Please familiarize yourself with available plans and the policies outlined below before making a purchase.

Definitions

Throughout this page there are references to two types of meal plans: residential and voluntary.

  • Residential applies to students living in Bailey, Centennial, Comstock, Frontier, Middlebrook, Pioneer, Sanford, Territorial, and 17th Avenue residence halls.
  • Voluntary applies to all other students, faculty, and staff.

Available Meal Plans

Meal swipes can be used at Bailey, Middlebrook, Pioneer, Sanford, or 17th Ave dining halls. The Comstock Hall dining hall is accessible to Comstock Hall and Yudof Hall residents only.

R = Residential, V = Voluntary

Eligibility

Audience (R) Silver (R) Gold (R) Platinum (V) Silver (V) Gold (V) Platinum Unlimited 5-Day 150 Block 80 Block 50 Block
Students living in residence halls
Students living in university apartments
Off-campus/commuter students
Faculty/Staff

Includes

Feature (R) Silver (R) Gold (R) Platinum (V) Silver (V) Gold (V) Platinum Unlimited 5-Day 150 Block 80 Block 50 Block

Meals*

Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited, Weekdays only 150 80 50

Dining Dollars**

$100 $200 $300 $100 $200 $300 $300 $100 $100 $100
Dining Dollar reload Can be reloaded at any time in $25 increments

Guest meals*

0 3 6 0 3 6 0 0 0 0
Purchase With housing application With housing application With housing application Via Dine on Campus
Cost $2,420 $2,520 $2,620 $2,420 $2,520 $2,620 $2,305 $1,595 $970 $644

* = Expire at the end of every semester.
** = Rollover, but expire each May.

Meal Periods

The dining halls are open continuously throughout the day, however, hot food is only served at the specific times listed below. Students and guests should review the operations schedule to ensure that they are able to take full advantage of their meal plans. View full hours of operation on Dine on Campus

Meal Weekdays Weekends Cost
Breakfast 7am - 10am 7am - 10am 10.65
Continential Breakfast* 10am - 11am N/A 10.65
Brunch N/A 10am - 2pm 11.8
Continential Brunch* N/A 2pm - 4:30pm 11.8
Lunch 11am - 2pm N/A 11.8
Continential Lunch* 2pm - 4:30pm N/A 11.8
Dinner 4:30pm - 8pm 4:30pm - 8pm 13.4
Late Night 8pm - close 8pm - close 11.8

Allergies & Special Diets

M Food Co. makes every effort to ensure that there are food options available to meet as many dietary requirements as possible. Learn more about our Health and Wellness options on this page.

Our campus dietitian is available to discuss food options to help you determine whether campus dining will be a good fit for you. If not, you may want to consider living in an on-campus apartment to have more flexibility with your dietary needs.

Policies

All funds and plans purchased for use in University of Minnesota Dining Services at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus are for the personal use of the owner of the account or plan only and are non-transferable. University of Minnesota Dining Services funds and plans cannot be used as a gift card or gift certificate.

Except as otherwise expressly stated in these terms, all University of Minnesota Dining Services funds and plans are non-refundable and will expire on the last day of the current semester or at the earlier of the last day of enrollment or employment, as applicable.

Each student is issued a photographic identification card (U Card), which must be presented in order to obtain access to the dining services. Students who lose their identification card must go to the U Card Office for a replacement and pay the applicable replacement fee. Meals will not be provided without a valid U Card.

Meal Plan Hall Access

All meal plan holders will automatically gain access to buildings with residential dining halls*. This access can take up to 4 business days. If you find you are unable to access dining halls after this time, send an email to [email protected].

*Comstock Hall is accessible to only residents of Comstock and Yudof Halls, not all meal plan holders. 

Unused Dining Dollars

Unused Dining Dollars carry over through semesters in the same academic year until the balance has been used. Each May (specific dates below), any funds remaining in individual Dining Dollars accounts will be removed and transferred to the U of M.

Dates & Deadlines

2022-2023

Date Description Audience
September 3, 2022 Fall meal plans begin All meal plan holders
September 5, 2022 Fall meal plan changes website opens Residential meal plan holders
September 16, 2022 Deadline to change fall meal plans Residential meal plan holders
December 22, 2022 Deadline to change spring meal plans Residential meal plan holders
December 22, 2022 Fall meal plans end All meal plan holders
January 14, 2023 Spring meal plans begin All meal plan holders
May 10, 2023 Spring meal plans end All meal plan holders
May 13, 2023 All Dining Dollars expire All dining dollar holders

2023-2024

Date Description Audience
September 2, 2023 Fall meal plans begin All meal plan holders
September 5, 2023 Fall meal plan changes website opens Residential meal plan holders
September 15, 2023 Deadline to change fall meal plans Residential meal plan holders
December 27, 2023 Deadline to change spring meal plans Residential meal plan holders
December 21, 2023 Fall meal plans end All meal plan holders
January 13, 2024 Spring meal plans begin All meal plan holders
May 8, 2024 Spring meal plans end All meal plan holders
May 11, 2024 All Dining Dollars expire All dining dollar holders

Changing a Meal Plan

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Residential Meal Plans

Refer to the above table for applicable deadlines. Charges and credits for changing plans are prorated based on the type of plan, the date of the change request, and Dining Dollars usage. There are no fees assessed for changing plans. This refers to students living in Bailey, Centennial, Comstock, Frontier, Middlebrook, Pioneer, Sanford, Territorial, and 17th Avenue. Students living in the on-campus apartments should refer to the "Voluntary Meal Plans” topic below.

Voluntary Meal Plans

Refer to the above table for applicable deadlines. Plans purchased after the beginning of Fall or Spring semester may be changed within 10 business days of purchase. For plans purchased prior to the semester, the deadline is 10 business days from the first day of the semester. When applicable, refunds will be processed to the original form of payment or may be converted to Dining Dollars.

Additional meals and Dining Dollars may be added to your plan at any time.

To request a change, please email M Food Co. at [email protected]. Please provide your name, University ID number and the specifics of your request. Once your request has been processed you will receive an email notification.

Canceling a Meal Plan

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Residential Meal Plans

All students living in a traditional residence hall are required to be on a meal plan. Residential meal plans may not be terminated while on a University residence hall contract. For additional information about housing contracts, email [email protected].

Voluntary Meal Plans

Apartment, Commuter, and Faculty & Staff meal plans may be canceled within 5 business days of initial purchase. If the plan is purchased before the beginning of the semester, the first day of meal service for the semester will be used as the purchase date. Refunds will be prorated based on the type of plan, the date of the cancellation request and Dining Dollars usage. There are no fees assessed for canceling meal plans.

To cancel, email [email protected].