Student Meal Plans: answering your questions

 

You asked, we answered - see below for commonly asked questions:

Do I need a Student Meal Plan?

  • Are you a first year student living in residence? Yes you do need a Student Meal Plan.
  • Are you an upper year student living in residence? Yes you do need a Student Meal Plan.
  • Do you live off-campus? No you do not need a Student Meal Plan, but you can still buy one if you would like.

Read more about our Student Meal Plans here
 



Can I opt out of a Student Meal Plan?

  • Are you a first year student living in residence? Then no you cannot opt out of a Student Meal Plan.
  • Are you an upper year student living in residence? Then no you cannot opt out of a Student Meal Plan.

Read more about our Student Meal Plans here
 



What does each Student Meal Plan include?

  • We have a meal plan type called a “Declining Balance” meal plan
  • This means that you start with a total amount of money in your account, and as you spend it, it declines from your account
    • It does not matter if you only eat two meals a day, or if you eat five meals a day, because it only removes money from your account when you purchase food
    • You do not lose money for not eating breakfast; you only spend money when you purchase food
  • You can buy food anywhere on campus, and at our off campus partners
  • Student Meal Plans also “include” a 13% savings on all “Basic” purchases (save the tax)

Read more about our Student Meal Plan options here
 



What is the purpose of having both “Basic” money and “Flex” money in a Student Meal Plan?

  • Each Student Meal Plan includes two types of money: "Basic" funds and "Flex" funds
     
  • The terms “Basic” and “Flex” refer to the fund your money coming from, for the food you are purchasing:
     
    • Basic” funds are used for prepared food and beverages
      • To know if food will use "Basic" funds ask yourself: "has this been prepared on campus?"
        • Eg: Salads, sandwhiches, hot food, pastries, coffees, teas, smoothies, etc. 
    • Flex” funds are used for anything that was prepared off campus
      • To know if food will use "Flex" funds: ask yourself: "was this prepared at another facility?"
        • Eg: Pre-packaged chocolate bars, bags of chips, pre-bottled beverages, convenience items, vending machines, etc. These items were not prepared on campus.
           
  • When you use “Basic” funds you SAVE 13% on each purchase, because they are tax exempt
    • This encourages people to eat more fresh prepared meals, and this is also why there are more “Basic” dollars in each Student Meal Plan than “Flex” dollars

Read more on Student Meal Plan options here
 



What is the difference between all of the Student Meal Plans?

  • Each Student Meal Plan has a different monetary value so that you are able to purchase a plan that reflects how often you will be eating on campus and the size of your appetite
    • If you will be on campus through the week, and on weekends, you will want a larger plan
    • If you plan to leave campus on the weekends, you will need a smaller plan
    • If you have a large appetite, you will need a larger plan
    • If you have a smaller appetite, you will need a smaller plan

Read more on Student Meal Plan options here
 



What if I change my mind about which plan I want?

  • If you choose a plan then change your mind, you can change your plan

Read more about Important Dates and Deadlines here
 



How do I know which Student Meal Plan to choose?

  • Will you be staying on campus on the weekends? Do you have a large appetite? Try the Plus 250 plan.
  • Will you be staying on campus on the weekends? Do you have a smaller appetite? Try the Plus 100 plan.
  • Will you be leaving campus on the weekend? Do you have a large appetite? Try the Full 250 plan.
  • Will you be leaving campus on the weekends? Do you have a smaller appetite? Try the Full 100 plan.

Read more on Student Meal Plan options here
 



Why is a Student Meal Plan a smart idea?

  • YOU SAVE MONEY:
    • You do not pay tax on "Basic" dollar purchases (a savings of 13%)
       
  • SPEND MONEY ON FOOD, SMARTER:
    • We provide a Budget Planner so you can understand the rate at which you are spending your money – will you run out of money too soon? Will you have too much money at the end of the year left over?
    • Based on your spending habits you may choose to change your plan, that is easy to do (the deadline to do that is September 30, 2020)

See how you can change your plan here

Please also note the Important Dates and Deadlines page so you don’t miss your chance.
 

  • USE YOUR STUDENT MEAL PLAN ON AND OFF CAMPUS
  • ONE CARD FOR CONTACTLESS PURCHASES
    • Don’t worry about carrying multiple cards around campus, your TCard can be used at all foodservice locations
    • Don’t worry about PINs or inserting cards – TCards are enabled with tap technology

Read more on Student Meal Plans here

 


 

Questions? Contact us!

mealplan.utm@utoronto.ca
(905) 569-4795
Davis Building suite 3127

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