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Contact Jackson A. Meeks, Director of Business Operations and Auxiliary Services, with any questions regarding the Mandatory Commuter Meal Plan or contact Student Account Services.

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Student Account Services location: LAC 235

Student Account Services phone: (859)572-5204 

To:  NKU Students

From: Jackson A. Meeks, Director of Business Operations and Auxiliary Services

Subject: New Restaurant Openings Fall 2021/ Commuter $50 Dining Plan Begins

Dear Students:

We are looking forward to having everyone back to our vibrant campus with several new restaurants kicking off the fall semester, including Qdoba Mexican Eats! Chartwells is introducing new internal brands Create Chop’d and Wrap’d and Smoked BBQ as well as unveiling menu upgrades at Smash’d Baked Potato Bar. All your favorite restaurants will still be available including Ace Sushi, Steak ‘n Shake, Sbarro Pizza, Einstein Bros Bagels, Norse Street Subs and the Student Choice Restaurant – featuring Absurd Bird Tenders, Melt Lab Grilled Cheese and The Travel Wagon. Starting in the fall, several food and beverage operations will have expanded hours to accommodate students who are on campus later in the day. This will coincide with the Commuter Meal Plan for students that  features $50 Dining Flex dollars for each semester.

We designed this $50 dining plan to have many built-in advantages for students.

  • Dining dollars work just like cash and can be used at all Chartwells food and beverage operations on campus, including Starbucks, Darwin’s Café, SU Market and Landrum Market, Norse Commons and Callahan Bistro Residential Food Halls.
  • You save 6 percent each purchase! You will not have to pay sales tax on food and beverage purchases with this $50 in Dining flex.
  • Any balances from fall semester will carry over into spring semester.
  • You can always add additional dining dollars at any time by visiting

Please keep in mind the $50 in Dining Flex will be a mandatory program for all full-time NKU commuter students and is designed to supplement on-campus dining needs. Students will be able to enjoy meals, snacks and beverages at all on-campus dining locations.

$50 in Dining Flex will automatically be loaded onto each student’s ALL CARD (your NKU ID) on the first day of classes during fall and spring semester. The funds will not be available during university breaks or during the summer semester.

Some students will be exempt from this plan, including:

  • All undergraduate students enrolled in eight (8) or fewer academic hours and not classified as full-time students per university policy.
  • All graduate students, both day and evening, who are not classified as full-time students per university policy.
  • Students in fully online or online accelerated programs.
  • All University of Kentucky Medical School students as they are UK students and not NKU students.

The Commuter Meal Plan will be applied to each student’s account and must be paid through NKU’s Student Account Services Office. You may send your questions to Andy Meeks at or speak with Student Account Services.