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Food Services

CMU's Dining Hall on campus provides high-quality, nutritious food service to students, staff, and visitors.


Hours of Service

The Dining Hall is open as follows:
Monday–Friday: 7:45 AM – 5:45 PM
Saturday: 7:45 AM – 5:45 PM
Sunday: 7:45 AM – 5:45 PM

Hot meal times are:
Breakfast: 7:45 AM – 10:30 AM
Lunch: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Supper: 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Saturday & Statutory Holidays
Breakfast: 7:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Brunch: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Supper: 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Breakfast: 7:45 AM – 10:30 AM
Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Supper: 5:00 – 5:45 PM


Snack is served every night of the week from 9:00–10:30 PM.


Meal Plans

All dormitory students are required to participate in the Full Board Menu Plan, which covers all food served in the Dining Hall.

All single students living in apartment units are required to participate in the Apartment Meal Plan. This meal plan provides one lunch and one supper per week in the Dining Hall. It does not include beverages, fruits, or snacks from the dining hall during the day and between meals.

If CMU events conflict with meal times (i.e., athletic games or choral performances), arrangements can be made ahead of time for bag lunches to be supplied by the Food Services staff.

For meal plan prices, please see the housing fee schedule (PDF).

Individual Meal Purchases

Commuter students, married students living on campus, staff, faculty and visitors are welcome to eat meals in the Dining Hall. Meals can be purchased by cash or debit in the Dining Hall or meal tickets can be purchased from South Campus Reception. Meal tickets purchased in larger quantities receive a discount.

Special Diets

Medically Prescribed Diets
CMU Food Service will provide nutritionally balanced meals for medically prescribed diets whenever possible. Sometimes, however, there are prescribed diets that are beyond the scope of Food Services staff to provide. It may be difficult to find ingredients for such diets, the workload to prepare some complex diets might be excessive, or it may not be possible to ensure that there is no cross contamination with other foods.

When CMU is not confident that it will be able to provide the required diets in an acceptable manner the student may be encouraged to take accommodation in a CMU apartment. Alternatively, the student may choose to live off campus. Special cases of this nature will be dealt with in consultation with the student, Residence Director, and the Director of Food Services.

Personal Lifestyle Diets
CMU Food Service will provide nutritionally balanced meals for students requesting personal lifestyle diets whenever possible. However, at times such meals may not be the equivalent of regular menu meals although as much as possible they will meet nutritional standards.

If the resources required to meet a specifically requested personal lifestyle diet become excessive, it may be necessary for the student to seek alternate housing options to accommodate their special diet needs. Special cases of this nature will be dealt with in consultation with the student, Residence Director and the Director of Food Services.

Students on special diets may require access to certain specialty foods that are difficult to purchase. With the approval of the Director of Food Services and proper receipts, CMU may reimburse the student for the purchase of these items. It is understood that this would only be for foods necessary to meet nutritional needs.

Policies and Practices

Dress Code

The Dining Hall is a public space; there are times when rental groups on the CMU campus will also be using the Dining Hall. Appropriate dress is required; proper footwear must be worn in the Dining Hall at all times.

Compostable Dishes

CMU Food Services uses compostable cups and dishes for catering outside of the Dining Hall. Any food taken from the Dining Hall should be on dishes supplied by the individual or on compostable dishes supplied by Food Services.

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