Campus Dining

Location
Boulder, CO
Undergrads
23,662
Tuition (in-state)
$31,378 ($9,482)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I lived in Farrand Hall which had its own Grab n Go and was located just next to the C4C dining hall. The food was good but there wasn't a lot of variety so, by the end of the semester, I got bored with eating the same food items. The Farrand Grab n Go was popular for its burgers which were really tasty! C4C had the best omelets in the morning. Other than that, I would use my munch money to switch my meals up a little and maybe buy a calzone from the WeatherTech.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: There are multiple places to eat on campus that have a pretty good variety.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Overall, I wasn't impressed with the dining hall experience. The food all seemed to be the same.

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.

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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
Hometown
Littleton, CO
Major
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 http://housing.colorado.edu/dining.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
19
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
Alley@Farrand
24-Hour Dining
None
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 www.flatironmealplan.com 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 http://housing.colorado.edu/dining.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

2.1.3
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.
Alley@Farrand
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.
Emporium@Farrand
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.
Piazanos
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.
Zeller's
Location: Sewall Hall
Food: Salads, sandwiches, convenience items
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 89 responses

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

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 12 responses

  • 23% It's hard eating that many meals in a week.
  • 19% Libby Dining is closed on weekends
  • 16% Scheduling meals around dining hall hours
  • 16% Grab and Go is closed on the weekends
  • 10% No guest swipes
  • 6% Can't swipe guests in.
  • 6% Pricey if you dont need the plan but need to eat
  • 3% Running out of munch money

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 22% Farrand Grab'n'Go
  • 22% C4C Grab'n'Go
  • 16% Libby Dining Hall
  • 16% Center for Community
  • 16% Anywhere on the Hill
  • 5% Laughing Goat at Norlin Library
  • 3% Sewall Dining Hall

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

  • 53% Munch money!
  • 27% Plenty of meals
  • 20% Variety of food to chose from

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

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

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