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Dining Services

A student wearing a mask carries a to-go box at Southside Cafe.

Resident Meal Plan (formerly Residence Dining Account)

First-year students living in the residence halls are required to purchase a Resident Meal Plan (formerly called a Residence Dining Account or RDA) as part of their housing and dining contract each semester.

If you are a sophomore in standing or above, have at least one year of attendance at WSU, and continue living in a residence hall, participating in a meal plan is optional. Learn more about the benefits of repurchasing a plan.

Resident Meal Plans provide you with maximum flexibility. You do not receive a fixed number of meals per week like some universities. Instead you will use your CougarCard to pay for meals with Dining Dollars. It works like a prepaid debit card. At the beginning of each semester, you will receive your Dining Dollars for the entire semester, and you decide how to budget and manage your account.

Learn more about planning your Dining Dollar spending.

Resident Meal Plan Rates

Dining Account Level Base Fee Dining Dollars Total Cost:
Level 1 $875.00 $1,015.00 $1,890.00
Level 2 $875.00 $1,300.00 $2,175.00
Level 3 $875.00 $1,535.00 $2,410.00

The Resident Meal Plan offers 3 dining account levels. Each level has a base fee of $875 and a balance of Dining Dollars. The base fee covers utilities, maintenance, repairs, mortgage payments, and a portion of the labor needed to support the food service program. 

Dining Dollars are used to purchase food and non-food items in dining centers, markets, and espresso bars. The base fee is not part of students' spendable Dining Dollars.

Learn about choosing the best dining account level for your eating habits.

Important Information:

  1. 1. You can add Dining Dollars to your account anytime in the semester. Learn more about adding Dining Dollars.
  2. 2. You can change to a different meal plan until the 8th week of classes. Visit dining.wsu.edu and click the ‘Change RDA’ button to change your plan.
  3. 3. Unused Dining Dollars will roll over to the next semester if you continue living in the residence halls and have purchased a Resident Meal Plan for the upcoming semester.
  4. 4. You receive a 40% discount when you use your meal plan to purchase food in the dining centers. This is the best way to make your Dining Dollars go further.
  5. 5. You can also spend Dining Dollars in the markets, espresso bars, Carlita’s, Freshens, Einstein Bagels, and Flix Café. You will receive a 10% discount at these locations.