The Student Meal Plan

The University of the South has one comprehensive "meal plan" that is required of all students in residence. It consists of two fundamental components that ensure quality, variety, convenience and value. The first meal plan component is the all-you-care-to-eat McClurg Dining operation that provides the majority of student meals on campus. Students can come and go as they like at McClurg on an unlimited basis. McClurg is open 7 days a week from from 7am until 8pm during academic periods. Its multi-station "marketplace" design allows students to browse menu options and customize their dining experience at each meal.

The culinary arts are fundamental to the dining experience at Sewanee. Professionally trained chefs with decades of experience and degrees from The Culinary Institute of America and other programs prepare recipes from scratch utilizing the best ingredients available, often from the University's own farm.


The second component of the meal plan is "Flex Dollars". Each student has a Flex Dollars declining balance account as part of their meal plan. This account is automatically funded each semester with a $150 deposit with unused balances from the fall term rolling over to the spring. Unused balances are forfeit at the end of the spring term / academic year. Flex Dollars are accepted at The Tiger Bay Pub, Stirling's Coffee House, McClurg Dining (typically used to host your guests), The Blue Chair Cafe and Tavern, Shenanigans restaurant and food truck, and Cross Roads Cafe.

Access & Use

The Sewanee Dining Meal Plan is accessed through the student ID Card. Students must present their student ID to gain entry to McClurg Dining. There are currently two authorized entrances to McClurg, the front main entrance supported by two cash register stations and the rear entrance off the outdoor patio with 1 cash register station.

Meal Plan privileges are nontransferable and may be used only by the person shown on the ID Card. You may not provide your ID card to another individual to use your meal plan.

Emergency exits are alarmed and their use except during an emergency is prohibited.  For public safety and security, students should never open emergency exits to allow others to gain entry into McClurg Dining, even if that person is know to them. Do not hold emergency exit doors open and/or otherwise assist others to gain unauthorized entry to McClurg Dining.

Sanitation & Safety

All students are required to bus their own soiled tray, glasses, dishware, flatware and leftovers to the dish return area adjacent to the front entrance of McClurg and place their items on the dish carousel.

All patrons are expected to practice proper hygiene and wear appropriate attire in all Sewanee Dining operations. Bare feet are not permitted in any Sewanee Dining operation.

For sanitation, safety and the appealing presentation of food, eating in the serving area is not permitted. Food is to be consumed in one of McClurg’s many dining rooms or on the outdoor patio.

To help avoid cross contamination of foods for those with allergies and for food safety in general, utensils must be used only for the item for which they have been provided and food should never be picked up by hand. Food must never be returned to the servery once you have touched or placed it onto your tray, plate etc.

Sustainability & Waste

Help reduce food waste by taking what you like and eating all that you take.

All students are asked to take appropriate portions of food to create a nutritionally balanced meal. Since the Sewanee Dining Meal Plan is an unlimited continuous service, you may return as many times as you like to obtain more food. Research shows higher satisfaction with food quality and reduced food waste when smaller initial portions are taken vs. large quantities.

Schedule Modifications

Sewanee Dining Services reserves the right to modify dining hall hours of operation as community needs require. Sewanee Dining will make every reasonable effort to maintain services during periods of severe weather, power outages and other university declared emergencies.