Terms and Conditions - Meal plans for Graduate/Extension Students 2019—2020


Students must have a current and active registration indicating that they are a Graduate/Extension Student.


Graduate/Extension Plan

The plan includes 300 flex dollars per academic year, for a cost of $300.  Flex dollars are available for use at all dining locations on a declining balance basis. Flex dollars will not roll over into summer session, or from academic year to academic year. Any flex dollars not used by the last day of the spring semester will be forfeited.

Flex dollars have a purchasing power of $1 each. For example, a purchase of $2.01 would cost 2.01 flex dollars. Flex dollars cannot be refunded, transferred to another meal plan holder, or canceled. Flex dollars may be used to pay for guest meals at a discount from the cash price in the dining commons.

Add-on flex dollars:  Purchase 55 flex dollars for $50 or 110 flex dollars for $100. Available at caldining.berkeley.edu

Dining Facilities

Flex dollars may be used to pay for guest meals in the dining commons. Flex dollars may also be are used at the following Cal Dining locations:

  • Dining Commons: Café 3, Clark Kerr, Crossroads, and Foothill
  • Convenience Stores: Bear Market, CKCub, The Den, and Cub Market
  • Campus Restaurants: Brown's, Common Grounds, Terrace Café, The Golden Bear Café, and The Pro Shop at RSF
  • Concession Stands: California Memorial Stadium, Edwards Track, Evans Diamond, Haas Pavilion, Levine-Fricke Field, and Witter Rugby Field
  • Late Night à la carte service



The Graduate/Extension Plan must be purchased online using credit card payment. Accepted credit cards include Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.


Holiday and Campus Closure Periods

Cal Dining locations close for holiday as well as planned and emergency campus closure periods; please review the important scheduled dates relating to meal plan service. Please note in the case of an emergency campus closure, advance notice may not be provided.


Period of Contract

Fall and spring semester dates as defined in the official University academic calendar shall constitute the period of the Graduate/Extension Plan contract, except for holiday or campus closure periods. All meal plan contracts begin on the Sunday prior to when fall semester instruction begins, and end on the last Sunday of spring semester. Please view the UC Berkeley academic calendar for up-to-date information.


Cal 1 Card

Cal Dining uses the Cal 1 Card to manage meal plan utilization. The Cal 1 Card is encoded for the appropriate meal plan specified on the Cal 1 Card holder’s account. Students must show a valid Cal 1 Card at every meal as meal plan access is by Cal 1 Card swipe only. Cal 1 Cards and privileges are non-transferable. In the absence of the Cal 1 Card, meals may be purchased with cash, credit, or debit at the general public price.

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 (cal1card.berkeley.edu/login). 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. A $35 non-refundable replacement fee will be assessed to your student billing account. If your card was stolen and you filed a police report for that incident, the replacement fee will be waived by presenting the corresponding police report when requesting the replacement card. Replacement cards are only issued to students with a current registration status in the applicable academic term. NOTE: If you are a student and you withdraw from classes, the Cal 1 Card cannot be replaced if you lose it and you will not be able to use your meal plan.


Special Diets

Cal Dining makes every effort to identify ingredients that may trigger more well known 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 who may need to use an EpiPen should be carrying their own at all times. Cal Dining staff is not trained to administer EpiPens 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. Students are encouraged to meet with our registered dietitian to discuss any special dietary concerns or food allergies by emailing dietitian@berkeley.edu.