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Meal Plans

Meal Plan Terms and Conditions

The Longwood University Meal Plan Terms and Conditions are for the full academic year (August - May), or if entered into after the start of the academic year, for the balance of the academic year. A meal Plan is mandatory for all residential students. Living on the main campus or with in any off-campus Longwood-managed housing.

Longwood University shall provide meals on a regular basis subject to the Food Service board contract. LancerCards are required for meal plan access. Residential students (new and returning) select a meal plan as they complete an on-line room and meal application. Prior to the submission of the on-line application, a student must indicate that he/she has read and agrees to the terms and conditions of the Housing and Meal Plan Contract. It is recommended that a copy of these terms and conditions are printed for personal records. Submission of an on-line application will be considered legally binding. Only the contracted student is permitted to use the purchased meal plan. Meal plans are not transferable nor are they intended for resale.

Changes to a meal plan selection must be reflected on the billing statement. Main campus residents failing to select a meal plan prior to the first day of classes will be assigned a 14 + $250 Meal Plan. Residents, living in Longwood managed apartments, failing to select a meal plan prior to the first day of classes will be assigned a Block 80 + 300 Meal Plan. Meals not eaten shall not be saved from one week to the next with the exception of the Block Meal Plan. Meal cards are not transferable and a replacement fee will be charged for lost meal cards.


Meal Plan FAQ

How does a Meal Plan work?

A magnetic strip on the back of your student ID card works with our computer system to identify you as a dining plan member. By combining a "Semester Meal Allowance" with "Bonus Points" and/or "Lancer CA$H," you can customize a plan that’s right for you. Meals can be used at our Residential Dining Facility in Dorrill Hall.  Bonus Dollars are accepted at all dining locations on campus and Lancer CA$H can be used on and off campus.


Do I Need a Meal Plan?

Longwood University and Dining Services want to allow the Longwood students the opportunity to fully experience campus life and to stay connected to the campus community. The on-campus dining locations help to build community through socialization.

If you live in Longwood Managed Apartments (the Landings, the Village, or Lancer Park), you must sign up for a plan, however you have the flexibility to choose any plan that meets your needs.

For commuting students (not living in Longwood managed residences) we have designed our Block 80 Plan. You are not required to purchase a meal plan, however we strongly encourage you to save money and experience campus life with a meal plan.


What are my Meal Plan options?

Please view the Housing Rates Chart


What are the dining hours of operation?

Dining locations are open 7 days a week. We serve food from 7:00 am to as late as midnight. For a complete listing of hours of operation, please go to longwood.campusdish.com.


What's the difference between Bonus Dollars and Lancer CA$H?

A varying amount of Dining Bonus Dollars are attached to all meal plans. Bonus Dollars may be used at all Dining locations on campus to purchase retail a la carte items or to purchase additional meals at Dorrill Dining RFoC. All Bonus Dollars must be used by the end of the semester and can not be transferred to a future semester.
Once you are out of Dining Bonus Dollars or you wish to purchase Dollars instead of a meal plan or carrying cash, you may purchase Lancer CA$H. Lancer CA$H can be used at all dining locations and stay with you until you graduate. Lancer CA$H is risk free. Anyone with a Longwood ID can purchase Lancer CA$H. For more information about Lancer CA$H please go to www.longwood.edu/lancercard


Where can I find more information?

Go to Longwood Dining website at longwood.campusdish.com.


Meal Plan Changes

Any commuter student who would like to add a meal plan may do so through the Dining Change Request Form.

Commuter students can add, drop or change your meal plan during the drop/add period.  No meal plans can be dropped or downgraded after 5:00pm on the last day of drop/add.  Commuters can purchase or upgrade their meal plan at any time during the semester but plans will not be prorated

Residential students can change his/her meal plan during the drop/add period through the student housing gateway.  No meal plan changes will be accepted after 5:00pm on the last day of drop/add.