Undergraduate Meal Plans

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2019-2020 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.

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 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 all R&DE Stanford Dining and R&DE Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries retail café locations, including third-party cafes in Tresidder Memorial Union: Subway, Kikka Sushi, Panda Express and Starbucks.


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 until the last two weeks of each quarter:

2019 - 2020
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

$2,287
5

$2,045
5

$1,991
5

$6,323
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

$2,287
155
5

$2,045
135
5

$1,991
130
5

$6,323
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

$2,287
270
5

$2,045
245
5

$1,991
235
5

$6,323
750
15

 

2019 - 2020
Academic Year
Voluntary Meal Plans

   

Autumn
85 days

Winter
76 days

Spring
74 days

Total
235 days

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

$695
50
5

$621
50
5

$605
50
5

$1,921
150
15

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

2019 - 2020
Academic Year

Gov Co Row House
Meal Plan

    Autumn
85 days

Winter
76 days

Spring
74 days

Total
235 days

Yost-EAST-Murray:
 

  • 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

$2,368
125
5

$2,066
115
5

$2,011
105
5

$6,445
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 onlineMeal 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 20 - December 13, 2019

Winter

January 4 - March 20, 2020

Spring

March 28 - June 10, 2020

Summer

June - September, 2020
(exact dates will be posted in Winter)

Note: 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. 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. 

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
Late Night Kitchen at Lakeside
Decadence
Ricker Dining BBQ 101
Stern Dining Forbes Family Cafe
Wilbur Dining Market at Munger

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, including 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 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.

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 BBQ 101  
Ricker Dining The Market at Munger  
Stern Dining Law School Cafe  
Wilbur Dining SLACafé  
  Med Café  

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) $11.00 $17.00 $20.00
Non-Student (includes tax) $11.00 $17.00 $20.00

*All prices, terms and conditions subject to change.
Rates listed above are for the 2019/2020 Academic Year.

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