Sophomores and other upperclassmen who choose to live in dorms often revel at the idea of moving to the Block Plan for their food needs.

This lets them use meal swipes in dining halls or as “equivalency meals” to spend at food spots in Norris or around campus. But, while the Block Plan is definitely flexible for different tastes and preferences, does it give students good bang for their buck?

NBN took a look at the surprising costs of meal plans on campus to see how they measure up to individual meals.

Entry prices with a WildCARD

Between $7-$12

Equivalency meal prices

Between $7-$9

Two of the most popular meal plans

Wildcat Weekly 14: $12.99 per meal

Wildcat Block Plan: $16.55 per meal