Students living in a Residence Hall will be required to purchase a Residential Meal Plan (Excludes: Promontory, East Campus Housing and Strawberry Apartments). First year students must enroll in one of the top three meal plans (Seaside 7, Seaside 5 or Waves 215).
CONTINUOUS MEAL PLANS: These plans offer Unlimited access to the Dinning Commons, plus Dining Dollars to use at the retail outlets
SEASIDE 7: $2,100 | 7 Days a week Continuous Dining – Unlimited access to the Dining Commons, plus $125 in Dining Dollars per semester
SEASIDE 5: $2,100 | 5 Days a week Continuous Dining – Unlimited access Monday – Friday to the Dining Commons, $325 in Dining Dollars per semester
BLOCK MEAL PLANS: Meal plan offers the respective amount of meals in the Dining Commons each semester, plus Dining Dollars. Meals can be exchanged for a $5 value at any dining retail area.
WAVES 215: $2,100 | Includes 215 meals and $500 in Dining Dollars per semester
WAVES 150: $1,650 | Includes 150 meals and $325 in Dining Dollars per semester
WAVES 120: $1,650 | Includes 120 meals and $525 in Dining Dollars per semester
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)
OTTER PLAN $600 | 65 all-you-can-eat meals in the Dining Commons and $175 in Dining Dollars
Included is an Otter Cup! Your own reusable cup used for free fountain soda, drip coffee and iced tea in any location! Otter Cup available to the first 100 plan members purchased.
MONTEREY PLAN $400 | 40 all-you-can-eat meals in the Dining Commons and $125 in Dining Dollars
BAY PLAN $350 | 30 all-you-can-eat meals in the Dining Commons and $125 in Dining Dollars
DUNES PLAN $225 | 20 all-you-can-eat meals in the Dining Commons (semester plan only; this plan expires on the last day of each semester)
ADD ON MEALS Add meals to any meal plan at $5.00 per meal in increments of 10.
Purchasing Your Meal Plan
To select and purchase your meal plan, please visit the CSUMB CashNet website at the link below:
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.
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).
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.
Unused meals will roll over from Fall to Spring Semester but all will expire at the end of the Spring Semester.
Unused Dining Dollars will roll over from Fall to Spring Semester; all expire at the end of the Spring Semester.
Guests will not be subject to sales tax on purchases when using their Dining Dollars.
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.
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.
Unlimited Meal Plans (Seaside plans) cannot be exchanged for retail value.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All Meal Plan blocks and Dining Dollars from this year and previous years will expire at the end of the academic year.