Student Life

Choosing a Meal Plan

New Salad bar at the Irvine Commons

Meal Plan Options

University of Redlands meal plans feature a retail, declining balance system. This new plan was designed with community, value, sustainability and flexibility in mind. Students may use their Dining Dollars wherever or whenever they wish, including to purchase meals for other students and/or guests. Students will control the balance of their meal plan account by purchasing meals as they see fit. Dining Dollars are funds held in each student’s personal account and are accessible for retail priced menu items whenever any of the dining areas are open. Dining Dollars are distributed twice each year, at the beginning of the fall semester and again at the beginning of spring, and are allotted to fund your meal purchases though the fall, spring and May Term sessions.

The 2014-2015 meal plan options are listed below:

Plan                             Dining Dollars
Basic*                                     $3,170
Standard                                  $3,380
Premium                                   $3,800
Premium Plus                            $4,220
Apts/Houses**                         $2,320
Commuter                                $1,800

*Minimum plan for students living in residence halls
**Minimum plan for students living in apartments and houses

Full Bon Appétit Meal Plan brochure

Pacing Yourself

One of the most challenging and educational aspects of a Declining Credit Balance (DCB) plan is learning how to pace your spending of DCB “dollars” over the entire semester. Your initial balance seems like a lot of money, although with a cashless system it is easy to lose track of your purchases.

How to use register receipts to pace your spending:

Every time you purchase an item at one of the five venues on campus (Bulldog Café, Irvine Commons, Plaza Café, Plaza Market or the U-Club) the register receipt you receive will show the up-to-date Declining Credit Balance. The amount shown is the amount of DCB dollars you have left on your account. Each day a Budget Pace Chart is posted which shows the daily “on-pace” balances for each meal plan. Compare the recommended balance on the pace chart with the actual amount of DCB dollars on your register receipt. You will then see how close you are to making your DCB dollars last.

Budgeting for May Term

If you are an enrolled student (full or part time) for either the Fall or Spring Semester, your DCB dollars will carry over into May Term as long as you have budgeted your spending appropriately. In other words, if you are enrolled for the Fall semester and travel abroad in the Spring, your remaining DCB dollars will carry over if you enroll for May Term. You need to contact the Bon Appétit Office to activate the remaining DCB dollar amount once you return from abroad.

If you are planning to attend May Term, it is your responsibility to budget your DCB dollars throughout the Fall and Spring Semesters in order to last through May Term. The daily pace chart will show recommended “on-pace” balances for students who will attend May Term (and for students who will not).

If you are not going to attend May Term and realize you have an excessive amount of DCB dollars, you can arrange to purchase bulk items from the Plaza Market and/or work with the selected service organizations (through Bon Appétit) to donate some (or all) of your excess DCB dollars. Remember, DCB dollars have no “actual” cash value and are forfeited at the end of the Spring Semester or at the end of May Term, which ever period of time you are officially noted as not being an enrolled student.

More If You Need It

If you are eating at a level beyond your selected plan, you may purchase additional DCB dollars at the Bon Appétit Office during posted hours, or just see a Bon Appétit manager in the Irvine Commons. DCB dollars are offered at a 10% discount in any quantity above $25.00 during the first two weeks of each semester. For example, a $50.00 purchase and you will net $55.00 in DCB dollars. But, the savings is actually more than 10% because by converting your cash into DCB dollars, the sales tax is already covered, making your total discount 18%!

Dining Dollar Forfeiture

DCB dollars are not refundable and have no cash value. Although DCB dollars will carry over from one semester to the next, including May Term (see above), it is the students responsibility to manage their DCB dollars appropriately. All DCB dollars remaining at the end of each academic year are forfeited. Students who permanently withdraw from the University forfeit any remaining DCB dollars. The effective date of withdrawal will be determined by the date used by Student Life during the Exit Interview.

Your meal plan and Student ID (meal card)

The prices listed above cover the meal plan for the academic year. Your student account will be charged prior to the start of each semester for the meal plan you select.

Your Student ID, which also functions as your meal card, will be issued your first week on campus and activated the first day of classes. Student ID pictures will be taken from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Naslund Study Lounge, Armacost Library, the first day you arrive for New Student Orientation. All scheduled meals during New Student Orientation are provided by the University.

Students can replace a lost ID card by going to Student Life and requesting a replacement. Your student account will be charged a replacement fee of $10 each time a new Student ID is issued. Students receive a “free” replacement when they turn 21 years old.


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