myFlex Meal Plan

For all Resident Non-Freshman, University Apartment & Commuter Students

The myFlex Meal Plan, with five (5) options and the ability to add more to your plan as you go, was designed so you have the freedom to eat when you want and where you want, with no restrictions. It’s the ultimate lifestyle meal plan because the myFlex plan has NO FIXED MEAL SWIPES at resident dining rooms! You can choose--100% of the time--where YOU want to dine.

The myFlexMeal Plan is a completely new kind of meal plan for the UAlbany campus! It was designed in response to students' requests to have greater flexibility to eat at retail venues. We also wanted to give students greater access to all the new and exciting Campus Center retail dining locations.  

The plan works as follows: 

  • The myFlex Meal Plan has a base cost and a balance of Discount Dollars. This base cost covers utilities, maintenance, repairs, rent, and the labor needed to support the food service program 
  • The myFlex Meal Plan allows you to use your Discount Dollars like a declining balance account on your ID card.  Discount Dollars can be used at all retail and resident dining locations for meals and beverages. Each time you use your ID card at a dining location, your meal plan’s Discount Dollars will get activated and the venue-specific discount ( a 50% discount at campus/Sodexo retail brands and 30% discount at local/national retail brands) will be automatically calculated and the balance will be debited for your purchase. Your Discount Dollars’ remaining balance will appear on the register display and your receipt. Remember also your meal plan is tax free, so you will also be saving an additional 8% on all discounted sale prices. Please note that other campus funds will not activate these discounts, i.e., Munch Money, Podium, Campus Gold, F/S Dining Plan. 
Meal Plan Discounts
60% off your purchase
50% off your purchase                
30% off your purchase
State Dining Room
Indigenous Dining Room
1844 Restaurant
Al Dente
Corner Deli 
Fresh Fruit Bar
Fountain Grill
Stocks & Stems 
Tres Habaneros
Morris's Cafe
Downtown Cafe
Argo Tea
East Cafe  
Baba's Pizza
Jamal's Chicken
Umai Fusion
Umai Ramen   
Umai Sushi 
Nikos Cafe   
The Halal Shack
Nikos Cafe
518 Market (excluding prepackaged goods)
Sweet Shop

For example:

    If you eat at Indigenous Quad Dining Room, you pay: 

        $14.75* without Discount Dollars (plus tax)
        $5.90* with Discount Dollars (60% discount, no tax added) 

    If you go to the Fountain Grill and order a burger, fries and 24 oz beverage, you will pay: 

        $12.17* without Discount Dollars (plus tax)
        $6.09* with Discount Dollars (50% discount, no tax added) 

Note: Prices on the menu boards list the current retail prices. For students on meal plans, there is signage clearly indicating what discount is offered per venue (i.e., 60%, 50% or 30%). Applicable discounts are reflected at registers. 

Meal plans are purchased per semester. The per semester pricing and details of the myFlex Meal Plan are as follows:

Plan Option

2023-2024 Price 

Base CostDiscount Dollars
myFlex #1
myFlex #2
myFlex #3
myFlex #4
myFlex #5

• Available option to UAlbany non-freshmen living in resident halls, SUNY Poly and university apartment,s and commuter students of any class standing
• Option #2 will automatically be assigned to non-freshmen living in resident halls and all SUNY Poly apartment residents.
• Resident non-freshmen can change to any other myFlex Meal Plan (option #1 - #5) starting July 1, 2023 through September 1, 2023.
• University apartment and commuter students do not have to purchase a meal plan, but can add any available meal plan (myFlex, myUnlimitedor myChoice) each semester
• University apartment and commuter students that purchase a meal plan can change to any other meal plan (myFlex #1 - #5, or myChoice Meal Plan #1 - #3) during the add/change period.
• SUNY Poly students living at UAlbany may have different meal plan requirements based upon class year and residence.
• Meal plans are purchased per semester.
• The myFlex Meal Plan comes with Discount Dollars that activate discounts in all campus-wide retail dining venues (50% off Sodexo/in-house brands and 30% off local/regional/national brands) and resident dining rooms (60% off)
• 518 Market and vending do not provide a discount when using Discount Dollars (use Munch Money/Podium/Campus Gold/credit)
• Students can add up to $500 more in Discount Dollars per semester
• Discount Dollars carry over from fall semester to spring semester but expire at the end of the spring semester
• Tax-free (additional 8% savings on discounted price). 

Additional information:

•  Meal plans are activated when residence halls officially open for occupancy and end when they officially close. During times when the residence hall dining rooms are closed, but the resident halls are open, Discount Dollars and/or Munch Money can be used in retail locations.
•  Non-freshmen students that have studied abroad, completed an internship, or were off-campus for another approved reason during the previous semester and are now living in a residence hall, will automatically be assigned to the myFlex Meal Plan #2, but can change during the add/change period.
•  If a residence hall student moves into a University apartment or off campus, his/her meal plan will be removed unless the student notifies the ID Card office requesting the continuation of his/her meal plan.
•  All meal plans (i.e., myUnlimited, myFlex, and myChoice) and Munch Money are exempt from NYS sales tax, and therefore cannot be used to purchase guest meals, and cannot be refunded, changed or transferred after the add/drop period. See the UAlbany Dining Meal Plan Refund/Change Policy for more information.