About Meal Plans

To provide students with flexibility when dining on campus, we offer five different dining plans with varying numbers of meals and flex dollars. Additionally, we offer Redbucks that can be used in all our dining venues.

Meal Plan Options 

Meal plans come in two parts: a specific number of meals and flex dollars. Both parts of the meal plan are loaded on to your university ID at the beginning of each semester and are part of your housing contract for students that live on campus. Students that do not live on campus or who live in the Greek Village are able to purchase a meal plan.

To choose the plan that's best for you, think about where on campus you spend your time and where you like to eat. Maybe that's near your residence halls, or near your classes, or maybe where you can get your favorite foods. So, if you typically eat at one of our block-only locations, you may want to choose a plan that offers more block meals than flex dollars, and vice-versa if you typically eat at flex-only locations.

Meal Plans (22-23)

Name of PLan Block Meals per Semester Flex Dollars Per Semester Cost Per Semester
Meal Plan 304 304 80 $1,760
Meal Plan 190 190 318 $1,500
Meal Plan 130 130 743 $1,550
Meal Plan 75 75 1061 $1,670
Meal Plan 90 90 - $1,005

Block Meal Plans 

Block meals are used at one of the three different locations (Towers Landing, Houck's Place, or St. Vincent's Commons) located at various areas around campus. For more information and hours visit dineoncampus.com/semo/hours.

Flex Dollars 

Flex Dollars accompany most meal plans in varying amounts and are used at any retail location (Subway, Starbucks, Panda Express, Rowdy’s, or Redhawks Market). Flex dollars can also be used at any meal plan location (Towers Landing, Houck’s Place, and St. Vincent’s Commons). They are held in a “declining balance account” that works on the same principle as a debit card. Each time you make a purchase, the amount is subtracted from your flex dollar balance. You can use your flex to purchase beverages, snacks or to purchase a meal yourself or for a guest.   

Flex dollars for fall semesters carry over to the spring semester. Flex Dollars from the spring semester do not carry over to the summer semester nor the following fall semester. Students wanting to purchase more flex dollars are able to buy Redbucks that work the same way as flex dollars.


Redbucks are the declining dollar amounts that go right onto your student ID. They save you time, money, and the hassle of leaving campus to get something to eat.

Redbucks come in increments ranging from $50 to $800 and come with a 5% bonus. 

For every Redbucks order over $100 you receive 5% back as Bonus Bucks to your account.

Bonus Bucks operate the same as Redbucks with two exceptions. You must use through your Redbucks account before you can use Bonus Bucks as payment, and Bonus Bucks are only valid for the semester that you purchase them.  

Redbucks can always be added to a meal plan and will carry over from semester to semester and from one year to the next.

Purchase your Redbucks today!

How Do I Change My Meal Plan?

You have eight weeks from the first day of classes to change your meal plan. You may change your meal plan by contacting the Office of Residence Life or by filling out the residence life online meal plan change request.

Meals Only Contract

Greek Village residents, commuter students, and faculty/staff are eligible to complete a Meals Only contract.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, students who live on campus are required to purchase one of our meal plan options.

Yes, students can change their meal plan within the first 8 weeks of the semester to any one of our other meal plans. Just submit a meal plan change request to the Office of Residence Life through the housing portal in your student portal.

Only the person on the Student ID is allowed to access the students' meal plan. We understand that problems arise that confine you to your room. If you need a friend to pick up your meal because you are not feeling well, contact alicia.ticer@compass-usa.com.

Meals are used at Houck’s Place in Merick Hall, St. Vincent Commons in the Dobbins River Campus Center, and Towers Landing in the Towers Complex.

Diners will receive a ticket when they present their ID for a meal swipe. This ticket will then be given to the restaurant concept where they select their meal from. Additional concepts (like drink stations, desserts, breakfast items) are considered all-you-care-to-eat and are included with every meal.

No. Only flex, Redbucks, cash, or credit can be used at our flex (retail) locations on campus.

Not quite. Flex dollars are the declining dollar amount that is part of your meal plan package. Redbucks are a tax-free declining dollar amount that is purchased separately through the SEMO Dining office. Both flex and Redbucks can be used at any of our dining venues across campus.

Yes. Meals are not limited to just one meal per meal period.

You can purchase Redbucks through SEMO Dining. Redbucks roll over semester to semester and have a dollar-for-dollar value at all dining locations.

Unused flex dollars carry over from fall to spring semesters only but meals from your blocks do not. If you have unused meals at the end of the semester, consider changing to a plan with fewer meals in the block.

Anyone can purchase Redbucks online as long as they have the student’s Southeast ID number. When entering the Southeast ID number, the student’s account is automatically charged for the Redbucks purchase. This balance is then paid through Student Financial Services. If you would like to gift a student Redbucks, visit the SEMO Dining Main Office in the University Center, Room 219. 

Students considering the best plan should think about their dining habits and where they live on campus. A student who intends to eat more of their meals at one of our retail flex locations should choose a plan with more flex dollars and fewer meals in their block. Students who plan to eat most of their meals at a block meal location should select a plan with more meals and fewer flex dollars. Remember, meal plans can be changed within the first 8 weeks of the semester if students find out they are using their meals differently than they expected.

Meal plan and flex balances can be found on your student portal by going to your Student SS tab and selecting ‘Display Chartwells Balance’. You can also ask any of the SEMO Dining associates to check your balance at the register.
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