FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Meal Plans For Students

All resident students, first year commuting students, and new transfer commuting students must purchase a meal plan each semester. Each meal plan is designed to give students flexibility between dining in the Bruder Life Center Dining Hall, Knight’s Café, or at twelve@ the RAB. First year commuting students and new commuting transfer students are automatically enrolled in the basic Commuter meal plan, but can upgrade at any time. Resident students will select from one of the three Resident Meal Plans when completing the Housing and Dining Application. Resident students will automatically be enrolled in the meal plan of their choice for the spring semester.

For All Meal Plans: At the end of the fall semester, all unused Dining Dollars and Neumann Points will carry over to the spring semester. Unused Block Meals and guest passes will expire at the end of each semester and do not rollover. All unused Dining Dollars expire at the conclusion of the Spring Semester. Residents will automatically be enrolled in the meal plan of their choice for the spring semester. Block Meals and Guest Passes must be used in the Bruder Life Center Dining Hall. Dining Dollars and Neumann Points can be used in the Bruder Life Center Dining Hall or the Knights Café. ONLY Neumann Points can be used at Sora Luna Lounge, campus vending machines, Knights Shoppe Campus Bookstore, or participating off-campus sites. Students can add Neumann Points to the ID cards at any time in the semester. Neumann Points never expire and rollover from year to year.

Resident Dining Plans
All resident-students are required to select one of the three Resident Dining Meal Plan options included below for each semester they reside in campus housing. Block meals expire at the conclusion of each semester. Dining Dollars roll-over from Fall to Spring, and expire upon the conclusion of the spring semester. Neumann Points rollover from year to year and unused balances can be refunded upon graduation. If a resident student does not indicate their meal plan choice, they will be automatically assigned the 150 Block plan, as outlined below.

  • Unlimited* Block Meals
    • w/$200 Dining Dollars, 4 guest passes, and $50 Neumann Points. Cost/semester = $3250
  • 150 Block Meals
    • w/$400 Dining Dollars, 4 guest passes, and $50 Neumann Points. Cost/semester = $2950
  • 125 Block Meals
    • w/$600 Dining Dollars, 4 guest passes, and $50 Neumann Points. Cost/semester = $2950
*Unlimited Block Plan is limited to 10 Meal exchange per week in Knights Café. No restrictions on other plans.

Commuter Dining Plans
A Commuter Dining Plan is required for all first-year commuter students and first-year commuter-transfer students for their first two semesters at Neumann. Options are indicated below. Any commuter student or transfer student can upgrade to any of the plans above, if they desire. Block meals expire at the conclusion of each semester. Dining Dollars roll-over from Fall to Spring, and expire upon the conclusion of the spring semester. If a commuter or transfer student does not indicate their meal plan choice, they will be automatically assigned the 20 Block plan, as outlined below.

  • 20 Block Meals
    • w/$100 Dining Dollars and $25 Neumann Points. Cost/semester = $300
  • 40 Block Meals
    • w/$200 Dining Dollars and $25 Neumann Points. Cost/semester = $565
  • 60 Block Meals
    • w/$250 Dining Dollars and $25 Neumann Points. Cost/semester = $785

Apartment Dining Plan
Apartment Plan is the required minimum plan for all residents in Buoni & Flynn apartments and all campus houses. Any apartment/house resident can upgrade to any of the plans above (Resident or Commuter Dining Plans), if they desire. Block meals expire at the conclusion of each semester. Dining Dollars roll-over from Fall to Spring, and expire upon the conclusion of the spring semester. Neumann Points rollover from year to year and unused balances can be refunded upon graduation.

  • 5 Block Meals
    • w/$250 Dining Dollars and $25 Neumann Points. Cost/semester = $300

Neumann Points
Every $100 of Neumann Points added to your NU ID Card earns you 4 free block meals for use in Bruder Dining Center. Neumann Points never expire and rollover from year to year. Unused balances can be refunded upon graduation or departure from Neumann.

Bruder Dining Center

The Bruder Dining Center is an all-you-care-to-eat dining venue located in the Bruder Life Center. Often called “Bruder” by students, this dining location features full fresh salad bar, grill, deli, pizza, and a rotating hot entrée. Plus, a “My Zone” area offers gluten, nut, and tree nut free options.

Knights Café

Located conveniently in the Bachmann Main Building, the Knights Café is a great place to get a cup of Starbucks coffee between classes or take a long study break. Order a sandwich from Sammie’s, grilled chicken from Grill 155, or a delicious salad or sushi from our Simply to Go area to keep you full the entire day.

twelve@ the RAB

Bring your ID card and swipe yourself into this self-serve convenience store. twelve@ the RAB offers freshly brewed Starbucks coffee, and protein bowls that just require you to heat them up in the on-sight microwave. You can also pick up beverages, snacks, and other tasty items when you are heading off to class. twelve@ the RAB is open whenever the Rocco A. Abessino building is open and just requires you to bring your ID.

