Meal Plans

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. Cafe 3, one of our dining commons, features vegan food and has a certified kosher station.

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