Meal Plans and Dining

Want to add, change or cancel a meal plan? Read our dates and deadlines section below. 

Meal plans are convenient, flexible and loaded with options – access it all with a tap of your Cougar Card. Your meal plan includes dining locations 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! 

Read more about our various dining locations, review the College’s meal plan options or learn how to sign up for a meal plan.

Campus Services HQ oversees all meal plan selections, changes and cancellations, and Dining Services manages all of the College’s campus dining locations. If you have any questions about meal plans or dining, contact us at


Meal Plan Information and Options 

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First-year students (regardless of credit hours) and transfer students classified as first-year students upon acceptance by Admissions, who live in campus housing, are required to purchase a College of Charleston First-Year Student Resident Meal Plan for the academic year.

Upperclass students and commuters who would like to purchase a meal plan can choose from eight Upperclass Student Resident and Commuter Meal Plans.

Agreement to the Terms and Conditions for Meal Plans is part of the sign-up process. 

Meals are valid for one semester only and do not carry over. Unused Dining Dollars do carry over each semester until the student graduates or separates from the College. Follow these instructions to request a refund upon a qualifying event.

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.


Fall 2023 Meal Plan Dates and Deadlines

Fall 2023 meal plans begin August 18 with dinner and end December 12 with lunch.

February 1 – August 16: Students can add, change or cancel a meal plan for fall 2023 in the MyHousing/Dining portal via MyPortal.

August 17 – August 28: Students can add, change or cancel a meal plan through Campus Services HQ. This can be done by emailing from the student's CofC email with the request or by attaching a completed On-Campus First-Year Student Meal Plan form or Upperclass Student/Commuter Meal Plan form. Students can also make the request in person at Campus Services HQ, 162 Calhoun St.

August 28 at 5 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 August 28 and must be paid for in person at the time of purchase with cash, check or any major credit card.

Consideration for Meal Plan Accommodation

Dining Services can accommodate many food allergies and works hard to ensure dining options are as safe as possible. Students on campus with dietary restrictions should review our on-campus resources and contact our Registered Dietitian to discuss their needs.

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

Campus Services HQ provides this information as a general reference for planning purposes, but please also check the Dining Services website for the most current information on location hours and menus.  

Marty's Place will be closed as follows in observance of the High Holidays:

9/15/23: no dinner service

9/25/23: closed for the day, reopening on 9/26/23 for regular hours

9/29/23: no dinner service