Because no two students eat alike, we offer a variety of meal plans.
Below is a summary of each plan's cost and starting balance for the 2019-20 academic year, per semester.
|Plan||Price||Minus Base Cost*||Balance||Vending Account||Starting Balance**|
1Not available to 1st year students
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 the Marketplace, Tiger Cooler, Coffee Cart, and Green Bean!
PLAN A+: For Hearty and Frequent Diners, including Athletes in training: You will have $2,200 to spend. Given a 16-week semester, your expenditures should average about $137.50 per week, or $19.65 per day (buying power with the 50% discount is $39.30 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 $1,920 to spend. Given a 16-week semester, your expenditures should average about $120 per week, or about $17.15 per day. If you eat frequently (21 times per week), your average expenditure per meal at the 50% discount should be $5.72. 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. Very few students eat every meal, every day on campus.
PLAN B: For Moderate Diners: You will have $1,775 to spend. Given a 16-week semester, your expenditures should average about $111 per week, or about $15.85 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 $1,485 to spend. Given a 16-week semester, your expenditures should average about $93 per week, or about $13.26 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 $1,270 to spend in the dining facilities. During a 16-week semester, you should spend an average of about $79 per week, or about $11.34 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.
Each meal plan has a base cost of $1,600, which is included in the price of each plan. The base cost covers labor & benefits, supplies, utilities, equipment replacement, maintenance & repairs, technology, administrative support, debt service, insurance and other costs required to support 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 $320 for Plan B, $465 for Plan A and $745 for Plan A+. There are no rollovers, refunds or credits from Plan C or Plan D, or from the first $1,600 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.