Meal Plans

2022-2023 School Year

Meal Plan Options for Summer 2022

  • Everybody’s Kitchen (EVK) residential dining hall will open for dinner service starting June 12 and begin full-service (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) on June 13.
  • Summer meal plans end on August 12, 2022

Community 25 Plan
25 meal swipes + $50 Dining Dollars

Cost: $397

Community 50 Plan
50 meal swipes + $100 Dining Dollars

Cost: $755

Meal Plan Options for Fall 2022 / Spring 2023

Grid showing a comparison between the various USC Hospitality Meal Plans for Fall 2022 & Spring 2023

Printable PDF of meal plans

Cardinal
Unlimited Residential Meal Swipes (plus 7 guest swipes per semester) + 2 Campus Center Meal Swipes per week at Seeds Marketplace, The Kitchen, Verde, and Burger Crush, located at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center  (these swipes do not roll over week to week, they reset every Sunday)

Cost: $3,465

Cardinal Flex 
Unlimited Residential Meal Swipes (plus 7 guest swipes per semester) + 50 Campus Center Meal Swipes per semester at Seeds Marketplace, The Kitchen, Verde, and Burger Crush, located at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center

Cost: $3,715

Gold
Unlimited Residential Meal Swipes (plus 7 guest swipes per semester) + $500 Dining Dollars per semester

Cost: $3,865

Trojan
Full Dining Dollar plan – $3,955 Dining Dollars per semester

Cost: $3,955

Apartment (available only to students living in USC Housing apartments)
40 Residential Meal Swipes + $150 Dining Dollars per semester

Cost: $755

Community 25
25 Residential Meal Swipes + $50 Dining Dollars

Cost: $417

Community 50
50 Residential Meal Swipes + $100 Dining Dollars

Cost: $790

Dining Dollar Block
$250 worth of Dining Dollars

Cost: $225

(All meal plans operate on a semester basis)

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Meal Plan Descriptions

Printable PDF of meal plans

Cardinal
All freshmen living in USC Housing will be assigned the Cardinal plan by default. This plan includes unlimited Residential Meal Swipes in all three Residential Dining  Halls and two Campus Center Meal Swipes per week (these Campus Center Meal Swipes do not roll over week to week, they reset every Sunday).  Looking for more variety and flexibility? Residents may elect to upgrade their meal plan to the Cardinal Flex, Gold, or Trojan Plan.

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors living in residence halls and suites will be assigned the Cardinal Meal Plan as the default plan.

Cardinal Flex

The Cardinal Flex plan is a great upgrade option if you want more variety and find yourself at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center often. In addition to unlimited Residential Meal Swipes in all three Residential Dining Halls, you also get 50 Campus Center Meal Swipes per semester that may be used on special meal combos at Seeds Marketplace, The Kitchen, Verde, and Burger Crush. For only $250 more than the Cardinal Plan, you get 50 meals, which works out to only $5 per meal for an incredible value!

Gold

The Gold plan is an upgrade option if you would like even more variety and flexibility.  In addition to unlimited Residential Meal Swipes in all three Residential Dining Halls, you also get $500 Dining Dollars per semester. Dining Dollars can be used on any items sold at all USC Hospitality retail venues (except full-service restaurants that serve alcohol). The difference in cost between the Cardinal and Gold plans is only $400, which means $100 of your Dining Dollars are FREE!

Trojan

The Trojan plan offers the most flexibility because the entire plan is composed of Dining Dollars and works as a declining balance. For example, whether you purchase entry to EVK, a burrito bowl at Verde, or packaged snacks at Seeds Marketplace, the cost of the meal is deducted from your balance.

Apartment
All sophomores, juniors, and seniors living in USC Housing Apartments will be assigned the Apartment plan when they confirm a USC Housing contract. This plan includes 40 Residential Meal Swipes plus $150 Dining Dollars per semester.  Residents may elect to upgrade their meal plan.

If you exhaust your Apartment plan and decide that you want more Residential Meal Swipes, you can purchase a new Apartment, Community 25, or Community 50 plan when the Residential Meal Swipes run out. Any unused Dining Dollar balance will reset at the end of the semester.

Graduate students are not required to purchase a meal plan.

