Meal Plan FAQs

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Check out answers to frequently asked dining questions.

What is an All-You-Care-to-Eat Meal?

An All-You-Care-to-Eat-Meal is just that! Utilize The Table at Irvine Commons just as you would your personal kitchen. Stop in to enjoy a meal with your friends or grab a hot meal to-go. Once you swipe your card you can enjoy an All-You-Care-to-Eat-Meal without having to worry about budgeting for individual dishes.

What are Weekly Plans?

Weekly Plans come with a set number of weekly meals that can be used in two different ways. They can be used at The Table at Irvine Commons as an All-You-Care-to-Eat Meal or a select number of meals per week can be used as a Meal Exchange at certain on-campus retail dining locations. Weekly meals refresh on Sunday before breakfast, but do not rollover week to week. What’s a Meal Exchange? Don’t worry, we’ll explain!

What are Meal Exchanges?

Select on-campus retail dining locations offer Meal Exchange. A Meal Exchange is a set combo that can be used at any on-campus retail dining locations. You can typically get an entrée, side, and drink. Each location has different offerings for your Meal Exchange meal. So variety abounds!

What are Dining Dollars?

Dining Dollars are included in your meal plan to purchase a snack or a cup of coffee at one of our on-campus retail dining locations. Dining Dollars are perfect for this type of purchase, allowing you to save your meal swipes for full meals at our on-campus retail dining locations. Dining Dollars roll over from the Fall to Spring semester, but expire on the last serving day of the Spring semester. These dollars are built into the price of your plan.

How can I add more dining funds directly to my student ID? What is DCB?

Dining Dollars are included with each meal plan and cannot be added to. However, a separate tender known as Declining Cash Balance, or DCB for short, can be added at any time of the year and they never expire. You can add DCB right here on the website, or you can visit the dining office located in the Table. Whenever you add more than $100 to your card, you also will receive a 10% bonus in DCB!

Why is my receipt showing I have fewer swipes than I should?

Our system breaks swipes into regular meal swipes and Meal Exchanges. Each weekly plan has 7 Meal Exchanges. If you have the 19 Meals per Week plan, at the beginning of the week you will have a total of 12 meal swipes and 7  meal exchanges. If you ever would like confirmation of your remaining swipes or balance for Dining Dollars and/or DCB, you can stop by the dining office in The Table!

What are Block Plans?

Block Plans have a set number of meals that can be used throughout the semester. They do not have a daily or weekly limit. You can use your Block Plan as an All-You-Care-to-Eat-Meal at The Table in the Irvine Commons or as a Meal Exchange at any on-campus retail dining locations. You can also use your Block Plan to purchase a meal for a guest at any on-campus dining location. Instead of being distributed weekly, these meals are distributed at the beginning of each semester.  Meals in a Block Plan roll over from the Fall to Spring semester, but expire on the last serving day of the Spring semester.

What About May Term Plans?

Don’t worry about missing your Meal Plan during May Term! Residential students enrolled in a May Term course are automatically enrolled in the May Term Plan as noted above: 50 Block Meals and $75 in Dining Dollars.  Commuter students enrolled in a May Term course are permitted to purchase this plan, as are students enrolled in a May Term travel course.

If I’m in a hurry, can I get carry out at The Table at Irvine Commons?

Yes, you can purchase an Ozzi reusable to-go box for $5 instead of dining on-site at The Table. Ozzi boxes can be purchased with the cashier. You can use your Dining Dollars or DCBs!

What food venues will be available on-campus when students arrive in the Fall?
  • The Table at Irvine Commons features fresh and inspired cuisine carefully crafted by our culinary team using only the finest local and responsibly sourced ingredients. This is an all-you-care-to-eat location, so once you swipe your card, you can enjoy a meal without having to budget for individual dishes.
  • Launch | A Test and Guest Kitchen is a full kitchen designed to bring downtown to campus. We offer grilled sandwiches, burgers, wraps, street tacos, and new rotating restaurant concepts. Students can use dining plan options to have that local experience.
  • The Den is a coffee bar/bistro. Beverages from local Redlands Wild Goose Coffee Roasters and Summit Teas, local pastries, freshly made sandwiches and salads. You can grab a light lunch or a sit-down meal. If you come back after dinner, it’s a cool place just to hang out, enjoy a meal or snack with your favorite drinks and local adult beverages from Hangar24.
  • Bulldog Market is located on the ground floor of the Armacost Library. The Market features local brewed Wild Goose coffee and Summit teas, poke bowls, house-made pastries, to-go salads, sandwiches and local sushi, as well as a limited variety of grocery type items. This is a great stop for students needing last minute quick meal and grocery items to take back to their dorm room.
Are students required to purchase a meal plan?

