Undergraduate Meal Plans

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2017-2018 Academic Year Meal Plans

Stanford University’s Residential Education program promotes the philosophy that living and learning are integrated and that formal teaching, informal learning, and personal support in residences are integral to a Stanford education. Meals play a key role in this mission of community building, leading, and learning. Therefore, residents of specially designated University residence halls (Branner, Crothers/ Crothers Memorial, Florence Moore, Gerhard Casper, Lakeside, Ricker, Stern, Toyon, Wilbur, Yost, Murray, and EAST) are required to participate in a R&DE Stanford Dining Meal Plan. 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. The Food Allergies@Stanford program offers support and dining accommodations to students with food allergies or other dietary concerns.

New for 2017-2018: Arrillaga Family Dining Commons will be open for student meals during Spring Break.

Meal Plans
Students enter the dining hall and swipe their ID cards once. During each meal, students may make unlimited trips through the food service lines, and eat as much as they desire while eating in the dining halls. 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 ANY R&DE Stanford Dining location, ANY R&DE Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries retail café, including The Market at Munger, and third-party cafes in Tresidder Memorial Union: Subway, Kikka Sushi, Panda Express and Starbucks.

 

All freshmen and upperclass students, except for students living in Yost, EAST or Murray row houses, can choose an R&DE voluntary meal plan which offers expanded flexibility and numerous options for use on the campus:

2017 - 2018
Academic Year
Voluntary Meal Plans

   

Autumn
85 days

Winter
76 days

Spring
74 days

Total
235 days

Ultimate Flex:
 

  • Most flexible of all meal plans offering the most options (dining halls, late night, cafés, Munger Market)
  • 19 meals per week plus 410 Meal Plan Dollars, 100 Cardinal Dollars
  • All 19 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
  • Cardinal Dollars can be used in the dining halls, R&DE cafés, Munger Market and late night venues plus Starbucks, Panda Express and Subway locations in Tresidder Memorial Union
  • During home football games a meal swipe can be used at the Stanford Stadium

Meal Plan Cost
Meal Plan Dollars
Cardinal Dollars
Guest Passes

 

$2,365
150
40
5

$2,116
135
35
5

$2,037
125
25
5

$6,518
410
100
15

Premier Flex (Pilot):

  • Second most flexible meal plan (dining halls, late night, cafés, Munger Market) giving students the most meal plan dollars
  • 15 meals per week plus 485 Meal Plan Dollars
  • All 15 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
  • During home football games a meal swipe can be used at the Stanford Stadium

Meal Plan Cost
Meal Plan Dollars
Guest Passes

 

$2,365
175
5

$2,116
160
5

$2,037
150
5

$6,518
485
15

Apartment Meal Plan:

  • Voluntary meal plan offering flexibility and convenience for students living in apartments
  • 5 meals per week plus 150 Meal Plan Dollars

Meal Plan Cost
Meal Plan Dollars
Guest passes

$663
50
5

$594
50
5

$571
50
5

$1,828
150
15

Undergrad students living in Branner, Crothers/Crothers Memorial, Florence Moore, Gerhard Casper, Lakeside, Ricker, Stern, Toyon and Wilbur are required to be at a minimum on one of the Cardinal mandatory meal plans but can choose to switch meal plans at any time, including up to the Ultimate Flex or Premier Flex meal plans, until the last two weeks of each quarter:

2017 - 2018
Academic Year
Mandatory Meal Plans

   

Autumn
85 days

Winter
76 days

Spring
74 days

Total
235 days

Cardinal Classic:
 

  • 19 meals per week served only in the dining halls
  • During home football games a meal swipe can be used at the Stanford Stadium

Meal Plan Cost
Guest passes

$2,185
5

$1,954
5

$1,880
5

$6,019
15

Cardinal Select:
 

  • 14 meals per week plus 420 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
  • During home football games a meal swipe can be used at the Stanford Stadium
  • The default meal plan for freshmen and upperclass students not living in a Row House

Meal Plan Cost
Meal Plan Dollars
Guest passes

$2,185
155
5

$1,954
135
5

$1,880
130
5

$6,019
420
15

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
  • During home football games a meal swipe can be used at the Stanford Stadium
  • This meal plan is only available for upperclass students

Meal Plan Cost
Meal Plan Dollars
Guest passes

$2,185
270
5

$1,954
245
5

$1,880
235
5

$6,019
750
15

Students living in Yost, EAST, or Murray Row houses are required to be on the Row House undergrad meal plan:

