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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 at the Connection Café—located in the E.H. Hereford University Centerand Maverick Cafélocated in the Commons at West Campus. The new Maverick Café includes an all-you-care-to-eat dining center with indoor and outdoor seating areas. Additional retail dining options within the Commons include: Starbucks, a Brick-Oven Style Pizzeria, and a Specialty Grill. The Commons as well as the E.H. Hereford University Center have group meeting rooms, study, and lounge areas.

You receive a set number of meals per semester based on the plan you select. When you eat at the Connection Café or Maverick 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 and Maverick Café, the Plaza food court, Starbucks, The Market and other on-campus Dining services locations.  All traditional meal plans also include $50 College Park Dollars which can be used at any of the dining locations in the College Park District.

Bronze and Silver meal plan holders may swipe in only once per meal period (breakfast, continental breakfast, lunch, midday meal, and dinner), but you may use Dining Dollars if you would like to treat a friend to a meal in the Connection Café or Maverick Café. Gold and Platinum meal plan holders have an unlimited amount of meals and may swipe in multiple times per meal period. 

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 them or add Mav Money, which is also dollar to dollar, either at the Office of Student Accounts, at a campus kiosk, 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, Kalpana Chawla, Lipscomb, Vandergriff, and West Halls are required to select a meal plan. Residence hall students are not eligible to sign up for the commuter plan. To view apartment meal plan options please visit

You can sign up for a meal plan online when you sign your Housing contract. 

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