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Student Life . Housing . Dining 


All residents who reside in the Uptown Residence Hall must sign up for a meal plan. If you live off campus or are a resident of CIA's Euclid 117 apartments, you also may choose to sign up for a meal plan. 


Most CIA students choose the CaseCash dining option.

CaseCash is offererd in conjunction with CWRU. Like a pre-loaded debit card, CaseCash can be used at retail dining locations and retail shops in the University Circle area. In addition, it can be used like cash at the CWRU bookstore.

Your account is loaded at the beginning of each semester, depending on the amount you chose when you pay your semester tuition + fees statement.

CaseCash is also is available combined with CWRU's traditional meal plans in $100, $200, or $300 per semester denominations.

You can carry a CaseCash balance all four years you are at CIA and unused Case Cash carries over from year to year. Dollars can be added with a credit card at any time through the CaseCash website or by using cash-at-value transfer stations on campus.

View a list of the locations that accept CaseCash here.

Shot of Leutner Commons

CWRU Dining Halls


  • A study area with single or group seating for 76 students off the main dining area
  • New front entrance and atrium equipped with two electronic boards for campus and food service information
  • Wireless connections throughout
  • Sustainable building using environmentally friendly materials, insulation and reuse of existing materials
  • The Taqueria, which features authentic food from different regions of Mexico. Items include Conchinita Pibil (pork braised with achiote and citrus), albondigas (Mexican Meatballs), moles, caldos (soups) and a variety of taco preparations for both meat-lovers and vegetarians.
  • Two sauté stations with a total of 20 gas burners that can feature risottos, pasta, stir-fry dishes, mussels cooked to order, Asian noodle bowls, customized soup preparations, and other innovative dishes that Bon Appetit chefs create daily.
  • A 15-foot one-of-a-kind custom ice-less ‘cold top’ that changes the way salad and deli stations are presented. A heated ‘Eurocase’ displays home-style comfort foods, simply prepared vegetables, carved meats, slow smoked barbecue items, and other regional and ethnic specialties

Hours of Operation

  • Monday–Friday: 7am–10pm
  • Saturday–Sunday: 9:30am–8pm

Changing Your Meal Plan

You may make changes to your meal plan up until the end of the first week of each semester. After that week, you will be unable to make any changes until the following semester. All changes go through the Director of Student Life + Housing.


For more information:

Matthew Smith, PhD
Assistant Dean, Student Affairs
216.421.7495 | Contact

CIA Identification Card

Your CIA identification card is a very powerful tool. You are required to carry it at all times for identification in the academic buildings. It also has many other uses. For instance, if you live in the residence hall, it serves as your outside door key. If you want a meal plan, it is your food ticket.