2017 - 2018
Academic Year
Row House Meal Plan

    Autumn
85 days

Winter
76 days

Spring
74 days

Total
235 days

Row House:
 

  • 12 meals per week plus 345 meal plan and open kitchen dollars
  • 10 meals are served at the row house
  • 2 meals can be eaten at any dining hall
  • Meal Plan Dollars can be used in the dining halls, most R&DE cafés and late night venues
  • Open kitchen funds are available for additional meals in the row house when meals are not being served
  • During home football games a meal swipe can be used at the Stanford Stadium

Meal Plan Cost
Meal Plan Dollars
Guest Passes

$2,261
125
5

$2,023
115
5

$1,947
105
5

$6,231
345
15

Students begin each week of their meal plan on Sundays. Unused meals expire at the end of each week.

Students will be allowed to switch meal plans up until the last two weeks of the quarter. Students can switch their meal plan by calling the Meal Plan Customer Service line at (650) 723-4751 or online here. Meal plans are billed on a quarterly basis, and the cost is determined by the number of service days in each quarter. Cardinal Dollars do not expire and carry over from year to year as long as you are enrolled as a student. The remaining Meal Plan Dollar balance will carry over at end of each quarter and can be used throughout the academic year as long as you are enrolled in a meal plan. All Meal Plan Dollars expire at the end of summer quarter. Meal Plan Dollars provided per quarter as part of the Ultimate Flex, Premier Flex, Cardinal Select and Cardinal Light plans vary depending on the number of days in each quarter.

Meal Plan Dates

Season

Dates

Autumn

September 22, 2017 - December 15, 2017

Winter

January 6, 2018 - March 23, 2018

Spring

March 31, 2018 - June 13, 2018

Summer

June 23, 2018 - August 19, 2018 (8-week session)
or September 4, 2018 (10-week session)

Meal Plans and Meal Plan Dollars will be unavailable for use during the academic break between Autumn and Winter quarters. 

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. All Meal Plan Dollars expire at the end of summer quarter. 

Meal Plan Dollars can be used at these locations:

Dining Halls R&DE retail cafes (SHA)
Arrillaga Family Dining Commons
Arrillaga Nights at Arrillaga Family Dining Commons
Alumni Café
Branner Dining The Axe & Palm
Florence Moore Dining Olives @ Bldg. 160
Gerhard Casper Dining Heirlooms
Lakeside Dining Russo Café
Late Night Kitchen at Lakeside Decadence
Ricker Dining BBQ 101
Stern Dining Forbes Family Cafe
Wilbur Dining Market at Munger

Cardinal Dollars
Cardinal Dollars are R&DE dollars that 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 ANY R&DE Stanford Dining location, ANY R&DE Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries retail café, including The Market at Munger, and third-party cafes in Tresidder Memorial Union: Subway, Kikka Sushi, Panda Express and Starbucks. Cardinal Dollars carry over from quarter to quarter, and from year to year. They do not have an expiration date; but will expire after one academic year of inactivity.

Enrolled students can purchase Cardinal Dollars by logging into their account using the My Account option. On-line orders are charged to your University bill. Students can also 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 Cardinal Dollars with check or credit card by visiting the Meal Plan Office on the first floor of Arrillaga Family Dining Commons at 489 Arguello Way.

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

Cardinal Dollars can be used at these locations:

Dining Halls R&DE retail cafes (SHA) Third-Party cafes
Arrillaga Family Dining Commons Alumni Café Kikka Sushi
Arrillaga Nights at Arrillaga Family Dining  Commons The Axe & Palm Subway at Tresidder Memorial Union
Branner Dining Olives @Bldg. 160 Panda Express at Tresidder Memorial Union
Florence Moore Dining Heirlooms Starbucks at Tresidder Memorial Union
Gerhard Casper Dining Forbes Family Cafe  
Lakeside Dining Decadence  
Late Night Kitchen at Lakeside Russo Café  
Ricker Dining The Market at Munger  
Stern Dining Law School Cafe  
Wilbur Dining SLACafé  
  Med Café  
  BBQ 101  

Walk-in Rates
R&DE Stanford Dining's All-You-Care-To-Eat meal service is also available to you! Pay with Cardinal Dollars or Credit Card and indulge yourself with unlimited trips through the serving lines.

Walk-ins Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Student (no-tax) $9.50 $15.50 $18.50
Non-Student (includes tax) $9.50 $15.50 $18.50

*All prices, terms and conditions subject to change.
Rates listed above are for the 2017/2018 Academic Year.

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