BITE U APP MOBILE ORDERING

Download the BITE U app by SODEXO on your phone to place a mobile order for pick up at either Bruder Dining Center or Knights Café.

KNIGHT BITE DELIVERY SERVICE

During the year, a group of students will staff the Knight Bite Delivery Service. Order through the BITE U app on your phone, and your food will be delivered via the Knight Bite golf cart to your residence hall lobby. Currently serving Flynn, Cunningham, and O’Neill Halls.

LATE KNIGHT DINING

Bruder Dining Center will be open late throughout the week to accommodate late-night cravings. Watch our social media for the posted hours and specials that run throughout the week for a late-night bite.

ELITE EVENTS

Dining halls are great, but every now and then we like to do something special. Elite Event pop-up restaurants transform dining locations into high-end restaurants serving a variety of cuisines. From steak to seafood to a create-your-own dessert bar, your love all of our Elite Event options.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where can I use my Block Meal Plan?
You can swipe your ID card and use your Block Meals at Bruder Dining Center or through the “Meal Exchange” program in Knights Café.
How do I use the “Meal Exchange” program in Knights’ Café?
There is a menu of selected items eligible for the “Meal Exchange” program posted in the café that you can choose from. Once you select your items from the menu of eligible items, head to the cashier to check-out and just let them to “use a meal” when you swipe your card.
How do Dining Dollars work?
Bruder Dining Center, Knights Café, or twelve at the RAB accept Dining Dollars. They work like cash in these locations. Just tell the cashier “use my Dining Dollars” when you check-out. Since Dining Dollars expire at the end of the academic year, use them before you use your Neumann Points.
Where can I use Neumann Points?
Neumann Points are accepted in campus vending machines, at the Knight’s Shoppe Campus Bookstore, and at several vendors off-campus. In addition, they will soon be accepted at the Sora Luna Lounge in Flynn Hall once that student-run café opens for business. Neumann Points never expire and rollover from year to year. Unused balances can be refunded upon graduation or departure from Neumann.
When do my Block Meals expire?
Use your Block Meals before the end of each semester. Block Meals expire upon the conclusion of exam-week at the end of each semester.
When do my Dining Dollars expire?
Use your Dining Dollars throughout the semester. Unused balances from the Fall Semester rollover to be used in the Spring Semester. However, all unused Dining Dollar balances at the conclusion of the spring semester will expire. Unlike Neumann Points which never expire, it’s recommended that you use your Dining Dollars fully each semester.
When do my Neuman Points expire?
Neumann Points never expire and rollover from year to year. Unused balances can be refunded upon graduation or departure from Neumann.
Why don’t my unused Block Meals rollover from semester to semester?
Students are encouraged to budget their meals appropriately throughout the semester. Block Meals do not rollover from semester to semester. The pricing for Block Meal plans is based upon usage for a specific semester. In large part, this is so that we can accurately plan menus, food purchasing, and staffing of our dining locations to best serve our students.
How do I sign up for a meal plan?
All residential students are required to maintain a meal plan (either a Resident Block Plan or an Apartment Plan, based upon their housing accommodation). Resident students select their meal plan choice during room selection. If you are a student who is not automatically enrolled in a meal plan, you can purchase a meal plan by contacting the Business Office during regular business hours in 104 Bachmann Main Building.
How can I change my meal plan?
Meal plan adjustments can only be made within the first two weeks of the semester. You can change your meal plan selection by completing the Meal Plan Change Form through the Business Office.
Do I have to purchase a meal plan each semester?
All residential students must maintain a meal plan each semester they reside in campus housing. Only first-year commuting and first-year commuting transfer students need to maintain a Commuter Meal Plan during their first two semesters at Neumann.
I’m a commuter student, do I need a meal plan?
All first-year commuter and transfer students are required to enroll in a meal plan during their first year at Neumann.
What if I have dietary restrictions, will Campus Dining be able to accommodate me?
Our trained culinary staff take seriously dietary needs and restrictions of our community. Reach out directly to the Director of Dining Services, Ms. Rita Webster, at WEBSTERR@neumann.edu to learn how your food allergies or dietary restrictions can be accommodated while at Neumann.
How can I explore receiving an exemption from participating in a meal plan?
All requests for meal plan exemption can be communicated to Dr. Chris Haug, Vice President for Student Affairs, at HAUGC@neumann.edu.
How do I share my opinion about dining or get more involved?
Join Culinary Council! Culinary Council is made up of a group of 10-15 students who meet monthly over a meal to learn about new initiatives and programs underway in dining and provide their feedback on what they love or what they want changed. In addition, Culinary Council members take on secret-shopper assignments between meetings where they provide feedback to our Dining Services team in order to improve the student experience across all our dining locations. They are among first students to taste new products and to hear what new in dining. Please contact Dr. Haug, Vice President for Student Affairs, at HAUGC@neumann.edu to learn more about how you can join Culinary Council.
I’m a parent and I have a question about meal plans, who can I contact?
Parents can always reach out to Neumann via email at PARENTS@neumann.edu with any questions throughout the year.