FAQ

Students eat and chat at a table in the dining center.

The Basics

You can use your meal plan swipes at one of our four dining centers:

MarketPointe@Siddall, CenterCourt, StadiumView Café and On The Green (OTG).

DAAP Café, Catskeller, and Bleeker Street Café (located on the UC Blue Ash campus) also accept meal plan swipes. Use your Bearcat Card dollars at campus cafés and restaurants

Fall Semester meal plans are active on the first day of Residence Hall move-in. Spring and summer semester meal plans are active on the first day of classes. 

If you purchase a meal plan after meal plan service has started, it may take up to 48 hours to load to your Bearcat Card.

First Year Residential Students

First Year residential students are required to purchase the Unlimited Meal Plan and are not eligible to request a meal plan change. This requirement is included in the terms & conditions of the Housing Agreement. If you have questions about your plan, please contact us at UCFood@uc.edu.

If you are a first-year student with special circumstances that affect your use of the dining centers, you may be eligible to complete a petition request. Petitions to be released from the Meal Plan must be received by the Housing Office by the dates specified in the Housing Agreement to be considered for the following semesters. Release from the meal plan is considered for financial and dietary concerns. Dietary issues include medical or religious concerns. The Medical Documentation form included in the petition packet must be completed and submitted by your physician. Other release requests with appropriate documentation will be considered on an individual basis. 

Upper-class and Commuter Students

Students who are eligible to purchase a Campus Dining Pass plan and would like to request a change to their plan can complete the meal plan change request form. The deadline to request a change is the first day of meal plan service.

Students with a meal plan can use meal swipes for meal exchange items at DAAP Café, Catskeller and Bleeker Street Café (located on the UC Blue Ash campus), once per meal period (e.g., breakfast, lunch, & dinner).

Swipes are accepted as payment at DAAP Café from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Catskeller accepts meal swipes from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Bleeker Street Café (located on the UC Blue Ash campus) accepts meal swipes from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday.

Find out more information about our full-time registered dietitian.

Please call 513-556-6461 or email UCFood@uc.edu.

All first-year students with a university housing agreement are required to purchase a residential meal plan.

Participation in the meal plan is an important part of the support system provided by living on campus. It is one element that enhances the academic efforts and social adjustment of new students and provides health and convenience benefits to all students.

Upper-class students and first year students that are commuters can choose to purchase a Residential Meal Plan or a Campus Dining Pass plan. They are not required to purchase a plan, however they must adhere to all meal plan change/cancellation policies once a plan is purchased. 

YES! We offer the Campus Dining Pass to upper-class students living in the residence halls, commuting students, faculty, and staff. These plans offer a great value with combinations of all-you-care-to-eat meals and Bearcat Card dollars.


Bearcat Card Dollars

Bearcat Card (BCC) dollar amounts are added to the student’s ID as part of the meal plan. Bearcat Card may be spent at any on-campus food location (including the Dining Centers) as well as any off-campus location participating in the Bearcat Card program. Bearcat Card funds carry over from one semester to the next, and a refund of any unspent Bearcat Card dollars is available upon request at the end of spring semester or upon leaving UC.

For more information visit the Bearcat Card website.  

Simply add to your account in person at the MainStreet Connection Center or online at the Bearcat Card website.


Meal Swipes

You can look up your account balance on the Bearcat Card website.

Students can purchase more than one Campus Dining Pass each term. Just keep in mind that unused swipes do not carry over to the next semester.

Unused meal swipes carry over week to week, however they expire at the end of each semester.

Yes. The Unlimited meal plan allows you to treat up to 15 guests per semester. Swipes from all Campus Dining Pass plans can be used to treat guests.


Dining Centers

YES! Dining Centers allow students, faculty, staff, parents, and the community to meet and enjoy all-you-care-to-eat dining in one easy location. Dining Centers accept Meal Plans, the Bearcat Card, credit cards, and cash.

You may submit a petition to modify or cancel your meal plan. Please carefully review the instructions and requirements noted on the instructions of the petition form. Note that submitting a petition does not guarantee approval. All petitions are required to include a written statement and proper documentation. Our staff will review your petition, contact you with any questions, and render a decision.

Please let the cashier know that you want a to-go meal as you enter the location. You will be given a compostable container and cup and can choose the menu items that you would like.