Meal Plan Hacks

We are excited that the Leonard dining hall will reopen in January as construction comes to a close. Check out these tips to maximize your meal plan!

Dining Hall Tips

Don’t miss a dining hall pop-up:

We are always trying to add variety to the dining experience on campus. Don’t miss an event like our Bake Shop pop-ups, decorate your own desserts, BYO bars, and larger cultural events, including Lunar New Year, Holi, and Easter!

For all events, visit our Events Calendar! Got an idea for an event? Send us your feedback!

Check What's Open

Before heading out for your next meal see what’s open with extended hours now offered at several retail locations.

Don’t forget to try Zapies, our new flatbread pizza concept in the Queen’s Centre, or visit Tim Hortons that reopened in the BioSciences building. 

Preview the Dining Hall Menus

See what the chefs are serving in advance to find your favourite meals before setting out on campus. What’s cooking

Allergy Fastpass

Upon consultation with the Registered Dietitian, students with allergies and other complex or life-threatening dietary needs can use the Allergy Fastpass through the Transact Mobile App to bypass the Ban Righ dining hall line to access quick and safe meals.

To access the Allergy Fastpass, book a meeting with the Registered Dietitian.

Grab an EXPRESS to-go meal

For a meal swipe, see a dining hall cashier at Ban Righ or Jean Royce for a full portion size EXPRESS to-go meal, instead of dining in for All-You-Care-to-Eat.

Preview the fresh daily dishes made in advance on Today's Menu

Retail Tips


Use TAMs in Retail Food Locations

Eat at a retail food location for a combo meal by "trading-in” a dining hall meal swipe for one of your 250 meal plan TAMs. These are not additional meals added to your plan. You can use up to a maximum of four TAMs per day.

Order Ahead

Mobile ordering is available at most retail food locations across campus. Download and use the Transact Mobile App to schedule a  pickup time convenient to your timetable. Mobile ordering accepts TAMs and Flex $ or credit card. 

Grab a Fresh TO GO Meal

Whether you are on west or main campus, consider grabbing ready-made salads, wraps, or healthy snacks available in Fresh TO GO coolers at: The Lazy Scholar, Location 21, MC2, Goodes Café, Wally's, The Library Café, Student Street Express, Jean Royce Barista, and Jean Royce dining hall at lunch.

You can choose to pay using TAMs, Flex $, or credit card. *Some locations accept meal swipes instead of TAM’s for Fresh to Go meals. Check the retail pages for Wally’s and Jean Royce dining hall for specific operational information!  

Pay With Flex $

Flex $ loaded on your student card acts as cash. Pay for snacks and meals on the go with the swipe of your card in all retail food service locations on campus.

Purchases will be deducted from the balance on your card, which you can top up at any time throughout the year in the Student Residence and Dining Portal

*Remember, most Hospitality locations no longer accept cash

Money Saving Tips

  • Save $0.25 each time by using your reusable cup (BYOC) for hot or cold fountain beverages. 
  • Save the $0.75 single-use container fee each time you bring your carabiner or GOOD TO GO container for exchange in retail locations. When using the Transact Mobile App, reminder to select “container” to ensure your meal is not packaged in a disposable container.

For updates and suggestions, please reach out to us through our We Heard You page!

Oct 2, 2020 10:15 am