Dining and Meal Plans
Eat deliciously, sustainably, and nutritiously.
At UC Berkeley you will be served delicious food that is nutritious and sustainable. Cal Dining is leading the way when it comes to sustainable food and business practices, and promoting nutrition.
Dining That Fits Your Lifestyle
Cal Dining is ranked as one of the best dining programs in the country. Our chefs and dietitians take pride in what’s on your plate. You’ll find:
Fresh, organic ingredients from local farms to your fork
Innovative menus highlighting California’s diverse cultures and flavors
Locations across campus to dine in*, or grab and go
Vegan, kosher, halal, gluten-free, and allergen-safe choices
Cal Dining Meal Plans
Meal plans offer the flexibility, convenience, and value that you need while serving delicious, nutritious, and sustainable food. Swipe your Cal 1 Card at dining locations to access your meal plan or use flex dollars.
Residence Hall Meal Plans
Students with a Residence Hall contract are automatically enrolled in the Blue Plan. and you can upgrade to the Gold Plan or Ultimate Plan for more value and flexibility. Get more for your money when you purchase Add-On Flex Dollars.
Off Campus Meal Plans
Although apartment rates don’t include meal plans, you have options! There are four meal plans available by semester for students who live in off-campus housing or university-owned/affiliated apartments. Maximize your time on campus and minimize the hassle of what to eat with the Advantage Plan, or explore the Standard Plan, Premium Plan, or Platinum Plan. Get more for your money when you purchase Add-On Flex Dollars.
Add-On Flex Dollars
Spend less and save more. Add-On Flex Dollars function like cash dollars and offer you more options to fit your life and budget. With flex dollars, you pay less than cash price in the dining commons—on average almost $5 less per meal! You can also use your flex dollars for guests at a discounted rate at the dining commons. Add flex dollars online anytime you want at Cal Dining.
Meal Plan Features
Eat where you want, when you want. Cal Dining’s variety of locations offer sit-down and on-the-go options. Use your flex dollars at the dining commons, convenience stores, campus restaurants, late night, and concession stands. There’s no daily minimum or maximum flex dollar usage.
Eat responsibly. Cal Dining reduces waste by composting, recycling, and donating overproduced food daily to local food pantries including UC Berkeley’s own Student Food Pantry and Bear Pantry in University Village.
Enjoy local, organic, humane, and farm-to-fork foods. Cal Dining has partnered with farms and businesses to use ingredients that are locally grown, humanely treated, and environmentally and socially responsible. Locations feature plant-forward menus and serve items such as humanely-raised chicken and eggs, organic tofu, and produce grown from campus gardens.
Leave stress behind. Don’t worry about grocery shopping, cooking, or washing dishes. With your busy schedule, you’ll find it easy to enjoy a filling, stress-free meal. Add flex dollars or check your balances or transactions online anytime you want at Cal Dining.
Dining Locations and Hours of Operation