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Meal Plan

Introducing ALL ACCESS MEAL PLAN

 

2019 - 2020 Meal Plan Information

2019 - 2020 Meal Plan

Start Date: August 25, 2019End Date: May 16, 2020

Spring 2020

Start Date: January 19, 2020

End Date: May 16, 2020

 

 

How Do I Apply For A Meal Plan?

Annual Meal Plans (Fall/Spring)

Meal Plans are available to all students, including those living off-campus. Annual Meal Plans start Sunday, August 25, 2019, and end Friday, May 16, 2020. Geronimo's & Bamboo Terrace will close for the summer on May 17, 2020. Students may now apply for a Meal Plan at the same time as their on-campus housing through the online Student Housing Portal until August 2019. Although you may apply for both at the same time, please note Meal Plan fees are billed and collected separately from Student Housing fees. Please do not make any payments for your Meal Plan until you see the charges posted to your CSUN myNorthridge Web Portal. If you missed the window to apply for a meal plan with your housing, you will need to submit the Meal Plan application directly to the Meal Plan office. Click here to download the Meal Plan application.  To view Meal Plan terms & conditions click herePlease Note: if your Financial Aid has been disbursed and you have received a check or E-deposit before you applied for a Meal Plan. Your Financial Aid will not take care of those fees automatically. You will be responsible for all fees posted to your Student Portal after your Financial Aid refund has been awarded.

Spring Semester Only & Off-Campus Student Meal Plans

Students living off-campus or students applying for the Meal Plan for the Spring semester only may purchase a Meal Plan by downloading and completing the Meal Plan Application found here. You may either mail or drop it off the completed application to the Meal Plan office. We also accept applications via email, please reach out to us if we do not confirm we have received your contract. Please do not make any payments for your Meal Plan to Cash Services until you see the remaining charges for the semester posted on your CSUN myNorthridge Web Portal. Please Note: if your Financial Aid has been disbursed and you have received a check or E-deposit before you applied for a Meal Plan, your Financial Aid will not take care of those fees automatically. You will be responsible for all fees posted to your Student Portal after your Financial Aid refund has been awarded.

Returning/Continuing Meal Plan Students

Students who have participated in the Meal Plan in the 2018-2019 academic year are eligible to receive an added perk. Click here for details or contact the Meal Plan office at mealplan@csun.edu.

Faculty / Staff

Faculty and Staff Block 10 Dining Plan can be purchased anytime directly at the Meal Plan office. Click here for more details.

Which Plan Would Work Best For Me?

Students Living in Housing Units Without a Kitchen

For students living in a non-kitchen housing, participation in the meal plan is mandatory and must select one of the following traditional Meal Plans: All-Access + 500 Dining Dollars, 10 Meal + 700 Dining Dollars, 12 Meal + 500 Dining Dollars, or 14 Meal + 300 Dining Dollar plan.

  • Deadlines: There is no deadline to purchase a meal plan, however you must have a meal plan in place prior to moving into your non-kitchen housing unit.
  • You will not be given a key or allowed to chose your room if you have not yet purchased a meal plan.
  • Once you have gone through the application and payment process, you will receive an email letting you know where and when you can pick up your meal plan card.
  • Be sure to bring your CSUN photo ID card with you when you pick up your meal plan card.
  • The sooner you get your application in, the smoother things will go once you arrive on campus.
  • Note: The initial $160.00 will be due with your application. You must make your first payment by that date. Financial aid will not cover this payment.

Students Living in Housing Units With a Kitchen

For students living in a housing unit with a kitchen, meal plans are not mandatory but are available to those who are interested.

  • The Matador Block Plans (270, 200, 25) were specially designed to be more affordable and cater to busy students living in kitchen apartments who want the option of dining at campus restaurants, in addition to cooking their meals.
  • With meals at Geronimo's/Bamboo Terrace and dining dollars for dining at other CSUN Dining facilities, it’s a perfect balance between eating at home and dining out.
  • Remember, you can only cancel a meal plan if you move off campus or withdraw from attending CSUN.
  • Deadlines: There is no deadline for signing up, so feel free to get a feel for your living situation before you apply.
  • If you are already 100% sure that you would like a meal plan, submit your application through the Student Housing Portal before the start of the semester so we can have your meal card ready for you by the time you move in to your campus housing.
  • Once you have gone through the application and payment process, you will receive an email letting you know where and when you can pick up your meal plan card. Please make sure you bring your CSUN photo ID card with you when you pick up your card.
  • Note:The first initial payment of $160.00 will be due with your application. You must make your first payment by that date. Financial aid will not cover this charge.

