Dining in Residence
No need to raid the fridge, race to your Rez dining hall! All of our first-year buildings have a dining hall, and in your upper years, you can still sign up for a meal plan and eat in a nearby dining hall, to help take the pressure off cooking with your busy schedule.
Your Western ONEcard is your meal plan, your student ID, and your key-to everything! When you select your meal plan, this card will automatically be loaded with the option you choose. With the meal plan working on a declining balance system, you’ll have the flexibility to select whatever items you want to eat, and to pay, simply swipe your ONEcard and the total cost of your items is deducted from your funds. Money leftover after your first year? Not to worry, it carries over! You can also top up your meal plan funds online if you run out.
Flexibility with Your Food
In rez, you won't be limited to a fixed number of meals a day, you’ll have the flexibility to choose whatever foods you fancy whenever we're open!
Our plans run on a declining balance system, meaning that when you buy food, the purchase amount will be deducted from the balance on your Western ONEcard. You have a choice between two meal plan sizes, but whether the smaller meal plan covers all of your meals for the academic year very much depends on your eating habits.
For full residence costs, including meal plan options, view our Fees and Payment Plans page.
Top Up, Carryover and Refunds
If you run out of funds before the end of the year, you can reload your card online, at any time. Please note that this online process allows you to add flex dollars only; however, flex dollars are transferred automatically in $50 increments once your residence dollars are depleted.
The meal plan for students living in first-year buildings is mandatory, but don't worry, if you have money left over it carries over and turns into a Campus Meal Plan that you can continue using in your upper years at Western. You can also request a refund of your Residence Dollars if a request is submitted by the deadline.
No matter what meal plan option you pick, it’s made up of overhead fee, and food credit—broken down into Residence Dollars and Flex Dollars.
The overhead fee is used to maintain and operate the dining halls. This includes labour, capital costs, equipment, etc. There is no food credit value to the overhead fee and it is non-refundable.
The food credit portion of the meal plan is just that; the money you get to spend on grub. There are two types of food credit: Residence Dollars and Flex Dollars.
Residence Dollars can be used in any Residence dining hall, no matter what building you live in as well as at on-campus eateries. The cost of food purchased in the Residence dining halls is reduced and tax-exempt to reflect the overhead that has been paid.
Flex Dollars can be used to purchase on-campus confection purchases (such as at vending machines) and at our meal plan partner restaurants found both on- and off-campus. Off-campus flex purchases are subject to full retail prices plus applicable taxes.
Our menus run on a six-week cycle so you'll get new options on the regular. Even if you're vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or want fresh approved healthier meals, we provide a balance. Allergies? We've got you covered. Our items are labelled and you can set up a meeting with our nutrition manager to discuss a customized dietary plan.
For more information on dining in Residence, including the hours of operation, click here.