Student Meal Plans

Resident Students: A Student Meal Plan is required

A student meal plan ensures that your dining requirements are covered for the academic year, allowing you to focus on other activities that will help you succeed at UTM.


Non-Resident Students: A Student Meal Plan is not required

You can choose to purchase a student meal plan as a way to budget your food purchases throughout the year.  If you know that you will be spending time on campus outside of just going to classes, then you may want to consider a Student Meal Plan.


UTM Student Meal Plans cannot be used at:

  • U of T St. George campus
  • U of T St. George campus affiliated Colleges
  • UTSC 


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A Student Meal Plan is a Declining Balance, À La Carte style meal plan. This means that you pay for what you want, when you want

Whenever you make a food or beverage purchase, the purchase value comes off of your Student Meal Plan balance (Declining Balance). If you want to purchase an entire breakfast meal, or if you just want a coffee and a muffin in the morning, or even if you don't want to eat anything until late afternoon, then you are free to do so. You can skip breakfast or eat 3 burgers for dinner - your Student Meal Plan does not dictate your eating habits, you do.  This is because you can purchase as much or as little as you want any time during the day (à la carte).

Basic” funds are the tax-exempt portion of your Student Meal Plan.  Any purchase of a meal on campus (with the exception of meals from the Blind Duck, Chatime, Duck Stop, food trucks, and most vending machines) qualifies as a Basic purchase

For more information on "Basic" vs. "Flex" visit the Understanding Basic vs. Flex webpage. 

Flex” funds can be used to purchase all items that don't qualify as a Basic-eligible meal.

You can use your Flex funds for:

  • Snack items
  • Beverages
  • Convenience items
  • Confectionary
  • Grocery items
  • Vending machines with card readers
  • The Blind Duck (in the Student Centre)
  • Chatime (in the Student Centre)
  • The Duck Stop (in the Student Centre)
  • Participating food trucks on campus

For more information on "Basic" vs. "Flex" visit the Understanding Basic vs. Flex webpage. 

The "Minimum Commitment" is the minimum level of Basic Dollar spending required.

Basic Dollars remaining at the end of the school year over this minimum level of spending are eligible for carryover into the following year.

  • "Basic" dollar purchases allow you a tax savings of up to 13% off of qualifying purchases
  • You can use the online Budget Planner to see how your spending compares in order to adjust your spending. Once you see how you are spending, you may move to a smaller plan (within one month after first-year move-in; see Important Dates and Deadlines for details) or you may add more money to your account as required
  • The funds are deposited directly on your TCard and can be used whenever you need to make a food or beverage purchase, just tap and go!
  • You can use your student meal plan funds at all food service locations on campus, as well as with our off campus partners

Questions? Contact us!

(905) 569-4795
William G. Davis building, Suite 3127

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Do you need to add funds, view recent transactions & balance, or deactivate a lost or stolen TCard?
Do you need to change, select, or cancel a Student Meal Plan?