Meal Plan Options

Meal plans are a great way to enjoy dining on campus. All students are eligible for a meal plan.

NEW FOR 2018-19: A meal plan is not required for apartment residents; however, students who live in apartments may purchase any meal plan and/or Flexi Dollars online at studenthousing.ucsc.edu.

 

  • Students living in residence halls (including the Transfer Community) must choose either the 7-Day or 5-Day meal plan (students choose their meal plan on the housing application).
  • Students living in college apartments or other residential communities, as well as students living off-campus, have the option to purchase any of the available meal plans and/or Flexi Dollars. Purchase a meal plan at studenthousing.ucsc.edu.

7-Day Meal Plan

7-Day Meal Plan

Unlimited entry to the dining halls 7 days/week. Meals are "all-you-care-to-enjoy."

  • Eat in any dining hall
  • Enter the dining halls as often as you like each day
  • Plan includes $50 Flexi Dollars per quarter
  • Plan includes 4 guest meals per quarter (meal plan holders must accompany their guests)
  • Benefits of the 7-Day Meal Plan

5-Day Meal Plan

5-Day Meal Plan

Unlimited entry to the dining halls Monday - Friday. Meals are “all-you-care-to-enjoy.”

  • Eat in any dining hall
  • Enter the dining halls as often as you like each weekday
  • Plan includes $50 Flexi Dollars per quarter
  • Plan includes 4 guest meals per quarter (meal plan holders must accompany their guests)

55 meals per quarter

55 meals per quarter

55 meals each quarter (about 5 meals per week). Meals are “all-you-care-to-enjoy.” A meal is deducted each time you enter a dining hall.

  • Eat in any dining hall. Meals are “all-you-care-to-enjoy.” A meal is deducted each time you enter a dining hall
  • Meal equivalencies can be used to purchase menu items at select UCSC Dining locations
  • Plan includes $50 Flexi Dollars per quarter
  • Meals may be used for guests (meal plan holders must accompany their guests)
  • Unused meals do not carry over to the next quarter

Slug Club Meals

Slug Club Meals

Slug Club Meals are a great option for student commuters, and for staff and faculty.

  • Eat in any dining hall
  • Slug Club cards are sold at dining hall cashier stations in increments of 5 meals
  • Unused meals expire at the end of the academic year in which they are purchased
  • Slug Club Meals are offered at a discount during the Slug Club Sale, which occurs during the first few weeks of each quarter
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Flexi Dollars

Flexi Dollars

Flexi Dollars are “food dollars” that can be spent like cash at campus dining halls, restaurants, cafés, coffee bars, and all other campus dining outlets.

  • 10% discount off single entry prices at dining halls
  • Purchase food items at all campus eateries
  • Convenient alternative to carrying cash
  • Can be added to any meal plan, or purchased alone
  • $1 = 1 Flexi Dollar
  • *Available for purchase by any student 
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Meal Plan Rates for 2018-19 Academic Year

Meal Plan Per Month Per Quarter Per Year
7-Day Meal Plan $493* $1,529 $4,587
5-Day Meal Plan $437* $1,361 $4,083
55 Meals Per Quarter $174* $572 $1,716

*Quarter and academic year prices include $50 Flexi Dollars per quarter. Flexi Dollars are not included in monthly amounts shown. Initial monthly payment of each quarter will include an additional charge of $50 for Flexi Dollars. Flexi Dollars are not eligible for payment plan.


Dining Hall Single Entry Cost for 2018-19 Academic Year

Meal Adult Flexi Dollar/ERF* Child 3-11
Breakfast $9.00 $8.10 $3.25
Lunch/Brunch $11.00 $9.90 $3.95
Dinner $11.75 $10.58 $4.95
College Night $12.25 $11.03 $5.95
Friday Night Special $10.75 $9.68 One FREE
(w/paid adult)

Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card

*Entertainment Recharge Form

Charging tax at the UC operated dining locations:
The sale of meals and food products are exempt from tax when sold or furnished to students by a public or private school. Carbonated drinks and alcoholic beverages are taxable except when sold as part of an exempt meal. This exemption on meals, etc. does not extend to faculty, university staff, or visitors when on campus.
-UC Controller's Office


Changing Your Meal Plan

For students living in the Residence Halls:

  • During the summer, and during specified filing periods in fall and winter quarters, you may upgrade or downgrade your meal plan for the following quarter.
    • Outside of the filing periods you may only upgrade your meal plan.
  • Instructions:
    • Log in to Student Housing Online to upgrade your meal plan for the current quarter or to submit a meal plan change for the following quarter.
    • Upgrade requests are usually reviewed within 24 hours (requests submitted after 3pm on Friday may not be reviewed until the next business day).
    • Meal plan change requests made during a filing period will become effective on the first day of the following quarter.

For students living in campus apartments, The Village, the University Town Center, and off-campus students who have purchased a voluntary meal plan: 

Your voluntary meal plan is a quarterly contract valid for 1 quarter only. To request a meal plan for the following quarter:

  • Log in to Student Housing Online to purchase a meal plan.
    • Meal plans for winter quarter can be purchased beginning December 1.
    • Meal plans for spring quarter can be purchased beginning March 1.
  • Requests are usually reviewed within 24 hours (requests submitted after 3pm on Friday may not be reviewed until the next business day).

Questions? Contact (831) 459-2394 or email


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