Student Dining Plans

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Flexible Options for Busy Schedules

Students have demanding class schedules and the challenge of balancing both classwork and equally busy personal lives. 

With a Columbia Dining Plan, you'll have both delicious and healthy options, even when you're on the run.

Student Dining Plan Highlights

Plans are not required for

residential CC/SEAS, GS or Graduate students, but they're a great value.

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Flexible Meal Options
  • Plans include meals per week or per term. Meals per term allows you to ration your meal balance, in case you don't eat on campus enough to use weekly meals before they expire.
  • Plans with meals by week also include a number of floater meals, in case you run out of meals during the week. 
  • Many plans include guest meals for when family and friends come to visit.
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Dining Dollars

Most plans include Dining Dollars, which can be used just like cash at any of our dining locations.

  • Dining Dollars roll over year-to-year. They expire upon your graduation.
  • Dining Dollars are tax free.
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Flex

Some plans include Flex in addition to or instead of Dining Dollars:

  • Flex allows you put money into an account that you can spend using your University ID card at all Columbia Dining locations, as well a number of other merchants on- and off-campus and online food delivery.

What's New for AY 24-25

EZ Plans have been simplified into two options:

  • EZ 18 offers the highest number of weekly meals plus Flex.
  • EZ 350 offers the highest number of meals, but as the plan is term-based, students have more flexibility about when they can use their meals. This plan also has a larger Flex supplement.
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Student Dining Plan Summary AY 24-25*

*Academic Year 2024-25 costs are a projection. Final rates pending.

Student Dining Plan Summary AY 23-24

For simplicity, floating meals and complimentary meals are combined and treated as one and the same for weekly plans. 

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Select or Change a Plan

Students can select a Dining Plan by clicking the Select Plan button and completing the sign-up form. Please note:

  • Prices provided here are per term, but the purchase of a Dining Plan is for the full academic year. Cancellations are not permitted.
  • Any student wishing to purchase a First-Year Dining Plan should contact Rosie Fernandez at 212-854-4076.
  • Dining Plans can only be changed during the change period, typically during the first two weeks of term. The Change Period for Spring 2024 is closed.