On Campus Meal Plans

2022/2023 Meal Plans at Guelph

 

Contact us at the Campus Card Office

Phone: 519-824-4120 ext. 52822
E-mail: mealplan@uoguelph.ca

Our students consistently rank Hospitality Services as #1 for food services at a University in Canada!

On-Campus Meal Plans are mandatory for students living in traditional residences and optional for students living in East & West residences, and East Village Townhouses.  On-campus plans are accepted at all Hospitality Services locations as well as the Gryph N' Grille & Caffeine Canteen food trucks.

Students living in residence (including East Residence, West Residence, and the East Village Townhouses) may change the size of their On-Campus Meal Plan up until September 30th, 2022.

Across campus, all food items are priced à la carte, just like at a restaurant. You only pay for what you choose to take.

For additional convenience and savings, Hospitality Services offers a Textbook Plan, which can be added to your U of G Meal Plan.  Adding this Textbook Plan rewards you with bonus food dollars every time you make a purchase at the University Bookstore.

You will receive the full portion of your Textbook Dollars at the beginning of September.
 

Your UofG Student ID Card is your Meal Plan Card

Your Campus Card is the official University of Guelph identification card.  You will retain this Campus Card (Student ID card) for the duration of your studies at Guelph.

The Campus Card confirms your affiliation with the University and provides access to your Meal Plan.  It also is linked to a wide variety of academic and wellness services including the library, athletics facilities, your residence building and the Student Bus Pass.

Your Campus Card is your payment method for all dining purchases on and off-campus as well as for shopping at The University Bookstore if you choose to add a Textbook Plan to your Meal Plan.

Without the additional Textbook Plan, you will need to use another form of payment such as debit or credit.  The University of Guelph has chosen to remain cashless for purchases on campus.

You cannot transfer a cash purchase to your Meal Plan and you cannot obtain a cash refund from your Meal Plan.


On-Campus Meal Plans

On-Campus Meal Plans are composed of two plans, BASIC and FLEX dollars.

The BASIC Plan is used for the majority of your on-campus food purchases and is accepted all day in most Hospitality Services dining locations.

In the University Centre, the Basic Plan is accepted after 1:30 pm (Mon. - Fri.) and all day on weekends in the UC Chefs Hall, Subway, and Starbucks.
These purchases are tax-exempt (HST).

The FLEX Plan is taxable (HST) for the following types of purchases and at these locations:

  • Campus vending machines
  • The Bullring and Brass Taps
  • Eastside Café & Grocery ~ East Residence
  • Convenience grocery items (frozen foods, boxes of cereal, granola bars, and health & beauty products)
  • Dining at our off-campus restaurant partners
  • Delivery orders at our off-campus restaurant partners
  • Red Top Taxi service

** Alcohol cannot be purchased on any Meal Plan in any location, on or off-campus **

Tipping using your BASIC Plan is permitted on-campus at Gryphs Restaurant, up to 15%.  You may also tip at our off-campus restaurants and for Red Top Taxi using your FLEX Plan, up to 15%.


Meal Plan Sizes

We offer five sizes of On-Campus Meal Plans to suit every need, and the cost covers BOTH the Fall and Winter semesters.

Students receive half of their Food Dollars at the beginning of September and the other half in mid-December.

* If you choose to add the Textbook option, you will receive the full portion of your Textbook Dollars at the beginning of September.

Once you select your On-Campus Meal Plans, you enter into a contract with the University of Guelph.  It is important to review all the Meal Plan information carefully.
The student and Hospitality Services will be held accountable for the terms and conditions outlined within the agreement.

The amount of time you spend on campus and the types of foods you regularly consume are important criteria in choosing the right sized plan.

The below meal plans are general guidelines for appetites and may not apply to all students:

  • MINIMUM: Sufficient for students not on-campus most weekends and those with lighter appetites
  • LIGHT: Suitable for students occasionally on-campus on weekends and those with lighter appetites
  • FULL: This is our most popular plan.  It is designed for students who are on-campus on alternate weekends & those with average appetites
  • PLUS: Appropriate for students on-campus alternate weekends and those with larger appetites
  • VARSITY: Designed for students on-campus most weekends, athletes, and those with larger appetites

DON'T FORGET: Students receive half of their Food Dollars at the beginning of September and the other half in mid-December.

If you choose to add the TEXTBOOK option, you will receive the full portion of your Textbook Dollars at the beginning of September.

Payments are made in two (2) installments.

2022/2023 Semesterly On Campus Meal Plans

Meal
Plan
Size
Total Cost
per year
Basic + Flex =
Total Semesterly Cost
Less Capital
Fund Component *
Less Fixed
Overhead Costs *
Basic Food
Dollars
Flex Food
Dollars
Minimum
$4,600
$1,500+ $800 = $2,300
$135
$649
$956
$560
Light
$5,360
$1,740 + $940 = $2,680
$135
$763
$1,124
$658
Full
$6,000
$1,939 + $1061 = $3,000
$135
$859
$1,263
$743
Plus
$6,550
$2,113 + $1,162 = $3,275
$135
$942
$1,385
$813
Varsity
$6,870
$2,215 + $1,220 = $3,435
$135
$990
$1,456
$854


* The price of Meal Plans includes a $135 Capital Fund Component (per semester) approved by the University for improvements to the Dining Hall and is deducted from your Meal Plan.

