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Torero Meal Plans for First and Second Year Residents

Enjoy excellent value and maximum flexibility when dining on campus! Purchase a Meal Plan online via MySanDiego portal - new freshman and transfer students: New Student tab, continuing students:
Student Life or My Personal Info tab.

For all Meal Plan Questions, please contact: Campus Card Services (619) 260-5999

Review the information below, and the Meal Plan Policies, as stated within the portal Meal Plan channel.

 

Meal Plan FAQ's

How to Choose and Purchase a Meal Plan

Q1:  What Meal Plans are available?

Q2:  How do I purchase a Meal Plan?

How the Meal Plan Works

Q3:  How does my Meal Plan work?

Q4:  Where and how may I dine with my Meal Plan?

Q5:  How may I use my Dining Dollars?

Q5a. Can I convert unused meals or Dining Dollars to CampusCash?

Q6:  How may I use my CampusCash?

Q7:  What if I use all my meals before the end of the semester?

Q8:  What happens to my unused meals at the end of the semester?

Q9:  May I use my friend's Meal Plan or let a friend use mine?

Q10:  Are there guest meals?

Q11:  How do I change my Meal Plan?

When a Meal Plan May Be Used

Q12:  When are my meals active? Can I use my Meal Plan during holiday breaks?

Q13:  May I purchase a Meal Plan for intersession or summer session?

Q14:  Are there any restrictions on when I may use my meals?

Q15:  Do I have to have a Meal Plan?

About Your Torero (ID) Card

Q16:  What if I forget my Torero Card?

Q17:  What happens if I lose my Torero Card?

General Information

Q18:  If I need help or have any Meal Plan concerns, who do I contact?

Q19: As a student, do I pay tax on food and beverage purchases?


 

Q1: What Meal Plans are available?

All students are given a variety of Meal Plan options designed to fit individual eating habits and every busy academic schedule.

Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

 

TORERO MEAL PLAN OPTIONS FOR FIRST YEAR RESIDENTS

PLAN MEALS PER SEMESTER AVERAGE MEALS PER WEEK DINING DOLLARS COST PER SEMESTER
Freshmen (First Year) 135 135 9 $1,018.40 Best Value! $2,201
Freshmen (First Year) 120 120 8 $915.60 $1,980
Freshmen (First Year) 105 105 7 $703.95 $1,650

 

TORERO MEAL PLAN OPTIONS FOR SECOND YEAR RESIDENTS

PLAN MEALS PER SEMESTER

EQUIVALENCIES PER SEMESTER

GUEST MEALS PER SEMESTER DINING DOLLARS COST PER SEMESTER
Torero 135
65
70
6
$1,018.40
Best Value! $2,201
Torero 120
60
60
5
$915.60
$1,980
Torero 105
55
50
4
$703.95
$1,650
Torero 75
40
35
3
$553.25
$1,238


Q2: How do I select and purchase a Meal Plan?

Current students will select the plan of their choice online via the MySanDiego portal (look for the Meal Plan channel within the following tabs: new freshman and transfer students - New Student tab, continuing students - Student Life or My Personal Info tab.

For fall 2012 entrance you must select and purchase a plan on or before July 1, 2012.

Per your Housing and Dining Contract, if you are a freshman (and/or first year resident), sophomore (and/or second year resident) you are required to have a Meal Plan. If you do not choose a plan when signing up online for room and board you will be assigned, and required to pay for: the Freshmen 105 (for freshmen/first year residents), or the Torero 75 (for sophomores/second year residents).

    • If you submit an application to become a student after July 1 then you must purchase a Meal Plan before the first day of classes for the fall 2012 semester.
    • If your first semester on campus is spring 2013, you must purchase a plan by the first day of classes of the spring 2013 semester.
    • If, after July 1, you have been assigned the minimum plan you may increase your plan at any time during the semester.
    • Your Meal Plan account will be credited prior to your arrival on campus for the fall semester.

Info for New Students:

  • Once you are accepted to the university and have received your Torero ID #, you may select your Meal Plan online via MySanDiego portal.
  • During 'Torero Days' orientation, new students will receive their Torero ID card when they check in to their residence hall. Commuters may pick up their card at Campus Card Services, University Center 127.
  • Your Torero ID card will also serve as your Meal Plan card and will be swiped accordingly at the register each time you pay with your plan.

Q3: How does my Meal Plan work?

In order to use your Meal Plan, you must present your Torero (ID) Card. A scanner reads your card's magnetic strip and deducts one meal from your plan.  The terminal will then display how many meals you have remaining for the week.

Without your card, you must use another form of payment (cash, Visa or MasterCard).

Q4: Where and how may I dine with my Meal Plan meals?

MEALS
Meal Plan
'meals' may only be used at Pavilion Dining for "unlimited access" brunch (Saturday & Sunday) and dinner (Monday-Sunday).

MEAL EQUIVALENCIES

The meal equivalency has a value of $8 and may be used once each day during dinner hours (Monday through Sunday 4:30 – close) and brunch hours only (Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m) at any open retail dining location.

