Housing and Meals
Welcome Home! We are very excited that you have decided to join the Cardinal family and to live on campus at North Central College. Living in the residence halls will, without a doubt, enhance your college experience. You will make life-long friends, enjoy opportunities to learn outside of the classroom, and gain the life skills and responsibility needed to eventually live on your own.
As has been true in recent years, we expect that our first-year residence halls will be nearly 100% full. With almost 1,500 residential students living on campus, this fall will definitely be an exciting time at North Central College.
All international student housing assignments will be emailed to you. This form will explain your personalized housing details including: roommate contact information, room assignment, mailing address and campus mailbox number. We have also tried to answer many of the questions that you might have about preparing to move to campus. If you require assistance as you get ready for move-in, please do not hesitate to let us know. The Center for Global Education, along with residence life staff, looks forward to aiding you with your transition to campus life!
Move-in for all new international students will be on Thursday, January 21, 2020 (arrival day). The Center for Global Education will be there to help you. Following move-in will be a new international student orientation.
Contacting your assigned roommate
Now that you have your assigned roommate’s name(s) and contact information, we recommend that you reach out to him/her. You may want to remind your roommate that as an international student you will not be able to bring big items such as a television, micro-fridge, etc. In addition to using the information we have provided as a way of getting in touch with your roommate, you may also check to see if he/she is on Facebook.
All international students are housed with American students, who apply for the International Roommate Program.
Eating on campus
As a resident student you will automatically be assigned Block Meal Plan 1. Each term you will have the option of changing your meal plan to best suit your eating needs. Meal plans can only be altered at the check-in desk at Kaufman Dining Hall during the first week of each term. The Block Meal Plans cost the same amount, but vary in terms of where you plan to eat most of your meals. The All Access Meal Plan is an addition cost.
Meal Plan Options- Student meal plan options are as follows:
Meal Plan 1: 285 Kaufman meal swipes per semester, $150 Bonus Bucks for the semester, 8 guest passes
Meal Plan 2: 195 Kaufman meals per semester, $225 Bonus Bucks for the semester, 8 guest passes
Meal Plan 3: 110 Kaufman meals per semester, $300 Bonus Bucks for the semester, 4 guest passes
All Access Plan: Unlimited Kaufman swipes per semester, $200 Bonus Bucks for the semester, 8 guest passes
WHAT ARE “MEALS?” Meals, also called swipes or credits, can be used at Kaufman Dining Hall. Your meals are added to your student ID at the beginning of each term. Throughout the term, when you use a meal swipe, it is subtracted from your meal plan. Kaufman Dining Hall is the College’s all-you-can-eat facility. Meals, or swipes, can also be used at the Cage, Au Bon Pain, and Freshens, which has an array of choices to satisfy anyone's cravings!
HOW DO BONUS BUCKS WORK? Bonus Bucks are part of the North Central College meal plan and work like a pre-paid credit card. When you purchase food or drink using your Bonus Bucks, the register will deduct the amount from the balance on your card. Bonus Bucks do roll over from fall semester to spring semester; however, they do not roll over from one academic year to the next. Bonus Bucks can be used at the Cage, Au Bon Pain, Freshens and the Rolland Center Boiler House Café to pay for food. Each of these venues accepts cash, as well.
WHAT ARE FLEX DOLLARS? Flex Dollars also act like a pre-paid credit card; however, Flex Dollars are not a part of the North Central College meal plan. Flex Dollars can be used to purchase a wide variety of items including food, books, North Central apparel, school supplies, and items from some vending machines located on campus. You can add flex dollars for your spending needs by going to the Business Office (on the third floor of Old Main) and purchasing them in increments of $25.00 (cash or check) or by adding funds using the CBORD GET platform at https://get.cbord.com/ncc (credit or debit). Students who do not have meal plans can add flex dollars in the same manner. Flex Dollars roll over from one academic year to the next. We will review this during the first week orientation.
DINING HALL SERVICES AND POLICIES? If you are ill or otherwise unable to make it to the dining hall for meals, you are encouraged to use the sack lunch or sick tray services available through Kaufman Dining Hall. These can be arranged through the director of dining services, and can be made available for pick up. Aside from these services, due to governmental regulations, the removal of food, beverages, glassware, utensils, or china is not permitted without the explicit permission of the director of dining services.
Visit the Dine on Campus webpage for hours, locations, and more information! www.dineoncampus.com/NCC