* A fixed overhead cost (30%) for operating the dining facilities, which includes heat, hydro, and rent, is also deducted.

When you spend your Basic Food Dollars on-campus, you are contributing directly to the fixed overhead cost of maintaining our award-winning student eateries and your food purchases are reduced by 30% at the cash register. These purchases are also tax-exempt (HST).


Textbook Plans

Add a Textbook Plan to your Meal Plan and receive additional Flex Plan dollars.

For the ultimate convenience, you can opt to add the Textbook Plan to your Student Meal Plan. The Textbook Plan amount is $1,000 and is used exclusively in The University Bookstore to purchase all textbooks including used books, school supplies, and U of G clothing for both the Fall and Winter semesters. The Textbook Plan is part of your Campus Card (Student ID Card).

Every time you make a purchase in the University Bookstore, you will be rewarded with a 10% REBATE on your total purchase, which is added to your FLEX Plan the next business day.  Any Textbook Plan money that has not been spent at the end of the school year can be refunded upon request, or it will automatically be carried over for your next year.

* The entire amount of $1,000 will be charged on your first invoice on WebAdvisor.

2022/2023 Semesterly On Campus Meal Plans with Textbook Plan

Textbook Plan
Size
Total Cost
per year
Basic Plan + Flex Plan
+ Textbook Plan = Total Cost
Less Capital
Fund Component *
Less Fixed
Overhead Costs *
Basic Food
Dollars
Flex Food
Dollars
Textbook Plan
Minimum Plan including Textbook
$5,600
$1,500+ $800 + $1,000= $3,300
$135
$649
$956
$560
$1,000
Light Plan including Textbook
$6,360
$1,740 + $940 + $1,000 = $3,680
$135
$763
$1,124
$658
$1,000
Full Plan including Textbook
$7,000
$1,939 + $1061 + $1,000 = $4,000
$135
$859
$1,263
$743
$1,000
Plus Plan including Textbook
$7,550
$2,113 + $1,162 + $1,000 = $4,275
$135
$942
$1,385
$813
$1,000
Varsity Plan including Textbook
$7,870
$2,215 + $1,220 + $1,000 = $4,435
$135
$990
$1,456
$854
$1,000

NOTE: The $1,000 Textbook Plan cost is paid in full in the 1st semester.

What happens if I run out of Food Dollars?

During the school year, if your balance drops to $100 Basic Plan food dollars, you will receive a notification indicating your remaining balance.  You can choose to transfer Flex Dollars to your Basic Dollars via Online Services or in person at the Campus Card Office – Level 0, Room 008, University Centre.

You also have the option of purchasing additional Basic Plan food dollars and/or Flex Plan food dollars at any time via Hospitality Services Online Services with Visa or MasterCard or at the Campus Card Office with debit, VISA, MasterCard or cheques payable to the University of Guelph.

DON'T FORGET: If you run out of Flex Plan food dollars, you cannot use your Basic Plan food dollars on campus at the Bullring or Brass Taps, vending machines, convenience grocery items, and off-campus restaurant food delivery, or taxi services.

Carryover Plan

In April, at the end of the Winter Semester, any remaining balance in your On-Campus Meal Plan will be transferred into the Carryover Plan. This Carryover Plan allows you to continue spending your remaining money when you return to school, whether you live on or off-campus. The Carryover Food Plan is accepted at all on-campus locations including vending machines, off-campus restaurants, and for food deliveries from our off-campus restaurant partners. However, the HST will apply to all purchases and you will not receive a discount. The Carryover Plan plan is non-refundable and money cannot be added to it. 

Managing Your Account Online

We strongly recommend you visit Hospitality Services free Online Services, where you can:

  • View your On-Campus Meal Plan transactions and balance online
  • You can deposit money into your Plan using Visa or Mastercard
  • Deactivate a lost I.D. Card at any time or reactivate a found Card
  • Transfer Flex Dollars to Basic Dollars when Basic Dollars are $100 or less

Please note: You can also ask any cashier to check your On-Campus Meal Plan balance at any time.

Lost Campus Cards

Replacement Campus Cards, (Student ID) are only available at the Campus Card Office located in the University Centre, Level 0, Room # 008.

Cancelling Your Meal Plan

An On-Campus Meal Plan may be cancelled and a refund requested if a student elects to move out of a residence or withdraws from the University.  They must provide an authorized Student Withdrawal Form from the University, as specified in the University’s Undergraduate Calendar.

Meal Plan refunds will only be processed if the student withdraws before the end of the semester.  If the semester is complete refunds will not be issued.

Refunds issued in the Winter semester will not include any amounts from the Fall semester.

The Meal Plan refund will be subject to a pro-rated charge for the time the student lived in residence.

There are no refunds or carryover privileges for students who are required to withdraw from the University.

Students who are granted a transfer to the East Residence, West Residence, or East Village Townhouses will be permitted a refund on the food portion of the meal contract plus a pro-rated refund on the fixed costs portion of the meal contract.

Contact us with questions:

Campus Card Office: 519-824-4120 ext. 52822