Students and parents are faced with many decisions that will influence their experience at Saint Martin’s University. When it comes to dining, we partner with Bon Appétit Management Company to offer healthful, flavorful and sustainable meals on campus. Saint Martin’s University cares about student well being and supporting the local community.

St. Gertrude Dining Hall

St. Gertrude Dining Hall was built and dedicated in 2004. A state-of-the-art facility, St. Gertrude's seats over 200 people and has three hot food stations, a deli counter and a 20-item fresh-daily salad bar. Each day, Bon Appétit staff create homemade entrées, snacks and desserts using local ingredients, with your health and well-being — and the good of our planet — in mind.

Meal plans

All meals served at Saint Martin’s University are cooked from scratch using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Healthful choices, such as whole grains, deep color vegetables and fresh fruits, are mainstream offerings. Students can easily identify healthful meals using Bon Appétit’s Circle of Responsibility menu icons, which indicate, for example, items that are In Balance or Low Fat. We also offer a wide variety of tasty vegetarian and vegan options every day, every meal.

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Meal plan requirements

Residents not living in an apartment/not eligible to live in an apartment
All residents who do not live in apartment spaces and are ineligible to do so must purchase a traditional (gold, silver, or bronze) meal plan.

  • Traditional meal plans do not include meals during vacation periods (winter, spring, and summer breaks). In most cases, food service is available on a cash basis during vacation periods.
  • Fall meal plan balances carry over to spring with the purchase of a traditional (bronze, silver, or gold) meal plan. At the end of the spring semester, all balances expire.

Residents living in campus apartments
Residents who live in campus apartments are not required to purchase a meal plan; however, meal plan options are available for apartment residents.

Residents living in suites
Those who are eligible for apartments, but choose to live in suites must have a meal plan, but may select an apartment meal plan.

Meal Plan 101

To ensure you find a meal plan that fits, we offer four different meal plans to choose from. For our students who live on campus we offer the Gold, Silver and Bronze meal plans. They each have differing amounts of Board Meal credits and Flex Cash to meet your needs. We also have the Commuter meal plan for students who live off campus or live in on campus apartments.

PlanPer SemesterFall/Spring
Gold$3,113$6,226
Silver$2,948

$5,896

Bronze$2,788$5,576
Commuter$1,025$2,050

 

Student at deli counter

The Gold Plan

$3,113/semester or $6,226/Fall & Spring semesters
We’ve found that this plan is ideal for most of our residents who enjoy eating at the Saint Gertrude Café. If you frequent the café most meals, this is the plan for you. To take full advantage of the Gold Plan you need to go to six of the nine AYCTE meals each week.

Student at pasta food station

The Silver Plan

$2,948/semester or $5,896/Fall & Spring semesters
This plan is right for you if you dine less frequently or are sometimes away on weekends. It is also a good choice if you are looking for a lighter plan and have a spending rate that is fairly average and you will be dining during five of the nine AYCTE meal periods each week. This plan allows for more flexibility in making retail purchases.

Students in the dining hall conversing

The Bronze Plan

$2,788/semester or $5,576/Fall & Spring semesters
This plan is designed for the student who dines less frequently on campus or enjoys extracurricular activities that may keep them off campus during some AYCTE meal periods. Eating during four of the nine AYCTE meal periods each week will take full advantage of the Bronze Plan.

The Commuter Plan

The Commuter Plan

$1,025/semester or $2,050/Fall & Spring semesters
This is the ideal plan for the apartment resident or local commuter who tends to dine on campus a bit more frequently. The commuter plan is a convenient way to refuel when spending a long day on campus. Whether it’s an espresso and a healthy snack to refuel, lunch or dinner at Saint Gertrude Café, you can use your Flex Cash for all purchases.

  • How meal plans work
    Flex Cash

    At Saint Gertrude Dining Hall, breakfast and lunch are on a declining balance system and you can utilize your Flex Cash to purchase food in the café or any items for sale at The Monk’s Bean Café in Harned Hall or at the snack bar and C-Store located in Parsons Dormitory. Dinner and weekend meals are AYCTE (All You Care To Eat). Each AYCTE meal costs one board meal credit. You may choose to use your Flex Cash during AYCTE periods if you only want a light meal. Anytime you make a retail purchase, it’s deducted from your Flex Cash balance.

    If you use up all of your Flex Cash before the end of the semester, you may also make retail purchases with Saint’s Cash, cash or your debit card. Board Meal Credits cannot be used for retail purchases.

    Saint's Cash

    Saint’s Cash is a convenient and easy way to pay for meals on campus. Students and Staff can deposit money onto their Saint Martin’s ID card. Some of the benefits of doing this is that you don’t have to worry about carrying cash and can avoid ATM surcharges. Another benefit to Saint’s Cash is the 10% bonus you receive when you deposit $100.00 or more onto into your Saints Cash account!

    For example when you deposit $100 into your Saint’s Cash account, you receive an additional $10.00 in free Saints Cash automatically loaded right onto your SMU ID card! Saint’s Cash does expire after one year of inactivity. If you have friends or family visiting you may use your Board Meal Credits, Flex Cash or Saint’s Cash to pay for a guest’s meal at any time.

    Student ID card

    At the beginning of the semester, your Student ID card will be credited with the amount equivalent to the plan you have chosen. Students below Junior status are required to have one of the three major meal plans. If no choice is made you will be defaulted to a Gold Plan. As long as a student purchases either a Gold, Silver or Bronze meal plan for Spring Semester, unused Board Meal Credits and Flex Cash will carry over to Spring semester. Commuter plan balances do not carry forward to the spring semester. If a student chooses not to purchase a meal plan for spring semester, any remaining Board Meal Credits and Flex Cash will expire at the end of fall semester. All Board Meal Credits and Flex Cash expire at the end of Spring Semester. Board Meal Credits and Flex Cash cannot be used during winter break or spring break.

    Saint Martin’s University believes that dining together is a great way for students to meet people, make connections and develop a sense of community. Meal plans enable SMU to offer dining facilities and services that would not otherwise be possible. Bon Appetit is committed to giving you the greatest possible opportunity to get the full value of your plan.

  • Meal plan balances and refunds

    Fall meal plan balances carry over to spring with the purchase of a traditional (bronze, silver, or gold) meal plan the following semester. At the end of the spring semester, all balances expire. Students leaving housing are responsible for cancelling their meal plans in the Student Financial Services Center (Old Main, room 230), and board charges will be assessed at a daily rate and prorated based on the number of days remaining in the semester.

In and around St. Gertrude's Cafe

Students at pasta and burger bar

Students gather to order at pasta and burger bar

Students in St. Gertrude's Cafe

St. Gertrude's Cafe is run by Bon Appétit

Salad bar

Bon Appétit supports locally grown, organic fresh fruits and vegetables

Farm fresh eggs and milk

Using the freshest ingredients.

Bon Appétit chef baking muffins

Fresh baked goods every day.

Bon Appétit chef making fresh mashed potatoes

Homemade foods, many are made-to-order.

Student making salad from salad bar

Dozens of selections in the salad bar every day.

Cookies and chocolate cake

And there's always something for the sweet tooth!

Students eating in dining area

Not just a cafeteria -- a place to make friends!

Dining area looking out over campus

St. Gertrude's is a light-filled eating area - even when it rains.