Residential Dining

Residential Dining

At Yale University, the dining halls continue to serve as an important part of tradition and campus social life.  The 14-residential college system is a special part of Yale’s storied history and a unique living experience for students, who call their assigned college home during their time at Yale. Each college has its own dining room, dining traditions and residential community within — creating a gathering place for students, faculty, and staff. While many students enjoy a majority of their meals in their own college, they are not required to do so. When they do, they are joined at mealtime by the Heads of College, Deans and Resident Fellows who reside in that college.

Every residential dining kitchen is overseen by a culinary team which includes accomplished cooks, a Culinary Excellence Manager, and a Guest Experience Manager. Breakfast through dinner provides an impressive range of options that change daily, with thoughtful accommodations made for dietary needs. Our menus celebrate the cultural diversity of our campus community, with an accent on small batch cooking, innovative and authentic recipes, and sustainability.

Dining Halls.Dining Halls

Within Yale’s unique 14-college residential system, the dining halls provide the historic backdrop to a long tradition where students, faculty and staff gather together as a community to enjoy good food and conversation.

Meal Plans.Meal Plans

A variety of meal plans are available to on-campus and off-campus students — providing flexible and delicious options! In addition, Eli Bucks can be purchased for extended access beyond meal plan benefits.  Our 14 dining halls and 10+ retail locations provide a wide variety of craveable dishes made from fresh ingredients, with a focus on sustainability and wellness.

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