UNC Wilmington Dining: All of Your Questions Answered

Knowing where to grab your next meal isn’t a usual concern for most incoming college students, but it quickly becomes one while adjusting to life at college.

While most first or second-year students opt for an on-campus meal plan to help with the transition to college, even some third and fourth-year students find that meal plans are a convenient, cost-effective way to plan meals while avoiding the hassle and expense of grocery shopping and cooking.

To help students know what to expect from the meal plan offerings at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about dining options at UNC Wilmington.

What are the meal plan options at UNC Wilmington?

Meal plans at the University of North Carolina Wilmington offer a mix of options to pay for meals at the dining hall-style buffets and the on-campus restaurants.

The most common plans include unlimited meals per week in the dining halls and meal and cash allowances that can be used for food purchases at other retailers.

The mix of offerings can get confusing, especially for new students, so here’s an overview of what a regular meal plan offers at UNC Wilmington:

  • All-Access
    • Unlimited swipes in the dining hall locations on campus
    • Expires at the end of the semester
  • Teal Meals
    • For use at select food retailers on campus
    • All-Access plans have a weekly allotment of Teal Meals that expire at the end of the week
    • Teal Meals are reset every Sunday morning for the weekly allotment
  • Food Dollars
    • Function like a debit account and are billed to a student account
    • Available for use at any food retailer or dining hall on campus

Students living in one of the on-campus residence halls at UNC Wilmington must have an All-Access (Hawk) meal plan but can choose among the available options.

Students living in one of the apartment-style residence halls on campus or in an off-campus community are not required to have a meal plan but can choose any of the plans available if opting to take their meals on campus.

UNCW Campus Dining offers a variety of meal plans tailored to fit students’ busy schedules. 

How much are meal plans at UNC Wilmington?

The cost of meal plans at UNC Wilmington range from $2,422 – $549 per semester (plus applicable taxes) depending on whether it includes all-access swipes in the dining halls and the number of Teal Meals and Food Dollar available.

Below are the types of meal plans available for the 2022-2023 academic year and the cost of each plan per semester, not including taxes:

All-Access Plans

    • Hawk Gold
      • $2,422 per semester
      • All-access swipes to dining halls
      • 6 Teal Meals per week
      • $300 food dollars per semester
      • 5 dining hall guest meals per semester
    • Hawk Silver
      • $2,190 per semester
      • All-access swipes to dining halls
      • 3 Teal Meals per week
      • $200 food dollars per semester
      • 5 dining hall guest meals per semester
    • Hawk Bronze
      • $1,939 per semester
      • All-access swipes to dining halls
      • $100 food dollars per semester
      • 5 dining hall guest meals per semester

Block Plans

    • Block 125
      • $1,474 per semester
      • 125 Teal Meals or Dining Hall meals for the semester
      • $250 Food Dollars per semester
      • 5 dining hall guest meals per semester
    • Block 85
      • $991 per semester
      • 85 Teal Meals or Dining Hall meals for the semester
      • $150 Food Dollars per semester
      • 5 dining hall guest meals per semester
    • Block 50
      • $549 per semester
      • 60 Teal Meals or Dining Hall meals for the semester
      • $50 Food Dollars per semester

Debit Plans

    • Sammy $600
      • $600 Food Dollars per semester
    • Sammy $400
      • $400 Food Dollars per semester

Can you change your meal plan during the semester at UNC Wilmington?

Yes, students can change their meal plan during the first few weeks of the semester at UNC Wilmington.

University Dining offers a change period window for each semester, during which students can change their meal plan.

However, the window only extends into the first few weeks of the semester. For example, the Spring 2023 meal plan starts on January 6, 2023, and students only have until January 20th to change their meal plan.

Students do not have the option to cancel a meal plan entirely unless they are withdrawing from the University.

Students must provide proof of their withdrawal to receive a prorated refund on their pre-purchased semester meal plan.

Campus Dining is committed to providing culinary offerings to meet various dietary preferences prepared by highly trained staff and professional chefs.

Where are the dining halls at UNC Wilmington?

There are three dining halls at UNC Wilmington that offer cafeteria-style dining:

Wagoner Dining Hall

601 S College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403

  • Breakfast
    • Monday – Friday: 7 am – 10:30 am
  • Lunch
    • Monday – Thursday: 10:30 am – 4 pm
    • Friday: 10:30 am – 3 pm
    • Sunday: 1 pm – 4 pm
  • Dinner
    • Monday – Thursday: 4 pm – 8 pm
    • Saturday: Closed
    • Sunday: 4 pm – 8 pm

The Shore Dining Hall

4996 Price Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403

  • Breakfast
    • Monday – Friday: 10 am – 11 am
  • Lunch
    • Monday – Friday: 11 am – 4 pm
    • Sunday – Sunday: 12 pm – 4 pm
  • Dinner
    • Monday – Thursday, Sunday: 4 pm – 10 pm
    • Friday – Saturday: 4 pm – 8 pm
  • Brunch
    • Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 2 pm

Dub’s Cafe

601 S College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403

  • Only available for mobile orders
  • Open during the following times:
    • Monday – Thursday: 10:30 am – 8 pm
    • Friday: 10:30 am – 3 pm
    • Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Are there restaurants in the UNC Wilmington student union?

Yes, four restaurants in the UNC Wilmington student union accept Teal Meals as part of the meal plan offerings:

  1. Chick-fil-A
  2. Mooyah @ The Hub
  3. Subway
  4. Panda Express

What are the closest grocery stores to UNC Wilmington?

Several full-size and specialty grocery stores are west of the UNC Wilmington campus along College Road and Oleander Drive.

These offerings include Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market, Harris Teeter, and Lidl. Most of these require a car to access, or students can use one of the university shuttles for grocery shopping.

Seahawk Retreat offers a range of unique floor plans designed explicitly for UNC Wilmington students.

Find your next home at UNC Wilmington

Now is the time to start your housing search for Fall 2023, and there’s no better off-campus option for UNCW students than Seahawk Retreat.

Seahawk Retreat offers one, two, and three-bedroom apartments. Nowhere else in Wilmington will you find the array of lease term options available at Seahawk Retreat.

The community offers residents two outdoor pools, a 24-hour fitness center, study rooms, a resident lounge, a dog park, and onsite management & maintenance team.

Residents of Seahawk Retreat are within walking or biking distance of the north side of the UNC Wilmington campus and nearby retail and restaurant areas along College Road.

For information on availability, roommate matching, and pricing, contact the team at Seahawk Retreat today at (844) 505-9359!