REQUIRED Residential Meal Plan FAQs

2020-21

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Select your 2020-21 Meal Plan

Log on to MySanDiego portal and find the Meal Plan channel within My Torero Services. 

Resident Students:

  • Most resident undergraduates (those living on campus) are required to have a Meal Plan in accordance with the Room and Board contract. Review the plans below.
    • The minimum Required Plan will be assigned to your account prior to the first Meal Plan meal. 
    • To access your Meal Plan you will need your Torero ID card.
      • Your virtual ID Card is available within the MySDMobile.

Continuing Students:


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:  How may I use my Meals/Meal Equivalencies?

Q5:  How may I use my Dining Dollars?

Q6. Can I convert unused Meals or Dining Dollars to Campus Cash?

Q7:  How may I use my Campus Cash?

Q8:  What if I use all my Meals before the end of the semester?

Q9:  What happens to my unused Meals at the end of the semester?

Q10:  May I use my friend's Meal Plan or let a friend use mine?

Q11:  Are there guest Meals?

Q12:  May I change or cancel my Meal Plan?

When a Meal Plan May be Used

Q13:  When are my Meals active? May I use my Meal Plan during holiday breaks?

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

About Your Torero (ID) Card

Q15:  What if I forget my Torero Card?

Q16:  What happens if I lose my Torero Card?

General Information

Q17:  If I need help or have any dining concerns, who do I contact?

Q18: As a student do I pay tax on food and beverage purchases?

Q19: What are the additional Campus Dining Policies?

2020-21 Updates

Q20: Am I still required to have a Meal Plan if I live on or off-campus? What if I want a Meal Plan or had previously selected a Voluntary Meal Plan?
Q21: If I declined fall 2020 USD Housing and will now be living off-campus, when will my pre-assigned Meal Plan be removed from my account?


Q1: What Meal Plans are available?

All students are given a variety of Meal Plan options designed to fit individual eating habits and busy academic schedules. Whether you are interested in a hot breakfast, lunch on the run, a late night snack, vegetarian, gluten-free or Halal meals, there are options for everyone who has a Meal Plan.

Most residents are required to have a Meal Plan. The minimum required resident plan that will be assigned for the academic year is determined by student's residential status and total number of eligible units.

In order for units to be eligible, they must be accepted by the Registrar's Office by the tenth class day of student's first residential semester at USD.

REQUIRED Resident Meal Plans

Residents will be assigned a minimum Required Plan. All students may choose to increase their Meal Plan at any time via MySanDiego portal. Information and pricing listed applies to one semester only.

See below for Required Plan information for students moving onto campus in September 2020.

Traditional Pavilion Plans

The Pavilion 105 will be assigned to residents who are First Year at USD, or Transfers with 0 to 29.5 units.
(Fall: August 2020 Residents. Spring: All Residents)

Meal Plans
Traditional Plans Meals Guest Meals Dining Dollars Cost per Semester
Pavilion 135 135 2 $1,208.05 $2,608
Pavilion 120 120 2 $1,086.20 $2,345
Pavilion 105 (minimum plan) 105 2 $834.70 $1,954

Traditional Torero Plans 

The Torero 75 will be assigned to residents who are Second Year at USD, or Transfers with 30 to 59.5 units.
(Fall: August 2020 Residents. Spring: All Residents)

Meal Plans
Traditional Plans Meals Equivalencies Guest Meals Dining Dollars Cost per Semester
Torero 135
65 70 6 $1,208.05 $2,608
Torero 120 60 60 5 $1,086.20 $2,345
Torero 105 55 50 4 $834.70 $1,954
Torero 75 
(minimum plan)
40 35 3 $655.25 $1,466

September 2020 Residency Meal Plans

The Pavilion 105-pr will be assigned to residents who are First Year at USD, or Transfers with 0 to 29.5 units, and moved onto campus in September 2020.

