Graduate Student Meal Plan (Spring 2024)
Opens December 15, 2023
Applications received prior to 12:01am Texas Time on December 15, 2023 will not be accepted.
  • *Graduate Student Meal Plan Information*

    Please choose, in order of preference, which servery you would like to dine at. We will consider your first choice, but there is no guarantee based upon demand. If no choice is selected, you will be assigned the next available servery.
  • Graduate Meal Plan (GMP)

    In effort to create additional dining accessibility, Graduate Student meal plans (GMP) have
    been revised beginning Spring 2024 so that we can serve a larger and growing population
    with access to the Undergraduate College Serveries. The lunch plan will be available
    Monday – Sunday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for 600 students. The Munch plan will be
    available Monday – Friday from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for an additional 600 students at
    select locations.
    1. Signing up for the Graduate Meal Plan
    a. Graduate students can sign-up for the Graduate Meal Plan (GMP) by filling out the
    following Add Meal Plan Form here.
    b. The total number of open positions in the GMP during lunch, munch and dinner
    is 1,200 for the fall and spring semesters. 150 students will be assigned to West
    Servery, 150 to North Servery, 150 to Seibel Servery and 150 to South Servery
    between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday – Sunday. 300 students will be assigned
    to West Servery and 300 to South Servery between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. for
    Munch. Monday – Friday. Dinner is included in all meal plans except for munch
    only and can be used at West, North, Seibel, and South serveries and is available
    from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00p.m. Monday – Friday.
    c. If all 1,200 spots are filled, interested students can still sign-up and will be
    waitlisted for the GMP. If during a semester a GMP spot opens, the students will
    be notified.
    d. Graduate students will have to sign-up for the GMP each semester. Thus, at the
    end of the spring semester, you will need to sign-up again for the following fall
    semester for example.
    e. Sign-up for the fall semester begins Aug. 1 at 12:01am Texas Time; sign- up for
    the spring semester begins Dec. 15 at 12:01am Texas Time. This is first come,
    first serve.
    2. Choice of Plans
    a. Graduate students signing up for the Graduate Meal Plan can select either of the
    following options:
    i. 50 lunch, munch & dinner: Plan cost: $500/semester
    ii. 85 lunch, munch & dinner: Plan cost: $850/semester
    iii. 50 munch only: Plan cost: $450/semester
    b. All unused meals will expire at the end of the semester. No refunds for
    unused meals. Additional meals may be purchased during the semester if
    your plan runs low.
    c. Charges for the selected plan will be billed to the student’s ESTHER account as a
    one-time charge. The student is allowed to opt out of the GMP during the fall
    semester by August 31 and the spring semester by January 31. You may not opt
    out after the specified dates. If you decide to opt out by the date indicated, the
    student will be refunded the pro-rated amount based on the number of meals
    that the student has used. However, a student who has opted out cannot rejoin
    the GMP during the same semester even if spots are available.
    3. Choice of Servery
    a. Graduate students signing up for the Graduate Meal Plan can provide their
    preference for the time slot they wish to utilize.
    b. Servery allocation will be made on a first-come-first-serve basis. Thus,
    whether you get allocated to your top preference will depend on whether all
    spots at your preferred time/servery(s) are filled.
    c. You can dine ONLY at your designated time and servery.
    4. Rules and Regulations
    a. Lunch and Munch Hours in the Serveries
    i. You may dine between: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Monday – Sunday
    Only or 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Monday – Friday Only depending on
    which time slot you were assigned.
    b. Use of Graduate Meal Plan
    i. Once you sign-up for the Graduate Meal Plan (GMP), your Rice ID card
    will be activated for the GMP within two business days by Rice
    Housing and Dining. Access to the college servery will be through your
    Rice ID card.
    ii. You must carry your Rice ID card whenever you go to your designated
    servery for a lunch. No exceptions will be made if you are not carrying
    your Rice ID card.
    iii. Sharing the Graduate Meal Plan with another graduate student is
    prohibited unless accompanied by the owner of the plan. The owner of
    the plan may only bring TWO guests during the designated mealtime.
    iv. Plans are active on the first day of classes each semester and ends on
    the last day of service during the semester.
    c. Use of Undergraduate College Commons is not allowed.
    i. Undergraduate ‘College Commons’ are the large spaces located adjacent
    to the college serveries. These are used by the undergraduate college
    students for programming exclusive to members of the colleges.
    Members of the Graduate Meal Plan at West Servery may use the
    brown colored tables in front of the servery. H&D has created an
    exclusive graduate student space near South Servery. The “Grad Bubble”
    that was formally known as PCF1. All Graduate students will have access
    in the space. Students dining at North and Seibel have limited seating
    options in front of Jones College commons and Lovett/Will Rice
    commons respectively.