Retail dining locations that accept the meal equivalency include; Aromas, Bert’s Bistro, Frank's, La Gran Terraza, L’atelier (within Tu Mercado), La Paloma, Torero Tu Go (food truck) and Missions Cafe.

When using your meal equivalency, the maximum value is $8. For example: if your check comes to $6.75, one meal equivalency will be deducted from your plan. The difference will not be refunded or carried over. If your check is over $8 you may pay the difference with Dining Dollars, CampusCash, Cash, Visa or MasterCard. You may only use one meal equivalency during the dinner (or brunch) timeframe.

You may also use Dining Dollars, CampusCash, Cash, Visa or MasterCard to pay for entrance to Pavilion Dining's unlimited access dinner and brunch at the rate of $13.65. Keep in mind, when paying with a 'meal' you could be saving over $5 off the door price! Unlimited access means you swipe one meal (or pay the door price) and can return for seconds and more during the meal timeframe.

A la carte prices do apply for breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday in Pavilion Dining. You may use Dining Dollars, CampusCash, Cash, Visa or MasterCard to pay for a la carte items.

Campus Dining Locations:

Choose from an array of enticing menus. Whether it is early morning or late at night, a campus dining location is open to serve you. All locations have indoor and outdoor seating and WiFi.

  • For dining in most retail locations you may use Dining Dollars, CampusCash, Cash, Visa or MasterCard.
  • Current hours of operation schedules are posted online on the 'Hours' page.

Q5: How may I use my Dining Dollars?

  • Dining Dollars work just like cash and can be used at a variety of campus retail locations: Aromas, Bert's Bistro, Frank's, L'atelier* (within Tu Mercado), La Paloma, Missions Cafe, Pavilion Dining, Torero Tu Go (food truck), La Gran Terraza* and JCP Concessions.
  • Unlike meals, unused Dining Dollars will roll over from the fall semester to the spring semester.
  • Dining Dollars expire at the end of the spring semester on the last day of undergraduate finals.
  • Students not participating in a meal plan in the spring semester will forfeit all remaining fall Dining Dollars at the conclusion of the fall semester and/or as soon as they cancel their Meal Plan.
            • Dining Dollars may be used to purchase food and beverage from most campus retail locations (exceptions apply*) including;

                • Food & Beverages Made to Order
                • "Tu Go" and USD Branded Foods
                • Whole Fruits
                • Fresh Vegetables
                • Snack Items
                • Grab & Go Sushi
                • Fountain Beverages (and bottles/cans 1 liter in size or smaller)

                  *Dining Dollars may not be used to purchase:

                      Grocery Items, Non-food Merchandise, Bulk Candy, Alcohol

                      Q5a. Can I convert unused meals or Dining Dollars to CampusCash?

                      No. Unused meals and Dining Dollars may not be converted to CampusCash (or cash or a credit) at any time.

                      First year residents and second year residents may not reduce or cancel a plan at any time.

                      Q6: How may I use my CampusCash?

                      CampusCash is similar to a debit card. Money can be put on your CampusCash account online at campuscash.sandiego.edu where you can also set up a guest account so a parent can make a deposit; online, in person at the Campus Card Services office, or at the cash terminal on campus in Olin Hall. 

                      CampusCash may be used in most campus locations, including; all dining, vending, concessions, retail, Tu Mercado, Torero Tu Go food truck, JCP Concessions, USD Torero Store, the Health Center and several off-campus retailers. For a complete list of places that accept CampusCash visit the Campus Card website.

                      CampusCash will roll over from semester to semester.

                      CampusCash is non-refundable. The only exception is if you are graduating, or withdrawing, from the university. Your CampusCash will expire 90 days after your graduation, or withdrawal, date. If you have a balance in your account you will need to go to the Campus Card office to request a refund within the 90-day time frame. For additional terms andinformation please visit the CampusCash site.

Q7: What if I use all my meals before the end of the semester?

If you run out of meals, you may purchase a new Meal Plan, use cash, or purchase CampusCash or Dining Dollars any time throughout the year.

  • Add a Meal Plan and/or Dining Dollars to your card via the MySanDiego portal or at Campus Card Services UC-127.
  • Add CampusCash to your card at any time via the CampusCash site.

Q8: What happens to my unused meals at the end of the semester?

There are no refunds for unused meals, and meals do not carry over from semester to semester. In order to maintain the low Meal Plan cost, your unused meals are forfeited at the end of each semester. (Forecasted unused meals are factored into the original cost of the Meal Plan). USD Dining Services has the lowest Meal Plan rates out of the majority of the university's peer schools.

Q9: May I use my friend's Meal Plan or let a friend use mine?

No, for your protection Meal Plans are non-transferable. The Meal Plan is only for the student to whom it was issued, and use by anyone else may result in a fine. Meal plans may not be resold, assigned, or transferred to anyone else under any condition.

Q10: Are there guest meals?

Second years: guest meals are complimentary and vary depending on which Meal Plan you have. See the chart above for number of meal plans per plan. To use a guest meal, simply tell the cashier you would like to do so and when your card is swiped a guest meal will be deducted from your plan. Guest meals have the same policies as regular meals (they do not carry over semester to semester, etc).

