Dining Meal Plans

Whether you just need a snack between classes, a full-course meal, or a cup of our fair-trade organic coffee, we make it easy for you to get what you want, when and where you want it! There are no limits on the number of times you can enter the Dining Commons during each meal period, provided you have existing swipes to cover each entry.* You choose the number of swipes per week that meets your needs: unlimited, 17, 14 and 10, which can be supplemented with the optional Plus Plan program. Depending on the Plus option you choose, you’ll have between $300-$900/year to use at other UCSB on-campus outlet locations.

*THE FINE PRINT: If you want to enter the Dining Commons after you have used all of your allotted weekly swipes, you will be billed via BARC at the guest meal rate for each excessive entry (currently $12/meal). Meal entries are re-set Monday morning and unused entries do not roll forward.

What does a meal plan cost you?

For students living in the UCSB Residence Halls, the cost of your meal plan is included with your room and board. Room and Board fees are calculated using a combination of your selected Meal Plan, Plus Plan, and your room type. Please refer to the Room & Board Rates for details. Students living in the residence halls sign up for meal plans when they register for housing.
For students living in UCSB apartments or off-campus, please refer to Off Campus Meal Plan.

standard program*
Gaucho Carte Blanche
  • Unlimited swipes during meal periods in the four all-you-care-to-eat Dining Commons.
  • Our most inclusive meal plan and ideal for students who want to come and go as they please!
  • A great value with maximum flexibility that eliminates the need to count how many swipes you’ve used or how many you have left.

Gaucho Platinum

  • Up to 17 swipes per week during meal periods in the four all-you-care-to-eat Dining Commons.
  • Ideal for students who want to eat most of their meals in the Dining Commons

Gaucho Gold

  • Up to 14 swipes per week during meal periods in the four all-you-care-to-eat Dining Commons.
  • If you’re always on the go, or if breakfast seems to come too early, consider this alternative plan that gives you the flexibility to purchase meals elsewhere on and off campus.

Gaucho Silver

  • Up to 10 swipes per week during meal periods in the four all-you-care-to-eat Dining Commons.
  • Do you have a job off-campus? Do you go home every weekend? Perfect for students who cannot always eat all of their meals on campus.
*All options include “Sack” Meals and Late Night dining


plus plan Program
Plan A Plan B Plan C
$900 $600 $300
  • The Plus Plan is an optional program designed to give you more flexibility and enhance your residential dining experience.
  • No set-up fees, transaction fees, or minimum balance fees.
  • Plus dollars are academic year (Fall, Winter, Spring Quarter) amounts and are billed to your BARC account with your room and board fees. If you use all of your Plus dollars, you can add more in $50 increments by contacting Derrick Duong via email at dduong@housing.ucsb.edu.
  • Use your Plus dollars to purchase a guest meal at any of our Dining Commons.
  • Unused Plus dollars are non-refundable and do not roll over to the summer or to the next academic year.
  • Use your Plus dollars in designated campus dining outlets below to enhance your residential dining experience:
Concessions Events
Coral Tree Café
Corner Store
Courtyard Café
Jamba Juice
Nicoletti's Coffeehouse
Nicoletti's Coffee Carts
Panda Express
Root 217
Santorini Grill
SRB Coffee Cart
Study Bean
The Arbor
The Store at Buchanan
Wahoo’s Fish Tacos
Woodstock's Pizza