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Campus Food

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: My freshman year I ate at grab and go's as much as possible because the food was much better. I would recommend that for anyone because the dining hall food is below average I think.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I enjoyed the variety of food. Especially during breakfasts where there are not many options.

3 College Student

Campus Food: The variety is great. You and your friends can all have whatever they want, but still eat together. The C4C is great because it is located on central campus and has a ton of different options. The food is also very good. Grab and goes are helpful as well because you can take snacks back to your dorm or to class.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: I stay on the south side of campus, so C4C is my primary meal choice. The options are varied and always good.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is great at Sewall and C4C dining hall. I think the variety of food is also good. It would be nice if the C4C was open at least until 9pm everyday, and opened earlier on the weekends.

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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

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 59 responses

  • 19% Grab and Go is closed on the weekends
  • 14% No guest swipes
  • 12% Running out of munch money
  • 11% It's hard eating that many meals in a week.
  • 10% Scheduling meals around dining hall hours
  • 10% Can't swipe guests in.
  • 9% Libby Dining is closed on weekends
  • 6% Pricey if you dont need the plan but need to eat
  • 4% Sometimes the food sucks
  • 2% Not open very late
  • 1% The food gets old after awhile, it gets repeated

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 62 responses

  • 17% Center for Community
  • 15% Farrand Grab'n'Go
  • 15% Anywhere on the Hill
  • 14% C4C Grab'n'Go
  • 12% Libby Dining Hall
  • 8% Sewall Dining Hall
  • 7% UMC
  • 5% Laughing Goat at Norlin Library
  • 4% Weather tech
  • 2% Sewall Grab'n'Go

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 129 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 best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 57 responses

  • 32% Munch money!
  • 24% Variety of food to chose from
  • 20% Plenty of meals
  • 12% Convenience of meals
  • 12% Grab and go

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 41 responses

  • 59% Darley Commons
  • 35% C4C: Gets old.
  • 7% Libby

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