Please familiarize yourself with available plans and the policies outlined below before making a purchase.
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 Fall & Spring 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
|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||❌||❌||❌||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Feature||(R) Silver||(R) Gold||(R) Platinum||(V) Silver||(V) Gold||(V) Platinum||Unlimited 5-Day||150 Block||80 Block||50 Block|
|Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited, Weekdays only||150||80||50|
|Dining Dollar reload||Can be reloaded at any time in $25 increments|
|Purchase||With housing application||With housing application||With housing application||Via Dine on Campus|
* = Expire at the end of every semester.
** = Rollover, but expire each May.
Fall & Spring 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
|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.
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.
Dining Dollars are non-transferable.
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. In May 2023, Dining Dollars will have a one-time rollover to the 2023-2024 school year and will not expire.
Conferences & Events
Dining Dollars purchased or given as a part of an on-campus conference or event expire at the end of the event for which they were issued.
Dates & Deadlines
|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|
|June 5, 2023||Summer meal plans begin||Summer residents (Pioneer) and voluntary meal plan holders|
|July 28, 2023||Summer residential meal plan ends||Summer residents (Pioneer) - request an extension here|
|August 12, 2023||Summer meal plans end||Summer residents (Pioneer) with an extension and voluntary meal plan holders|
|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
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
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].