Dining at Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv is a large, cosmopolitan city, but it is also possible to economize. Plan to spend up to $1,200 USD per month for food, independent travel, and other expenses. Allow about twice as much for the first month to cover initial purchases.

Each building has its own cafeteria. Go and explore your culinary choices! Here are some recommended options:

  • Aroma: Coffee shop in the Beit Hatfutsot/ Museum of the Jewish People (near the TAU International office).
  • Main cafeteria area: in the Law building (McDonalds, salad bar, Italian food, etc.)
  • Coffee Star: Coffee shop, hummus, sandwiches, salads, etc. across the road from the main cafeteria.
  • Cafeneto: Coffee, salad bar, sandwiches, lunch and more at Gilman building.
  • Japanika: Sushi, noodles and other Asian food, right outside the TAU main gate.
  • Mahsanei Lahav Store: Einstein St. Open Sun-Thurs: 7:00am-11:00pm and Fri: 7:00am-3pm.
  • Shufersal: On Brodetsky St, near Ramat Aviv mall and on 1st floor of the mall. Sun-Thurs: 7:00am-11:00pm, Fri: 8:00am-2:00pm. Brodetsky is also open after Shabbat ends (Saturday evening).
  • Victory: Broshim dorms shopping center. Open Sun-Tue: 7:30am-9:00pm, Wed-Thu: 7:30am-10:00pm, Fri: 7:00 am - two hours before Shabbat begins.
  • SuperYuda: Bart st. 6, a bit more expensive than other supermarkets but open 24/7.

Dining at Columbia University

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 more than 63 off-campus establishments, including restaurants, grocery stores, and drug stores.

An overview of locations, hours, 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.

Locations and Hours

Please visit the Columbia Dining website for a list of locations and hours.

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.

Dining Plans

The University offers four dining plans for upperclass, graduate, and General Studies students, each consisting of all-you-care-to-eat meals to enjoy at John Jay Dining Hall, Ferris Booth Commons, or JJ's Place. Students have two to four opportunities per day to use their meal plan for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (depending on the day).  All meals are accessed by University ID card and billed to the Columbia student account. Meal amounts and costs for the 2021-2022 academic year are as follows:

  • PLAN A: 14 meals per week and 200 Dining Dollars per term, plus 15 floating meals and 6 guest meals – $2,725 per term
  • PLAN B: 175 meals and 200 Dining Dollars per term, plus 6 guest meals – $2,478 per term
  • PLAN C: 100 meals and 125 Dining Dollars per term, plus 4 guest meals – $1,543 per term
  • PLAN D: 75 meals and 75 Dining Dollars per term, plus 2 guest meals – $1,159 per term

We also offer a kosher dining plan option to any student who participates in an upperclass, graduate, or General Studies student meal plan. Participation allows students access to a restricted kosher area within John Jay Dining Hall for an additional 10% cost of the selected plan.

As some of the units in University Apartment Housing (UAH) are equipped with kitchens, it is not necessary for students to buy dining plans who do not require one.

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.

Microwaves are available for general use in the following locations:

  • Dodge Hall (Blue Java Coffee BarJoe Coffee)
  • Uris Hall (Deli)
  • Havemeyer Hall (Third Floor, Undergraduate Lounge)Jerome Greene cafe

Contact Information

Columbia University Dining Services
118 Hartley Hall
(212) 854-4076