The UAF Dining Experience

UAF offers many different dining locations for Fairbanks residential and commuter students. Wood Center’s Dine 49 facility has several types of fare, including Mongolian grill, homestyle meals, deli sandwiches and wraps, pizza and pasta, favorites off the grill and a salad bar. At Arctic Java students enjoy late-evening service and special events and programs on the coffee house stage. Other retail options available at Wood Center are sushi and falafel.

West Ridge Cafe in the Arctic Health Building offers sandwiches, wraps, soups, paninis, espresso drinks and daily lunch specials. In Hess Commons you will find Campus Cache, a convenience store offering pizza, burgers, baked goods, espresso drinks and a Subway sandwich shop.

With multiple locations around campus to enjoy coffee, pastries and other grab-and-go selections, there is something for everyone.

The Wood Center food court is closed during campus holidays. Please review your dining contract for more details.

Meal Plan Options

A meal plan is a declining cash balance account of Munch Money used exclusively for food purchases. These accounts are designed with a discount feature where the more funds you buy the bigger the savings. Munch Money may be used at all dining and most vending locations on campus.

TABLE 18 Meal plans (prices are per semester)
Plans available to all students
Plan name Student price Munch Money available
Denali Plan $2,160 $2,400
McKinley Plan $2,090 $2,200
Aurora Plan $1,995 $1,995
Plans available only to commuter students or residents of Wickersham or Cutler
Plan name Student price Munch Money available
WCC Plan A $945 $995
WCC Plan B $750 $750

Using your meal plan

Meals are accessed using the PolarExpress student ID card. With Munch Money that accompanies your plan, you have the option of using your PolarExpress card to eat at any campus dining location or to make purchases at most campus vending machines.

All students living in a residence hall are required to purchase a meal plan, with the exception of residents living in Cutler Apartment Complex and the Sustainable Village, and graduate students. Students who do not live on campus but who want to buy a meal plan can also do so. Students wishing to share meals with others may use Munch Money. Please review your dining contract for more details.

All pricing is per semester. Students will automatically be enrolled in the same meal plan in the spring semester unless Dining Services is notified in writing of a different selection. These plans are nontransferable. Leftover Munch Money from the fall semester rolls over for use in the spring semester but expires at the end of the academic year in May. Unused Munch Money will not be refunded.

Dining services on campus are provided by UAF partner NMS/Sodexho, an international food and facilities management services company. Check Dining Services’ website at for additions or changes.

Where to Get More Information

Dining Services
University of Alaska Fairbanks
118 Eielson Building
P.O. Box 757815
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7815
Telephone: 907-474-6661
Fax: 907-474-5707