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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions:

Q: What does "All-You-Care-To-Eat" dining mean?
A: "All-You-Care-To-Eat" (AYCTE) dining means that you can eat as much as you want in any of the AYCTE dining locations. Once you enter the East Café (SCE) or Dining Hall (JST), you can eat as little or as much as you want during that visit. Food may not be taken out of the AYCTE dining areas.

Q: I don’t live in the campus residence halls. Can I still purchase a meal plan?
A: Meal plans are available to all UIC students, faculty, and staff.

Q: Do I have to buy a meal plan?
A: Students living in traditional residence halls (CMS, CMN, CTY, CMW, JST) are required to purchase a meal plan. Any UIC student, faculty or staff member can purchase a meal plan if they so choose. Entrance to the "All-You-Care-To-Eat" dining areas do not require a Meal Plan. You may purchase your meal with a Block Meal Plan, Dragon Dollar$, credit card, or cash.

Q: Which dining option is right for me?
A: A variety of options is available in order to best serve the campus community. To figure out the right plan for you, start by thinking about your eating habits. Are you a "jetsetter" who grabs a bagel in the morning and a salad for dinner? Or do you need three square meals a day to function properly? We have options perfect for either type of eater, and for everyone in between.

Q: What is the difference between "All-You-Care-To-Eat" pricing and the "grab and go" pricing that is used everywhere else?
A: All-You-Care-To-Eat (AYCTE): At the entrance of East Café (SCE) or Dining Hall (JST), just swipe your i-card to access your Traditional Meal Plan, Block Meal Plan, or Dragon Dollar$ each time you enter. One "meal" will be deducted from your block plan total or the amount of the meal you are purchasing will be deducted from your Dragon Dollar$ balance. Meals may not be taken out of AYCTE dining areas.
Grab and Go: Alternate campus dining options each have fixed price items. These options are considered "grab and go". At the cash register, your items will be totaled and deducted from your Dragon Dollar$ balance, similar to a debit card. You may also pay with cash or credit card at any of the dining locations. You are able to take your food items or beverages to go. Traditional and Block Meal Plans are not usable at Grab and Go locations.

Q: Can I take food out of "All-You-Care-To-Eat" dining area?
A: No. Meals may not be taken out of the "All-You-Care-To-Eat" (AYCTE) dining areas - East Café (SCE) and Dining Hall (JST) with the exception of one piece of fruit or one dessert. Once you leave an AYCTE dining location, you may re-enter by purchasing a meal, using your Traditional Meal Plan or Block Meal Plan. See Meal Plan Tab for additional details.
Q: Will I have access to "All-You-Care-To-Eat" dining areas all day?
A: While the "All-You-Care-To-Eat" (AYCTE) dining areas are open much of each day, there are brief closures to reset. You may utilize alternate dining options during this time. AYCTE dining areas are closed during the following mid-day hours:
3:00 - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday
2:00 - 4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday

AYCTE dining areas are located in the East Café (SCE) and Dining Hall (JST).

Q: Can I get breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night meals every day?
A: No. Brunch is offered on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays instead of the breakfast and lunch option. An expanded menu is offered at Brunch and is available from 9:30am-2:00pm. The late night option is not available on Fridays and Saturdays.

Q: What additional dining options are available?
A: Additional dining options include: dining.uic.edu/hours

Q: What should I do if I lose my i-card?
A: If you lose your i-card, report it immediately to the ID Center office at (312) 413-5940 or idcenter@uic.edu. Cards reported lost or stolen are immediately invalidated for your protection. A replacement i-card can be obtained in either of the ID Center offices (1790 Student Services Building or 242 UIC Student Center West).

If you lose your i-card, report it immediately to the ID Center office at (312) 413-5940. Cards reported lost or stolen are immediately invalidated for your protection. A replacement i-card can be obtained in either of the ID Center offices (1790 Student Services Building or 242 UIC Student Center West).

Q: What happens if I run out of meals?
A: No problem. You may purchase Block Meal Plans at any time at the ID Center (Student Services Building), Service Centers in the Student Centers, or online at www.dragoncenter.uic.edu. All Block Meals expire the last day of finals for the Spring semester.

Q: What can you do to accommodate my special dietary needs?
A: We want you to eat well on campus. American, Italian, Tex-Mex, Hallal, Kosher, vegetarian and vegan are just some of the great options available. Let us know what you need and we will work toward a solution. You can find information for a variety of special diets, as well as nutrition and health information, online at www.dineoncampus.com/uic/balancedU. You can also contact dining@uic.edu for additional information.