Community 25 and Community 50

The Community plans are great options for students who are not required to have a meal plan but would like one that offers the combination of Residential Meal Swipes with Dining Dollars. You may purchase a new Community plan once the previous plan has been exhausted.  Dining Dollars and Residential Meal Swipes from these two plans roll over from the Fall semester into the Spring semester.

Off-Campus Students

If you are a student living off-campus, you may purchase any meal plan except for the Apartment Plan.

Dining Dollars

Dining Dollars may be used at any USC Hospitality location that does not serve alcohol. This includes residential dining halls, retail cafés, and coffee shops.

Dining Dollars, as part of the Gold and Trojan plans, reset at the end of each semester and do not roll over to the next semester. Dining Dollars and Residential Meal Swipes, as part of the Community 25 and 50 plans, do roll over from the Fall semester to the Spring semester and reset at the end of the school year.

Residential Meal Swipes & Campus Center Meal Swipes

Residential Meal Swipes can only be used in the three Residential Dining Halls. Campus Center Meal Swipes may be used at select retail dining venues in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. All Meal Swipes as part of the Cardinal, Cardinal Flex, Gold, and Apartment plans reset at the end of each semester and do not rollover.  Meal Swipes as part of the Community 25 and 50 plans, do roll over from the Fall semester to the Spring semester and reset at the end of the school year.

Residential Dining 

If you would like to use Dining Dollars, Discretionary or a credit/debit card for entry at any of the residential dining halls, the cost is:

Breakfast: $11.25

Lunch: $14.75

Dinner: $15.25

*Please note that while food is all-you-care-to-eat within each Residential Dining Hall, to-go food is not offered.

Meal Plan Upgrades 

To upgrade your meal plan, please use the USCard Services Website. Please upgrade your Fall meal plan by August 26, 2022.

Dates to Remember

The Fall 2022 meal plan is effective August 13, 2022 through December 14, 2022. The deadline to upgrade your Fall meal plan is August 26, 2022. The Spring 2023 meal plan is effective January 5, 2023 through May 10, 2023.  The deadline to upgrade your Spring meal plan is January 18, 2023.

Please note that the Residential Dining Halls will be closed during winter recess.  Parkside residential dining hall will be open during Spring recess 2023.

Terms & Conditions

Students will automatically be enrolled in a default Meal Plan through the USC Housing contracting process. Following this process,  students who would like to upgrade to another meal plan may do so online via the USCARD SERVICES WEBSITE If a meal plan is upgraded during the Fall Semester, that upgrade will apply to the Spring Semester as well, unless otherwise notified. All meal plan changes must be submitted by August 26, 2022 for Fall 2022 and January 18, 2023 for Spring 2023. Changes not made by these dates will result in assignment of the default meal plan for the remainder of the semester. All required meal plans reset at the end of each semester. Remaining funds cannot be refunded, transferred, or sold. Cardinal, Cardinal Flex, Gold, Trojan, Apartment plans, and Dining Dollar blocks reset on the last meal plan day of each semester and are not refundable or transferable.  Campus Center Meal Swipes as part of the default Cardinal plan reset each Sunday and do not roll over from week to week. 

Students assigned the Apartment meal plan may purchase an additional Apartment plan AFTER their original plan has been depleted. Unused Residential Meal Swipes & Dining Dollars do not roll over from semester to semester.

The Community 25 and 50 meal plans are available to all USC Students who are NOT required to have a meal plan. These plans may be renewed at any time during the academic school year; however, they will reset at the end of the Spring semester. Community plans are the only meal plans available during summer semester and reset at the end of that semester. Dining Dollar Blocks are available to any USC student and do not roll over from semester to semester.

Special Dietary Accommodations

If you require special dietary accommodations due to food allergies, medical needs, or religious needs please contact the USC Hospitality Registered Dietitian for more information prior to the start of the semester.  There are multiple ways Campus Dining can safely accommodate your needs!  If you have a tree nut or peanut allergy, it is recommended that you live close to Parkside Dining Hall. This facility does not use any peanut/tree nut products as ingredients. Residences close to Parkside include Arts & Humanities, Parkside International,  and Parkside Apartments.

Freshmen with special dietary needs that are living in USC Housing apartments with full kitchens may be eligible for a meal plan downgrade from the Cardinal Plan to the Apartment Plan. For more information regarding eligibility, please contact the USC Hospitality Registered Dietitian.