Mandatory Meal Plan

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, Gardner Hall, Molson Hall, and McConnell Hall.  Following the hall assignment lottery, all eligible students will be automatically enrolled in the Mandatory Residential Meal Plan.

Students living in Solin Hall or MORE are not on the Mandatory Meal Plan and they have access to kitchen facilities in their residences. These students have the option of purchasing a Saver Meal Plan.

  • The Mandatory Meal Plan is designed to support students who are away from home, usually for the first time.
  • The plan eliminates the need to shop, prepare, and clean up after meals, allowing students to focus their time on studying, making friends, and becoming part of the McGill commmunity.
  • Save on taxes... almost 15%: The Mandatory Residential Meal Plans are tax-exempt thus saving you almost 15% on taxes on most food item purchased in 20 plus 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.
  • Eating together is also a great way to meet new people. In short, being on the Mandatory Meal Plan helps students have an easier transition into university life!

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Fees & Payment

Meal plan fees 2018-2019

Payment
The Meal Plan fees are payable in two installments and is billed electronically to the student fee account:

$3,725 due at the end of September
(Half of the total Mandatory Meal Plan, Administration fee and oneCard account dollars)

$2,250 due at the end of January
(Half of the total Mandatory Meal Plan)

Meal Plan funds are divided into two accounts: Home Base and Flex.


The Basics

Your Meal Card is your McGill ID Card

The Mandatory Meal Plan is a declining balance meal plan. Just like a debit account, funds are put into a meal plan "account" and deducted when you make food purchases. In this case, your McGill Student ID Card is encoded with your meal plan information and acts as your debit card.

This means that there are no pre-set number of meals alloted to each student. Instead, every food item has an individual price, and the items that you choose are totaled at the cash register and deducted from your balance. Translation? If you choose to eat an apple instead of a full meal, all you pay for is the apple.

Your balance will appear on your bill, depending on where the funds came from. If you purchased a meal from a dining hall, you'll see the balance from your Home Base account. If you purchased a meal from an on-campus food location such as Bento Sushi, you'll see the balance from your Flex account. And if you purchased a chocolate bar at a dining hall (taxable item), you'll see the balance from your oneCard. If you're a resident student, you will also see your balances at onecard.mcgill.ca

It's important that you bring your McGill ID card with you if you're planning to make food purchases on your meal plan. If you don't have your McGill ID card, or if it's demagnetized or damaged, you will be asked to pay cash.

Home Base vs Flex vs oneCard Dollars

Following the hall assignment lottery, all eligible students will be automatically enrolled in the Mandatory Residential Meal Plan.

Home Base

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

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.

oneCard dollars

All Downtown first year resident students are charged $500 in oneCard dollars at the beginning of the school  year. This charge will appear on their Student Fee Account at the end of September. 

oneCard dollars can be used at 20+ on-campus food locations, to do laundry in residence, to pay for food deliveries at various locations, and to dine at certain off-campus restaurants. Visit the oneCard site for more information.

You can upload additional oneCard dollars, day or night, simply by logging on to the secure McGill oneCard Management Website or on Minerva.

Rollover plan

When your contract expires on April 30th, 2019 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.

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 food.fds [at] mcgill.ca (here).

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 that year on April 30th.


Managing your Plan

Checking your Balance

Your Mandatory Meal Plan balance is listed on the receipt each time you make a purchase, depending on which account the funds came from (Home Base, Flex or oneCard). Keep track of your spending with the Mandatory Meal Plan Budget Planner.

You can also review your all of your purchasing history on onecardmcgill.ca

Topping Up

If you run out of food dollars, you simply need to Top Up in Minerva, in the Student Accounts Menu. After you go to the Student Accounts Menu, scroll down to Meal Plans, and then "Choose Top Up."

Some points to remember:

  • The amount must be in whole dollars.
  • The amount must be a minimum of $25 and cannot exceed $800 on any given day.
  • The amount will be charged to your student fee account.
  • It's important to note that any TOP UPS  can be fully refunded at any time. Simply contact the food.fds [at] mcgill.ca (Food and Dining Service Center).
  • After you make a deposit the funds will usually be available within 24 hours.
  • These are additional funds which can be purchased in Minerva when food dollars have run out in either one of the food dollar accounts (home base or flex)..

Top up dollars will be credited to the Meal Plan and charged to the student’s account.

Top-up funds are not considered to be home base or flex, but rather may be used anywhere that McGill meal plans are honoured on both campuses.

In addition, Top-Ups are funds that "kick in" in the account that runs out first; the home base or flex.

Any balance leftover at the end of the winter term (April) will automatically be added to the flex rollover account  if applicable. Students who do not meet the $50 minimum requirement for the rollover plan will have their top up balance refunded.

Money Matters - Staying within budget

To stay within budget while getting a balanced meal on the Mandatory Meal Plan, we recommend planning your meals around the hot meal of the day. The meal of the day is a complete and nutritious meal that's prepared daily.

Grill items, sushi, deluxe cakes and desserts are all items that can add up if eaten on a regular basis. Don't make these a part of your regular rotation unless you plan on topping up your Meal Plan during the semester.

Pay attention to your beverage choices. Bottled specialty drinks increase your total bill quickly. In fact, some of these drinks retail at almost half of the price of a full meal! Remember, water is available at every dining hall and it's free!

Make sure to follow our Budget Planner to stay on track

More savings:

  • Save 25 cents on coffee or tea every time you bring a reusable mug.
  • Enjoy weekly $6 Meatless Monday dishes in 4 dining halls.
  • Pick up a hearty $6 breakfast every Friday in all 5 dining halls.
  • Hot entrees start at only $8.45 and include 2 sides (steamed vegetables and salad bar).
 

Plan terms:

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.
  • 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 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.