Meal Plans

Whether an on-campus resident, a commuter, an undergraduate student, or graduate student, Dining Services provides meal plans for all students.

Our meal plans offer a per-week, mix, or Flex Dollars-only structure and can be conveniently used at any on-campus dining venue on East and West campuses. With value and flexibility, your dollar will go further when you purchase a meal plan. Per-week meal plans replenish themselves every Sunday, and Flex Dollars are a declining balance. Meal plans consist of two parts:

  • Meal Swipes can be used to obtain a meal at the 1899 Dining Hall (all-you-care-to-eat), Cougar’s Den Café, The Grill, and Paws ’N Go (select menu).
  • Flex Dollars are a pay-as-you-go option that works similar to an ATM debit card. Flex Dollars may be used to obtain a full meal or individual items and are accepted at all campus dining locations.

Students living in APU residence halls (Trinity, Adams, and Engstrom) are required to have a meal plan and are automatically signed up for, at minimum, Cougar Plan C for the fall and spring semesters. RAs or RARs living in those halls are required to sign up for, at minimum, Cougar Plan D.

See our 2022-23 Meal Plan Brochure (PDF) for more information and Frequently Asked Questions. Students can sign up for a meal plan online (you will need to log in to home.apu.edu with your APUNetID and password). A valid APU student ID card, virtual ID card via the APU Now app, or mobile ordering at select on-campus venues with the Grubhub app is required to access the meal plan.

Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Student Meal Plans
Meal Plan Cost Per Semester
Cougar Plan A
Meals per week: 20
Flex Dollars: $175
2 guest meals per semester
$2,600
Cougar Plan B
Meals per week: 15
Flex Dollars: $175
2 guest meals per semester
$2,350
Cougar Plan C
Meals per week: 12
Flex Dollars: $150
2 guest meals per semester
$1,900
Cougar Plan D
Meals per week: 9
Flex Dollars: $100
2 guest meals per semester
$1,450
Cougar Plan E (Meals and Flex)
Meals per week: 3
Flex Dollars: $350
$800
Cougar Plan E (Flex Only)
Flex Dollars: $400
$400

Student Meal Plan Policies

Meal plans for fall 2022 start Friday, August 26, 2022, and end Friday, December 16, 2022. For the 2023 spring semester, the meal plan is valid from Friday, January 6, 2023, to Friday, May 5, 2023. Meal plans cannot be used during holidays or other breaks when dining locations are closed. Dining locations are typically closed during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, and operating hours may be modified during various university events and holidays. Meal plans are not available during the summer, but students can use Cougar Bucks at open dining locations. View all the current Student Meal Plan Agreement Terms and Conditions (PDF)

Dining Venues

East Campus

1899 Dining Hall

This all-you-care-to-eat dining experience features concepts ranging from global cuisines to classic American comfort and Mexican foods. Prepared from scratch daily using fresh, seasonal, and often locally sorted ingredients. If you don’t have time to sit and eat in the dining hall, you can also take advantage of our to-go program.

Paws ’N Go

Student essentials, plus fresh house-made grab-no-go meals and snacks.

Cougars’ Den Café

Grill classics and house-made pizzas.

Shalom Café

We proudly serve Starbucks® coffee beverages, premium teas, and delectable treats.

West Campus

The Grill

Wok entrees, grill classics, and seasonal Cougar favorites.

The Market

Bottled beverages, snacks, and convenience items.

Hillside Grounds

We proudly brew Starbucks coffee, along with freshly baked pastries, tea, and acai bowls.

Food Allergies and Special Dietary Restrictions

Dining Services prides itself on providing high-quality and nutritious cuisine to meet the wide variety of dietary needs within our diverse APU community. We offer support for students with food allergies and specialized dietary requirements. Bon Appétit, our food service provider, can meet with you to discuss food options available in each of our venues. See our website for more information or email diningservices@apu.edu. Students with highly specific or complex needs should contact our Accessibility and Disability Resources office at disabilityservices@apu.edu as soon as possible to learn more about what accommodations are available, and whether these will meet their needs. A required meal plan can be petitioned only for medical reasons. If you have a medical condition that you believe may keep you from maintaining a required meal plan, refer to the steps in Special Dietary Requests (PDF).

Grubhub

Campus dining on Grubhub is a mobile food ordering platform for on-campus dining venues. Grubhub partners with APU Dining Services to bring you the ultimate dining experience where you order ahead and pay with your campus ID Card, debit card, or credit card. Instead of waiting in line, you can order from your phone and pick up your food when notified. First, download the Grubhub app available in the App Store and Google Play. Then create your account, go to “My Grubhub,” navigate to your account settings, and choose “Campus Dining.”

Sustainability

We are committed to doing everything we can in our dining services to be good stewards of our environment. We continue to assess our practices and look for ways to improve each year.

  • APU recycles 4 tons of bottles and cans annually
  • APU recycles 40 tons of cardboard annually
  • APU recycles 30 tons of food scraps, which is converted into compost on-site

Cougar Bucks

Students and/or parents can deposit money into an account called Cougar Bucks. The APU student ID card, or virtual ID card via the APU Now app, is used to access these funds. Deposits for Cougar Bucks can be made with cash, check, or credit card at the One Card Office or via the GET website or GET Mobile App. There is a minimum $5 deposit each time you add funds and cash withdrawals are not permitted. Cougar Bucks are not transferable. See below for detailed instructions on adding funds via GET:

Cougar Bucks can be used at all Dining Services venues, the University Bookstore, the IMT Computer Store, Azusa Print + Design, and library printers.

All transactions debited through the APU ID card are final at the point and time of sale. It is the responsibility of the cardholder to keep a record of each card transaction. These transactions can be accessed through their GET account. For questions about adding funds to an ID card, email GET@apu.edu.

Questions and Concerns

The One Card Office is available by phone at (626) 812-3038 or by email at onecard@apu.edu Monday-Friday during the hours of 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.1

Footnotes

  1. Hours subject to change.
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