Eating on Campus
Resident Dining Hall
The Student Union Dining Hall is where you will eat the majority of your meals. The hall offers all the comforts of a home-cooked meal along with a variety of innovative American entrees, ethnically inspired foods, vegetarian selections, and much more.
"My favorite thing about campus is the dining hall, full stop. Great food with excellent choices."
—Dr. Ezaz Ahmed, Dean of Business, Leadership & Communication
All students can purchase Koala Bucks online to be put on their ID card anytime the Dining Hall is open. Koala Bucks is a declining pre-paid debit put on a student’s ID and may be used at any campus food facility. Koala Bucks can be purchased at the cashier's station, the Terrace Café, or online.
Students may choose from a number of options based on their learning format and time at the college.
- First-year students: 19-meals-per-week plan
- On-campus students: 19 or 15-meals-per-week plan
- On-campus seniors: 19, 15, or 10-meals-per-week plan
- Commuter students: 15, 10, 5-meals-per-week plan (Ask about this option at the Office of Residence Life.)
On-Campus Meal Plan Costs
- 19 meals/week: $2,185 (Required for First Years)
- 15 meals/week: $2,125
- 10 meals/week: $2,000 (Seniors and Commuters Only)
- 5 meals/week: $900 (Commuters Only)
- Meal Plan Details
Portions: Meals are served cafeteria style unless otherwise noted and “unlimited seconds” are provided at every meal, except for premium entree meals.
Use: Meal plans are non-transferable. Students also may pay individually for additional meals. Meals do not carry over to the next week. Meal plans are reset every Sunday morning.
Terrace Cafe: Meal swipes may also be used at the Terrace Café, which offers Starbucks coffee, snacks, and small meals. The café is located on the second floor of the Student Union Building. If you use your swipe at the café, you're not allowed to enter the servery area of the dining hall without the purchase of an additional meal.
Identification: A valid Columbia College ID is required for use of all meal plans. If a student has lost an ID, a temporary ID can be obtained from the CCPD for short-term use until the ID is located. If the ID is not located within a few days, the student must purchase a new ID from CCPD. Questions about the meal plan should be directed to the Office of Residence Life and Housing.