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Meal Plans 2021–2022

​Undergraduate students living in the residence halls

Community is one of the great reasons why students in residence halls are required to have a meal plan. While students are automatically enrolled in the Blue Plan, three meal plans are available to meet your needs.

Upgrade your meal plan

Need more meal swipes and more flexibility to meet your needs? Upgrade your meal plan for a limited time only. You can use this link to request a change to your meal plan for the Spring 2022 semester. 

Fall: Upgrade until September 4, 2021
Spring: Upgrade December 1, 2021 – January 29, 2022 

Available plans

Three meal plans are available for students who live in the residence halls. Meal plans are made up of two different components:

  • Meal Swipes: A set number of meal swipes to use each week at the dining commons or as a meal equivalency at two campus restaurants.
  • Flex Dollars: A set number of flex dollars to use each semester that function like cash dollars and work on a declining balance.
  Current Plan Upgrade Options
Plans Blue Plan Gold Plan Ultimate Plan
Swipes 12 meal swipes per week 10 meal swipes per week Unlimited meal swipes per week
Flex dollars 600 flex dollars (300 per semester) 1000 flex dollars (500 per semester) 1000 flex dollars (500 per semester)
Cost Included in your  Housing Contract +$350 per year ($175 per semester) + $950 per year ($475 per semester)

Add-on flex dollars

Anytime you need, 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 changes

Changes to your on-campus meal plan can be made at the beginning of the fall semester through September 4, 2021, or from December 1, 2021, to January 29, 2022, for the spring semester. Upgrades and changes to meal plans must be made by contacting the Cal Housing office via email at No other meal plan change requests will be approved outside of the official change period.

Pricing for dining commons

With flex dollars, pay less than the cash price in the dining commons—on average about $4 less per meal! You can also use your flex dollars to pay for anyone, such as family, friends, or other guests.

Meal On-Campus Meal Plan and
Friends & Family Price
Cash Price (With no meal plan)
Breakfast 8 flex dollars $11
Lunch/Brunch 9 flex dollars $13
Dinner 10 flex dollars $15

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.