Residence Meal Plan

Your mandatory meal plan is included in your residence fees and allows you to eat at all three dining halls and several retail food locations serving a variety of internationally inspired food across campus!   

2023/24 Residence Meal Plans have been optimized to assist with service impacts resulting from Leonard dining hall renovations.

Phase two of the renovation began in May 2023 and is set to be completed by December 2023, with full access to dining halls, including meal plan options for students not in residence, expected to resume in January 2024. This long-planned renovation to the dining hall will improve functionality and speed of service.  When completed, the renovation will also offer an increased menu to respond to the evolving needs of the diverse student population and will enable improved and additional waste reduction initiatives. 

Your meal plan includes: 

  • 21 weekly meals: Eat in your choice of three dining halls. Ban Righ offers continuous All-You-Care-To-Eat in-house dining style, Jean Royce offers All-You-Care-To-Eat during breakfast and dinner and TAM-style meals during lunch, and Leonard offers meal stations on five-week rotations featuring tried and true student favourites. Students can use up to 4 dining hall swipes per day, under the weekly allotment. Your plan also includes 5 guest passes where you can bring in a friend to the dining hall for $5. *Residence Meal Plans will revert back to the standard inclusion of 19 weekly meals in January. 

  • 250 Trade a Meals (TAM): The convenience of TAMs, included in your mandatory Residence Meal Plan allows you to “trade-in” a dining hall meal from your 21 weekly meals to build your own combo meal in participating retail locations. Under Canada Revenue Guidelines, TAM combos are required to be a full meal. TAMs are not additional weekly meals but rather add flexibility to where you eat across campus to support your schedule. You can use up to 4 TAM swipes per day.  *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.  Flex dollars, also included in your meal plan, help provide additional options for purchasing snack items or single menu items between meals.

  • 145 Flex $: Flex $ works like cash loaded onto your student card to purchase beverages, snacks, and meals in participating retail food locations. The cashier will swipe your card and the purchase 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.   

  • Auto-enrollment into the GOOD TO GO Reusable Container Initiative: A green carabiner clip will be provided in your Residence Move-In Welcome Package when you check in at your residence front desk. Bring your carabiner to a food counter at retail food locations on campus and participate in the sustainable swap and exchange of carabiners to save the $0.75 single-use fee on select take-out containers. LEARN MORE

Optimize Your Meal Plan

Hospitality Services continues to commit to providing an excellent dining experience while dining on campus during Leonard renovations. To help optimize your meal plan we have: 

  •  Extended hours and now offer continuous All-You-Care-To-Eat, in-house dining in Ban Righ.   

  • Extended hours select retail food locations, including Lazy Scholar in Victoria Hall and Location 21 in Smith House.  

  • Two additional retail locations including Zapies, a new flatbread pizza location in the Queen’s Centre and Tim Hortons in the BioScience are open.  

  • Introduced the Allergy Fastpass at Ban Righ Hall for students dining with food allergies or dietary accommodations. 

  • Suspended traditional Campus Meal Plans that include dining hall access until January 2024, and introduced optional TAM Plans available to support students living off campus for dining in retail food locations only. 

  • Created Meal Plan Hacks to help you make the most of your meal plan. 

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.  



TAMs are not additional weekly meals but rather add flexibility to where you eat across campus to support your schedule. You can use up to 4 TAMs swipes per day. Want to add a snack or single-serve item on top of your TAM? Simply use Flex $, debit, or credit to make up the difference. 

*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. With increasing food costs, TAM inclusions are subject to change at any time. Standard Residence Meal Plans include 200 TAMs.


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