Accounts on the U Card


If you are currently enrolled as a student at the University of Minnesota and have no financial holds on your student account, you can use your U Card to charge purchases of textbooks and supplies from University Bookstores to your University student account.

Just bring your U Card and another photo ID to any of the University of Minnesota Bookstores and say "charge it to my student account." They will accept your U Card just like a credit card.

Your bookstore charges on your U Card will be included on your next monthly student account billing statement, along with other tuition and fee charges. You must pay the bookstore charges in full, unless you make the purchases after the last bill of the previous term and before the second bill of the current term. Unpaid bookstore charges may result in registration and transcript holds on your student record.

You may also use your Student Account to pay for a U Card replacement fee ($25).

If you have a University of Minnesota Twin Cities U Card, you automatically have a Gopher GOLD Account on your U Card. Gopher GOLD allows you to store money on your U Card and then use your U Card to make purchases all over campus.

Gopher GOLD is the only way to pay for printing in computer labs and libraries on campus.

Gopher GOLD is a pre-paid University of Minnesota account - not a bank account.

To find out more about the Gopher GOLD account please visit the Gopher GOLD page 

If you purchase a University of Minnesota Twin Cities Meal Plan it will be added to your U Card.

You will swipe your U Card at the Dining Halls to use your Meal Plan.

Meal Plans are managed through University Dining Services. If you have questions or concerns about Meal Plans please visit

If you have a University of Minnesota Twin Cities U Card, your FlexDine Account is automatically made available to you on the card.

FlexDine is money you may add to your U Card that can only be spent at University Dining locations.

FlexDine is a pre-paid account available to all students, staff and faculty.

Purchases made with FlexDine are tax free for students only.

FlexDine Accounts are managed through University Dining Services, not the U Card Office.

If you would like to make a deposit to a FlexDine account or have questions please visit