Meal Plans & Dining Options

Student Meal Plans

We offer meal plans to meet the changing needs of CU students, whether you live on- or off-campus, and are undergrad, graduate or continuing ed. Depending on your status, you will qualify for different plans. 

Residence hall students

  • First-year freshman students are required to carry a 15 or 19 meals per week plan*
  • This plan covers all three residence hall housing contract meal plan types:
    • Academic Year (AY): meals during fall and spring semesters; but not during fall, winter or spring break
    • Academic Year Plus Breaks (AY+B): meals during fall and spring semesters, including fall, winter and spring breaks
    • Year-Round (YR): meals during fall, spring and summer semesters including fall, winter and spring breaks and summer
  • The plan includes a specific amount of meals per week plus a balance of Munch Money
  • Meal swipes are good at any HDS dining center or grab-n-go location
  • Meal plan selection occurs in the housing application
  • Meal plans for fall semester may be changed until September 3, 2017, without penalty. Plans for spring semester may be changed between December 1, 2017, and January 28, 2018, without penalty. Changes made outside of these dates will result in a $50 fee.
Plan Munch Money AY Munch Money AY+B/YR***
19 meals per week $150 per semester $160 per semester
15 meals per week $200 per semester $215 per semester
10 meals per week** $250 per semester $270 per semester

* Exceptions are only considered for students with documented disabilities or medical needs that have been approved by the Housing Disability Accommodations Committee.
** 10 meals/week plan available only to upper-class students living in the residence halls.
*** 
Munch Money is not available during summer sessions.

Student Block Meal Plans

  • For students living off-campus and non-freshman students living on-campus in a residence hall apartment, Bear Creek Apartments or Graduate & Family Housing
  • Each plan includes a specific number of meals per semester plus a balance of Munch Money 
  • Flexible spending accounts stored on the Buff OneCard
  • Can be purchased anytime during the year, and expire at the end of each semester 
  • Tax only charged to off-campus students. Students living in residence halls, Bear Creek Apartments or Graduate & Family Housing are not charged tax
  • Purchase Block Meal Plan
  • Block Meal Plans cannot be changed or cancelled after September 3, 2017, for fall semester or after January 28, 2018, for spring semester. All adjustments or cancellations will result in a $50 fee. If a Block Meal Plan is cancelled prior to those deadlines, the student is charged for any meal swipes that may have been used.

Fall & Spring Semesters

Plan Munch Money Total Cost Cost/Meal
120 meals per semester $50 $793+tax $6.19+tax
80 meals per semester $50 $568+tax $6.48+tax
50 meals per semester $50 $386+tax $6.72+tax
25 meal supplemental* $0 174.04+tax $6.96+tax

*The additional 25 meal block is supplemental only to the Block Meal Plans offered. Students can purchase an unlimited number of 25 meal blocks after the purchase of one of the off-campus meal plans.

Summer Semester

Plan Total Cost Cost/Meal
25 meal plan $174.04  + $15.65 (tax) = $189.69 $7.59
40 meal plan $265.61 + $23.89 (tax) = $289.50 $7.24

Academic year block meal plans can be purchased online through myCULiving, in person at the housing cashier's office in the Center for Community room S300 or by phone at 303-492-3983.

Summer block meal plans can be purchased in person at the housing cashier's office in the Center for Community room S300 or by phone at 303-492-3983. Summer meal plans do not include Munch Money.

Munch Money

Munch Money is part of student meal plans and acts as a declining balance stored on your Buff OneCard. It can be used at any of the Housing & Dining Services' retail outlets or to swipe in a friend at a dining center.

Munch Money does not carry over from one semester to the next and is nonrefundable. When you run out of Munch Money, you can't purchase additional Munch Money, but you can add Campus Cash, which works in retail and dining center operations.

Dining Options for Non-Students

We have options available for faculty, staff and guests to eat on-campus at any of our dining venues.

Faculty & Staff

  • Campus Cash can be purchased, which adds a declining balance to your Buff OneCard. This option is a much better value per meal at only $7 + tax per meal. Campus Cash can be added to your card online or at the Buff OneCard Office (Center for Community N180)
  • A meal can be purchased with a credit card ($12.00 + tax). This is available only at the dining centers in the Center for Community and the Village Center 

Campus Cash

A declining balance that can be purchased and stored on your Buff OneCard. It can be used for on-campus printing, copying, laundry and food purchases at dining centers, grab-n-gos and retail outlets run by Housing & Dining Services, and the UMC Grill. Campus Cash does not expire. University faculty and staff can add Campus Cash to their Buff OneCard and use it purchase meals.