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 unlimited visits and 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 a meal plan. Meal plans are not required for residents living in our on-campus apartments (Keeler, Radius, Wilkins, and Yudof).
All of the meal plans are unlimited! This means you can visit the dining halls as many times as you want in a day/week and eat as much as you wish. There are also convenient grab-and-go meals available.
The cost difference between the three meal plans (Silver, Gold, or Platinum) is for the amount of Dining Dollars (previously called Flex Dine) 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 2022-2023
Residence Hall Meal Plans
|Plan||Meals||Dining Dollars*||Guest Meal Swipes**||Total Cost***|
* Dining Dollars will roll over from the fall to the spring semester, and they will expire at the end of the academic year in the spring.
** Guest meals will not roll over from the fall to spring semester.
*** 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 ($2,430) 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. 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 z.umn.edu/diningdollarsbalance.
Note: Starting Fall 2022, 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 removed and transferred to the UMN.
You can order ahead at any of the on-campus restaurants using the Boost Mobile App. At this time, the Boost mobile app accepts credit/debit cards only - Dining Dollars and Gopher GOLD may still be used in person.
Get healthy, balanced meals every day. Menus are available on the Dining On Campus website.
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 G8 allergen stations in many of the residential restaurants. These stations feature a full meal option made without the top eight allergens. The items served at the station are also gluten-free.
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 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.