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Following the hall assignment lottery, students enrolled in the Mandatory Residential Meal Plan are asked to choose the meal plan level that best suits their needs. This can be done using Minerva. The deadline to choose your meal plan is August 10th, 2014, inclusively, after which time you will be assigned the Regular Meal Plan as the default meal plan choice. It is important to note that after the August 10th, 2014 deadline, request for changes to the meal plan levels will NOT be granted.

If you  are admitted to a residence with a mandatory meal plan after August 10th, 2014, you will automatically be assigned the default regular meal plan level.

What to Consider When Selecting Your Meal Plan 

  • Your appetite
  • Your snacking habits
  • How often you'll likely eat on campus. Will you be on campus on the weekends? Will you be going home during the holiday break in December/January and during Reading Week in the winter term?

Meal Plan Levels (applicable to the 2014-2015 Academic Year)

Mandatory Residential Meal Plans:

Home Base Food Dollars

Flex Dollars

Administrative Fees*

Total Cost

Light Plan - The light meal plan is designed for students who are not usually on campus on weekends, have a light appetite, and want the flexibility to periodically buy food items or dine on campus.

$3,625

$475

$950

$5,050

Regular Plan - Our most popular plan is designed for students who have an average appetite and are on campus on alternate weekends. It is also ideal for students who want the flexibility to purchase food items or dine on campus with a FLEX account.

$3,725

$675

$950

$5,350

Varsity Plan - This plan is designed for students who want to enjoy the flexibility of a larger plan, spend a significant amount of time on campus, and frequently dine on campus.

This plan offers the highest flex to home base dollars ratio and allows the greatest flexibility to eat anywhere on campus.

$3,775

$875

$950

$5,600

* 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 is variable, ranging from $3625 to $3775 depending on the meal plan level that you choose.

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 (April 2015) 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 21 Food and Dining Services locations where McGill meal plans are honoured on both campuses.

This amount is variable, ranging from $475 to $875 depending on the meal plan level.

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 (April 2014) will be transferred to the Rollover Plan. A combined $50 minimum from both the home base and flex accounts applies.

Top-Ups

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 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.

Top-up dollars are fully refundable at any time following a written request to Food and Dining Service Center. A credit will be issued through student accounts.

Any balance leftover at the end of the winter term (April 2014) will automatically be added to the flex rollover account (see below) if applicable. Student who do not meet the $50 minimum requirement for the rollover plan will have their top up balance refunded.

 

Rollover Dollars

If you are leaving the university or if you are an exchange student, the Rollover Plan does not apply.

When your contract expires on April 30, 2015, 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 academic year 2015-2016.

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 on April 30, 2016.