FAQ For Meal Plans


Q: For the Gold and Platinum Meal Plans, what does “unlimited entry” mean? 

A: Unlimited entry means that on days you are eligible to eat at the Dining Commons, (Gold Plan Members Monday-Friday, Platinum Members seven days a week) you can come to the DC as many times as you desire. We are not counting your meals, so, you may enter the Dining Commons as many times as you want during our operating hours.


Q: What are the “guest meals” that you get with the Gold and Platinum Meal Plans?

A: Guest Meals allow you to bring a friend or family member to the DC with you. You have five guest meals per semester which could be used to treat five friends all at once or a single friend during five separate occasions; the choice is yours.


Q: If I get the Gold Plan, is there anyway I could eat at the Dining Commons during the weekends if I am ever on Campus?

A: You sure can! With the Gold Plan you have five guest meals. You can use one of those guest meals on yourself on the weekend and enjoy the DC. Also, you or anyone without a meal plan could pay to eat at the DC at the rate of $9.50 for breakfast, $11.50 for lunch, $12.50 for dinner, and $11.50 for late night. Plus, all Gold Plan members have $200 Gold Points which you can spend at our retail dining units.


Q: If I have the Community 25, Community 50, Centennial, or Community 150 plan and I do not use up all my DC entries, do they rollover?

A: Your DC entry balance (and for Community 100 and Community 150 plans, any unused Dining Dollars) will rollover from Fall semester to Spring semester in the same academic year. All Community Plan meals and Dining Dollars expire and the end of the Spring Semester. 


Q: What are Dining Dollars and how do they work?

A: Dining Dollars is essentially a debit card function built into your student ID card that allows you to conveniently make purchases at dining units on campus. Whenever you want to know the balance on your account, simply take the card to a register at a retail Dining Dollars location and ask the cashier for the balance or you can check your last purchase receipt and your remaining balance will be printed at the bottom.

Q: Do Dining Dollars Expire?

A: Membership Plan Dining Dollars unused balances expire at the end of each semester (last day to use them is Final Exam Make-Up Day). 


Q: I am interested in purchasing a meal plan later on in the semester; could I do that or do I have to buy it before school starts?

A: You can buy a Gold or Platinum meal plan at any point throughout the semester and the price will be prorated to the date of purchase. You can purchase (or repurchase) a Community plan at any time.


Q: Do I have to live on campus to buy a meal plan or eat at the Dining Commons?

A:  No, any SJSU student, faculty or staff, may buy a meal plan and dine at the DC. We understand that even if you do not live on campus, you may still spend a majority of your day here going to classes, so the Dining Commons doors are open to everyone.


Q: How can I upgrade my meal plan?

A: If you purchased your meal plan through Housing, you can upgrade by calling (408) 795-5600 or by visiting the Housing Office located on the second floor of Campus Village Building B. All other upgrades can be done by calling (408) 924-1885 or visiting our Dining Admin Office located in MacQuarrie Hall.