Dining Services

students in Champlain College IDX Dining Hall

We do dining a little differently at Champlain. Flexible hours, including late night access four nights a week, means you can grab a bite at your own convenience—whether you need a quick snack or a five-course meal. And with multiple dining locations throughout campus, it's easy to find food when you're hungry.

Our chefs are known for providing specialty meals for those with food allergies, including gluten, and students can take advantage of Champlain's nutritionist for free guidance on eating healthy in a college environment. Whatever you're craving, no matter the time of day, you can gather with friends to eat, laugh and relax.

Dining Halls

IDX Dining Hall

Our main dining hall is in the IDX Student Life Center, the heart and soul of campus life. This is the place to share a good, filling meal with friends in a comfortable atmosphere enlivened by sweeping views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks skyline. With seven stations serving a wide variety of food, the IDX Dining Hall is where you'll find reliable college standbys like pizza and burgers alongside diverse international cuisine, fresh salads, and mouthwatering desserts.     


Located in our brand new Center for Communications and Creative Media, EATS is Champlain's newest destination for a quick meal on campus. At this entirely retail option, you'll find Zime, a modern bakery bistro serving coffee, sandwiches and signature soups. Just next door is The Grille, where classic options like burgers, chicken sandwiches and fries are served alongside Auntie Anne's pretzels late into the night. Salads, soft drinks and more are also available at this convenient stop.

Meal Plan Options

Residential Students: If you're living on campus, you have what is known as the "Carte Blanche" meal plan. This means you have unlimited access when going to the IDX Dining Hall. Residential meal plans include three guest meals in IDX per year, and additional guest meals can be purchased at the door price. In addition, you will get $150 per semester of Residential Flex for FREE, which you will be able to carry over to second semester (all Residential Flex expires at the end of the spring term, though).

Commuter Students: If you're living in off-campus housing, we offer a 40-meal block plan. Please contact the Enrollment Service Center (ESC) at 802.860.2777 or esc@champlain.edu to sign up.

How Flex Works

Each student with a "Carte Blanche" meal plan receives $150 in "Resident Flex" each semester on your Champlain ID card. If you do not have the "Carte Blanche" plan, you may purchase "Retail Flex" and receive a bonus of ten percent for deposits of $100 to $249 and twenty percent for deposits of $250 or greater. Go to Champlain.edu/retail-flex to find out how to add Flex to your account.

Flex is used like cash on campus in IDX and EATS. When you use your card at IDX, it will swipe against your meal plan if you have one. If you're out of guest swipes you can still bring a friend with your Flex. The systems will charge your Residential Flex first, then Retail Flex. If no Flex is available, it will charge against your CC Cash.

Meal plans are not valid at EATS. Cash, debit, credit, Flex and CC Cash are all valid payment options at EATS. Payment with Flex will first charge Residential account, then your Retail account if now Residential Flex is available.

If you lose your Champlain ID card, your balance will carry over to a new one. However, be advised that all Flex expires at the end of the school year and is nonrefundable.