General Information

Hours & Breaks

Market Place Hours

During College breaks, the Market Place may have Special Hours

Declining Balance Meal Plans

Please read through the meal plan option details carefully. See the Pdf contracts linked below. Meal plans will be credited with funds according to the following schedule.

Meal Plan daily balance information is available in the Residential Life section of Web Advisor.

The cost of each plan includes a $225.00/semester Facilities Staff and Administrative Support fee which is assessed at the beginning of each semester, deducted by the fees scheduled below: Each plan is billed in two installments, along with Fall and Spring semester tuition.

Downloadable meal plan contracts:

The majority of Gustavus students who reside in on-campus apartments or off-campus housing choose to establish a voluntary declining balance account. The advantage of creating a declining balance meal plan for non-residence hall students is that 'meal plans' are not subject to MN State Sales Tax of 7.375%. Students who purchase items in the Market Place or Courtyard Cafe or Gustavus Buffet using cash, credit, debit, or check would be charged state sales tax. If they were using a declining balance account, they would not. Deposits made into these accounts may be charged to the general student account or established with cash, credit, debit, or check and may be done so in the Dining Service Office or Student Accounts Office. Account balances are available throughout the year, (no monthly rollover) however, they are not refundable so must be used by the end of the academic year. Please contact the Dining Service Office if there are questions about declining balance accounts for students who reside in on-campus apartments or in off-campus housing.

General Guidelines

  • Please present your Three Crowns ID card to the cashier to make declining balance meal plan purchases.
  • Shirts and shoes are required in all Dining Service locations.
  • All customers bus their own dishes in the Evelyn Young Dining Room.
  • Theft of food items, silverware, glasses, dishes, etc., from any Dining Service location is not allowed. Violators will be referred to the College Security Office and will face disciplinary action.
  • Throwing items in any Dining Service location is not permitted.

ID Cards

The Three Crowns ID Card will serve to access the student declining balance account. This card should be presented to the Market Place cashier each time purchases are made. ID cards are not transferable: only the card holder may use it to purchase items from Dining Service locations. Meal plan holders may, however, use their declining balance account to purchase items for visiting family members or guests as long as they accompany them.


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