Dining & Meal Plan

Everyone is welcome to eat at the Dining Commons. We offer buffet-style, "all-you-care-to-eat" meals. (Dine-in only, no take-out is available.) We accept debit and major credit cards. We don't accept cash or checks. Residents may purchase a Meal Plan (see below).

Please note that the Dining Commons will be closed during Summer Student Recess (May 20 – Aug 20).

During the academic year, the hours are as follows:

Meal Price


Breakfast (M-F)


8 a.m.  10 a.m.

Lunch (M-F)


11 a.m.  2 p.m.

Dinner (M-F)


5 p.m.  8 p.m.

Brunch (Weekends)


9 a.m.  3 p.m.


Meal Plan

Our Meal Plan offers delicious and convenient meals for residents. We offer buffet-style meals in the housing complex at the Dining Commons and to-go sandwiches and salads on campus at Salazar Cafe. There are three meal plan options for the academic year: 10, 12 or 17 meals per week. Residents use their student ID card to swipe for their meals.

How to Sign Up

New Students: Select a Meal Plan when applying on the Housing Portal. Up to 30 days before you move in, you can change the number of meals on your plan by emailing Housing and Residence Life at askhousing@calstatela.edu. Please note that once the semester starts, you may only increase the number of meals. To decrease or cancel, see "Cancellation Policy."

Current Students: To sign up after the semester has started, please visit the Office of Housing and Residence Life.

Payment Dates

Payment for the Meal Plan is due at the same time fees are due for housing. See "Payment Schedules" on Rates and Dates.

Where to Use the Meal Plan

You can use the Meal Plan at two locations: the Dining Commons, which is located in the housing complex near the basketball court, and Salazar Cafe, located in Salazar Hall on the south side of campus.

Special Diets

We're happy to accommodate residents with food allergies and dietary restrictions. Contact the Dining Commons Manager.

How to Change or Cancel Your Meal Plan

All requests to change or cancel a Meal Plan must be submitted in writing 30 days before the start of your contract. (See cancellation policies in the License Agreement for more information). To change your Meal Plan, complete the Meal Plan Change Request Form. To cancel your Meal Plan, fill out the Petition to Cancel Form.

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