Meal Plans

Students living on campus may select from either a nineteen or fifteen meals per week plan. The 19 meal plan is required for all resident first-year students. We also offer seniors the option of a ten meal plan.

Commuter students may purchase a five, ten, or fifteen meal plan to be added to their tuition bill, please ask about this option at the Office of Residence Life.

Meals are served cafeteria style unless otherwise noted and “unlimited seconds” are provided at every meal, except for premium entree meals. Meal plans are nontransferable. Students may pay individually for additional meals. 

Koala Bucks 

All students can purchase Koala Bucks to be put on their ID card anytime the Food Court is open. Koala Bucks can be purchased at the cashier's station, the Terrace Café, or online.

Please click this link to purchase online.

Koala Bucks are a declining pre-paid debit put on a student’s ID and may be used at any campus food facility.

Where Can I Use My Meal Plan?

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.


Guests are welcome in the food court, but must pay before entering the servery. Visiting campus? Use our map to find your way around campus. 

Terrace Café 

The Terrace Café is located on the second floor of the Student Union Building and offers a variety of deli meals and beverages. The café operates jointly as a Starbucks location. You may use your meal swipes on Starbucks coffee and other Terrace Café purchases. Keep in mind, 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.  


  • 19 meals/week: $2,099 (Required for First Year)
  • 15 meals/week: $1,969 
  • 10 meals/week: $1,839 (Senior Only)
  • 5 meals/week: $799 (Commuter Only)

Meals do not carry over to the next week. Meal plans are reset every Sunday morning. 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. 

Additional Services

Take-Out Service

Take-out service is designed for students that have a meal-time conflict. It may not be used for resident dining. Take-out boxes are limited to one entree, two side items, and one beverage. Students requiring take-out service should take their class or work schedule to the Office of Student Affairs at least 48 hours prior to the conflict. No student may pick up another student's meal. Exceptions will be taken only in writing from the campus health center for sick students. Dining Services is not responsible for food that has been improperly stored after leaving the dining hall. All take-out boxes must be taken out of the dining hall prior to consumption. We will contact the Office of Student Affairs if you are eating from a take out box in the dining hall and have your name removed from the list.

Box Lunches 

If it is necessary to pick up your meal prior to mealtime, a boxed lunch (deli sandwich, chips, fruit, and drink) may be prepared for early pickup. This is ideal for student teachers. Please bring your schedule to the Dining Services Manager and fill out a boxed lunch request at least 24 hours in advance to schedule pickup. Dining Services is not responsible for food that has been improperly stored after leaving the dining hall.

Special Diets

Special diets prescribed by a physician can also be accommodated. Students should see the Dining Services manager for assistance

To access more information about dining choices, plans, catering, and Koala Bucks visit Columbia College Dining.