Dining & Meal Plans
Grab a bite whenever you want
There’s no need to worry about buying groceries or cooking if you have a meal plan. With a variety of food options, you’re just a U Card swipe away from healthy, balanced meals and great snacks morning, noon, and night!
There are dining halls in six of our residence halls and over 20 retail restaurants, including Starbucks, Panda Express, Subway, Chick-fil-A, and more.
Pick your plan
All students living in our residence halls are required to have an unlimited meal plan. Meal plans are optional for residents living in our on-campus apartments (Keeler, Radius, Wilkins, and Yudof).
With an unlimited meal plan, you can visit the dining halls as many times as you want in a day/week and eat as much as you wish.
The cost difference between the three meal plans (Silver, Gold, or Platinum) is for the amount of Dining Dollars (previously called FlexDine) included at the start of the semester. Additionally, the Gold and Platinum plans include access to a certain amount of guest meal swipes.
Note: The Silver plan (unlimited meals + $100 Dining Dollars) is the default plan for residence hall students. All students living in our residence halls will automatically be enrolled in this plan unless they choose to enroll in the Gold or Platinum plan.
Types of Meal Plans Available for 2023-2024
Residence Hall Meal Plans
All costs are per semester. All meal plans include unlimited meals and a varying amount of Dining Dollars. Some meal plans include Guest meals.
|Plan||Meals||Dining Dollars*||Guest Meal Swipes**||Total Cost***|
*** The total cost listed is for both the unlimited meals and the additional Dining Dollars included. When reviewing a student's bill, the cost of the unlimited meals ($2,550) and Dining Dollars will be listed as two separate charges.
Optional Apartment Meal Plans
Apartment and commuter students have the option to choose a meal plan at any time, but it is best to make the request by August 21 to ensure the meal plan is active on the first day of the semester. In addition to being able to take advantage of any of the residential meal plans, on-campus apartment residents or commuters may sign up for semester block meal plans or Dining Dollars plans—a flexible option for students with a busy schedule. Meal swipes can be used at the restaurants in Middlebrook, 17th Ave, Sanford, Bailey, Pioneer, or Comstock (Comstock/Yudof residents only). Go to the M Food Co. website for more information.
Get the most from your meal plan
Dining Dollars are loaded onto your U Card, and they can be used just like cash at the on-campus Markets, Food Courts and Restaurants, and Coffee Shops.
Dining Dollars can also be added at any point during in $25 increments through one of the following methods:
- At the U Card Office in Coffman Union (with credit/ debit card, cash, or check)
- Online at Dine on Campus.
Note: Unused Dining Dollars carry over from the fall to spring semester in the same academic year until the balance has been used. Each May, any funds remaining in individual Dining Dollars accounts will be forfeited.
M Food Co. offers individualized help if you are on a special diet. Students can meet with a Registered Dietitian to discuss special dietary needs and dining options. Email [email protected] for more information.
There are Pure Eats allergen stations available at Pioneer, Middlebrook, Sanford, and 17th Avenue residential restaurants. These stations feature a full meal option made without the top 9 allergens and gluten.
The Gold and Platinum meal plans include a specific number of guest meals. You can use these swipes to treat friends and family to all-you-care-to-eat meals in residential restaurants. You can also use Dining Dollars, Gopher GOLD, or credit/debit card to treat your guest(s) at any of the residential restaurants and campus restaurants.
There are residential markets in Centennial*, Middlebrook*, and Sanford*, and they offer everything from snacks to shampoo. You can also visit Gopher Express in Coffman Union, the West Bank Skyway, or at the Gopher Spot in the St. Paul Student Center. All locations accept cash, debit/credit cards, and Gopher GOLD.
*Denotes locations which also accept Dining Dollars.