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dining services

With a dedicated team behind the scenes, Columbia’s food offerings are seriously good: delicious, fresh, fun and healthy. Our kitchen has great connections with farmers and vendors and incorporates local produce and ingredients into the menus whenever possible. The results will make you smile and give you the energy for juggling everything you have going on.

meal plans

how meal plans work:

  • Meal plans work like a debit card. Money is loaded onto your 1Card. At the dining till, just swipe your card to pay for your meal or snack, and your balance will decline.
  • You can add more money to your meal plan at any point in the semester.
  • We expect all students to use the minimum meal plan amount on their student card. If a student requires a refund for a specific reason, they will need to submit their application to Student Development for consideration.
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what are my options?

Junior 'Lite' Meal Plan

The Junior “Lite” plan is designed for Junior Housing students who are looking for maximum flexibility. If you run out of funds after the initial minimum meal plan of $2100, you can add additional money to your card at any point in the semester. Your total spending will depend on your individual appetite, your food/beverage choices, and on whether you stock your res cupboards with snacks from the grocery store.

$2,100 plus GST per semester

Junior 'Regular' Meal Plan

The Junior “Regular” plan is our standard plan for Junior Housing students. If you run out of funds after the initial minimum meal plan of $2520, you can add additional money to your card at any point in the semester.

$2,520 plust GST per semester

Sophomore Meal Plan

Sophomore Housing is designed for the mature student who is looking to gain more independence yet still participate in junior housing-style community. While you will have access to a kitchen in your residence for your own cooking, you will also have a minimum meal plan of $1175. This meal plan encourages Sophomore housing students to connect with the larger student community through the sharing of some meals in the dining room. Sophomore housing students may also choose the Junior (Lite or Regular) plan if they prefer.

$1,175 plus GST per semester

Senior Meal Plan

This meal plan is designed for students living in Senior Housing who plan to cook their own meals and want to buy the occasional prepared meal or grab a coffee/snack on the way to class. Senior Housing students are encouraged to intentionally connect with the larger student community by eating in the dining room on a regular basis. Senior Housing students may also choose the Junior (Lite or Regular) or Sophomore meal plans if they prefer.

$650 plus GST per semester

How Much Should I Have Left?

A declining meal plan chart is available at the cashier, where you can see how much money you should have left at any point in the semester.

Holy Grounds is a student-run coffee shop located in the Rec Room, or ``Blounge`` (in the basement of the Student Centre). Providing well-made, ethically sourced, and locally roasted coffee, Holy Grounds is open throughout the academic year. Debit, Credit, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Cash are accepted.

Hours of Operation

The Dining Hall accepts cash, debit, MasterCard, VISA and the CBC Meal Card (student card).

Fall Hours

Monday-Thursday
Breakfast | 7:30-10:30
Lunch | 11:00-1:00
Dinner | 2:15-6:00

Friday
Continental Breakfast (grill closed) | 8:00-10:30
Lunch | 11:00-1:00
Dinner | 4:30-6:00

Saturday
Brunch | 11:30-1:00
Dinner | 4:30-6:00

Sunday 
Lunch | 12:00-1:30 (this time is subject to change)
Dinner | 4:30-6:00