Frequently Asked Questions - Meal Plans

Do I need a Dining Commons (DC) meal card to eat at the DC?

No, any member of the campus community can eat at the DC. We gladly accept cash or credit cards. However, if you have a meal plan, you can take advantage of the DC’s All You Care to Eat dining at a discount over the door price. Just present your meal card to the cashier when you arrive at the DC. We look forward to serving you!

What if I lose my DC meal card?

Lost meal cards can be replaced at the Meal Card Office, located in Dining Services at the River Front Center, for $10.00 cash, credit, or Flex$. See Meal Card Office hours of operation. If you’re unable to replace your card, you can go with a friend as their guest. Or, ask for the Dining Commons manager and they can make sure you’re able to access your dining plan.

How do I use my guest passes at the DC?

It’s great to have a meal with a friend. That’s why all meal plans include guest passes. Just let the cashier know you’re bringing a guest and enjoy your meal. It’s that easy! Additional guest passes can be purchased at the Meal Card Office in Dining Services at the River Front Center. Also, meal plans for the campus community are available and information can be found on the web site or at the Meal Card Office.

Can I transfer meal card points or meals to my friend’s DC card?

All points and Flex$ purchased for your meal plan are for you only. However, you’re more than welcome to bring a friend or guest to your next meal with a guest pass!

What happens if I have extra points left at the end of the semester?

You have the whole semester to use your meal plan so it’s your choice how you’ll use it! There are weekly budgets posted in the DC and Courtyard Market to help you map out the best way to use your meal plan. All points, guest passes, and Flex$ expire at the end of the semester.

How do I change my meal plan?

If you realize that your meal plan isn’t the right fit for you, it’s easy to change it. Just contact the Housing Office, located in Sierra Hall, and file an application to change your meal plan. Please see your Residence Hall Handbook for more information.

Can meal points or Flex$ be added to my DC meal card?

Yes. Visit the Meal Card Office in Dining Services at the River Front Center or call (916) 278-7502 to add meal points or Flex$ by phone. We accept all major credit cards. See Meal Card Office hours of operation.

What are the Meal Card Office hours?

See Meal Card Office hours of operation. The Meal Card Office is located in Dining Services at the River Front Center.

Can I take any items out of the DC?

You may take a piece of fresh fruit, soft-serve ice cream in a cone, or beverage in the free beverage cup that you received during your move-in. Please see information about the DC To-Go meal option.

What other meal choices do I have on campus if I can’t make it to the DC?

All meal plans include Flex$ that can be used at eateries on campus that accept Flex$. You can also order a box lunch from the DC and the Courtyard Market has a large selection of menu items.

How do I find out how many meal points or Flex$ are on my DC meal card?

Just ask the cashiers at the DC or Courtyard Market how many points, Flex$, and guest passes are left on your card. If you need more details, the Meal Card Office in Dining Services at the River Front Center can provide a printout of your meal card activity for each transaction, starting from the day you first used it.

When does my meal plan begin?

The fall semester meal plan begins Friday, August 26, 2016.
The spring semester meal plan begins Friday, January 20, 2017.

Do you have menus for special dietary needs and vegetarian dishes?

Yes, the DC staff will work with you to identify foods to meet your dietary needs. Please call (916) 278-7499 to get started. The University also has a registered dietitian on staff at the Well on campus who works closely with the chefs at the DC. If you‘d like to receive the weekly menu, just provide your email to diningcommons@csus.edu. We also have a wide variety of vegetarian options on the daily menu. Our goal is to provide you the best dining experience possible!