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Meal Plan Questions:

Q: What is a meal plan?
A: A "meal plan" is a UIC dining package which allows you to eat a certain number of days each week or a number of meals. See the Meal Plan tab for details at: http://dining.uic.edu/mealplans.shtml.

Q: How much are meal plans?
A: See the Meal Plan tab for details at: http://dining.uic.edu/mealplans.shtml

Q: What is a block meal plan?
A: A "block meal plan" is a fixed quantity of meals or a certain number of meals that you may purchase. A "meal" is breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or late night. One Block Meal equals one entry to East Café (SCE) or Dining Hall (JST). With Block Meal Plans, you get a specific number of meals added to your i-card. You may purchase Block Meal Plans at any time at the ID Center (Student Services Building), Service Centers in the Student Centers, or online at www.dragoncenter.uic.edu.. Block Meal Plans are non-refundable. All Block Meals expire the last day of finals for the Spring semester.

Q: Can I change my meal plan?
A: Students that reside in Residence Halls that do not have a required Meal Plan or off-campus may cancel their meal plan selection during the first two (2) weeks of the Fall semester and during the first two (2) weeks of Spring semester. After these periods have ended, no further cancellations may be made.

Students that reside on campus can add, terminate, or modify their Meal Plan by visiting the Campus Housing office. Students that reside off campus can make change by completing a Meal Plan change form available at the ID Center in SSB (Student Services Building) only.

Q: How do I access my meal plan?
A: The dining plan option you choose is linked directly to your i-card.

Q: How much does each meal cost if I am not using a meal plan for payment?
A: Unlike the meal plan, the cost to purchase a meal provides for a one-time individual access to the dining area. Meals can be purchased by using cash, Dragon Dollar$, or credit/debit.
Meal costs are:
Breakfast - $5.60
Lunch - $8.55
Late Night/Weekend Brunch - $7.95
Dinner - $9.70
(Applicable sales tax will be charged.)

Q: Can I use my Meal Plan to feed others?
A: Some Traditional Meal Plans come with a certain number of free guest passes. Simply tell the cashier you want to use one and they will access the guest pass option. With Block Meal Plans, you may use as many of your meals as you want to feed your guests. You can always use Dragon Dollar$, cash, or credit and debit cards to purchase a meal for a guest.

Q: How do I buy a meal plan?
A: It’s easy. If you live in one of the residence halls, simply select a dining plan when you sign your Housing Contract. Off-Campus students may sign up for a Traditional Meal Plan only at the ID Center located in the Student Services Building. You may buy a Block Meal Plan at any time at the ID Center located in the Student Services Building, or online at www.dragoncenter.uic.edu..

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Dining Locations and Options Questions:

Q: Where can I eat on campus? And when?
A: For a complete list of campus dining locations and hours, please see the Locations tab.

Q: Where are "All-You-Care-To-Eat" locations?
A: "All-You-Care-To-Eat" dining areas are East Café (SCE) and Dining Hall (JST).

Q: Can I use the "All-You-Care-To-Eat" dining option at all dining locations?
A: No, only at East Café (SCE) and Dining Hall (JST). Alternative dining areas have the grab-and-go option. Retail locations such as Subway and Wendys accept cash, credit card, or Dragon Dollar$ cash.

Q: If I bring my lunch or buy from one of the other dining options, where can I sit to eat my meal?
A: There are many seating options comprised of lounges and tables available throughout the Student Centers and other adjacent facilities across campus.


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Dragon Dollar$ Questions:

Q: What are Dragon Dollar$?
A: Dragon Dollar$ provide a way to use your i-card to make purchases. See the Dragon Dollar$ website for details.

Q: Can I buy food with Dragon Dollar$?
A: Yes. Dragon Dollar$ are accepted at all Campus Dining locations, including All-You-Care-To-Eat dining areas and the retail fast food locations (e.g. Argo Tea, Wendys, etc.)

Q: How can I purchase Dragon Dollar$?
A: Dragon Dollar$ can be added to your i-card by depositing funds similar to a banking account at the ID Center located in the Student Services Building or online at www.dragoncenter.uic.edu with a credit card. Please see the Dragon Dollar$ website for details.

Q: What happens if I run out of Dragon Dollar$?
A: You may add Dragon Dollar$ at any time. See the Dragon Dollar$ website for details.

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Comment and Feedback Questions:

Q: Who can I contact if I have comments?
A: You may share your comments by sending an email to dining@uic.edu.

Q: How can I give feedback on my campus dining experience?
A: We want to hear from you. Provide us with feedback on your campus dining experiences by sending an e-mail to dining@uic.edu.


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