On-Campus Meal Plans 2023–2024
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. Food brings people together—whether you eat in the dining commons or pick up snacks to go with friends. While students are automatically enrolled in the Blue Plan, three meal plans are available to meet your needs.
Upgrade your meal plan
Want more meal swipes and more flexibility to meet your needs? Upgrade your meal plan for a limited time only. It’s as easy as a quick email to the Cal Housing office at email@example.com.
Fall: Upgrade until September 2, 2023
Spring: Upgrade November 27, 2023 – January 27, 2024
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 participating locations. Meal swipes may only be used by the meal plan holder.
- 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 (1 per meal period)||10 meal swipes per week (1 per meal period)||Unlimited meal swipes per week (1 meal swipe every 30 minutes per meal period)|
|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
Meal plan changes
Changes to your on-campus meal plan can be made through September 2, 2023, or from November 27, 2023, through January 27, 2024, for the spring semester. Changes to meal plans must be made by emailing the Cal Housing office at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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||9 flex dollars||$12|
|Lunch/Brunch||10 flex dollars||$14|
|Dinner||11 flex dollars||$16|
View all the important dates you need to keep in mind related to your meal plan.