Diners scattered throughout the Sanford dining hall

Dining & Meal Plans

Perfect for students on the go

With an M Dining meal plan, there’s no need to worry about buying groceries or cooking. You’re just a U Card swipe away from breakfast, lunch, and dinner! The wide variety of plans and food options ensures that you’ll be able to eat healthy, balanced meals every day.

Our partners in M Dining operate dining halls in six of our residence halls and over 26 retail restaurants, including Starbucks, Panda Express, Subway, Chick-fil-A, and more.

Pick your plan

A meal plan is required for students assigned to residence halls. Optional block meal plans are available, but not required, for residents living in Keeler, Radius, Wilkins, and Yudof apartments.

Meal plans are made up of two parts: all-you-care-to-eat meal swipes and FlexDine. Once you’ve selected the perfect meal plan, your U Card becomes your meal swipe pass—fewer cards, less stress. Choose from one of three convenient options (tentative 2021-22 rates below, upgrades available):

  • Anytime (unlimited) starting at $2,350/semester
  • 14 meals per week starting at $2,140/semester
  • 11 meal per week starting at $2,070/semester

Note: 14 meals per week (+$100 FlexDine) is the default plan for residence hall students. You can make changes to your plan within the first two weeks of the fall semester. See Dining FAQs for more.

Meal Plan Details Change my plan

FlexDine flexibility

FlexDine is included with every meal plan. It works like cash to purchase beverages, snacks, or full meals in dining halls, as well as on-campus cafés, restaurants, and convenience stores.

FlexDine is loaded onto your U Card and can be used to pay for meals at all on-campus M Dining Markets, Food Courts and Restaurants, and Coffee Shops. Dining on the go is easy with FlexDine: choose from Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, Subway, French Meadow Bakery & Café, and more!

You can add additional FlexDine in $25 increments anytime online or calling M Dining at 612-624-0558. Unused FlexDine will carry over from one semester to the next semester unless you go an entire year without any activity on your account. 


Order ahead from on-campus restaurants. Use your U Card to pay with FlexDine or a credit card and place your order.


Get healthy, balanced meals every day. Find this week's menus and nutrition information.

Special Diets

M Dining will work with students on their dietary needs, including connecting them with a registered dietitian.

Convenience Stores

Residence hall markets are in Centennial, Middlebrook, and Sanford and offer everything from snacks to shampoo. All locations accept FlexDine, cash, debit/credit cards, and Gopher GOLD. You can also visit Gopher Express Coffman Union, the West Bank Skyway, or at the Gopher Spot in the St. Paul Student Center.