Meal Plans

Meal Plans

Your meal plan gives you the advantage of never having to worry about keeping cash on hand to eat on campus. Just swipe your OneCard and dine!

2013 - 2014 Meal Plans & Rates

    Plan     
   Total Meals  
   Number of Meals per Week (average)  
  Cost per Semester 

1

233

15

$1,765

2

186

12

$1,615

3

150

10

$1,037

4

108

7

$770

5

78

5

$584

6

47

3

$360

7

16

16 for the semester

$146


Meal Plan Requirements

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) requires that the following students purchase a meal plan during fall and spring semesters:

  • *Students residing in freshman housing must choose plan 1 or 2**
  • All other students residing in on-campus housing must choose from plans 1 through 7

*Students who meet all three of the following criteria are classified as first time UAB freshmen and will be assigned to freshman housing for the academic year in question if they choose to reside on campus:

  • Student graduated high school within the last 4 academic years
  • Student is transferring in less than 12 credit hours taken at another university post high school graduation
  • Student has not attended UAB during a previous academic year, excluding the summer term immediately preceding the academic year in question

Important Notes

  • Enrolled students not residing on campus may elect to purchase any one of the above meal plans during fall and spring semesters.
  • Meals will be available on housing move-in day for the fall semester, Saturday, August 24 and Monday, January 6th for the spring semester.
  • 50% of unused Meal Plans will roll over from the Fall to Spring Semester.  At the conclusion of the Spring Semester, Meal Plans will be forefeited. 
  • Students can use up to five (5) meals per day. This is done to prevent students from over spending their meals too early in the semester. If a student plans to have family on campus and would like to use more than five meals for their family to experience campus dining they can make arrangements to do so though Campus Restaurants management.

Meals can be used in the Commons on the Green (for all-you-care-to-eat dining), the Diner, ZeBi, and WOW Cafe. Meals cannot be used at Starbucks, Simply to Go, or Einsten Bros Bagels.

Select Your Meal Plan

Dining Dollars


Campus Dining Fee

UAB requires that the following students be assessed a $225 Campus Dining Fee as part of tuition and fees during fall and spring semesters:

  • All enrolled students residing in on-campus housing
  • All undergraduate students taking twelve (12) or more credit hours who do not reside on campus

 Campus Dining Fee funds will be accessed through the student’s OneCard Dining Dollars account. Dining Dollars will roll over during the terms included in one academic year (i.e. fall to spring to summer).  On the last class day of summer semester, any unused Dining Dollars remaining in the student’s account will be forfeited. ** Beginning in the 2011-2012 academic year 25% of unused Dining Dollars will be converted to BlazerBucks at the end of the academic year.

The Dining Dollars account is used for accessing Campus Dining Fee funds only. Individuals who wish to add additional funds can do so through their OneCard Blazer Bucks account.

Once charges are posted to the student account, payment of the Campus Dining Fee can be made to the Student Accounting Office in person, by mail and online.

  • To pay in person, visit the Cashier’s Office on the first floor of Lister Hill Library.
  • To pay by mail, send a check for your meal plan payment to:
    UAB STUDENT ACCOUNTING SERVICES
    1700 UNIVERSITY BLVD.
    LHL GROUND FLOOR G10
    BIRMINGHAM, AL 35294-0013
    (205) 934-3570
  • Payment via the web can be done through BlazerNET. BlazerNET provides a secure connection for credit card payments.

Payment deadlines for the Campus Dining Fee follow the published tuition and fee payment deadlines.

Campus Dining Locations

Dining Dollars and BlazerBucks can be used in all UAB Campus Restaurants dining facilities. These include the Commons on the Green, the Diner, the C-Store, ZeBi, the Simply to Go in Volker Hall and Campbell Hall, Starbucks in Sterne Library, Einstein Bros Bagels in the Learning Resource Center, and the Campus Recreation Center PowerZone.

Blazer Bucks

Blazer Bucks

BlazerBucks is a declining balance account that can be used for goods and services anywhere the UAB OneCard is accepted. Blazer Bucks accounts are available to students, faculty and staff and other individuals in possession of a UAB OneCard. There is no minimum deposit required to activate a BlazerBucks account and additional funds can be added in varying amounts, at will. Balances in BlazerBucks carry-over from year to year until the cardholder graduates or otherwise permanently leaves the university.

BlazerBucks deposits can be made to the OneCard Office in person, by mail, at a BlazerBucks value transfer station and online.

  • To pay in person, visit the OneStop Student Services Office.
  • To pay by mail, send a check for your payment to:
    UAB ONE STOP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE
    RESIDENCE LIFE CENTER OF BLAZER HALL
    920 16TH STREET SOUTH
    BIRMINGHAM, AL 35294
    (205) 934-4300
  • Value Transfer Stations are located in the One Stop Student Services Office and Sterne and Lister Hill libraries
  • Payment via the web can be made through the Manage My Account section by signing in as a cardholder or a guest and selecting the BlazerBucks Deposit tab. OneCard Online provides a secure connection for credit card payments by VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

Campus Dining Locations

Dining Dollars and BlazerBucks can be used in all UAB Campus Restaurants dining facilities. These include the Commons on the Green, the Diner, the C-Store, ZeBi, the Simply to Go in Volker Hall and Campbell Hall, Starbucks in Sterne Library, Einstein Bros Bagels in the Learning Resource Center, and the Campus Recreation Center PowerZone.

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FAQ

Where can I use my meal plan?

Meals can be used to purchase all-you-care-to-eat meals at the Commons on the Green. Meals can also be used to purchase Meal Deals from ZeBi and WOW Cafe.

What are Meal Deals?

Meal Deals are specially designed combo meals available at the Diner, ZeBi, and WOW Cafe. One Meal is debited from the student’s account for each Meal Deal purchased.

What is the difference between Meals and Dining Dollars?

The Meal Plans come with a set number of Meals that can be used to purchase all-you-care-to-eat meals and Meal Deals at specific UAB dining facilities. The Dining Dollars account is a declining balance account used for accessing Campus Dining Fee funds. Dining Dollars can be used for food purchases at all UAB dining facilities.

How do I know whether to use the Meals on my plan versus Dining Dollars?

For all-you-care-to-eat meals in the Commons on the Green, use a Meal to pay your entrance fee. If you are dining at a location that offers Meal Deals (the Diner, ZeBi or WOW Cafe), you can use a Meal to purchase a Meal Deal. Otherwise, Dining Dollars should be used for all a la cart purchases.

What are the dining requirements that apply to me?

Who is Required to Buy A Meal Plan?

Meal Plan Choices

  • Students residing in Freshman housing

Plan 1 or 2

  • All other students residing in an on-campus residence hall

Plans 1 through 7 (any of the Meal Plan choices)

Who is Assessed the Campus Dining Fee?

Options

  • Full-time undergraduate students (enrolled in 12 or more credit hours)
  • All enrolled students residing in on-campus housing

$225 Dining Dollars Account

Part-time commuter students (less than 12 hours), commuter graduate & professional students, and faculty and staff are not assessed a Campus Dining Fee.

Meal plans and Dining Dollars are optional

How can I change my meal plan?

You can change your existing meal plan under the Manage My Account section at www.uab.edu/campuscard through the last day to add a class of each semester. After the last day to add a class you can request a meal plan upgrade by emailing the OneCard office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Who can I contact if I have other questions about the meal plans?

You can call the Campus Restaurants office at 205-996-6567 or the OneCard office at 205-996-6273 with additional questions. A brochure is available at the One Stop Student Services and Campus Restaurants offices with information about the meal plans.