Gaucho Bucks is a prepaid spending account on your Access ID offering a convenient and secure way to make purchases on and off campus. Gaucho Bucks is designed to eliminate the need to carry cash and other cards. And, since Gaucho Bucks are accepted at campus dining locations and popular local restaurants, you have the flexibility to eat on or off-campus wherever and whenever you choose. You or your parents must make a deposit to your Gaucho Bucks account before using it for purchases.

Benefits of Gaucho Bucks

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Welcomed at the places you need and want to go.


Make purchases with the ID you already carry. No need to carry cash, exact change, or debit/credit cards.


Only spend what you have. No costs, interest or fees to add value or use the account. Your account balance is immediately adjusted as you use your card.

Easy to Add Value

Add funds to your account with a debit/credit card online 24/7!

Add Value

24/7 Account Access

Add value, view transaction history, establish a guest account and more! Once registered, you are in total control of your account 24/7!

Safe & Secure

If you lose your Access ID, you can suspend your account and have the value transferred to a new card.

Carries Over

Unlike most Meal Plans, Gaucho Bucks carries over each quarter and year for as long as you are a member of the University community.

UCSB Access ID Portal

You can login to your account with your UCNetID, add value, and receive funds with guest deposit.