Boarding Meal Contract Info & Rates

Not living in a BSC room and board house but want to eat your meals at a co-op? Board at the BSC!

Could massive fridges stocked full of dairy, meat, condiments, produce, etc. available 24/7 be a dream come true? How about having healthy and diverse dinners cooked for you? It's possible, and all for an affordable price! Eating your meals at a co-op is a great way to experience co-op life without the full commitment of living there. Boarders for 10 consecutive weeks during a semester gives you priority for housing assignment in future semesters. 

You must meet the student eligibility requirements to be a central-level boarder. You will need to provide verification of your student eligibility to the housing department ( before we can accept a boarding contract. BSC student eligibility policy can be found here:

There are no board-only contracts for the Summer 2024 semester! Fall board-only contracts are TBD.


The fridges, freezers, and pantries of our houses are kept stocked with food ordered and delivered through the BSC Central Food & Supplies.


All of our houses have commercial kitchens stocked with cooking appliances that you are welcome to use anytime.


Enjoy home cooked meals provided to you by other house members. Many of our houses cook dinner 5 to 7 days a week.


With 17 houses surrounding the campus to choose from, there is bound to be a co-op house near you! Several of our co-op houses are wheelchair accessible (Kidd Hall, Wolf House, Person of Color Theme House (Castro), CZ, Convent, Sherman Hall, Cloyne Court, and the Oscar Wilde House).


As a boarder, you are welcomed into the house community. The house community develops close bonds through eating, working and studying with housemates, sharing good times, and participating in group decision-making. Each co-op sponsors events like movie nights, live music, dances, house outings, intramural sports, and workshops on various topics.


By boarding at a coop, you gain "boarder priority" on the waiting list after you have boarded for 10 consecutive weeks during a semester. This gives you priority in case you decide to move into a coop in the future.


To keep the cost so low, you provide 2-3 hours of work a week to the house. For more information about workshifts, check out the Workshift Information page.

Rates and Specific Plan Information

Note: If you accept a board contract after the term begins (May 18), rates are prorated based on the date the contract is accepted and ends on August 8. Board cancellations cost $25 plus three days charges. Boarding contracts are available shortly before a term begins.

Summer 2024 Full board is $804.00
3 hrs of workshift per week
This is all access to all food, all the time

Summer 2024 5-night board is $386.00
2 hours of workshift per week
Five meals per week

Fall 2024 Full board is To Be Determined
3 hrs of workshift per week
This is all access to all food, all the time

Fall 2024 5-night board is To Be Determined
2 hours of workshift per week
Five meals per week

How to sign up

Already in the BSC system? Call or email the housing department at 510-848-1936 or to see which co-ops are offering meal only service. Sign up at the BSC Portal! Need to register? Create an account at the BSC portal! Email your student verification to the housing department and let us know which house and which plan you want! To be eligible to board during the summer, you must be a student either spring, OR summer OR fall. To be eligible to board during the Fall, you must be a student during the fall. To be eligible to board during the spring, you must be a student during the spring.