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Off-Campus Meal Plans 2024–2025

​Undergraduate students living in off-campus housing or university-owned/affiliated apartments, as well as graduate/extension students.

Balancing living and learning is even easier with a meal plan from Berkeley Dining. Off-campus meal plans are available by semester for flexibility, convenience, and value. Choose the plan that best fits your needs.

Buy a semester meal plan

  • Fall: April 1, 2024 — September 14, 2024
  • Spring: November 1, 2024  — February 8, 2025

Purchase an off-campus meal plan
using your CalNet ID.

Meal plan options

Meal plans are made up of two components: 

  • Meal Swipes: A set number of meal swipes to use each week at the dining commons or as a meal equivalency at The Golden Bear Café, Brown’s, and The Eateries at Student Union. Any unused meal swipes will expire on Saturday at midnight each week and reset for the upcoming week. 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.

Maximize your time on campus and minimize the hassle of what to eat with a variety of meal plans to choose from. Choose from flexible plans with both meal swipes and flex dollars or select from the simple flex dollar-only plans. The most popular meal plan is the Advantage Plan, simple, flexible, and budget-friendly.

Plans with meal swipes and flex dollars:

Plan Advantage Plan “Best Value” Blue Plan Gold Plan Ultimate Plan
Description “I want less hassle cooking and figuring out what to eat.” “I like having a mix of meal swipes and flex dollars to get food on campus.” “I want more snacks and fewer meal swipes.” “I like lots of flexibility to get the food I need when I’m on campus.”
Swipes 5 meal swipes per week (1 per meal period) 12 meal swipes per week (1 per meal period) 10 meal swipes per week (1 per meal period) Unlimited meal swipes per week (1 swipe every 30 minutes per meal period)
Flex dollars 250 flex dollars per semester 300 flex dollars per semester 500 flex dollars per semester 500 flex dollars per semester
Cost $1,195 $3,125 $3,355 $3,695

Plans with flex dollars only:

Plans Standard Plan Premium Plan Platinum Plan
Description “I love to cook but can use a backup plan when I get busy.” “I like cooking but sharing the job gives me a little more balance.” “Cooking is not my thing but saving time and reducing stress is.”
Meals About 1- 2 meals  per week About 2- 3 meals per week About 3 -4 meals per week
Flex dollars 250 flex dollars 525 flex dollars 800 flex dollars
Cost $250 $500 (25 free flex dollars) $750 (50 free flex dollars)

Add-on flex dollars

Get more value for your dollar and supplement your meal plans by purchasing additional flex dollars at any time.

110 flex dollars for $100
55 flex dollars for $50

Purchase add-on flex dollars

Changes or cancellations

Change or cancel your meal plan during a limited change period.

  • Fall: August 25 – September 14, 2024
  • Spring: January 16 – February 8, 2025

No other meal plan changes or cancellation requests will be approved outside of the official change period.

Make changes to your meal plan

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 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

Important dates

View important service dates and deadlines to get the most out of your plan.

Terms and conditions

Read the details on our Terms and Conditions for meal plans.