Cal Dining Meal Plans Make Eating on Campus Easy Published: July 12, 2018 By: Andy Sohn Fall 2018 brings new meal plan options for graduate students. Meal plans will look different this fall, thanks to Cal Dining efforts to give the campus community more flexible options for eating on campus. Graduate students living off campus, in particular, will appreciate the ease of the new Bear Meal Plan and Cub Meal Plan options. Local, organic, humane, and sustainable dining commons and convenience stores offer award-winning food when you pay with your Cal 1 Card at Cal Dining locations. Available for purchase starting in August 2018, the Bear Meal Plan and Cub Meal Plan feature meal swipes and flex dollars stored on your Cal 1 Card. A meal swipe is how you pay when you eat at the dining commons. Flex dollars function like cash dollars, but they hold greater value because you can purchase them at a discount. Flex dollars may be used as payment at campus convenience stores, restaurants, concession stands, and even for guest meals in the dining commons. Cal Dining menus include vegan and vegetarian selections, and Kosher and Halal options are available in all the dining commons upon request. These new plans will take effect in the fall in order to coincide with the end of the current meal plan points system. With the new plans, meal swipes and flex dollars will last throughout the academic year. When your meal swipes run out, buy another set, or buy add-on flex dollars at a discount to fit your needs. You can adjust your plan, purchase add-ons, and check meal swipes and flex dollar balances online. Meal plans make eating on campus easy. Plan Details The Cub Meal Plan costs $365, and includes 25 meal swipes and $100 flex dollars to use during the academic year. The Bear Meal Plan costs $700, and includes 50 meal swipes and $200 flex dollars to use during the academic year.