Residential Meal Plans

At NMU Dining, we’re all about variety. Whether it’s the daily features at our dining halls or the items and offerings at our nine locations, we aim to provide delicious, well-balanced meals and products that take into account individual dietary preferences, all while providing exceptional service.

Our goal to offer choice and keep things fresh extends beyond our menu.

NMU Dining meal plans are designed to offer selection and options to suit your tastes and your budget.  Next year is no different.  We are excited to debut the X-change option at our new quick service restaurant inside the renovated University Center, opening in Fall 2019.

We invite you to review the below and learn more about the newly configured meal plans that will be offered in 2019-2020.  Whether you’re a new to NMU or returning, we look forward to serving next year.

Residential Meal Plans and Rates +

All students living in residence halls are required to participate in one of the following meal plans. For Fall 2019 – Winter 2020, freshmen are required to be on the Platinum, Gold or Silver Constant Plan. Each plan includes Dining Dollars to purchase snacks and guest passes for others to use. To purchase your meal plan visit the Wildcat Express Center.
2019-2020 Residential Meal Plans

Meal Plan Details +

Are students living in the residence halls required to purchase a meal plan?
Yes. Students who are sophomore rank and above can choose from any of the residence hall meal plans. All freshman students assigned to any residence hall, except Spooner Hall, will be required to be on the Platinum, Gold or Silver meal plan.

Where can I eat on campus with my meal plan?
Students possessing a meal plan have the ability to eat at Northern Lights Dining or The Wildcat Den (open through Winter 2019 semester).

Can I share my ID with another student
Students are not permitted to share their meal plan with anyone; lending another student their student I.D. can be cause for disciplinary action.

When does my meal plan start and end?

Fall 2019 Start Date: August 22, 2019 at breakfast
Thanksgiving Break: November 23, 2019 – December 1, 2019 (no meal service available until December 1 in Northern Lights Dining)
End Date: December 14, 2019 after lunch

Winter 2020 Start Date: January 9, 2020
Spring Break: February 29, 2020 after lunch – March 8, 2020
End Date: May 2, 2020 after lunch

When is the last day I can change my meal plan?
You must change your meal plan by the following dates for each semester:

Fall Semester: Change by September 6, 2019
Winter Semester: Change by January 24, 2020

Dining Dollars and X-changes +

When do Dining Dollars expire?
Dining Dollars are transferable from fall to winter semesters. However, students leaving at the end of fall
semester will not be able to refund any balance.

Where are Dining Dollars accepted?
Dining Dollars are accepted at all of the NMU Dining locations. These include: Fieras, CatTrax, Northern Lights Dining,
The Wildcat Den (open through Winter 2019 semester), Starbucks, Smoothie King, Temaki, Melted and Sundre.

Dining Dollars come with all Residential Meal Plans allowing students to purchase meals with their balance at any of the NMU dining locations. They are transferable from Fall to Winter Semester, for active Residential Meal Plans, but expire at the end of winter semester. Any remaining amount is non-refundable.

Dining Dollars are acquired with residence hall meals plans, are accepted at all NMU dining locations, and expire at the end of winter semester

X-changes +

X-changes are accepted at our new quick service restaurant, the Wildcat Den, which is located inside the new Northern Center.  X-changes can be used to purchase from a special menu.  X-changes renew weekly.

CatCa$h +

CATCA$H is a program that allows students to use their Wildcat Express Student ID Card for certain student transactions. It is an accepted form of payment at all NMU dining locations and the library, and CatCa$h never expires.  It is refundable if you are graduating or leaving the University permanently and you must have $15 or more to be refunded.  Students may add CATCA$H to their Student ID Card in four different ways. Visit FAQ to find out how.
Cat Cash is acquired through purchasing a DINE NMU plan, by visiting the wildcat express center, LRC Circulation desk, LRC valueport machine, or Cat Cash is accepted at all NMU Dining Locations and the NMU Library, and do not expire.

NMU Dining locations that accept CATCA$H are:
Fieras, CatTrax, Starbucks, Smoothie King, Temaki, Melted, Sundre, Northern Lights Dining, and The Wildcat Den.