Why a Dining Plan?-Dining Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Why a Dining Plan?

There are many advantages of purchasing a dining plan: variety, convenience, value, flexibility, and community.


Carnegie Mellon's dining program is unique. There aren’t one or two main dining halls. Rather, there are 20 dining locations representing over 30 concepts and menus. The cuisines we offer are as diverse as the students we serve. Ethnic options abound – Indian, Pan-Asian, Mexican, Kosher, Halal, and Mediterranean are just a sampling.


Students can find a dining location close to their classroom or in their residential community. Hours vary based by location, but you are sure to find something to eat on campus at all times throughout the day (and night).


Our meal plans provide the value of a traditional dining program with the convenience and variety that you find on our campus. Purchasing a meal plan enables you to control your costs while enjoying great food. In addition, the DineXtra plan gives you the extra bonus of 1% for every $100 you deposit into your DineXtra account, up to 10%.

Healthy Options

Health nuts have options at every location on campus, including fresh vegetables, lean proteins, and seasonal fruits, as well as eateries dedicated to vegan and vegetarian meals, smoothies, and build-your-own salads. For those late night study sessions when only a pizza will do or when it’s wing night for our sports enthusiasts, we have those indulgent options, too.


As part of Carnegie Mellon University's ongoing commitment to campus-wide sustainability, we focus on locally-grown food, recycling, pre-consumer composting, and fair trade purchases. We also host and support 11 local restaurateurs who make CMU’s eating scene eclectic, delicious, and extremely unique. Dining Services is continually looking for ways to save energy, purchase responsibly, and incorporate sustainable practices into everything we do.


Our dining locations are great places to meet up with friends in the midst of your busy day. Many of our locations offer comfortable spaces to relax and enjoy your meal. Special events like theme nights, coffee house entertainment, and trivia contests make eating and socializing with your friends an even more enjoyable experience.