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University Housing & Residence Life
University Housing & 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, Coal Ben, #Coffee and Concessions at Sports Complex (coming soon) are brought to you by Benedictine staff and Chartwells Higher Education through partnership. For more info regarding meals, hours and menu’s offered, visit the Dining Services website at

Meal Plan Requirement & Resources

All residents are required to carry a meal plan each semester. All residents of University Housing must choose one of the meal plan options available during the term of their housing agreement. Should a meal plan not be chosen, the default meal plan will be applied. The default meal plan for Jaeger/Ondrak residents is the Gold Plan. The default meal plan for Founders' residents is the Ernie's Grocery Plus Plan. Meal plan descriptions and prices may be found on the Dining Services and Business Office. The default (standard) Jaeger/Ondrak hall meal plan is the Gold Plan. Each plan includes a combination of a block of meals and BBuck$ (dining dollars) that can be used at all on-campus eateries. BBuck$ 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 or by visiting Benny’s located in the Krasa Student Center.

  • Student ID Requirement – Meals/BBuck$ 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 “BBuck$”. Unused meals from the fall semester will not roll over to the spring term. BBuck$ 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 Changes - Changes in the contracted meal plan will be allowed only, if requested by the following dates: Fall Semester: August 1, Spring Semester: December 1. After those dates, a meal plan change will only be allowed if the student relocates to a residential community that requires a different meal plan by policy.
  • Meal Plan Exemptions - Exceptions to the meal plan are only permitted for medical or dietary reasons through the approved accommodations process facilitated by Academic and Career Enrichment Center (ACE). 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.

Current Meal Plans

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First Year Resident Dining Plan 2020-2021


Founders' Woods Resident Dining Plan 2020-2021