Dining at Columbia

Columbia Dining Services maintains 11 dining facilities conveniently located on campus. Each location accepts cash, as well as credit cards, Dining Dollars, and Flex for quick cashless transactions.

Dining Dollars allow you to create a tax-free declining balance account for food and beverage purchases.

A Flex Account is a similar, although not tax-free, account that can be used at on-campus dining locations, the University Bookstore, select vending machines, the self-service copiers in the libraries, and on-campus laundry facilities. Flex Accounts are also accepted at many off-campus establishments, including restaurants, grocery stores, and drug stores, and can be used to order takeout through GrubHub.

An overview of dining plans, Dining Dollars, and Flex is available on the Dining Services website. You can sign up for Dining Dollars and/or a Flex Account in SSOL, in person at 118 Hartley Hall or 204 Kent Hall, or with a cashier at any on-campus dining location.

Dining Plans

The University offers several dining plans consisting of all-you-care-to-eat meals at John Jay Dining Hall, Ferris Booth Commons, or JJ's Place. All meals are accessed by University ID card and billed to the Columbia student account.

Nutrition, Food Allergies, and Special Diets

Registered Dietician Alexa Gandara is available on site as well as online to address individual questions and concerns related to food allergies, intolerances, and dietary preferences.

Microwave Locations

Microwaves are available for general use in the following locations:

  • Dodge Hall (Joe Coffee)
  • Uris Hall (Deli)


Columbia University Dining Services
118 Hartley Hall
(212) 854-4076
[email protected]