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Residential Dining

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UCSB’s residential dining services ensure healthy and delicious meal options at any of the four dining commons located on and off campus. The dining commons promote healthy eating through programs such as Green Mondays, and also make sure to provide students with a variety of health-conscious food choices such as gluten-free options, vegetarian and vegan options, and more. 


Dining Commons

Carrillo Dining Commons
De La Guerra Dining Commons
Portola Dining Commons
Ortega Dining Commons

To find out where these four dining commons are located, please click here.


Meal Plans

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Gaucho Carte Blanche

• Unlimited swipes during meal periods in the four all-you-care-to-eat dining commons.
• The most inclusive meal plan: Ideal for students who want to come and go as they please.
• A great value with maximum flexibility that eliminates the need to count how many swipes you’ve used or how many you have left. 

Gaucho Platinum

• Up to 17 swipes per week during meal periods in the four all-you-care-to-eat dining commons.
• Ideal for students who want to eat most of their meals in the dining commons.

Gaucho Gold

• Up to 14 swipes per week during meal periods in the four all-you-care-to-eat Dining Commons.
• If you’re always on the go, or if breakfast seems to come too early, consider this alternative plan that gives you the flexibility to purchase meals elsewhere on and off campus.

Gaucho Silver

• Up to 10 swipes per week during meal periods in the four all-you-care-to-eat Dining Commons.
• Do you have a job off-campus? Do you go home every weekend? Perfect for students who cannot always eat their meals on campus.

Nutrition

Try out the NetNutrition® application -- available on the internet and via smartphone. It enables students to make educated choices by viewing nutrition information for items offered at the dining commons.

Menus are designed to include choices for vegans, vegetarians, and those who want a low-fat diet. Fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, and a variety of grains, nuts, legumes and juice with no sugar added are always available. Locally grown and organic foods are integrated throughout the menu as part of the overall campus sustainability effort. As a result, all milk is hormone-free and cooking oils are trans fat-free.

More more information about nutrition education and events including Earth Day, Green Mondays, Nutrition Week, and Sustainable Seafood Day, please click here.