Dining Services

Dining Plans

First year students living in the residence halls are required to purchase one of three RDA dining plans - Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 - as part of their housing and dining contract each semester. If you are sophomore in standing or above, and have at least one year of attendance at WSU, you are not required by the Freshman Live-in Rule to live in approved University housing. If you choose to continue living in a residence hall, participating in an RDA plan will become optional.

Your Dining Account uses your Student ID card like a prepaid debit card. You choose the dining level that you think will meet your needs and lifestyle, and the RDA Dollars associated with your plan level will be available to spend each semester. RDA Dollars can be spent at all dining centers for meals and snacks at the time that best suits you.

Each time you access your RDA account, it will be debited for the amount of your purchase and the remaining balance will appear on the register display and your receipt. All RDA Plans have a base cost of $944 and a balance of RDA Dollars. Base cost covers utilities, maintenance, repairs, mortgage payments, and a portion of the labor needed to support the food service program. 

RDA Level Base Charge RDA Dollars Total Cost
0 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
1 $944.00 $890.00 $1,834.00
2 $944.00 $1,165.00 $2,109.00
3 $944.00 $1,385.00 $2,329.00

Customizing Your RDA Plan

There are three levels of RDA Plans available. You are able to customize your initial choice of RDA with additional RDA Dollars at the beginning and/or throughout the semester to meet your individual lifestyle needs for on campus dining. You have the flexibility and control of where, when and how much to spend in regards to RDA Dollars. The following is an overview of the RDA Plans and their general design to meet RDA cardholders buying habits for both on and off campus.

RDA Level Base Charge RDA Dollars Total Cost
0 $  -  $ -  $ - 
1 $ 944.00 $  890.00 $1,834.00
2 944.00 $1,165.00 $2,109.00
3 944.00 $1.385.00 $2,329.00

available RDA levels

In determining what level of RDA to choose from, take in consideration how many times you plan to visit a Dining Center, C-Store/Market, Carlita’s Mexican Grille, Dining Espresso Shop, Einstein’s Bagels and order pizza, chicken pasta from Flix’s Late Night Delivery on a weekly basis.

The following graph highlights the projected average check per Dining location for the academic school year based upon last year’s RDA buying habits and the projected Consumer Price Index (CPI) for 2017/18. Given there is at least 16 weeks in a Semester, you are able to estimate your personal need for RDA Dollars. This graph is based upon check averages and may not reflect your particular buying habits.


RDA cardholders on average purchase an additional $72 in RDA Dollars per semester for the 2016/2017 academic school year to customize their RDA level in order to meet their personal lifestyle needs for on campus dining.

RDA Discount Structure

Dining applies discounts to the retail prices for RDA plan holders to increase the purchasing power of their RDA Dollars. 

  1. Southside Café, Northside Café, and Hillside Café extends a 40% discount to students with a Residence Dining Account.
  2. Every purchase made with an RDA at Carlita's Mexican Grille, Freshens in the CUB, in the C-Stores, Global Scholars Hall “The Market”, Dining’s Espresso Bars, Einstein’s Bagels and Flix’s Express (Late Night Delivery) will automatically receive a 10% discount on the total purchase.