Elevate vs. Carolina Dining: Which Meal Plan is Better?
Fall 2019 Guide For UNC Chapel Hill Students
Below is a comparison between Elevate and traditional dining halls in terms of food options, cost, and convenience.
Food Options
Elevate
  • Elevate allows students to use meal swipes at more than 20 restuarants on Franklin Street. Students can pick up food of almost any type of cuisine.
  • Each restaurant offers an extensive menu of Elevate options.
Carolina Dining
  • Traditional meal plans are limited to what's being served in dining halls.
Pizza Press
Mediterranean Deli
Advantage: Elevate

Cost Per Meal
Elevate
  • Elevate saves students up to 20% at restaurants. This is possible because restaurants are willing to give discounts to attract students away from dining halls.
  • Elevate also costs significantly less than a Carolina dining plan.
Carolina Dining
  • More expensive than Elevate plans. Plus, students are required to purchase $200 Flex Dollars with a 100 Block Plan on Carolina Dining.
Advantage: Elevate
Price Per Meal Comparison
Meals Purchased Elevate Carolina Dining
100-105 Meals $9.47 / meal $12.53 / meal
45-50 Meals $9.93 / meal $12.41 / meal
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Rollover Meals
Elevate
  • Elevate meals rollover until students graduate, so students never lose unused meals.
Carolina Dining
  • Carolina Dining meal swipes expire at the end of each semester if they aren't used.
Every year families waste thousands of dollars in unused swipes at dining halls. Drag slider based on how many meals you had leftover last semester to see how much you can save with Elevate.
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Total Saved With Elevate: $
Advantage: Elevate

Convenience
Elevate
  • Elevate offers advance ordering to skip the line.
  • Use Elevate anytime restaurants are open, including late at night.
Carolina Dining
  • Limited hours during the evenings and holidays.
  • No advance ordering.
Advantage: Elevate

Recommendation
  • Elevate's savings alone is enough to make the switch worthwhile, and the added benefits of advance ordering and rollover meals make Elevate a no-brainer.
  • Elevate has become a must-have for students, serving more than 100,000 meals to students in the last year, and now operating at 10 schools nationwide. Elevate launched in Chapel Hill in January 2019.
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