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Housing and Meal Plan Options

Sycamore Towers

Burford Complex

Sandison Complex

Apartment-style Housing

Meal Plan Options

We offer several residential meal plans to meet your dining needs. Students who live in a residence hall are required to have a residential meal plan. Students who live in University Apartments or 500 Wabash are not required to have a meal plan, but may opt into one of the residential plans or the optional apartment meal plan. Students who live in an upperclass designated building (Hines, Erickson, Reeve) may select the upperclass building meal plan or one of the other residential meal plans. Meal plans are chosen within the Housing Portal for students who live on campus. 

The "Flex" plans are loaded at the start of each semester with a certain number of credits. Credits are then deducted with each entry into the Sycamore Dining Hall. It is handy to think in terms of how many meals a student might eat each week when picking the right meal plan. Breakfast is 8 credits, lunch is 10 and dinner is 13. Sycamore Dining Hall is "all you care to eat" with multiple stations serving at each meal. Use of credits in the dining hall is the best use of your flex meal plan. Students may also do a "credit conversion" for specific meal options at select locations in the HMSU Commons from 2:00 p.m. to close on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If credits start to run low, more may be purchased for $0.30 each at any time during the semester in the Dining Service office.

The All Access Plan will allow unlimited daily access to Sycamore Dining Hall whenever it is open! It also allows for a meal exchange at certain locations in the Commons from 2:00 PM to close Friday to Sunday (limited to two exchanges per day) and comes with five guest meal swipes for the dining hall each semester. 

Commons Cash is currency which can be used at all ISU Dining locations on campus. Commons Cash has a dollar for dollar value and can be used instead of paying with cash or debit/credit card. Additional Commons Cash may be purchased at any time during the semester in the Dining Service office.

Students select meal plans in their housing portal as part of the housing contract process.

Meal Plan Credits per semester Board Meals per week* Commons Cash per semester Guest Meals per semester

Base Flex 102 (Standard Plan)

1360 N/A $102 N/A (Credits may be used for guest entry)

Base Flex 204

1360 N/A $204 N/A (Credits may be used for guest entry)

Best Flex

1802 N/A $204 N/A (Credits may be used for guest entry)

All Access

Unlimited Daily Access to Sycamore Dining Hall N/A $102 5
Upperclass Building Meal Plan N/A 7 $204 5
University Apartments / 500 Wabash (optional plan) N/A 5 $102 N/A

* Board meals are a set number of meal swipes that reset every week. They may be used at Sycamore Dining Hall, Cup & Chaucer located in the Cunningham Memorial Library, Executive Express in the Scott College of Business, and in the HMSU Commons at Krispy Krunchy Chicken and the Campus Cupboard. 

To learn more about Dining, please visit their website, click here.


Residential Life Office

Erickson Hall
Phone: 812-237-3993
Fax: 812-237-8525
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