TAU Dining

Tel Aviv is a relatively expensive 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 enters.
  • SuperYuda: Bart st. 6, a bit more expensive than other supermarkets but open 24/7.

Columbia University Dining

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.

Contact Information

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

Microwaves are available for general use in the following locations:

  • Dodge Hall (Joe Coffee)
  • Uris Hall (Deli)
  • Jerome Greene cafe 

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.

GS Dining Plan | Dining Plan E

Columbia Dining created a Dining plan option designed specifically to meet the unique needs of GS students; the plan was created by GS students in concert with Columbia Dining staff.

The GS student plan, Dining Plan E, provides students with the flexibility to stretch their meals across the entire academic year and allows them to add meals if they run out. It includes 75 meals plus 75 Dining Dollars for $997/year.

Students should contact Columbia Dining for details about enrollment in Dining Plan E. Online enrollment is not available.

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.

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.

Columbia Dining's registered dietician is available on-campus as well as online to address questions and concerns regarding students' nutrition and dietary needs, including providing individual consultation and customized meal planning.