Residence Meal Plan

Your meal plan is included in your residence fees and allows you to eat at all three dining halls and several retail locations that serve a wide variety of internationally inspired food across campus!  For the 2023/24 academic term the Residence Meal Plan has been slightly modified to accommodate anticipated service impacts due to Phase two of the Leonard Dining Hall renovations. 

*LEONARD DINING HALL RENOVATION IMPACTS: Beginning May 2023 through December 2023, Leonard Dining Hall will be undergoing renovations to optimize the student dining experience. The facility will be redesigned to improve functionality, speed of service, and increase the variety of menu offerings to accommodate the evolving needs of our diverse student population. 

During construction over the fall term, this location will be required to offer reduce menu options. Not to worry, the meal stations provided will be based on 5-week menu rotations that features tried and true student favourites. Each menu station you visit will be counted as a single meal swipe and deducted from your meal plan. 

2023/24 standard Residence Meal Plans include:  
  • 19 weekly meals in your choice of three dining halls. Ban Righ Hall and Jean Royce Hall offer an All-You-Care-To-Eat dining style, and Leonard Dining Hall offers meal stations on 5-week menu rotations featuring tried and true student favourites.  

  • 200 Trade a Meals (TAM) - The convenience of TAMs allows you to “trade-in” a dining hall meal from your plan for a combo meal in a retail location, adding flexibility to your meal plan to eat outside of the dining halls at participating locations across campus.  

  • 145 Flex $ – Flex $ are loaded onto your student card and work like cash. You can use them to purchase anything in participating retail locations like beverages, snacks, and even meals. The cashier will swipe your card and the amount will be deducted from your Flex $ balance. You can add more Flex $ to your card at any time, and in any denomination through the Student Residence & Dining Portal.  

  • GOOD TO GO Reusable Container Initiative – You will be provided a green carabiner clip with your Residence Move-In Welcome Package when you check in at your residence front desk. Bring your carabiner with you to a food counter at campus retail food locations and get your meal to go in a reusable container. Participating in the sustainable swap and exchange of carabiners and reusable containers will save you a $0.75 single-use container fee. Learn more about the GOOD TO GO initiative.  

All meal plans and/or any portion of unused plans expire at the end of the academic year, are non-refundable and cannot be carried over into a new term.

To assist with mitigating long wait times as a result of the impacts to the Leonard Dining Hall, modifications to services for the fall term include:  

  • Residence meal plans have been increased from a weekly allotment of 19 meals to 21 meals per week.  

  • Added 50 additional TAMS, from 200 to 250 to increase retail meal opportunities

  • Two new retail locations will open in September 

  • Extended hours and offer continuous dining in Ban Righ dining hall 

  • Extended hours in select retail locations 

  • Alternate meal plan options for retail locations have been designed to support students living off campus. 

*Students with food allergies and other dietary needs are encouraged to eat at Ban Righ or Jean Royce dining halls over dining in retail locations. Ban Righ is the designated main campus dining location offering a true balance Station and chefs on-site to assist with accommodations. Upon request, the Jean Royce Hall chefs can provide customized meals and prepare true balance recipes. Both dining halls have access to a self-serve gluten-free pantry.  

Managing Food Related Allergies and Dietary Accommodations

If you have a food-related medical condition, allergy, intolerance, or dietary need related to religious or cultural observance, our staff will help you make informed choices while dining on campus and participating in the university experience.


Flex $

Flex $ is simply money loaded onto your student card to help budget your snack spending on campus. With the swipe of your card, the transaction amount will be deducted from the balance on your card by the cashier at participating retail food locations or dining halls on campus. Flex $ can be topped up at any time throughout the term to your account.  



Trade a Meal (TAM): The convenience of TAMs allow you to “trade-in” a dining hall meal from your plan for a combo meal in a retail location, adding flexibility to your meal plan to eat outside of the dining halls at participating locations across campus. You can use up to a maximum of four TAMs per day.  

Just look for the TAM Symbol TAM Icon on menus and let a cashier know you want to trade a meal. Want to add a snack or single-serve item on top of your TAM? Use Flex $ or cash to make up the difference.

GOOD TO GO Reusable Container Initiative

Who doesn't want to save $0.75 per single-use container and help reduce waste? As a first-year student on a meal plan, you are automatically enrolled into the GOOD TO GO reusable container initiative and will receive a green carabiner at the residence front desk when you pickup your keys. DO NOT LOSE IT. The carabiner will be your new sidekick when choosing to reuse while dining in retail on campus. 


Oct 2, 2020 10:15 am