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Meal Plans 2020–2021

​Undergraduate students living in the residence halls

Students living in the residence halls are required to have a meal plan, and are automatically enrolled in the Blue Plan.

Meal plans include a combination of meal swipes and flex dollars. Meal swipes are for use in the dining commons or as a “meal equivalency” swipe at The Golden Bear Café or Brown’s  (Temporarily closed for 2020–⁠2021). Flex dollars may be used at campus restaurants, convenience stores, concession stands, and to pay for guest meals at a discount from the cash price in the dining commons. You can also use your flex dollars in the dining commons if you run out of meal swipes for the week.

Each week a specific number of meal swipes are available for use. Any unused meal swipes expire on Saturday at midnight each week, and reset for the upcoming week. Meal swipes are non-transferrable.

Flex dollars work on a declining balance basis, with half the flex dollars available for each semester. Up to 100 flex dollars roll over from fall semester to spring semester. Flex dollars will not roll over into the 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 function like cash dollars—1 flex dollar has the purchasing power of $1. 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.

The plans

Three meal plans are available for students who live in the residence halls:

Plans Ultimate Plan Gold Plan Blue Plan
Description Ultimate flexibility
Ultimate convenience
Ultimate value
More flexibility
More convenience
More value
Swipes Unlimited meal swipes per week 10 meal swipes per week 12 meal swipes per week
Flex dollars 1000 flex dollars (500 per semester) 1000 flex dollars (500 per semester) 600 flex dollars (300 per semester)
Cost +$950 per year ($475 per semester) +$350 per year ($175 per semester) Included in housing contract

Add-on flex dollars

Get more value for your dollar and supplement your meal plans by purchasing additional flex dollars.

110 flex dollars for $100
55 flex dollars for $50

Purchase add-on flex dollars
using your CalNet ID.

Meal plan upgrades

At any time during the academic year, you may upgrade your on-campus meal plan:

From To Cost per semester
Blue Plan Gold Plan $175
Blue Plan Ultimate Plan $475
Gold Plan Ultimate Plan $300

Note: The upgrade fee cannot be prorated.

Upgrade your on-campus meal plan by contacting the Cal Housing office via email at

Meal plan changes

Changes to your on-campus meal plan can be made at the beginning of the fall semester through September 7, 2020, or from November 29, 2020, to January 22, 2021, for the spring semester. Changes to meal plans must be made by filling this form.
No other meal plan change requests will be approved outside of the official change period.

Pricing for dining commons

With flex dollars, you pay less than cash price in the dining commons—on average almost $5 less per meal! You can also use your flex dollars for guests at a discounted rate at the dining commons.

Meal On-campus Meal Plan Guest Price Cash Price (With no meal plan)
Breakfast 5 flex dollars 7 flex dollars $10
Lunch/Brunch 6 flex dollars 8 flex dollars $13
Dinner 7 flex dollars 9 flex dollars $14

Important dates

View all the important dates you need to keep in mind related to your meal plan.

Terms and conditions

Read full terms and conditions.