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Meal Plans

UNDERGRADUATE MEAL PLANS

2020 Fall Meal Plans

R&DE Stanford Dining is Committed to Excellence by providing meal plans that offer significant value, the highest quality, and maximum flexibility of dining across campus, along with a daily variety of delicious, nutritious options including vegetarian, vegan, nut-free, kosher and halal so you can always Eat Well @Stanford. The Food Allergies@Stanford program offers support and dining accommodations to students with food allergies or other dietary concerns.

Meal Plans

Students can use their meals for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner meals in any open dining hall. Visit our dining hall locations and hours page for more information. Please note that all meals will be pre-packaged and for to-go only. Meal Plan Dollars may be used at select R&DE Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries retail cafés or any R&DE Stanford Dining location, including all late-night operations. Cardinal Dollars may be used at all R&DE Stanford Dining and R&DE Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries retail café locations.
 
All undergrad students living on campus (except in Mirrielees) are required to be on one of the Cardinal mandatory meal plans but can choose to switch meal plans at any time until the last four weeks of each quarter:

2020-21 Academic Year
Mandatory Meal Plans

 

Autumn

Cardinal Classic:

  • 19 meals per week served only in the dining halls

Meal Plan Cost

$1,973

Cardinal Select:

  • 14 meals per week plus Meal Plan Dollars
  • All 14 meals are served in the dining halls
  • Meal Plan Dollars can be used in the dining halls,
    most R&DE cafés, Munger Market and late night venues
  • The default meal plan for freshmen and upperclass students

Meal Plan Cost

Meal Plan Dollars

$1,973

155

Cardinal Light:

  • 10 meals per week plus 750 Meal Plan Dollars
  • All 10 meals are served in the dining halls and the Meal Plan Dollars

    can be used in the dining halls, most R&DE cafés, and late night venues
  • This meal plan is only available for upperclass students

Meal Plan Cost

Meal Plan Dollars

$1,973

270

Dining plans, dates and pricing are subject to change without notice. Students begin each week of their meal plan on Sundays. Unused meals expire at the end of each week and cannot be refunded.

Students will be allowed to switch meal plans up until the last four weeks of the quarter. Students can switch their meal plan by emailing the Meal Plan Customer Service Office online or at diningplans@stanford.edu. Meal plans are billed on a quarterly basis, and the cost is determined by the number of service days in each quarter.


Meal Plan Dates

Season

Dates

Autumn September 12 - November 21, 2020

Stanford Dining Meal Plan Information

CleanDining
R&DE Stanford Diningʼs CleanDining program builds upon the already high standards of food safety and sanitation in the dining halls, utilizing industry best practices and enhanced cleaning protocols. The goal of R&DE Stanford Diningʼs CleanDining program is to provide students with reassurance of the safety of their dining experience and create a focus on enhanced cleanliness that will be visible to students. R&DE Stanford Diningʼs CleanDining program was created to consistently meet all of the evolving expectations during the COVID-19 pandemic. For further questions, feedback or information please contact foodsafety@lists.stanford.edu.

Meal Plan Week
At the end of the day every Saturday, the next week’s meal allotment (19, 14 or 10 meals) is added to student cards. Any unused meals expire at the end of the week (Saturday after dinner).

Transfer
Plan cards and privileges are nontransferable and cannot be used to obtain food or drink for others.

Schedule
R&DE Stanford Dining reserves the right to modify dining hall service days and/ or hours of operation as needed and without prior notification. The academic year meal plan calendar can be found at dining.stanford.edu/calendar.

You may change your meal plan up until the last four weeks of the quarter on campus. You can make changes to your meal plan online at rde.stanford.edu/dining/meal-plans. Meal plan changes are prorated on a daily basis. For those plans with meal plan dollars, the meal plan dollar balances are pro-rated as well. If you change your meal plan, and you have already overspent the prorated amount of meal plan dollars on your old plan, you will be charged the difference prior to switching to your new plan.

A student who is under contract and then leaves the university is obligated to fulfill their R&DE Stanford Dining contract if they return to the university at any time during the contracted academic year.

