Campus Dining

Boulder, CO
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$31,378 ($9,482)
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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: The addition of the C4C has given students many more options for food. Certain dining halls offer different selections, so it is nice if you are tired of eating at one dining hall, to switch it up.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It would be great if you could swipe guests in.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: CU has fantastic dining halls, but their choices could have more variety.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Some is good, most is bad.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are about 4 full dining halls and two to-go. They are spread well around campus and have good hours. My only complaint is the Sunday hours start too late. I attend church, and cannot eat before hand, so I am up from 9 to 12 without any food because of the hours.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 7th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 8th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 17th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 29th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 96th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara K. Jordan
Littleton, CO
International Affairs
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While college dorm food, in general, is hardly appealing, you will most likely end your first semester feeling as if you couldn’t get enough of it. This is because CU provides its students with four different all-you-can-eat dining centers conveniently located in some of the most popular student dorms. In the past, CU’s dining halls were generally loathed by all, but recent renovations have impressed even the pickiest eaters. Among those changed, Farrand Dining Hall was transformed into the hip Alley@Farrand, offering a food-court atmosphere with a deli, pizza, paninis, salad bar, and much more.

Aside from the dorms, students on campus often venture to University Memorial Center (UMC), where they can grab a bite to eat at the food court that has everything from buffalo burgers and fries to a Mexican cantina. Surrounding the food court is Baby Doe’s convenience store, Subway, Wok & Roll Japanese take-out, Domino’s Pizza, Celestial Seasonings coffee and tea house, a smoothie cart, and a hot dog stand. There are a variety of meal plans available to students that can be customized according to each student’s needs. New freshmen are required to have either a 19- or 15-meal plan throughout their first two semesters in the dorms. Weekly menu postings can be found on the Web at

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
24-Hour Dining
Special Options
Students searching for an alternative to the conventional college dining experience can purchase the Flatiron Meal Plan. This prepaid meal card allows students the convenience of eating whenever they want from a variety of restaurants located near campus. The plan can also be used at local grocery stores. Depending on the chosen meal plan or custom debit account, expected costs range from about $300-$1,800 per semester. Check out for more information.
Did You Know?
  • The popular South Park character "Chef" is loosely based on one of the actual cooks in Sewall Dining Hall. Check it out for yourself. The resemblance is uncanny.
  • Not sure where to eat? Check out different dining menus at

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Location: Darley Commons
Food: Burritos, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Alley Express Grab-n-Go
Location: Farrand Hall
Food: Grill, pasta, chicken
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: Farrand Hall
Food: Deli, grill, pizza, salad bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-11 a.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Darley Commons
Location: Williams Village Community
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-11 a.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Location: Farrand Hall
Food: Snacks, convenience items
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-12 a.m.
Hardrive Café
Location: Kittredge Commons, terrace level
Food: Sandwiches, coffee, desserts
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
Kittredge Dining Center
Location: Kittredge Commons
Food: Deli bar, grill line, pasta bar, taco bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-11 a.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Libby Dining Center
Location: Libby Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11 a.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-11 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Lickety Split
Location: Libby Hall, main lobby
Food: Sandwiches, salads, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
Norlin Underground
Location: Norlin Library
Food: Coffee, baked goods, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Location: Cheyenne Arapaho Hall
Food: Organic
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sewall Dining Center
Location: Sewall
Food: Comfort food, grill items, pizza
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-11 a.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Stadium Grill
Location: Dal Ward
Food: Grill, sandwiches, wraps, salads, chicken fingers
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Village Market
Location: Darley Commons
Food: Snacks, convenience items
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 2 p.m.-10 p.m.
Location: Sewall Hall
Food: Salads, sandwiches, convenience items
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 11 responses

  • 21% It's hard eating that many meals in a week.
  • 21% Libby Dining is closed on weekends
  • 17% Grab and Go is closed on the weekends
  • 14% Scheduling meals around dining hall hours
  • 10% No guest swipes
  • 7% Can't swipe guests in.
  • 7% Pricey if you dont need the plan but need to eat
  • 3% Running out of munch money

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 89 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 24% C4C Grab'n'Go
  • 21% Farrand Grab'n'Go
  • 18% Libby Dining Hall
  • 15% Center for Community
  • 15% Anywhere on the Hill
  • 6% Laughing Goat at Norlin Library

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 10 responses

  • 50% Munch money!
  • 29% Plenty of meals
  • 21% Variety of food to chose from

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% C4C: Gets old.
  • 50% Darley Commons


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