Meal plans

Meal Plans are managed by Dining Services and on their site, they have the up to date prices. All meal plans are loaded onto your OtterCard.

Types of meal plans

Housing meal plans

A housing meal plan is required if you are living in the residence halls or North Quad suites. If you live in Strawberry Apartments or Promontory Apartments you will have the option to select a housing meal plan.

All housing meal plan blocks are cleared the last day of each semester and cannot be used during the winter or summer breaks. The next semester’s blocks will be loaded on Licensee’s cards effective opening day of the residence halls. Flex expire at the end of the academic year.

More detailed information about housing meal plans can be found in your Housing License Agreement

View meal plans

Commuter meal plans

Commuter meal plans can be bought by anyone associated with CSUMB and is loaded onto your OtterCard by the Campus Service Center. Commuter meal plans can not be used to replace a housing meal plan if you are living on campus.

Effective May 20, all new Commuter plans will expire the end May 31, 2019.

Buy a commuter meal plan

Blocks vs Flex


Blocks are used for one entry into the Dining Commons and are designed for students to use at the Dining Commons. You can use blocks at any other dining location on campus however one block will equal $5.

Dining Dollars

Dining Dollars are a dollar amount that can be used at any dining location on campus. $5 dining dollars equals $5 USD.

Troubleshooting your meal plan

If your card doesn't work at a dining facility it could be one of two things. Either your meal plan isn't loaded properly or there is physical damage to your mag stripe. If there is physical damage to your mag stripe please visit the Campus Service Center. If there is no visible damage to your card the meal plan may not be loaded properly. If you have a commuter meal plan please visit the Campus Service Center. If you have a housing meal plan please visit the Student Housing & Residential Life office.