Sign Up for Meal Plans, Dining Dollars, and Flex

Whether it's lunch at an on-campus cafe or an on-the-run snack between classes, there are a number of dining options for you:


Sign Up for a Dining Plan

Take part in the all-you-care-to-eat buffets at John Jay Dining Hall, Ferris Booth Commons & JJ's Place, or grab a great hot breakfast. Explore the culinary possibilities, including local, organic, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, Kosher, and Halal options. Don’t miss all the fun-filled special events in the dining hall, including our catered Thanksgiving Feast, a Chinese New Year celebration, and the great Food Expo. We offer 10 meal plan options for upperclass, graduate, and General Studies students. Take-out Eco Containers and boxed meals are available too for students on the run. Go to the Dining website for more details, menus, pricing and to sign up for a Dining Plan.

Our dedicated Registered Dietitian is available on-site as well as online to address individual questions and concerns related to food allergies, intolerances and dietary preferences.  Please contact the Registered Dietitian via email or by phone at (212) 854-3353 with questions, to schedule a consultation or to discuss personal meal planning.

Are You Looking to Change Your Dining Plan?

To make changes to your Dining Plan, fill out our convenient online change form.

Open a Dining Dollars Account

Do you want the flexibility to eat at different locations on campus? Open a Dining Dollars Account and you can enjoy 'all-you-care-to-eat' buffets at three on-campus dining locations or coffee, baked goods at Lenfest Café in Jerome Greene Hall or sandwiches, soups, and more at Uris Deli. All Blue Java Cafes offer fair trade, organic coffee and teas. Dining Dollars are a declining balance that you put on your CU ID. They are fast, safe, convenient, and tax-free, and they roll over from year to year until you graduate so you can use the account as much or as little as you like. You can learn more on the Dining website or go to Student Services Online (SSOL) to sign up.

Create a Flex Account

If you ever get a late-night craving for snacks from a vending machine, or run out of quarters in the middle of doing your laundry, the Flex Account is just for you. Flex is a declining balance account; one that is not limited to food and beverage purchases, but is subject to sales tax. Use your Flex Account at vending and copy machines, laundry machines, retail dining units, and at the Columbia University Bookstore.

You can also use your Flex Account at specific off-campus grocery stores and eateries. Learn more on the Dining website or go to Student Services Online (SSOL) to sign up.

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Deadlines Info

30 Days Before Registration

Submit proof of MMR immunity at least 30 days before class registration.*

Certify your meningitis vaccination decision online before class registration.

*If admitted less than 30 days before registration, your ability to register will be on hold until your MMR documentation is received and processed.

2 Weeks Before Your School Orientation

Submit a photo online for your University ID card. You will be able to pick up your card when you arrive on campus.

August 14, 2017 (All day)

First Fall E-Bill statement emailed to students. Includes activity through Summer Term, estimated Fall Term charges and anticipated credits, and a 1.5% late payment charge on unpaid previous balances.

September 15, 2017 (All day)

Payment Due Date for the First Fall E-Bill Statement. Visit the Student Financial Services website for the complete Billing Schedule.

September 30, 2017 - 11:59pm

Confirm insurance selection.

Past Deadlines

April 26, 2017 (All day)

Last day to enroll in the monthly payment plan (Spring term only). Enrollment for the Spring term begins on November 15, 2016.