuck$ online at dining.ben.edu or by visiting Benny’s located in the Krasa Student Center.

  • Student ID Requirement – Meals/Dining$ are available upon presentation of a valid Benedictine University student I.D. card.
  • Meal Plan Schedule - The meal plan includes food service for residents only when the University is in session during the academic year. This does not include Thanksgiving Break, Winter Holiday Break, Spring Break or the Easter holiday weekend. Hours of operation are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Meal Plan Credits - Credit will not be given for unused meals or “Dining$”. Unused meals from the fall semester will not roll over to the spring term. Dining$ will not roll over to the spring semester if the student cancels housing and will not roll over into the following academic year.
  • Meal Plan Exemptions - Exceptions to the meal plan are only permitted for medical or dietary reasons through the approved accommodations process facilitated by Academic Support Center (ASC). Before any accommodation is approved, students must first consult with Dining Services to determine whether the dietary concerns can be accommodated through the meal plan. If the exemption is officially approved, meal plan charges will be prorated for the term in which the approval is granted. Unless the exemption is approved as a temporary accommodation, the exemption will continue to be granted throughout the student’s time in University housing without further action from the student.

For more information regarding meals, hours and menu’s offered, visit the Dining Services website at www.dineoncampus.com/benu.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I use my Meal Plan?

Your meal plan is loaded to your BCard. Present your ID Card or Mobile ID at the dining location, swipe, and dine! 

What are Dining$?

Dining$ are discretionary dollars that lets your BCard work like a debit card at any campus dining location. Adding variety and flexibility to a meal plan, Dining$ can be used to purchase coffee, beverages, snacks, additional meals, or groceries.

What is Transact Mobile Ordering?

Transact Mobile Ordering is the easiest way to order your favorite meal and save time by skipping the line, all from the convenience of your phone! Use Transact to order from Stonzza, #Coffee, The Pub at Coal Ben, and MarketPlace.

What if I have dietary restrictions?

If you have dietary restrictions, please contact us! Our culinary and management team is trained to develop a delicious solution to meet your needs!

Where can I redeem a Meal Exchange?

Redeem a meal exchange at Stonzza or The Pub at Coal Ben. Meal Exchange is a swipe that doesn’t have to be used at Benny’s. Dollar amount is 5.50 when using swipe.

Does my Meal Plan roll over from the Fall semester to the Spring semester?

Meals do not carry forward from one semester to another; however, Dining$ carry forward from Fall to Spring semesters only. 

Am I allowed to change my Meal Plan?

The meal plan you choose for Fall Semester will be your selected meal plan for Spring Semester as well. Students may upgrade their meal plan at any point in the semester, the upgrade amount will be calculated, and the amount will be placed on the students’ account. Once payment has been received, the upgrade will be posted to the student ID card.

How does my weekly plan work?

The Gold, Eagle, and Lite meal plan options represent a per-week meal count. The "meal week" runs from Sunday morning to Saturday midnight and resets every week. Unused meals on these meal plans do not carry forward to the next week. Dining will not refund missed meals.

Can I share my meal plan with a friend?

Meal plans are not transferrable or shareable. However, all resident meal plans come with an allotted amount of guest meals for you to dine with friends or family. Upon entering the dining facility just inform our cashier how many guest meals you would like to use.