First-Year Students
All first-year students in residence are required to enroll in one of four dining plans, ranging from 210 meals and 150 Columbia Dining Dollars per term to 115 meals and 500 Dining Dollars per term. The dining plans are transacted through Columbia’s ID Card, called the Columbia Card, which serves as a convenient way to enjoy dining all over campus without carrying cash.

The meals portion of the dining plan enables students to help themselves to unlimited servings of food served buffet-style in John Jay Dining Hall. Brunch and dinner are served Monday through Sunday.

Dining Dollars
In addition to meals, Dining Dollars comprise the other portion of the first-year dining plan. Each Dining Dollar is equal to one dollar and operates as a declining balance account, much like a debit card.

Columbia Dining Services maintains twelve dining facilities conveniently located on campus. Each of the locations accepts Dining Dollars, an alternative to cash payment that is accessed by the Columbia Card (student ID card).

With Dining Dollars, students will enjoy the ease and flexibility of cashless transactions as well as the savings of sales tax on all food purchases. Dining Dollars will roll over from year to year until graduation.

Upper-Class and Graduate Students
Many upperclass and graduate students who dine on campus open a Dining Dollars account; however, some choose to enroll in an upperclass/graduate student dining plan.

Dining Services offers four plans—150 meals per term, 100 meals per term, 75 meals per term, or 50 meals per term. All plans are accessed by the Columbia Card and can be used for meals in John Jay Dining Hall for brunch and dinner.

Kosher Dining Plan
All students who participate in a dining plan, including first year, upperclass, General Studies, or graduate students are eligible for the Columbia Kosher Dining Plan. Signing up for this dining plan allows access to a restricted kosher area within John Jay Dining Hall as well as Express Meals to go. CU kosher meals can also, for an additional charge, be exchanged for a kosher meal at Barnard’s Hewitt Hall (kosher to kosher only). To sign up, the student selects a plan from either the First Year Dining Plan or the Upperclass Dining Plan options, according to the student’s status, then elects to enroll in the Kosher Dining Plan. The addition of the Kosher Dining Plan adds 10 percent to the cost of the selected plan. Visit the H&D Customer Service Center in 118 Hartley Hall (enrollment allowed at any point throughout the term) to sign up.

Locations, menus, and hours of all campus dining facilities can be found at www.columbia.edu/cu/dining.

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