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Eat Well. Live Well.

Both of our market places offer a great variety of nutritious choices for you to choose from. Ensure that half of your plate is fruits and vegetables, a quarter whole grains and a quarter lean protein (such as chicken or eggs). Look for our UChoose icon on our menu items. The UChoose program is active campus-wide, so you’ll see the UChoose apple icons in both market places as well as at Campus Cafés and C-Stores across campus. This icon means food items are a nutritious choice because they have been analyzed to meet the following criteria: low calories, low sodium, and low fat and zero trans-fat. Check out our dining blog for more information about eating well. 

Special Diets

We want to ensure everyone has a safe experience with University Dining. If you have a food allergy or dietary restriction, please make sure to speak with our nutrition specialist or a market place manager. We are committed to helping you find a customized solution to meet your dietary needs. A wide variety of food options are available at both market places. Questions about food preparation and ingredients may be directed to our Nutrition Specialist, Laura Croteau, RD. LD.  

What can we do for you?

  • We can help you navigate the market places to determine which foods best fit your diet. You will see that each menu item clearly displays a line sign including nutritional icons.
  • Do you have an allergy or restriction, but there is not a nutritional icon for it? Let us know and we can provide additional assistance.
  • You can choose to have meals prepared in the kitchen to limit the possibility of cross contamination. This requires a doctor's note and completion of a printed request for accommodation form, which can be found here: PDF iconDietary Needs Form

Allergy & Nutrition Badges

At the University of Iowa, we try to make eating in our market places as simple as possible for students with allergies or dietary restrictions. Using our line signs, students are able to see which food items contain milk, contain peanuts, contain wheat, contain gluten, are vegetarian, are sourced locally, or qualifies as a UChoose option. Additionally, students will be able to utilize NetNutrition for other allergies and dietary restrictions. 


NetNutrition is an online tool that will be available for you to use to view menu allergens and nutrition information for items served in both of our Market Places. By using NetNutrition, you can filter by dining location, allergens, and other preferences such as vegan and vegetarian options. This program can help you make more informed choices while dining with us. 

Summer Camp Nutrition Information

University of Iowa Housing and Dining is excited to host summer camps for students, but we understand that it presents challenges for both parents and their children. Whether it is a specific allergy or your child's diet that concerns you, we are able to accommodate! Nutrition and allergy information is available for both market place locations online, but further questions should be directed to Laura Croteau, RD, LD several weeks before the summer camp or program begins.

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Housing & Dining at the University of Iowa cannot guarantee the accuracy of nutrition information. Nutrition and ingredient information may vary due to product substitutions and formulation by the manufacturer prior to product purchase by the University of Iowa. Additionally, cross contamination and other variables are beyond the University’s control. Individuals with food-related dietary concerns should be aware of this risk and understand that University Housing & Dining does not assume any liability for adverse reactions to foods consumed, or items with which one may come into contact while eating at any UI dining location.