Meal Plans

Minimum Required
Pro-rated Plan

Meals Guest Meals Dining Dollars Pro-Rated Cost
Fall 2020
Pavilion 105
Pro-rated
70 4 $557.08 $1,303

The Torero 75-pr will be assigned to residents who are Second Year at USD, or Transfers with 30 to 59.5 units, and moved onto campus in September 2020

Meal Plans

Minimum Required Pro-rated Plan

Meals Equivalencies Guest Meals Dining Dollars Pro-Rated Cost
Fall 2020
Torero 75
Pro-rated
27 23 3 $437.75 $978

Q2: How do I purchase a Meal Plan?

  • The minimum Required Plan will automatically be assigned to student's account prior to the first Meal Plan meal date. This will occur for both the fall and spring semesters.
    • For resident students who moved onto campus in September 2020, two of the Required Plan options have been pro-rated.
    • If the spring semester academic calendar remains the same and is not adjusted, you will be assigned a traditional Meal Plan for the spring semester. For the traditional Meal Plan prices - refer to the charts above. Spring plans will not be pro-rated.
  • Required plans may not be reduced or canceled at any time.
  • All students may increase their Meal Plan at any time during the semester.
    • Increase your plan via the MySanDiego portal. Find the My Meal Plan channel within the New Student or My Torero Services tab.
  • Dining Dollars and Campus Cash may be purchased at any time during the semester.

Q3: How does my Meal Plan work?

In order to use your Meal Plan, you must present your Torero (ID) Card (or show your virtual ID via the MySDMobile app) at the register.

Meal Plans are made up of different elements: Meals, Dining Dollars, Equivalencies, and Guest Meals.

  • Meal Plan Meals may be used at Pavilion Dining for dinner daily, and for brunch on weekends. A scanner will read your card's magnetic strip and deduct one Meal from your plan. The terminal will then display how many meals you have remaining for the semester. For more Meal info see Q4.
  • Dining Dollars may be used for food purchases at dining areas across campus, just tell the cashier you would like to use Dining Dollars. For more Dining Dollar info see Q5.
  • Most Meal Plans include Equivalencies, which may be used in campus dining areas in lieu of Meals during daily dinner and brunch on weekends. Meal Equivalencies have a value of $9.38. For more Meal Equivalency info see Q4.
  • Most Meal Plans include complimentary Guest Meals, which may be used to pay for a guest when dining at Pavilion Dining. Let the cashier know that you would like to use a Guest Meal. For more Guest Meal info see Q11.
  • You may also purchase food, beverages, and more using Campus Cash. For more Campus Cash info see Q7. 
  • Without your ID Card, you must use another form of payment to complete your transaction (such as cash or credit card).

Q4: How do I use my Meal Plan Meals and Equivalencies?

MEALS
Meal Plan Meals may only be used at Pavilion Dining (Student Life Pavilion, level 1) for "unlimited access" brunch (on weekends) and dinner (Monday-Sunday). Unlimited access means that you pay for one meal, and can return as many times as you like, during the meal time frame.

You may use one Meal during the following time frames at Pavilion Dining (hours subject to change):

  • Dinner: Monday through Friday 4:30 to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 5 to 9 p.m. 
  • Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dining Dollars, Campus Cash, cash, or credit card may also be used to pay for entrance to Pavilion Dining's unlimited access dinner and brunch at the rate of $15.65. When paying with a Meal Plan 'meal' you could be saving over $5 off this price!

A la carte prices apply for breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday in Pavilion Dining. You may use Dining Dollars, Campus Cash, cash, or a credit card to pay for a la carte items.

Meals expire at the end of each semester on the last day of undergraduate finals. Meals do not roll over semester to semester.

EQUIVALENCIES
Most plans include the option of using your Meals as meal Equivalencies rather than meal swipes. An Equivalency has a value of $9.38 and may be used once during the dinner and (weekend) brunch time frames at any open retail dining location. When using your meal equivalency, the maximum value is $9.38.

