Meal Plan Options

A meal plan is included in most on-campus housing contracts. Students living in residence halls may choose either the 7-Day or 5-Day meal plan. Students living in apartments may choose either the 7-Day, 5-Day or 55 meals per quarter plan.


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, as a supplement to your meal plan, and staff and faculty.


  • Eat in any dining hall
  • Slug Club cards are sold in increments of 5 meals
  • Unused meals expire at the end of the academic year in which they were purchased
  • Slug Club Meals are offered at a discount during the Slug Club Sale, which occurs during the first two 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
  • More info »

Meal Plan Rates for 2017-18 Academic Year

Meal Plan Per Month Per Quarter Per Year
7-Day Meal Plan $478* $1,484 $4,452
5-Day Meal Plan $424* $1,322 $3,966
55 Meals Per Quarter $196* $638 $1,914

*Quarter and academic year prices shown above 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 2017-18 Academic Year

Meal Adult Flexi Dollar 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

Changing Your Meal Plan

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.

  • 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.

Make a Purchase

  • Students: purchase a meal plan/Flexi Dollars and/or check your meal plan balance at studenthousing.ucsc.edu
  • Students, staff and faculty: purchase Flexi Dollars and/or Slug Club Meals at any dining hall

Questions? Contact (831) 459-2394 or email

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