Dining For MAP Students

As a graduate student at American University, having a meal plan is optional. You are free to cook meals in your off-campus residence, explore Washington, DC’s many delicious restaurants, or pay separately for on-campus dining.

Want the convenience of all-you-care-to-eat meals at the Terrace Dining Room on campus? Then learn more about meal plan options below.

About Meal Plans

If you’d like an optional meal plan, American has multiple plans for you to choose from so you can select the one that best fits your on-campus dining needs.

  • Enjoy all-you-care-to-eat meals in the Terrace Dining Room, located in the Mary Graydon Center.
  • Choose from daily menus of salads, pastas, pizzas, international meals, entrees made with local ingredients, vegetarian and vegan options, and more.
  • Pick from 7 meal plans, based on your dining habits and preferences.

Did you know? In addition to the Terrace Dining Room, you can also use your dining plan at on-campus retail locations, including grab-and-go meals at P.O.D. Market, international cuisine at Global Fresh, sandwiches at Subway, and healthy meals at Freshii.

Meal Plan Options

All meal plan pricing and packages are on a per semester basis.


All Access +5 Meal Exchanges per week* 175 Block Plan 100 Block Plan 50 Block Plan $800 Eaglebucks
$3,050 per semester $2,442 per semester $1,588 per semester $695 per semester $800 Eaglebucks
Unlimited meals 7 days a week in residential dining (TDR), 5 meal exchanges per week, and $100 in Eaglebucks per semester. 175 meals per semester, plus $400 Eagle Bucks. 100 meals per semester, plus $400 Eagle Bucks. 50 meals per semester, plus $100 Eagle Bucks. This plan provides 800 Eaglebucks.
Unlimited meals Approximately 10-11 meals per week. Approximately 6 meals per week. Approximately 3 meals per week. No meal swipes.

*The All Access portion of the All Access Meal Plan can be used for unlimited visits to our “all-you-care-to-eat” facility: Terrace Dining Room (TDR). Multiple visits may be made throughout the day for meals, snacks or to sit with friends. The Meal Exchange portion of the All Access + 5 meal plans may be used at any AU Dining retail location to purchase a predetermined retail combo meal, called a Meal Exchange. A typical Meal Exchange includes an entrée, one side, and a fountain drink or filtered water. The All Access + 5 meal plan includes 5 Meal Exchanges per week. Students on the All Access + 5 meal plans will receive their allotment of Meal Exchanges on Sunday morning. Unused Meal Exchanges do not roll over and will expire Saturday night.

Note: Dining costs are subject to change. Students are assigned a default meal plan based on their housing assignment, and are not invoiced for meal plans before they arrive. All changes or payments for meal plans are made through the American University Student Accounts system.

Please visit American University One Card & Dining Services for more information.

Learn More About Dining

Visit the Office of Campus Life website to get more information about available meal plans, dining locations, and current menus.
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