Because no two students eat alike, we offer a variety of meal plans. The plans you may choose from are determined by your class year and your housing.
The meal plan options are as follows (jump straight to meal plan costs):
|1st Year Student||Year 2-4 Student|
|Y||Okay to purchase|
|Y*||Required minimum plan|
|N||Not eligible to purchase|
|1st Year||Incoming 1st year student|
|Year 2-4||Continuing or transfer student|
|Off-Campus||Non-Oxy housing, living in SoCal|
|Plan||Price||Minus Base Cost*||Balance||Vending Account||Starting Balance**|
Planning Your Purchases
Choose what you want to eat, when you want to eat it! Oxy's á la carte pricing system will affect each student differently. We have SO many selections available - from value options, to authentic cultural cuisine, to organic and sustainable options. All Meal Plan purchases earn 50% discounts at Campus Dining operations!
NOTE FOR SPRING 2021 - TWO EXTRA WEEKS OF ACCESS! Plans will be available for 18 weeks of use this spring (January 10 - May 15). Students who choose a later arrival (January 31/February 1) will have the meal plan cost and balance prorated. Refunds will not be issued for students who choose to depart campus before the end of the meal plan (May 15, 2021). Limited Rollover to fall 2021 is available for plans A+, A, and B only. The examples below refer to the standard (non-Covid) 16 weeks of meal plan access, although plans are available for 18 weeks.
PLAN A+: For Hearty and Frequent Diners, including Athletes in training: You will have $2,255 to spend. Given a 16-week semester, your expenditures should average about $141 per week, or $20.13 per day (buying power with the 50% discount is $40.26 per day). This plan is generally not recommended for students in their first semester at Oxy. If first semester dining patterns warrant it, students may increase to PLAN A+ mid-year.
PLAN A: For Hearty or Frequent Diners: You will have $1,965 to spend. Given a 16-week semester, your expenditures should average about $123 per week, or about $17.54 per day. If you eat frequently (21 times per week), your average expenditure per meal at the 50% discount should be $5.85. You will probably spend less for breakfast, and more for lunch and dinner. If you miss a meal, a day or a weekend, the dollars you would have spent on those meals may be used for snacks, guest meals or heartier meals anytime in the semester.
PLAN B: For Moderate Diners: You will have $1,815 to spend. Given a 16-week semester, your expenditures should average about $113 per week, or about $16.20 per day with the 50% discount. Your dining pattern might include three moderate meals per day, or hearty meals during the week with weekends off.
PLAN C: The Basics: You will have $1,515 to spend. Given a 16-week semester, your expenditures should average about $95 per week, or about $13.50 per day with the 50% discount. Are you budget savvy? Usually dine at Homestyle? Not a 4th meal person? This may be your plan!
PLAN D: Meal Plan Lite: you will have $1,260 to spend. During a 16-week semester, you should spend an average of about $79 per week, or about $11.25 per day with the 50% discount. If you are a light diner, or often away from Campus, this plan may be right for you. This plan is not available to first year students, unless commuting from home.
Each meal plan has a base cost of $1,680, which is included in the price of each plan. The base cost covers overhead, including labor & benefits, supplies, utilities, equipment replacement, maintenance & repairs, technology, administrative support, debt service, insurance and other costs required to run the dining program. After a small allocation to vending, the remainder of the plan goes into the student's **starting balance, to be used for 50% discounted food purchases in the dining facilities.
Meal Plans A+, A, and B have limited rollover capability. If you choose one of these plans, the balance difference between your plan and Plan C, if unspent, will be credited into a rollover account for continuing usage. The maximum rollover is $330 for Plan B, $480 for Plan A and $770 for Plan A+. There are no rollovers, refunds or credits from Plan C or Plan D, or from the first $1,680 in the balance of Plans A+, A or B (including vending funds). Rollover accounts will terminate at graduation, or upon leave of absence or withdrawal. No refunds or credits will be issued.