Meal Plan User Guide

Meal Swipes

A 'Meal Swipe' is the term used for the use of your meal plan in exchange for entrance into the dining hall or a meal trade at one of our On-the-Go Swipe locations. The number of meal swipes that you may use depends on the meal plan that is selected. Your plan may contain unlimited meal swipes at La Posada + 3 daily 'On-the-Go' swipes, a weekly amount, or a preset quantity of swipes to use at your discretion. Contact our meal plan help desk to determine which plans you are eligible to purchase and suit your needs. 

Unlimited Plans provide access to La Posada 7 days a week. You will 'swipe in' to La Posada utilizing your LoboCard, but your meal plan will never run out whether you go to La Posada five times a day or five times a week. Also included with all access plans are 3 On-the-Go swipes loaded on your LoboCard per day. These can be used for a to go meal at La Posada or a meal at a swipe-and-go location across campus.

Weekly Plans provide flexibility and value for students who may not need as many meals as our Unlimited Plans offer. These plans offer 15 swipes (or meals) for usage each week. Unused swipes will be removed each Sunday at 2:30am and replaced with a new balance of 15 swipes for the new week.

On-the-Go Swipe Locations are available across campus to maximize convenience and help you to better utilize your meal plan. Use meal swipes and On-the-Go swipes at the locations below.

  • La Posada - Main dining hall in located in the residential neighborhood on campus. La Posada uses one swipe for entry. (Unlimited Plan holders may access La Posada as often as they like.)
  • LaPo To-Go - Specific items will be available inside La Posada for an On-the-Go swipe for Unlimited Plan holders or a regular swipe for Weekly & Community Lifestyle Plan holders.
  • The Market at SRC - Located in SRC Commons, this location offers a selection of ready to eat favorites.
  • Union Club - Use your meal plan inside the SUB at this made-to-order location.
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels - Meal plan holders may use an On-the-Go swipe for a select menu at this national brand.

Dining Dollars

Dining Dollars are just like cash loaded on to your Lobo ID that can be used at any food location on campus. All meal plans come with Dining Dollars and can be reloaded in increments of $100 or $500 through the LoboCard Office. Dining Dollars don’t expire between semesters and remaining Dining Dollars from your fall meal plan will rollover to your spring meal plan and expire at the end of the academic year. With great food options around every corner on campus, your Dining Dollars will be great for grabbing snacks, coffee, and meals at all of our locations on campus. 

Dining Dollars are accepted at all UNM Food dining locations in person or through the Grubhub Campus Dining app.

Nutritional Needs + Dietary Accommodations

Eating healthy, balanced meals is important to your overall health and wellness. Balanced U is your guide to finding foods that are right for you. Look for the Balanced U icons on items that take dietary needs into consideration. These icons will not only guide you in eating healthy but they will also identify which items are compliant with dietary restrictions.

Our dining hall features stations devoted to meeting your dietary needs and preferences. Rooted is a plant based station that offers comprehensive and satisfying vegetarian and vegan meals. The G8 station features exciting dishes made without the 8 major food allergens. Visit this station for meals prepared without milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, and soybeans. These stations provide robust options for diners with specific dietary needs. On-the-Go options are marked with labels that assist diners in identifying products that fit their dietary needs.

At UNM Food, we know that eating well helps fuel studies and activities that make your college experience happy and memorable. We are committed to providing options that help you find habits and choices that work for you. We provide the Balanced U program at our dining locations around campus to  help you find what you need, but know that our team of chefs and associates are there to serve you and help you get the most out of your meal plan. We have many options to address dietary restrictions, preferences and allergen-avoidance but if you can’t find what you need, ask someone at the location, reach out to us through social media @UNMFood or email at

Meal Plan Requirement 

Freshmen living on main campus are required to hold an Unlimited or Weekly meal plan for their first academic year. Freshmen may select whichever eligible plan best suits their needs. If a plan is not selected, the default plan, Lobo Weekly 15, will be activated for use and charged to the student's Bursar account by August 7th. Changes to a different eligible plan may be made during the first 3 weeks of the Fall semester or the first 2 weeks of the Spring semester. 

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