Housing Office Meal Plans
Requirements for residents
Campus residents are required to have a meal plan (aka board plan). This is college policy that is not waived by request, with exceptions for:
- Residents in GLC (Global Leadership Center).
- Students with an exemption from the meal plan requirement due to medical disability, usually due to very extreme dietary restrictions. Such disability must be determined by the Office of Disability Services or the Campus Health Center.
Note: Exemptions are not made for financial or personal reasons, or dietary preferences (such as veganism). Students with dietary preferences or concerns may refer to the guidelines established for working with our food service provider, with provision to follow up with the Office of Disability Services if needed after review by the food service provider's dietician. These guidelines can be found on the Office of Disability Services website.
First-year students in campus residence are required to be on the Standard meal plan during the Fall semester. If a different plan is desired for the Spring semester, a request must be submitted by email to the Housing Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the semester. The Standard plan is assigned for all campus residents (except GLC residents, who are assigned "NO" meal plan), unless a different plan has been requested and approved.
No meal plan is assigned or required for off-campus commuters residing off-campus on their own or at the Ocean View Apartments. However commuters may request one of the 3 meal plans by email to the Housing Office (email@example.com). Commuters may find it more affordable to purchase individual meals at the Dining Commons rather than be on a meal plan.
Types of plans for dining on campus:
- Standard plan (typically 95% of campus residents have this meal plan).
- 15 plan (costs $100 less for entire semester than the Standard plan)
- 10 plan (costs $200 less for entire semester than the Standard plan)
The Standard plan allows students to access the Dining Commons as often as they want each week during regular operating hours, and to eat as much as they want while in the Dining Commons.
The 15 plan and 10 plan allow students to access the Dining Commons up to that number of times each week, during regular operating hours. Unused access does not carryover to the following week(s), and access beyond the weekly limit charges against the Flex Dollars in that plan.
- The 15 or 10 are counted from Sunday midnight to Sunday midnight When you have reached your weekly limit, the system will begin using your plan's Flex Dollars. Unfortunately, it cannot make you aware of this at time of entry. If you do not want to use your Flex Dollars for this, you will need to keep track of your number of entries (or ask the cashier BEFORE swiping your card).
- The 15 and 10 plans cost a little less than the Standard plan, but offer less flexibility. For example, access for a quick snack or beverage uses up one of the 15 or 10 allowable entrances.
IMPORTANT: Having a meal plan does not allow food to be removed from the Dining Commons for consumption later (with a few small exceptions). See Campus Services in the Student Handbook for additional information.
New or Change requests
All requests to add a meal plan, or to change one's meal plan, must be made in writing to the Housing Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) .
Requests to add or change a meal plan need to be submitted at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester. Any add or change request in the week immediately preceding the start of the semester, or during the first week of the semester, will take a little more time to get into place.
Change requests after the first week of classes, or in the middle of any subsequent week, will likely be implemented at the start of the week following the request. This is because all requests must go through four different offices before they can be activated by the campus food service provider. Changes made after the start of the semester result in adjustments on the student account, based upon the week in which the add/change has been approved.
On-campus residents will be assigned the same meal plan for the Spring semester which they had for the Fall semester, unless a different plan is requested OR they have a different housing assignment which does not have the meal plan requirement. Meal plan assignments might not carry over between the semesters for commuters and Ocean View residents. Students are advised to review their profile for their meal plan on record. Any commuters who have a meal plan for the Fall semester may need to submit a written request for a meal plan for the Spring semester.
Costs & more information
The cost for meal plans is posted by the Student Accounts Office. See their Costs & Estimating Semester Minimum Initial Payment page.
Additional information about other dining services: menus, holiday hours, pack-outs, etc. is available at Westmont Dining.
View your meal plan assignment
Meal plan assignments may be viewed on the Student Profile after a housing assignment has been recorded.