Resident Meal Plan Terms and Conditions

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Meal Plan Terms

Meal Plan points are the currency with which residents use their Meal Plans. Points have no tie-in or relation to a dollar figure.  Points cannot be refunded, transferred to another meal plan holder, or cancelled.

In Fall Semester, 50% of Meal Plan points are credited to Meal Plan accounts with the remaining 50% credited in the Spring Semester.Should a student not use all Fall Semester points, up to 100 unused points will carry over from Fall Semester to the subsequent Spring Semester. Points will not carry over into summer session, or from academic year to academic year. Any Meal Plan points not used by the last day of any Spring Semester will be forfeited. If a student cancels their housing contract, their meal points will not rollover. When a meal plan is cancelled, all meal plan points are forfeited immediately upon cancellation.
For all Residence Hall contracts signed and returned without a dining plan indicated, the Standard Meal Plan is the default Meal Plan that is automatically assigned. The residence hall housing contract includes room and board; therefore, if a student cancels their housing contract, they are also cancelling their Meal Plan, and are not entitled to a Meal Plan refund or credit for unused points, and no rollover of points from Fall Semester to Spring Semester.  Over usage of Meal Plan points upon cancellation may result in additional charges to a student’s CalCentral account.


Meal Plan Changes

Meal plan changes can be made for Spring Semester, however there are limited changes that can be made during the fall.  Changes to Meal Plans can only be made via the Cashier’s Office or phone: 510.642.4108 between December 1, 2017– January 10, 2018. Additionally, $50 administrative fee will be imposed for any approved Meal Plan downgrade. Point and dollar amount credits, refunds or charges will be adjusted based on actual point usage, minus the change fee. Outside of the official change period, students may only upgrade their Meal Plan from Standard to Premium with a $175 administrative fee per semester for the premium plan.  No other Meal Plan change requests will be approved outside of the official change period.

Meal Plan Cancellation

Students living in the residence halls are required to have a Meal Plan and may not cancel for any reason. UC Berkeley has a combined room and board program and does not separate the cost of the Meal Plan from room fees.


Holiday Periods

Cal Dining locations close for holiday periods, all important dates relating to Meal Plan service can be found here.


Cal 1 Cards
Cal Dining uses a computerized system to control access to its facilities. The Cal 1 Card is encoded for the appropriate Meal Plan specified on a student's account. No meal shall be provided by Cal Dining without presentation of a valid Cal 1 Card. Cal 1 Cards are not transferable. In the absence of the Cal 1 Card, meals may be purchased with cash, credit, or debit. The Cal 1 Card is valuable and should be protected accordingly. You are solely responsible for immediately reporting / deactivating a lost or stolen Cal 1 Card.  The most effective way to do so is online by logging onto your account (  If you do not have access to the internet when your card is lost or stolen, reports can be made in person at the Cal 1 Card Office or by calling 1.866.2UCBCARD.  Once the card is reported missing, you assume no further liability for unauthorized use.   


Dietary Restrictions/Special Diets

Cal Dining makes every effort to identify ingredients that may trigger allergic or other adverse reactions for individuals with food allergies or intolerance. Our staff is trained and educated on food allergies and gluten-free diets on an ongoing basis and they ensure that items marked gluten friendly are made without gluten-containing ingredients. However, due to the volume of meals served and items used each day along with food product changes from our vendors, we cannot guarantee that every allergen or gluten source in the food served will be identified and labeled. There is a small possibility that, without notice to us, manufacturers of the commercial foods we use can change the formulation at any time. Cross contact may also occur despite our best efforts to prevent it. Customers concerned with food allergens and gluten must be aware of these risks. Cal Dining cannot assume any liability for adverse reactions to food consumed, or items one may come in contact with while eating at any Cal Dining facility or catered event. Customers with life threatening food allergies in need to use an Epi-pen should be carrying their own at all times. Cal Dining staff is not trained to administer Epi-pens and cannot provide or administer them.

Cal Dining strives to provide a variety of meal options, including vegetarian and vegan selections. Although not guaranteed, special diets can generally be accommodated within our regular offerings. Residents are encouraged to arrange a meeting with our Registered Dietitian to discuss any special dietary concerns or food allergies by e-mailing

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