Residence Hall Meal Plans

Flexible Plans. Delicious Food.

Whether you’re in the mood for a latte and a freshly baked pastry, a grab-and-go sandwich between classes, or a relaxing dinner with friends, our meal plans offer you the flexibility to eat where you want, when you want – even late-night.

Slug Points Meal Plans

For the 2023-24 Academic Year 

Blue Slug Points Plan*

1222.53 per quarter

$111 average weekly spending

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Gold Slug Points Plan

1711.56 per quarter

$171 average weekly spending

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Banana Slug Points Plan

2567.34 per quarter

$256 average weekly spending

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If you want to switch to a different meal plan for fall quarter, request a meal plan change in the Housing Portal by Monday, September 18.

*The Blue Slug Points Plan is the minimum required meal plan for students living in residence halls


How to Use Your Meal Plan Get Mobile App

Your meal plan works like a debit card with a declining balance. Just swipe your student ID or use the GET mobile app to make a purchase, and the amount you see at the register is deducted from your meal plan.

  • Dining halls are great when you want a full meal – pay one price for all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet-style dining. You are welcome to visit any dining hall on campus, not just the one at your affiliated college or community.
  • If you’re in the mood for something lighter, a UCSC Dining cafe, market, or coffee bar is a good choice. Get a 10% discount off your selections when you pay with Slug Points.
  • Meal plans reset at the beginning of each quarter, and you can add to your account anytime.


Benefits of Your Meal Plan

Sammy Slug relaxing in a hammock

Take advantage of the many campus dining locations nestled into the redwoods, including dining halls, cafes, coffee bars & markets.

Sammy Slug using a laptop

Track your spending with the GET mobile app or website, and add to your meal plan anytime.

Sammy Slug with a crate of vegetables at the farm

With local, organic produce and allergen-safe choices, your meal plan ensures you have access to nutritious food.


Four students eating at Cowell/Stevenson Dining Hall

Explore UCSC Dining Locations

With dining halls, cafes, coffee bars, and markets located all across our beautiful oceanside campus, there’s always somewhere to grab a bite.

Dining Halls

Cowell/Stevenson Dining Hall




College 9/John R Lewis Dining Hall

College Nine/John R Lewis

Porter/Kresge Dining Hall


Cafes, Coffee Bars, and Markets

Global Village Cafe

Global Village Cafe

Oakes Cafe

Oakes Cafe

Stevenson Coffee House

Stevenson Coffee House

Porter Market

Porter Market

Merrill Market

Merrill Market

Perk at Earth & Marine

Perk @ Earth & Marine

Perk at Baskin Engineering

Perk @ Baskin Engineering

Perk at Physical Sciences

Perk @ Physical Sciences

University Center Cafe

University Center Cafe

More Locations Opening in 2023–24!

Banana Joe’s Grill & Market

Banana Joe’s Grill

Slug Stop at Quarry Plaza

Slug Stop at Quarry Plaza

Owl’s Nest at Kresge

Owl’s Nest at Kresge

Rachel Carson/Oakes Dining Hall

Rachel Carson/Oakes Dining Hall

Restaurant at University Center

Restaurant at
University Center


UCSC Dining chef adds the finishing touch on a dish

Come for the Waves, Stay for the Food

Fire-baked pizza. Generous salad bars. Hot bowls of phở. Vegetarian and vegan choices at every meal. Ready to eat?

Whether you’ve been studying or surfing, the UC Santa Cruz culinary team always has something delicious prepared for you. We pride ourselves on sourcing organic produce from the local Monterey Bay area, and delivering freshly baked pastries daily from our on-site bakery. Our culinary team is involved at every level and participates in quarterly workshops to enhance their skills and learn new cooking styles.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Am I required to get a meal plan?

How do I sign up for a meal plan?

Which meal plan should I choose?

How many meals do I get per week?

Can I use my meal plan off-campus?

How can I check my meal plan balance?

Can I purchase a meal plan even if I’m not living in a residence hall?

Can I add more points to my meal plan if I run out?

Can my parents/family members add more points to my meal plan?

What’s the difference between Slug Points and Banana Bucks?

Do unused Slug Points carry over to the next quarter?

Where can I use my meal plan?

I picked a plan that is too large/too small – can I change it?

Can my parents/family see how many Slug Points I have left?

Can I share my Slug Points or Banana Bucks with another student?

Can I get my money back if I don’t use it all?

I have dietary restrictions. Am I able to have the requirement for a meal plan waived?