Meal Plans

Spring 2018 | Fall 2018

Fall 2018 Meal Plans for Students Living in the Residence Halls

Cal Dining is introducing new meal plans to be as convenient as possible for all students starting in August 2018. The Blue Residential Meal Plan is included in Housing contract rates for fall 2018 and spring 2019.

Blue Residential Meal Plan 

The Blue Meal Plan is included in Housing contract rates and provides 12 meals per week by swiping in at a dining location with $500 flex dollars to use within the academic year ($250 per semester; unused dollars carry over from fall to spring semester). Meals are allotted per week, and do not reset or carry over from week to week. Meals that are not eaten during the week cannot be accumulated or saved. This plan allows only one meal swipe per designated meal period. Upgrade to the Gold Residential Meal Plan if you prefer more meal swipes per week or want additional meal plan flex dollars.

Gold Residential Meal Plan

The Gold Meal Plan offers unlimited meal swipes in the residence hall dining commons all day long, every day, as well as $700 flex dollars to use within the academic year. This plan is for anyone who wishes to have unlimited access to the dining commons, including additional beverages and snacks throughout the day. In addition to the daily multiple “all-you-care-to-eat” swipes to the residence hall dining commons, this plan provides $700 flex dollars per academic year ($350 per semester) to use in retail purchases. The $700 flex dollars can be used for retail purchases, guest meals, late night dining, and/or for concessions at Cal Athletic events. Additional flex dollar add-ons are also available. To upgrade to the Gold Meal Plan, which costs an additional $600 per semester, log in to the Housing Portal.

Bear & Cub Meal Plans for Students Living Off-Campus

For undergraduate and graduate students living in off-campus housing who are interested in purchasing a meal plan for fall 2018, please check our website later this spring for details about the new Bear Meal Plan and Cub Meal Plan.

Current Meal Plan Holders | Meal Plans for Spring and Summer 2018

Current meal plans will continue to be in effect through spring 2018 and during Summer Sessions. The last day to use your meal plan for spring is May 13, 2018. If you are looking to purchase a meal plan for fall 2018, please review the new meal plans available.

Whether you eat a lot or a little, prefer sit-down meals or like to grab and go, meal plan options offer flexibility and great-tasting food for every need and every palate.  

Meal plans aren’t just for students living in the residence halls. Our award-winning dining commons, plant-forward restaurants, and gourmet coffee spots appeal to faculty, staff, graduates, and undergraduates living off campus as well.

Great Food and Variety — at a Discount

On-campus restaurants, cafes, and athletic concession stands include options for upscale local food, made-to-order wraps and sandwiches, grab-and-go meals and snacks, smoothies, sushi, vegan food, gourmet coffee, and much much more. Award-winning dining commons have a range of healthy and delicious food options and are all-you-care-to-eat.

Meal plans enable you to eat at any Cal Dining location. See the full list of locations and descriptions on the “Locations” tab.

Cal Dining locations, including the dining commons, are so popular that people pay full price to dine with us. But with all of our meal plans, you get an automatic discount, which you can use for yourself, family, and friends.

How to Choose a Meal Plan

A number of meal plan options offer flexibility for all needs.

To decide on a meal plan, first read How It Works, and then go to the Meal Plan page that describes you: Resident (students living in the residence halls), Non-Resident (undergraduates living in university apartments and off campus), Graduate (graduate students and Berkeley Extension International Concurrent Enrollment students), Summer (students attending summer session or registered for fall classes), and Faculty/Staff.

With so many locations and dining options to choose from, our meal plans make it easy for everyone. So let us do the cooking and cleaning for you.  

Special Dietary Needs

Whether you have a special dietary need due to food allergies, gluten intolerance, or religious dietary restrictions, or if you’re simply seeking guidance with your food choices, we offer the resources to help. Our registered dietitian and culinary team work closely with students seeking accommodation for special dietary needs. Contact for more information or to set up a meeting or nutrition counseling session.

All of our dining commons, restaurants, food stands, and cafes have daily vegetarian and vegan selections, as well as gluten-free options. All four dining commons have halal options upon request. 

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