Housing & Dining
Find your home
We've worked hard to build a campus that invites you to play hard and study harder, starting by crafting a comfortable and supportive living environment for all students. Living on campus means you'll have access to dining halls, communal spaces and study areas, all on our pleasant, tree-shaded campus.
We built our housing options with the student experience in mind, meaning you'll live in comfort knowing all the resources you'll need are just outside your door. Off campus, you'll find extensive living options and a vibrant neighborhood mere steps from your classes.
Our campus sits in an urban neighborhood dotted by a wide variety of restaurants. You'll find authentic cuisine from around the world just on our doorstep—Thai, Mediterranean, Japanese, Mexican and many others are located within a few blocks of campus. Other popular spots—The Pioneer, Crimson and Gold, and Asbury Provisions—offer pub fare, big-screen TVs broadcasting DU hockey games and places to meet other students.
Venture just a bit further off campus and you'll find even more options, from the famous Sushi Den on South Pearl to trendy spots like Linger and Root Down in Denver's Highlands, both of which are easily accessible on public transportation or a short car ride. If you're more into the artsy, casual side of things, the Historic Five Points and South Broadway neighborhoods are about 10 minutes from campus. Denver has some of the nation's best food, and no matter your preferences, you're sure to find something appetizing.
Meal plans at DU are designed to accommodate your needs as a student and include $300 of meal plan cash per quarter. Here's a rundown of our four options:
175 Meal Plan: You'll have access to 175 meals per quarter at the Nelson dining hall, and you can use your Pioneer ID card to swipe for meals at the Nagel Hall market. This plan is designed for students who like to eat smaller meals more often, so you'll be able to grab food from the dining halls whenever you want.
150 Meal Plan: You get 150 meals per quarter in the Nelson and Centennial dining halls, plus late-night options. It's designed to provide you with about 15 meals per week, and is useful if you plan to stay on campus during the weekends.
125 Meal Plan: This plan gives you about 12 meals per week, with a total of 125 per quarter. You'll have access to all of the dining options offered by the other meal plans.
Commuter Meal Plan: The most economical choice, this plan provides 50 meals per quarter and is designed primarily for students who don't live on campus. It's available only for commuter and upper-class students, and comes with $300 in meal plan cash. Students also have the option of purchasing a 10-meal commuter plan from the ID card office.
Special Dietary Options
We gladly accommodate all dietary needs, and we encourage students to arrange a one-on-one meeting with our dining managers and nutritionists to ensure we're providing quality food that meets your nutritional requirements.