Discounts every time you dine with us, with your Bear Bucks account!

Bear Bucks is a declining balance discount food purchasing account available for students, faculty, and staff, offering campus-wide dining flexibility. Your Griz Card contains your Bear Bucks account; activate it today with a minimum deposit of $20!

Features of BEAR BUCKS include:

  • Accepted at 14 UM Dining locations, providing access to 25 different venues.
  • A 30% discount off the cash price to the Food Zoo Dining Room.
  • A 10% discount off all food purchases at retail UM Dining and affiliate venues (i.e., Noodle Express, Pizza Hut, Doc's Sandwich Shop, Jus Chill'n, etc.).
  • A 5% premium when making a deposit of $200 or more (deposit $200 and spend $210!).
  • Access to on-campus foodservice year-round.
  • Add additional funds to your Bear Bucks account at any time!


Make a deposit
Payroll deduction
*Payroll deduction option available to UM
faculty, contract and classified staff only.

Bear Bucks discount vs. Food Zoo cash price


Bear Bucks Price

Cash Price

Breakfast/Continental Breakfast



Lunch & Brunch






Make deposits to Bear Bucks online, via phone (406)-243-6325, or in person in the UM Dining Main Office, Lommasson Center 114.  Payment methods include cash, check, credit/debit card, and CyberBear account.  (Some restrictions apply. Call 406-243-6325 for details.)

Bear Bucks Policy

  • Available to all students, faculty, staff, and UM affiliates with an active Griz Card.
  • Bear Bucks balances carry forward between semesters and academic years and remain available until one full year of account inactivity.
  • Refunds are based on your current balance, minus the 5% premium, if applicable, and a $25 cancellation fee. There are no refunds for accounts with a balance less than the premium received and the $25 cancellation fee.
  • Bear Bucks cannot be used at UM Concessions, UM Catering, or to purchase products throught the Bear Hugs Program. 
  • Please contact the UM Dining Main Office in Lommasson 114, (406) 243-6325, Monday - Friday between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., or email our Meal Plan Specialist with any questions you may have.