First years: you may choose to use one of your Meal Plan meals for a guest at your discretion.

Q11: How do I change my Meal Plan?

  • First year residents and second year residents may not reduce or cancel their Meal Plan at any time.
  • Once a plan is selected for the 2012-13 year, that will be your plan for the fall and spring semesters.
  • You will be automatically assigned the same Meal Plan that you have in the fall for the spring semester.
  • All students may increase their Meal Plan at any time during the semester.
    • Dining Dollars and CampusCash may be purchased at any time during the semester.
      • To increase a Meal Plan, or add Dining Dollars, you may do so online via the MySanDiego portal.
  • First year residents and second year residents who wish to petition for room only, and not have a Meal Plan, may do so by completing a petition form (pdf). Please know that no changes will be made without a petition form, no exceptions. Reasons for petitioning include: Medical restrictions or extreme financial hardships. Medical conditions which require dietary restriction must be verified with written confirmation from a physician that you are under a doctor's care. Form should be submitted to the Manager of Campus Card Services before the start of the semester or as is applicable to the situation. Petitions will not be accepted after the first month of classes. Additional details are within the petition document.

Q12: When are my Meal Plans active? Can I use my Meal Plan during holiday breaks?

Meal Plans will be available when USD is in regular undergraduate session for the fall and spring semesters.

  • The first meal of each semester, and following vacation breaks, will begin with dinner the night before the first day of undergraduate classes (9/5/12 for fall and 1/28/13 for spring).
  • The last meal of each semester, and preceding vacation breaks, will be brunch on the last day of undergraduate exams (dinner 12/21/12 for fall and dinner 5/22/13 for spring).
  • No meal plans will be accepted during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Intersession, Easter or spring vacation breaks.
  • The meal plan you have for the fall semester will be the same plan you are assigned for the spring semester.

Q13: May I purchase a Meal Plan for intersession or summer session?

You may have a Meal Plan account for fall and spring semesters. There are no Meal Plan accounts for intersession or for summer courses. You may use cash, CampusCash, Visa or MasterCard for purchasing food during these times.

Q14: May I purchase a Meal Plan for intersession or summer session?

You may have a Meal Plan account for fall and spring semesters. There are no Meal Plan accounts for intersession or for summer courses. You may use Cash, CampusCash, Visa, or MasterCard for purchasing food during these times.

Q15: Do I have to have a Meal Plan?

First year residents and second year residents must have a Meal Plan. First year residents who do not pre-select a Meal Plan will have the Freshman 105 assigned to their account. Second year residents who do not pre-select a Meal Plan will have the Torero 75 assigned to their account. All students may increase their plan at any time.

Request Board Only Petition (pdf form)

If you are a first year resident or second year resident and would like to petition to not have a Meal Plan, due to medical reasons, please complete the petition form and send to the Manager of Campus Card Services before July 1, 2012. (Click on the link above to download the pdf form.) No petitions will be accepted after the first month of classes.

Q16: What if I forget my Torero ID Card?

You must present your card every time you use the dining facilities. No exceptions.

  • A student's Torero Card, the official USD identification card, is activated with the applicable Meal Plan information and will serve as the Meal Plan card. You may also use it to access your CampusCash and your U.S. Bank account.
  • The Meal Plan is for the exclusive use of the cardholder.
  • A Meal Plan may not be resold, assigned, transferred, or used by anyone else under any condition.  Use by anyone else may result in a fine.

Q17: What happens if I lose my Torero Card?

For your protection, if you lose your ID card you must report it within 24 hours to Campus Card Services. Contact their office by phone at (619) 260-5999, or x5999, report it in person at their office, or on their web page. If you do not report the loss of your card within 24 hours, you will be liable for any meals used and charges accrued, up until the time the card is reported missing. New ID cards can be purchased at Campus Card Services for a fee.

Q18: If I need help or have any dining concerns, who do I contact ?

Management staff is always available in our campus restaurants, so don't hesitate to ask for a manager or supervisor. You may also call the Dining Services executive office at (619) 260-8880, or fill out a comment card in any of our dining areas or online. For Meal Plan questions please call Campus Card Services directly (619) 260-5999.

Q19: As a student, do I pay tax on food and beverage purchases?

If you show your official, valid, student ID Card to the cashier you will not be charged tax on food and beverage purchases. Your ID Card must designate you as a current USD student.

Additional Campus Dining Policies

Students shall be responsible for complying with all applicable Dining Services policies, including but not limited to the following:

  • Theft in any dining area (of food, utensils, supplies or other university property) is strictly prohibited.
  • Attempting to enter dining facilities other than at designated points is prohibited.
  • Throwing of any object within a dining facility is prohibited.

Violation of an applicable Dining Services policy will result in appropriate disciplinary action in a manner consistent with the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities.  Where the circumstances warrant, a student's dining privileges may be revoked when a Dining Services policy is violated.  The student will not be entitled to a decrease or refund of any portion of the fee paid for the Meal Plan when the student's dining privileges are suspended or revoked.


Meal Plan questions should be directed to Campus Card Services: (619) 260-5999 or ext. 5999