The Dine-With-a-Prof program allows undergraduate students to dine with one of their esteemed faculty members for free!
You're invited to lunch with your professor, in a program sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and College Student Affairs Offices.
The program fosters informal, out-of-classroom interactions between you and your professors. It also gives you the opportunity to experience a professional dining atmosphere at the UC San Diego Faculty Club, or a more casual setting of Zanzibar @ the Loft.
Under the same rules and procedures as Dine-With-a-Prof, the Coffee-With-a-Prof program allows you to take a faculty member/ graduate teaching assistant out to coffee at select coffee carts on campus.
After you've invited your professor out to lunch or coffee, obtain a program card at your college's Student Affairs Office.
The program card can be redeemed by the faculty member, with the undergraduate student as a guest, at one of the approved coffee / dining locations listed below.
You may participate in the Dine-With-a-Prof program once per quarter during the academic year.
In addition, you may participate in the Coffee-With-a-Prof program twice per quarter during the academic year.
Neither program runs through summer sessions.
Student eligibility: The program is open to all currently enrolled UCSD undergraduate students.
If another student would like to join your lunch or coffee, that student must pick up a separate meal voucher at her/ his college of registration.
Faculty eligibility: The professor or graduate teaching assistant must be currently employed by the university. They cannot be staff, administrative advisors, or counselors.
After you choose the professor or TA who will be joining you for lunch/ coffee, visit your college’s Student Affairs Office to sign up and receive your free program card (Warren students should sign up online):
It’s easy to ask a professor a question in class or in office hours, but how do you start a conversation over coffee or lunch?
Here are some conversation starters to get you talking:
Can multiple students take the same professor out to lunch or coffee together?
Yes, students may coordinate up to 3 people per event. Each student must obtain their own meal card to participate.
Can I participate in the program more than once per academic year?
Yes, students may participate once each academic quarter for lunch, and up to two times per quarter for coffee.
Can I invite my Graduate TA to lunch or coffee, instead of a professor?
Yes, students may invite their graduate TAs.
What if I am not currently enrolled in a class with a professor or TA that I am interested in taking to lunch or coffee — can I still invite them?
Of course! However, the professor or TA must be currently employed by the university.
I lost my meal card — can a get a replacement card?
No, we cannot give out replacement meal cards, as cards are limited.
How should I decide which facility to eat lunch at?
Ask your professor if they have a preference. The Faculty Club offers a casual dining atmosphere with a buffet-style lunch. Zanzibar Café provides a lively dining experience with café-style ordering.