Students living in residence halls to purchase no less than a 10 meals per week plan.  Students living in University owned houses or apartments are required to purchase no less than the 100 block plan. 

Students Living in University owned Houses or Apartments are required to purchase no less than the 100 block plan

Students living off campus, while not required to purchase a meal plan, are strongly encouraged to purchase the 75 block plan (Do the math!!  An all you care to eat meal on this plan is $10.43!!) or the $100 off-campus plan to provide a convenient and tax-free way to dine with friends or grab a quick snack while on campus.

The May Term Plan are required for all students living on-campus enrolled in a full four-week May Term course.

What are some important dates to keep in mind?

Fall Semester

  • Fall semester meal plans begin with brunch on Saturday, August 27, 2022.  This means if you have permission to return to campus prior to Saturday, August 27th and you are not part of a sponsored Early Arrival group (new first-year students, NCAA student athletes, orientation leaders, etc.), you should be prepared to pay cash or credit when dining on-campus until the official meal plan period begins.
  • Brunch on Friday, December 9 is the last meal served as part of fall semester meal plans.

Spring Semester

  • Spring semester meal plans will begin on Sunday, January 8, 2023. This means if you have permission to return to campus prior to the brunch hours on Sunday, January 8, and you are not a member of a sponsored Early Arrival group, you will need to pay cash or credit when dining on-campus until the meal plan starts.
  • Brunch on April 23, 2023 is the last meal served as part of spring term meal plans.

What is the plan for Spring Break?

  • Limited service will be available the week of Spring Break.  Locations will remain open on a limited capacity. However, meal plan swipes will not be accepted over the break. Dining Dollars, DCB, cash and credit will still be accepted.
  • Dining Dollars remaining at the end of the spring semester will expire at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, 2023. 

May Term

  • May Term plans will begin with on Sunday, April 30, 2023. The final meal at The Table will be brunch on Friday, May 26, 2023. To accommodate the communities who will still be on campus that Friday, May 26, 2023, we will have retail locations open until 2 P.M to accept Meal Exchanges, Dining Dollars, and DCB. Any remaining Dining Dollars expire that day at 5 p.m.
How long do I have to adjust my meal plan for the semester?
  • Final meal plan selections must be made by the first Friday after classes begin each semester.  No changes will be permitted after that date.
Can I switch meal plans between semesters?

Yes, there will be a period in the late fall when you will be able to change your plan for the spring semester on your MyRedlands Housing Portal. This period ends the first Friday after classes begin.

Are guests allowed to eat in The Table at Irvine Commons? Can I host guests using meal swipes or Dining Dollars?

Guests are certainly welcomed to eat at all dining venues, including The Table at Irvine Commons. Meal swipes cannot be used for guests to gain entry to The Table at Irvine Commons; however, Block Plans, Dining Dollars, cash, and credit are accepted.


What are door rates for The Table at Irvine Commons?

Walk-up prices for guests at The Table are:

  • Breakfast: $11.85
  • Lunch: $13.95
  • Dinner: $13.95
Will food options address the needs of those who have allergies, special dietary preferences, and/or dietary restrictions?

Harvest Table Culinary Group at Redlands is committed to the unique dietary needs of our guests. Made without gluten, vegan, and vegetarian options will always be available, there will be interactive technology to guide healthy choices, and food options will be labeled. Colin Nye, our Health and Wellbeing Manager is a member of our team and works closely with our chefs and directors.

What if I need to be on campus outside these dates as part of my Bulldog varsity athletic activities?

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will manage meal plans for student-athletes required to be on campus outside of the meal plan dates noted above—Early Arrival fall student-athletes on campus prior to August 27, 2022; winter sport student-athletes remaining on campus during the winter holiday break; and spring sport student-athletes remaining on campus after April 23, 2023. Specific information will be provided to team members at the appropriate time.

What food service will be available over school breaks for students staying on campus?

There is limited service available during all breaks, including Study Days, Thanksgiving, Spring Break and May Break. While Thanksgiving Break has some days when all venues will be closed, during Winter Break nearly all days will be closed. Please be aware the Meals per Week meal plans are not active during Spring Break and expire on the last serving day of the Spring semester. This means there is also no active meal plan over May Break, the week between the end of Spring semester and the beginning of May Term, although there will be limited service at The Table, and The Den will be open throughout the day for those seeking meals for purchase with DCB, cash, or credit cards.