For example: if your check comes to $9.30, one meal equivalency will be deducted from your plan. The difference will not be refunded or carried over. If your check is over $9.38 you may pay the difference with Dining Dollars, Campus Cash, cash, or credit card.

You may only use one meal equivalency during each dinner (or brunch) time frame (hours subject to change):

  • Dinner: Monday through Friday 4:30 to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Retail Dining
Whether it is early morning or late at night, a campus dining location is open to serve you. Choose from an array of enticing menus. All locations have indoor and outdoor seating and free WiFi. For dining in most retail locations you may use Dining Dollars, Campus Cash, cash or credit card. Current dining hours of operations are posted on the Auxiliary Services Hours page.

Please note: due to revised operations on campus due to COVID-19, some units are temporarily closed.

Retail dining locations that accept Meal Equivalencies:

Q5: How may I use my Dining Dollars?

Dining Dollars work similar to cash and may be used at all campus retail locations on most individual or single serve-sized food and beverage items. Dining Dollars and Meal Equivalencies may be used as follows:
  • Food & beverages made to order
  • Prepared grab and go items
  • Individual fruits and vegetables (non-packaged)
  • Snack items - single serve only 
  • Fountain beverages
  • Bottled/canned beverages - 1 liter in size or smaller, 2 items per transaction

Dining Dollars and Meal Equivalencies may not be used to purchase:

  • Grocery items
  • Bulk candy
  • Non-food merchandise
  • Alcohol

Dining Dollars are accepted at all campus eateries:

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.

Q6. Can I convert unused Meals or Dining Dollars to Campus Cash?

No. Unused Meals and/or Dining Dollars may not be converted to Campus Cash (or Cash, or Dining Dollars, or a credit) at any time. 

Q7: How may I use my Campus Cash?

Campus Cash is similar to a debit card. Money can be put on your Campus Cash account, online via the Get Funds site, or in person at the Campus Card Services office. You may set up a guest account online in order for a parent to make a deposit. 

Campus Cash may be used across campus at all dining locations, vending machines, USD Torero Store, Health Center and several off-campus retailers. For a complete list of places that accept Campus Cash visit the Campus Card website.

Campus Cash is non-refundable. The only exception is if you are graduating, or withdrawing, from the university. (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 please visit the GET Funds website.

Q8: 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 Campus Cash or Dining Dollars any time throughout the year via the MySanDiego portal.

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

Q9: 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 has the lowest Meal Plan rates out of the majority of the university's peer schools.

Q10: 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.

Q11: Are there guest meals?

Guest Meals are complimentary and vary depending on which Meal Plan you have. See the chart in Q1 for number of guest meals 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 from semester to semester, etc).

Q12: May I change or cancel my Meal Plan?

To Increase a Plan or Add Funds:

  • All students may increase their Meal Plan at any time during the semester. Plans may be changed/purchased via MySanDiego within My Torero Services.
  • Dining Dollars and Campus Cash may be purchased at any time during the semester.
  • Students who do not currently have a Meal Plan may purchase a plan at any time during the semester.

You will be automatically be assigned a Meal Plan for both the fall and spring semesters

Cancel or Decrease a Plan:

  • Required Meal Plans may not be reduced or canceled at any time.

Medical Exception:

Resident must provide the University’s Office of Disability Services with appropriate documentation from a licensed health care or mental health professional to determine eligibility for a medical exception. Disability Services will review the documentation to determine appropriate accommodations.

Fall 2020 Update - Change in Campus Resident Status:

If you were originally planning on living in USD housing as a resident and have recently declined your housing assignment, or will no longer be living on campus, your pre-assigned required Meal Plan has been removed from your account. 

If you would still like a Meal Plan, you will need to add one back to your account. You may also add Dining Dollars and/or Campus Cash to your account. To add a plan, or Dining Dollars, log into the MySanDiego portal> My Torero Services> Meal Plan portlet. 

Q13: When are my Meal Plans active? May I use my Meal Plan during holiday breaks?

