UCSB RESIDENTIAL DINING offers students not living in the residence halls the option to eat in the University-owned dining commons during the academic year and during the summer with our Summer Meal Plans. This includes the three dining commons: CarrilloDe La Guerra, and Portola. Additionally, Off Campus Meal Plans include the opportunity to access Take Out at Ortega Commons.

What You Need To Know

  • We will start accepting Fall Quarter meal plan requests on September 12, 2022.
  • Fall Quarter Meal Plans will activate on 9/19/2022. Once purchased, no meal plan changes or cancellations may occur until week 3 (10/03/2022). Changes or cancellations may be made until week 8 (11/13/2022). Please read all the information on this site before requesting a meal plan.
  • Sign up online anytime during the quarter. Please refer to the grid below as an example of our weekly meal plan rates. The planned start week that you select indicates the rate for the remainder of the quarter.
  • Meal plans are offered on a quarter by quarter basis, please sign up each quarter. Plans will automatically cancel at the end of each quarter.
  • The purchase of this meal plan is for the meal plan holder only.
  • Meal plans run Monday-Sunday.
  • Meals do not roll over to the following week.
  • Excess meals are charged to the BA/RC account at the guest meal rate.
  • A color photo ACCESS card with an RFID chip that will tap at the dining commons card reader is required for every meal. Cards printed after October 2020 have the necessary RFID chip.
  • Black & White Access ‘ID’ cards, or cards without an RFID chip are not accepted.  
  • NOTE: you may begin accessing meals during the week selected on your online application, however it may take up to 5-7 business days before charges appear on your BA/RC statements. At the dining commons lobby, please present the email confirmation received to your U-Mail account as a meal plan proof of purchase, until the meal plan has been assigned on to your Access Card.
  • Meal Plan changes or cancellations cannot be made before the 3rd week of the Quarter. The first day to change or cancel your meal plan is 10/03/2022. The Change and Cancel links will appear on the website starting the third week of the quarter.
  • Meal Plan changes or cancellations cannot be made after the 8th week of the Quarter. The last day to change or cancel your meal plan is 11/13/2022.
  • You may only change or cancel a meal plan for a future week. No changes or cancellations will be permitted for the current or past weeks.
  • Requesting a change to your meal plan means you are changing the number of meals purchased each week. If you need to change the dates of your meal plan you will need to cancel and purchase a new meal plan.
  • When canceling online, please select from the price grid the week you wish to cancel your meal plan, your meal plan will be canceled for the remainder of the quarter based on the week selected. Only one cancellation request is necessary to cancel your meal plan for the remainder of the quarter. 
  • Only one cancellation per quarter is permitted.

Current Meal Plan (Fall 2022)

We will start accepting Fall Quarter meal plan requests on September 12, 2022. Fall Quarter Meal Plans start on September 19, 2022. Once purchased, no changes or cancellations may occur until week 3 (October 3, 2022). Changes or cancellations may be made until week 8 (November 13, 2022). Please read all the information on this site before requesting a meal plan.

  • Important Dates
    • Monday (09/19/22) = First meal for Fall Quarter will be breakfast
    • Friday (12/09/22) = Last meal served for Fall Quarter will be dinner
    • Monday (12/12/22) = We will begin accepting Winder Quarter 2022 meal plan requests
  • Cardholders must obtain a new access card with RFID chip to participate in the meal plan. To request a RFID chip updated access card email ucen-access@ucsb.edu.  You will not be granted entry without a new card.
  • If an Off-Campus Meal Plan holder is directed to Quarantine or Isolate by a medical professional, we may pause the meal plan until the Off-Campus Meal Plan holder is cleared to return to the Dining Commons.
  • Please wear a face covering (without a valve) as it may be required to enter the Dining Commons.
  • Questions?  Contact our General Dining Line at (805) 893-3093.

Meal Plan Pricing