Billing
You are required to pay for the meal plan you choose within the specified time, even if you later change your meal plan. Separate charges or credits resulting from such changes will appear on your statement after each change. 

Lost Cards
If you lose your Stanford ID card, you must report the loss immediately to the Stanford ID Card Office. Students are not allowed to enter the dining hall without a valid Stanford ID card.

Conditions of Meal Servings Policy
The meal plan program features unlimited servings of all meals eaten in the residential dining rooms. It is your responsibility to take only what you can reasonably eat at each meal (All-You-Care-to-Eat policy). R&DE Stanford Dining reserves the right to limit the number of servings at special event meals. Bringing containers, backpacks or bags into the dining hall for use in removing food is not permitted. R&DE Stanford Dining reserves the right to inspect any packages, coats, bags, purses, etc., brought into the dining areas. Allowing another person to use your meal card, or any other attempt to defraud may be subject to Stanford University’s judicial system. 

Isolation and Quarantine Meals for Students
Students living on campus who show flu-like symptoms that may be COVID-19 related or are traveling back to campus from out of state need to be quarantined. They can request access to the online ordering portal upon approval by Meal Plan staff. R&DE Stanford Dining meal delivery service provides students that need to be quarantined, due to travel or illness, the opportunity to stay in their residence or designated quarantine spaces and order meals online from the dining hall upon approval by Stanford Dining. The meal delivery service for students in quarantine expires 14 days after the initial quarantine date automatically. Students who need meal delivery service after the 14 days of quarantine, will need their Residence Dean to resubmit the online questionnaire at mds admin.stanford.edu. Meal delivery service for students in isolation will continue until the student is released with a doctor’s note.

R&DE Stanford Dining Obligations

If R&DE Stanford Dining or R&DE Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries are prevented from completing the performance of any obligations under the Residence Agreement due to force majeure or emergency situation (as described above), then R&DE Stanford Dining will be excused from the performance of those obligations to the fullest extent allowable.

Acceptance
The student agrees to the terms and conditions of the R&DE Stanford Dining meal plan upon acceptance of the Residence Agreement, upon initial payment, submission of preference forms, or processing charges. Any form of acceptance binds the student to all the terms set forth herein, unless eligible exclusions become known prior to the start date of the R&DE Stanford Dining meal plan.

Schedules Subject to Change

R&DE Stanford Dining and student-managed residences reserve the right to modify dining hall service days and/or hours of operation as needed and without prior notification. Please check https://rde.stanford.edu/dining/dining-locations-hours for the most current information.

 

Meal Plan Dollars

R&DE Stanford Dining Meal Plan dollars are added to your Stanford ID card to provide flexibility for the R&DE Stanford Dining Meal Plan. Meal Plan Dollars carry over at the end of each quarter and can be used throughout the academic year as long as you are enrolled in a meal plan. Meal plan dollars expire at the end of summer quarter, as long as you are continuously enrolled in a meal plan. If not, meal plan dollars expire with your meal plan.

 

Cardinal Dollars

Cardinal Dollars can be purchased by students, faculty and staff, and are added to your Stanford University ID card. A 10% bonus is added at the time of purchase. Cardinal Dollars can be used to purchase meals at all R&DE Stanford Dining location and R&DE Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries retail cafés. They do not have an expiration date; but will expire after 12 months of inactivity.

To Purchase:

  • Enrolled students can purchase online by logging into their account using the My Account option. Online orders are charged to your University bill.
  • Students can submit an order via email. Send the email from your SUNet account to diningplans@stanford.edu. Be sure to include your SUID number and how much you wish to purchase. Email orders are billed to your University bill.
  • Anyone may purchase in person with a credit card by visiting the Meal Plan Office on the first floor of Arrillaga Family Dining Commons at 489 Arguello Way.
  • Finally, complete your order by phone at 650-723-4751 with a credit card. 

For additional information, contact us at diningplans@stanford.edu, or by phone at 650-723-4751.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, see our FAQ page.