Published: Jan. 13, 2023

Students eating at the Village Dining CenterWith 15 locations across campus, CU Boulder has many convenient dining options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each site has something different to offer. From grab-n-go to dining centers, you'll find a variety of cuisines.  

Whether you’re starting your first semester or need a refresher of the diverse dining choices on campus, here are some tips to help you explore food options.

Use Nutrislice

To explore your options, use the Nutrislice website or download the Nutrislice app. It lets you check daily menus at all campus dining locations. Review this how-to guide for using Nutrislice.

Nutrislice also shows a daily smart pick meal chosen by our campus dietitian for the C4C Dining Center and Village Center Dining. To locate the dietitian’s daily smart pick, browse the daily menu for the location. It is easy to keep variety in your meals while still selecting healthy choices. If you have questions about nutrition or dietary needs, check the dining website or email dining@colorado.edu.

Learn dining basics

Where to find food

Visit the campus dining website to learn more about dining locations and hours. Choose from dining centers, retail markets, cafes, restaurants and grab-n-gos.

If you live in the residence halls and have a meal plan, there are a variety of ways to pay at campus dining locations:

  • Meal swipe: One meal swipe from your meal plan gets you “all you care to eat” at dining centers or two sides and an entree to go from a grab-and-go location. 
  • Munch Money: This is a declining balance of funds available to purchase a la carte items, like chips or beverages included with the 15 or 19 meal per week residential plans. Munch Money can also be used to purchase items at retail markets or buy a guest meal at dining centers..
  • Campus Cash: This is like Munch Money and can be used to purchase a la carte and retail market items. You can add funds to your Buff OneCard throughout the year. It can also pay for on-campus printing and laundry in the residence halls. Meals purchased with Campus Cash will cost $9.25 plus tax ($10.08 total).

Block meal plans are available for purchase if you don’t live in a residence hall. This plan provides a convenient option to have a set number of meal swipes for the semester. You can also use Campus Cash to pay at campus dining locations.

Meet our campus dietitian

Lisa Whalen, RDN, is a registered dietitian in Campus Dining Services. Whether you live on or off campus, Lisa offers free consultations to help you navigate dining options. Meeting with a dietitian can be helpful if you have food allergies or intolerances, or are simply looking to modify your diet. Lisa also provides education on ingredients, sourcing of foods served in CU dining centers and dining center tours, including help with locating healthy and food allergy-specific items. To contact Lisa, email dining@colorado.edu.