Meal Plans

Resident Meal Plans

Students living in a Residence Hall will be required to purchase a Residential Meal Plan (Excludes: Promontory, East Campus Housing and Strawberry Apartments). You select your resident meal plan on your housing application.

Continuous meal plans

Plan Cost Access to the Dining Commons Dining Dollars
Seaside 7* $2,100 7 Days a week Continuous Dining – Unlimited access $125
Seaside 5* $2,100 5 Days a week Continuous Dining – Unlimited access Monday – Friday $325 

Block meal plans

Plan Cost Meals Dining Dollars
Waves 215* $2,100 215 $500
Waves 150 $1,650 150 $325
Waves 120 $1,650 120 $525

*First year students must enroll in one of the these meal plans

Commuter Meal Plans

Available to all students, faculty and staff. Each plan offers a combination of all-you-care-to-eat meals and Dining Dollars. (Formerly known as Voluntary Meal Plans)

Plan Cost Meals Dining Dollars
Otter Plan $600 65 $175
Monterey Plan $400 40 $125
Bay Plan $350 30 $125
Dunes Plan $225 20 $75
Add on Meals $50 10 0

Meal Plan Requirements and Terms

  • All students living in Residence Halls and Suites (Cypress, Asilomar, Willet, Manzanita, Yarrow, Avocet, Tortuga, Sanderling, Pinnacles and Vineyard) must have one of the required Residential Meal Plans listed above. East Campus, Promontory and Strawberry Apartments are not require to have the residence hall plans, but we recommend purchasing a residential or commuter plan.
  • Unlimited Meal Plans (Seaside plans) cannot be exchanged for retail value.
  • Students may use a Block Meal plan at any dining retail outlet on campus. The exchange rate is $5 for each block. No meal block equivalency under Seaside 7 or Seaside 5. Meal block equivalency will be allowed under Waves 215, Waves 150 and Waves 120 with a limit of 3 per meal period.
  • Students can switch, upgrade or downgrade, meal plans through the first two weeks of school. The final date to make a change will coincide with the last day to request a room change in the residence halls. Students may only change to a plan that meets the requirement in the housing contract.
  • Guests will not be subject to sales tax on purchases when using their Dining Dollars.
  • If the housing and/or required dining plan is cancelled by a student the refund policy will be in accordance with the housing contract. Refunds will be based on a prorated rate in conjunction with the housing contract.
  • As a part of the university housing contracts, Freshmen living on campus must have either the “Seaside 7” Seaside 5” or “Waves 215” plans (The 7 or 5 day Unlimited Meal Plans, or the 215 Block Meal Plan).
  • All unused Fall Commuter Meal plan tenders can only roll over to a Spring, if and only if one has a Spring Commuter meal plan on file but all will expire at the end of the Spring Semester.
  • All unused Fall Mandatory meal plan tenders can only roll over to Spring, if and only if one has a Spring Mandatory meal plan on file but all will expire at the end of the Spring Semester.

Guest Meals

  • Each residential meal plan will be provided five (5) Dining Commons guest passes per semester; Guest passes are in addition to the plan’s Dining Commons access.
  • Dining Dollars and Otter Bucks are also accepted to purchase guest meals.

Add-on blocks

  • Students, faculty and staff can purchase Add-on blocks for both residential meal plans and commuter meal plans. Add on blocks are priced at 10 blocks for $50. These blocks will expire at the end of the Spring Semester.
  • Add-on blocks can only be added by guests that have already purchased a meal plan.
  • Additional Dining Dollars cannot be added to either residential or commuter meal plans; however Otter Bucks can be added at any time throughout the year, as mentioned below.

Voluntary/Commuter plans

  • The current Commuter Meal Plans (previously called voluntary plans) can be purchased by any CSUMB student, faculty or staff. An active campus ID card is required to purchase a meal plan
  • Guests may not have a residential meal plan prior to purchasing a Commuter Meal Plan
  • Meal blocks, Add-ons meals and Dining Dollars on all meal plans roll from fall to Spring, but will expire at the end of the Spring Semester.

OtterBucks

  • Students, faculty and staff can purchase Otter Bucks at any time on the CSUMB Website and this money can be used at the bookstore and all dining facilities.

Expiring Meals

  • All Commuter Meal Plan blocks and Dining Dollars from this year and previous years will expire at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year.