Meal Plan Options
All housing contracts must include room and board. The only exceptions are for returning residents
in rooms with a University supplied kitchen. Students may choose from three meal plans designed
to provide a wide variety of dining options.
Meals may be eaten at Hillcrest Market Place or Burge Market Place throughout the academic year,
any time classes are in session.
|Basic Fare Meal Plans
|Gold Meal Plan (unlimited)
|Black Meal Plan
(220 meals per semester)
|Alternative Meal Plan|
|*Hawkeye Meal Plan
(75 meals per semester)
|*Herky Meal Plan
(25 meals per semester)
*This plan is available only to students living in rooms with a University-supplied
kitchen. It may also be purchased by students living off-campus, as well as staff
The following options are available to residents to supplement their meal plan or in the case of
returning students in rooms with a University kitchen in lieu of a Basic Fare Meal Plan.
These dining options are also available to non-resident students, staff, and faculty.
Hawkeye Dollars are funds – available to you from your room contract – that may be used at the
laundry services, purchases at select vending machines in the residence halls, as well as purchases
at most campus food service locations, including Convenience (“C”) Stores (Burge, Hillcrest, Mayflower
and IMU. Hawkeye Dollars may not be used at The University Hospitals & Clinics or at Wild Bill’s
Hawkeye Dollars will expire upon termination of the cardholder's active affiliation with The
University of Iowa as a current student, faculty, or staff member, or upon twelve (12) months of
inactivity in the account, whichever comes first. The contract holder may
apply for a
refund of unused Hawkeye Dollars when their affiliation with The University of Iowa ends.
Refunds will carry a $20 refund processing fee that will be deducted from the balance.
Cancelling Meal Plans
Only returning residents, or transfer students in rooms with a university supplied kitchen
are permitted to cancel the board portion of their contract for either or both semesters. The
cancellation deadlines are September 13, 2013 for the fall semester and February 7, 2014 for the
Students transferring to a room with a university supplied kitchen after the cancellation
deadline have five working days from the effective date of the transfer to change or cancel
a board contract. After the five days, it is a binding contract for the remainder of the semester.
Students who cancel their residence hall contract will also have their meal plan cancelled.
All cancellations are subject to contract cancellation guidelines. Students who cancel their
room contract may request a meal plan.
All changes, cancellations, or requests must be made in person at Contracts and Assignments,
4141 Burge Hall.
Changing Meal Plans
Changes may be made online during the first four weeks of each semester at
After September 13, 2013 no decreases can be made to your board plan for the fall semester.
February 7, 2014 is the deadline for spring semester meal plan decreases.
Increases may be made at any time. Students transferring to a room with a university
supplied kitchen after the cancellation deadline have five working days from the effective
date of the transfer to change a board contract. If moving from a room with a
University-supplied kitchen to a room without a kitchen, either the Gold or Black Meal
Plan must be selected within five working days from the effective date of the transfer.
If a meal plan is not chosen, a Black meal plan will be assigned.
Guests are welcome at any meal and may purchase meals at either Burge or Hillcrest Market Places. Cash, University ID, or Hawkeye Dollars are accepted.
|Breakfast (M - Sat.)
Open to 10:30 a.m.
|Lunch & Dinner: 10:30 a.m. to Close*
|Sunday Breakfast (Continental): Open to 10:30 a.m.
|Sunday Brunch: 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lost ID Cards
For contract holders, a valid University ID card is required for admittance to either Burge or Hillcrest Market Places. More information about ID cards and the procedure to follow after losing one can be found on this page.
Students unable to come to the Market Place due to illness may arrange for a tray to be brought to their room. The student's RA or 24-Hour Desk will assist in making the necessary arrangements.
Special Diets / Vegetarians / Vegans
A wide variety of food options are available in each Market Place. Questions regarding ingredients used in preparing foods can be directed to email@example.com.
All Meal Plans are considered a contract between the University and the named contract holder. The services and products provided under this contract cannot be sold or transferred to others. Only cash, U-Bill charge, or Hawkeye Dollars can be used to purchase guest meals.
- Meals are served seven days a week, with no evening meal on Sunday (more).
- Menus for the current semester are available online (more).
Students with board plans may swipe their University ID for meals at the following locations:
Burge Market Place, Hillcrest Market Place, Food for Thought (Main Library),
Pat's Diner (PBB), the Mayflower C-store, and the River Room Café (IMU).
Dining locations hours fall 2012
If you want to create a plan, add to an existing plan, change a plan, or cancel a plan (if eligible), go to http:/cougar.its.uiowa.edu/meals or to Contracts & Assignments, 4141 Burge Hall (319-335-3000).