Students Living Off-Campus

Meal plans are also available to students who do not live in campus housing.

  • Students living off-campus are welcome to purchase any of our 6 Meals Plans, however the following Matador Block Plans are recommended:
    • Matador 270 (135 meals per semester at Geronimo's/Bamboo Terrace) + $600 Dining Dollars (300 per semester)
    • Matador 200 (100 meals per semester at Geronimo's/Bamboo Terrace) + $300 Dining Dollars (150 per semester)
    • Matador 25 (25 meals at Geronimo's to be used anytime during the academic year; no Dining Dollars are included with this plan)
  • If you are interested and would like more information, please email us at    . Be sure to include your name, CSUN ID number and where you will be living while attending CSUN.
  • Deadlines: There is no deadline for signing up, so feel free to get a feel for your living situation before you apply.
  • If you are already 100% sure that you would like a meal plan, submit your application and 1st payment to the Meal Plan Office before the start of the semester so we can have your meal card ready for you by the time classes begin.
  • Once you have gone through the application and payment process, you will receive an email letting you know where and when you can pick up your meal plan card. Please make sure you bring your CSUN photo ID card with you when you pick up your card.
  • Remember, you can only cancel a meal plan if you move off campus or withdraw from CSUN.
  • Note: If you have Financial Aid, you must submit your application along with the initial $160.00 payment. Financial aid will not cover the initial $160.00 payment.

Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Meal Plan Office?

We are located in the Student Housing Office on the corner of Zelzah and Lassen. This office is located in the same building that houses our two restaurants: Geronimo's and Bamboo Terrace.
If you plan on visiting us in person, simply ask the front desk to speak with someone from the Meal Plan Office.

Mailing Address:
Student Housing Office
Attn: Meal Plan Office
17950 Lassen Street
Northridge, CA 91325-8286

How do I know how many meal swipes or Dining Dollars I have left?

Towards the bottom of every receipt, you will find your remaining dining units (meal swipes) and dining points (Dining Dollars) balance. You can also login to CSUN Dining Account Center (online card management system) to check your balance.

Can meal swipes be converted to Dining Dollars

No, they cannot. Meal swipes are non-transferable.

Can I use meal swipes to feed guests?

Students with the Matador Block Meal Plans (270, 200, 25) may use their meal swipes for guests for guests. Those on traditional weekly Meal Plans (10/12/14) and All Access plan may not use their swipes for guests. However, each students on these plans will receive 3 Guest Swipes every semester which they can use for guest meals.

What should I do if I lose my Meal Plan card?

You should go immediately to the Meal Plan Office (located in Student Housing) and fill out a request for a replacement card. A new card with a new account number will be created for a $5 fee that is charged against your Dining Dollars. If you cannot immediately get to the Meal Plan Office, you may go to Gernonimo's and get a temporary 3-day card with your account number.

I am on the installment payment plan. When are payments due?

Meal Plan payments are due on the 1st of the month. Payments not received by the 10th of each month will be assessed a $15.00 late fee and your Meal Plan privileges will be suspended.

Can Meal Plans be changed?

Yes. Meal Plan changes are accepted up until September 13th of the Fall Semester and January 3rd of the Spring Semester only. Once the semester is underway, you may only change from a smaller Meal Plan to a larger one.

I am on an installment plan. Does that mean that every time I make a payment, money gets added to my Meal Plan card?

No, making a monthly payment does not add more Dining Dollars to your account. The number of Dining Dollars is set at the beginning of the contract term and is included in the total cost of your elected Meal Plan.

Am I paying for meals during the Spring and Winter breaks even though I am not on campus?

No, the cost of the Meal Plans does not include meal swipes during Spring and Winter breaks. Due to the limited hours of operation during Spring and Winter breaks, the meal swipe option is not available during these times. However, your Dining Dollars are active and will allow you to eat at any of the campus dining locations open during break.

Can I get a refund of my unused Dining Dollars?

Any unused remaining Dining Dollars after May 16th, 2020 will be forfeited. We do not offer refunds and you may not transfer unused Dining Dollars onto a MataMoney Card.

I have used up all of my Dining Dollars. Am I out for the semester?

You can purchase more Dining Dollars at any time during the semester by logging on to the CSUN Dining Account Center online card management system. Keeping track and adding more Dining Dollars to your Meal Plan card has now become easier! Please visit Dining Dollars for instructions on how to use our new CSUN Dining Account Center system.