Meal Plans and Dining

Meal plans are convenient, flexible, and loaded with options. Your meal plan includes dining locations all across campus with a range of menus and offerings. You’ll get guaranteed value, whether you eat on campus three times a week or three times a day! To review meal plan options and learn more about our on-campus dining locations, visit Dining Services. You may also read below for more information.

Campus Services HQ oversees all meal plan selections, changes and cancellations. 

Meal Plan Information and Options

First-time entering freshmen (regardless of credit hours) and transfer students classified as freshmen upon acceptance by Admissions, who live in campus housing, are required to purchase a qualifying College of Charleston Freshmen Resident Plan. These meal plan options can be found on the Dining Services Freshmen Residents Meal Plan page

Upperclassmen and commuters who would like to purchase a meal plan can choose from eight different options. These meal plan options can be found on the Dining Services Upperclassmen Resident and Commuter Meal Plan page.

Agreement to the Terms and Conditions for Meal Plans is part of the sign-up process on the portal. Should you wish to review the terms in advance they can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions section.

Meals are valid for one semester only and do not carry over to subsequent semesters. Unused Dining Dollars do carry over to the next semester and remain on deposit until the student graduates or separates from the College. Campus Services HQ will refund the Dining Dollar account balance after receipt of a written request (Dining Dollar Refund Form) from students who are graduating or separating from the College. No refunds will be issued for account balances less than $10. Refunds will be issued via direct deposit if an account is set up with the Treasurer’s Office. If direct deposit is not set up, a check will be mailed to the primary address on file or as stated in the request. The College of Charleston reserves the right to close any account that is inactive for 18 months or more. Balances in accounts that are inactive for more than 18 months will be reclaimed.

A student will be released from the meal plan if a complete withdrawal, leave of absence or transfer to another institution is completed with the Center for Academic Performance and Persistence or if the student withdraws from all classes by the stated deadline for withdrawal with a grade of “W” as posted on the academic calendar for the semester. Students are responsible for contacting Campus Services HQ, to request a refund.

Spring 2021 Meal Plan Dates and Deadlines

Spring 2021 meal plans begin Thursday, January 7, with dinner, and end Saturday, May 1, with breakfast.

November 2 – January 5: Students can add, change or cancel a meal plan for spring 2021 via the MyHousing/Dining portal on MyCharleston.

January 6 – January 19: Students may add, change or cancel a meal plan by emailing with their request or a completed On-Campus Freshmen Meal Plan form or Upperclassmen/Commuter Meal Plan form or by visiting Campus Services HQ at 162 Calhoun St.

January 19 at 5:00 p.m.: Deadline to change or cancel meal plans

Students may add a meal plan at any time, but the plan can no longer be charged to the student eBill after January 19 and must be paid for at the time of purchase with cash, check or any major credit card.

Consideration for Medical Meal Plan Exception

Campus dining locations have the ability to accommodate many food allergies and work hard to ensure dining options are as safe as possible. Students on campus with dietary restrictions are strongly recommended to contact Dining Services so they may become familiar with needs and take action to meet concerns.

Dining Updates

Any special notices will be posted here and on the Dining Services website

Regular location location hours and menus can also be found at