Meal Plans are available when USD is in regular undergraduate session for the fall and spring semesters. Those who do not cancel their Meal Plan at the start of the fall semester will automatically be assigned a plan at the start of the spring semester.

  • The first meal of each semester, and following vacation breaks, will begin with dinner the night before the first day of undergraduate classes (8/16/20 fall and 1/24/21* spring).
    • For students who moved onto campus in September 2020: the first opportunity to use a Meal Plan was Friday, September 18, 2020 for dinner at Pavilion Dining, SLP.
  • Law School Students: Your meals will begin on the first day of Law School classes for the fall and spring semesters (8/17/20 fall and 1/11/21* spring).
  • The last meal of each semester, and preceding vacation breaks, will be dinner on the last night of undergraduate exams (11/20/20 fall and 5/19/21* spring).
  • No Meal Plans are accepted during Thanksgiving, Christmas, intersession, Easter or spring vacation breaks.

*Spring 2021 dates/plans are subject to change based on any revisions to the USD Academic Calendar.

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 summer. You may use Campus Cash, cash or credit card for purchasing food during these times.

Q15: What if I forget my Torero ID Card?

You must present your Torero ID card, or virtual ID, every time you use the dining facilities. No exceptions.

  • Once a plan is purchased, a student's Torero ID Card- the official USD identification card- will be activated with applicable Meal Plan information and will provide access to one's Meal Plan.
  • 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.

Q16: 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. A new ID card may be purchased at Campus Card in UC-127.

Q17: If I need help or have any dining concerns, who do I contact?

For Meal Plan questions please contact Campus Card Services directly: campuscard@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-5999. For general dining inquiries or special requests:

  • Ask to speak to a dining manager or supervisor on duty.
  • Complete a comment card online. We value your opinion.

Q18: As a student do I pay tax on food and beverage purchases?

If you show your official, valid Torero ID Card, to the cashier you will not be charged tax on food and non-carbonated beverage purchases.* Your ID Card must designate you as a current USD student.
*Subject to change based on State of California laws

Q19: What are the additional Campus Dining Policies?

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

  • Bring your Torero ID card (or virtual ID - located within the MySan Diego app) to every meal.
  • Do not take the dishes or utensils out of any dining area. Theft (of food, utensils, supplies or other university property) is strictly prohibited.
  • Bus your own dishes and be considerate of your neighbors.
  • Attempting to enter dining facilities other than at designated points is prohibited.
  • Throwing of any object within a dining facility is prohibited.
  • Appropriate attire, including shirts and shoes, must be worn in all dining locations, including indoor and outdoor seating areas.
  • Only official service dogs/animals are allowed in dining locations, including indoor and outdoor seating areas.

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.

2020-21 Updates

Q20: Am I still required to have a Meal Plan if I live on or off-campus? What if I want a Meal Plan or had previously selected a Voluntary Plan?

A required meal plan is still mandatory for students living on campus (who are first or second year at USD, and/or have less than 60 units). We strongly encourage anyone living in USD off-campus housing (Pacific Ridge / Loma Palisades) to choose a meal plan. It is non-taxable, you do not have to navigate to local eateries, and campus dining is safer versus outside restaurants. Dining Dollars are also a great option.

We recommend you check your Meal Plan status in the portal to ensure the plan you want is in your account.

Q21: If I declined USD housing (for fall 2020), when will my pre-assigned Meal Plan be removed from my account?

If you declined USD housing your Meal Plan was removed in August 2020. All students are welcome to have a Meal Plan account. If you would like one, you will need to add a plan back to your account via the MySanDiego portal.

If you are now living off-campus in USD Housing (Pacific Ridge/Loma Palisades) and had a Required Meal Plan assigned to your account, it has been removed. 

If you would like to add a plan, or Dining Dollars, to your account, you may do so via the MySanDiego portal> My Torero Services> Meal Plan channel.


Meal Plan questions should be directed to: Campus Card Services UC 127 (619) 260-5999 or ext. 5999