Residence Hall Dining Options
Dining at UT Arlington is convenient and valuable by choosing a meal plan best suited for your eating habits and schedule. With four meal plans to choose from, you can enjoy all-you-care-to-eat dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Connection Café. You receive a set number of meals per semester based on the plan you select. When you eat at the Connection Café, a meal is subtracted from your meal balance. In addition, each meal plan comes with a certain amount of Dining Dollars that can be used at the Connection Café, the Plaza food court, Starbucks, The Market and other on-campus Dining services locations.
Your meal plan is loaded on your Mav card. “Meal” swipes are used in the Connection Café, and Dining Dollars can be used at any of our locations. You may swipe in only once per meal period (breakfast, continental breakfast, lunch midday meal and dinner), but you may swipe again to use Dining Dollars if you would like to treat a friend to a meal in the Connection Café. Dining Dollars are dollar to dollar, much like a debit system, and the balance will roll over from the fall to spring.
If you run out of Dining Dollars, you can reload your card with Mav Money, which is also dollar to dollar, either at the Mav Express Office, or online through your MyMav account. Our meal plan program is completely separate from the Mav Money system. Please inquire with the Mav Express Office for more information about this program.
Students living in Arlington, Vandergriff, and Kalpana Chawla Halls will be required to have a meal plan. For students living in Brazos, Lipscomb or Trinity halls, meal plans are optional. Residence hall students are not eligible to sign up for the commuter plan.
You can sign up for a meal plan online when you sign your Housing contract. For students living in Brazos, Lipscomb or Trinity halls who may want to purchase a meal plan after the contracting process, you can still sign up by visiting the University Housing office.
LIVING ON CAMPUS
Located at the heart of College Park District, Vandergriff Hall is co-educational and features exciting community amenities. With College Park Center, restaurants, and shops right outside your front door, it is a vibrant new home for any student.