Meal plan options

Our meal plans work on a declining balance system. When you join a meal plan, money is added to your ONECard. Everytime you make a purchase, that amount is subtracted from your balance. Use your ONECard at any of our dining locations and add money to your plan whenever you like. 

Please note that all of our meal plans are non-refundable. 

Dormitory Residence Meal Plans - Fall Term

If you are living in dormitory residence, a meal plan is mandatory.

You will be automatically placed on a Standard Meal Plan, costing $2633.00 per semester. This plan is designed for students who are on-campus on alternate weekends and those with average appetites.

SUMMARY OF FEES (Standard Meal Plan)

Term 1 Term 2 Total
Residence Dollars $1,141.50 $1,141.50 $2,283.00
Flex Dollars $100.00 $100.00 $200.00
Residence Overhead* $1,241.50 $1,241.50 $2,483.00
Residence CIF** $150.00 $150.00 $300.00
Total  $2,633.00 $2,633.00 $5,366.00

 *Residence Overhead is an upfront payment that covers a portion of fixed costs. 

** Residence CIF is a non-refundable Capital Improvement Fund used for capital investments that directly enhance residence dining environments, facilities and equipment. It is deducted from your meal plan cost and cannot be used to make food purchases.

The cost of the Residence Student Meal Plan is included in your residence fees; about 50% of the Standard fee goes towards service delivery costs with the remaining 50% going onto your ONECard.  $100 will be deposited to your ONECard Flex account for spending at the Village Market and General Store while the remainder will be deposited into your Residence Meal Plan earning you a 50% discount at the Upper Commons, VGs and Caps and a 5% discount at other University Food Services locations. For payment information please visit Residence Services website.

Due to Canada Revenue Agency regulations surrounding tax exempt meal plans, Residence Meal Plans are not an accepted payment method at the General Store or Village Market. 

Want something lighter?

Transfer to a Light Meal Plan by visiting our main office by September 20 or January 20 of each term. This meal plan is $2,464.00 per semester and was designed for students who are occasionally on-campus on weekends and those with lighter appetites.

Adding money to a Meal Plan

Any amount added to any meal plan goes entirely into Residence Dollars and is eligible for the Carry Forward Account. Be sure to specify that funds are to be added to your residence meal plan. 

All meal plans are non-refundable.  Upon checkout from your dormitory residence, your remaining Residence Meal Plan dollars are automatically transferred into a Carry Forward Account.

Get more information by reading Residence Meal Plan Schedule D

 

Cluster, Family and Apartment residences and students living off-campus: Tax Exempt Meal Plans

If you are a student staying in Cluster, Family and Apartment housing or living off-campus, a meal plan is optional. If you choose, you can purchase a tax exempt meal plans at any time. These tax-exempt meal plans offer an additional 5% discount, for a total of up to 10% savings. 

Signing up for a Tax Exempt Meal Plan


First, pick your plan:

  • Month - $400
  • Term (4 months) - $1,400
  • Academic Year (8 months) - $2,800

Then complete this application form (making sure to following the instructions detailed in the form), and email it to eat@uvic.ca, fax it to 250-472-4785 or drop it off in person at our office. 

Conditions of Tax Exempt Meal Plans

Meal plans are tax-exempt under the following conditions:

  • Based on a minimum of 10 meals per week, meals at average price.
  • Participants must be students living off campus or in non-dormitory residence.
  • Purchases are charged at regular price and receive a 5% discount at all UFS locations.
  • No purchases can made at the Village Market Convenience Store or at Mystic Market General Store as per Canada Revenue Agency Regulations.

The tax exempt meal plan does not work within the Student Union Building (SUB) or at the cafe in the UVic Bookstore. 

All meal plans are non-refundable. When your meal plan expires, any remaining balance will be automatically transferred into a Carry Forward account that allows you to continue spending your remaining money on campus, whether you live on or off campus.

Residence Meal Plan - Summer Term

If a student stays for the full summer semester of 108 days, the summer residence meal plan works out to a total of $2,268.00

The cost of the Residence Student Meal Plan is included in your residence fees. $50 will be deposited to your ONECard Flex account for spending at the Village Market and General Store, while the remainder will be deposited into your Residence Meal Plan. The plan is tax exempt and provides a 5% discount at all University Food Services locations*. Due to CRA Regulations surrounding tax exempt meal plans, the Residence Meal Plan is not an accepted payment method at the General Store or Village Market which is why $50 is allocated for use at these locations in Flex Funds. For payment information please visit Residence Services website.

Adding money to a Residence Meal Plan can be done:

All locations take Visa, Mastercard and Debit, and the University Food Services and ONECard offices also take cash. Any amount added to any plan is allocated entirely to the Residence Dollars portion of the Meal Plan and is eligible for the Carry Forward Account. 

All meal plans are non-refundable. Remaining Residence Meal Dollars will be automatically transferred into a Carry Forward Account, upon checkout of dormitory residence.

*Outlets and hours of operation vary during the summer semester in comparison to fall and winter. For current available food outlets view our Hours & Locations page.

Get more information on the summer residence meal plan by reading Residence Meal Plan Schedule C.

Continuing Studies - Summer Meal Plan

If you are a Continuing Studies student here over the summer term, the meal plan will cost $25 per day, and is accepted at all on-campus UFS locations. You will receive a 5% discount and all applicable sales taxes will apply. This account is non-refundable and cannot have money added to it.

What happens to leftover funds on my meal-plan at the end of the school year? (the Carry Forward account)

Residence Meal plans are non-refundable. So once you check out of your dormitory residence at the end of second term, your remaining Residence Meal dollars are automatically transferred into a Carry Forward Account. 

The Carry Forward Account allows you to continue spending your remaining money on campus, whether you live on or off campus and is accepted at all on-campus University Food Services locations. You will receive a 5% discount and all applicable sales taxes will apply. This account is non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot have money added to it. Funds do not have an expiry date.

Dietary Restrictions: If you are purchasing a meal plan and have dietary restrictions, we recommend meeting with one of our Registered Dietitians so you have the appropriate contacts in place to help you make the safest food choices. Please note that we cannot guarantee against cross-contamination with gluten, so we do not recommend students with celiac disease participate in the meal plan. To discuss your options, please contact one of our Registered Dietitians

Learn more about dietary needs and restrictions at UVic.