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. 

Meal Plan (applicable for the 2017-2018 Academic Year)

Meal Plan BREAKDOWN

Home Base Food Dollars

Flex Dollars

Administrative Fees*

Total Cost

Mandatory Meal Plan

$3,825

$675

$975

$5,475

* To learn more about the administrative fees and what they cover, please visit Fees & Payment.

Home Base, Flex and Top-Up Food Dollars

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.

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 rez, to pay for food deliveries at Double Pizza and St-Hubert Express, to dine at St-Hubert Express on Av. Du Parc, and for reduced admission at the Gault Nature Reserve. 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 Website or on Minerva.

Rollover Dollars

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).

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.