Meal Plans Terms and Conditions

Mandatory Residential Meal Plan Terms

The Mandatory Residential Meal Plan applies to all students living in the following residences: Carrefour Sherbrooke, La Citadelle, New Residence Hall, Royal Victoria College, University Hall, Douglas Hall, and all the Upper Residences. 

***Please note: students withdrawing after the move in date will be charged the full administration fee of $975 plus the prorated amount of their meal plan.***

Home Base Food Dollars - Refers to the portion of your total meal dollars which you can use in any of the five residential dining halls. These are:

Bishop Mountain Dining Hall
Carrefour Sherbrooke Dining Hall
Douglas Dining Hall
New Residence Dining Hall
Royal Victoria College Dining Hall

This amount comes to $3,825. 

The funds in this account cannot be transferred over to the flex account.
Any unused balance in this account is non-refundable.
The home base account balance at the end of the fall semester will automatically be rolled over to the winter term.
Any balance leftover at the end of the winter term (in April) will be transferred to the Rollover Plan.A combined $50 minimum from both the home base and flex accounts applies.

Flex Food Dollars - Offers students the ability to dine in the 25 Food and Dining Services locations where McGill meal plans are honoured on both campuses.

This amount comes to $675.

The funds in this account can be used in both your home base dining halls and in retail locations on campus.

Any unused balance in this account is non-refundable.

At the end of the fall term, the flex account balance will automatically be rolled over to the winter term.
Any balance left over at the end of the winter term (in April) will be transferred to the Rollover Plan. A combined $50 minimum from both the home base and flex accounts applies.

Rollover Plan - If you are leaving the university, the Rollover Plan does not apply.

If you are an exchange student and need to delay your Rollover Plan until you return to McGill after your exchange period, please send us your written request here.

When your contract expires on April 30, the remaining balances in your home base and flex accounts will be automatically transferred to the Rollover Plan. A combined $50 minimum from both the home base and flex accounts applies.

To benefit from the rollover plan, you must be a registered McGill student for the following academic year.

The Rollover Plan is divided into two accounts: a home base rollover account and a flex rollover account.

Your home base rollover dollars are applicable in the five residential dining halls. These are: Bishop Mountain Dining Hall, Carrefour Sherbrooke Dining Hall, Douglas Dining Hall, New Residence Dining Hall and Royal Victoria College Dining Hall and are non-refundable.

Your Flex Rollover Dollars are applicable anywhere on campus. 

Also note that Rollover Dollars are subject to Federal and Provincial sales taxes.

Any unused balance in this account is non-refundable nor redeemed for cash, and expires next year on April 30th.

Save on taxes.... Almost 15% savings!

  • The Mandatory Residential Meal Plans are tax-exempt, saving you almost 15% on taxes on most food item purchased in 21 different locations on both campuses. As specified by Quebec sales tax laws, some confectionary items are not applicable. You also save money due to no bank transaction charges.

Rollover Plan

  • When your contract expires on April 30th, the remaining balance in your home base account will be automatically transferred to a rollover plan. A combined $50 minimum from both the home base and flex accounts applies.

A complimentary meal

  • During Move in Week-end in August 2018, Food and Dining Services will offer a complimentary meal in the residential dining halls.

Eco-Kits

  • In order to encourage the use of alternatives to take-out containers, and to help reduce the use of paper cups, Food and Dining Services provide every student registered in the Mandatory Meal Plan an Eco-Kit composed of a reusable bag, a reusable SHHS Coffee/Tea Mug and reusable container called the Preserve 2 Go that can be recycled in Ozzi machines or exchanged at the cash for a token.

***Students who are on the Mandatory Residential Meal Plan will be charged an additional $500 in oneCard dollars. Funds can be used to pay for laundry in residence, to purchase taxable food items on campus, and at select vending machines. For more information, visit the oneCard homepage.***

The Saver Meal Plan Terms:

  • The base amount to purchase this plan is $1300 per term. It can be topped up at any time.
  • This amount is based on federal governmental rules and regulations for university student tax exempt meal plans. These stipulate that a meal plan must represent at least 10 meals per week, per semester (i.e. 13 weeks). The calculation is based on an average cost of $10 per meal.
  • Top up dollars will be credited to the Meal Plan and charged to the student’s account. Top up dollars will be refunded upon request (in the following term only).
  • In accordance with the Retail Sales Act, the voluntary tax-exempt Saver Meal Plan is term-specific and expires at the end of every term.
  • Please note: you cannot purchase a Saver Meal Plan after October 1st (fall semester) or February 1st (winter semester).

oneCard Plan Terms:

  • If you are a downtown first year undergrad resident student, your oneCard account is already active with $500. This initial charge will be found on your student fees account in September.
  • If you are a first year student in residence on Macdonald campus, your oneCard account is already active with $150. This initial charge will be found on your student fees account in September.
  • For all students who want to purchase, or top-up a oneCard, there are three convenient options to choose from:
  • 1- Through Minerva, the minimum buy-in is $200. This will be charged to your Student Fee Account. This is found on the Student menu > Student Accounts menu > Meal Plans Menu > Voluntary Meal Plans Menu > oneCard Account.
  • 2- Through the secure oneCard Management Site, the minimum buy-in is $25. Payments can be made by either Visa or MasterCard.
  • 3- For students in residences, they can top up using the oneCard Loader Machine, located at Carrefour Sherbrooke (475 Sherbrooke Street West).