Mandatory meal plan 2022-23


What are mandatory residence meal plan dates?

  • August 27, 2022: Fall 2022 semester begins. Dining halls open at dinner.
  • November 1, 2022: Fall semester deadline to submit notice of withdrawal from residence.
  • December 22, 2022: Fall 2022 semester ends. Following lunch service, dining halls close.
  • December 23, 2022-January 1, 2023: Dining halls closed for the holidays.
  • January 2, 2023: Winter semester 2023. Dining halls open at dinner.
  • March 1, 2023: Winter semester deadline to submit notice of withdrawal from residence. 
  • May 3, 2023: Winter 2023 semester ends. Following lunch service, dining halls close for the summer.

Am I required to purchase a mandatory residence meal plan?

The meal plan is mandatory for students living in residence.

Where do I use my residence meal plan?

You have access to an all-you-care-to-eat dining hall at your designated residence on the Sir George Williams Campus (Grey Nuns building) or Loyola Campus (SC building).

Can I eat at both dining halls?

How much does a mandatory residence mean plan cost?

The mandatory residence plan costs CDN$5,100 and covers the provision of meals taken in any residence for fall and winter semesters. What’s more, all resident students must purchase an annual Mandatory Flex Dollars of CDN$250 that can be spent at any of Aramark’s five, on-campus retail dining locations. View retail locations and opening hours.

How do I purchase my mandatory residence meal plan?

You can buy a mandatory meal plan from Student Accounts. 


How do I purchase a voluntary meal plan?
Faculty, staff and students living off campus can purchase a voluntary meal directly with Concordia Food Services on this website.


How does my mandatory meal plan work on campus?

Following the purchase of your meal plan, it’s loaded onto your Student ID and available as of the first meal service upon your move to residence.

Your card will be swiped by the cashier at the entrance to the dining hall.

To use the plan, you must always have your card with you.

How do I use my mandatory meal plan?

Once your Student ID card is activated with your plan, you must always carry your card with you:

Present your card to the cashier—who will swipe it when you enter— during each visit to the dining hall. You have unlimited entries throughout the day.

What happens if I show up to the dining hall without my student ID card?

You will be required to pay for your purchase with cash or credit at the time – no exceptions. You can return with your card and receipt (within 48 hours), after which the amount will be reimbursed to you on your card.

Can your meal plans accommodate me if I have food allergies or dietary preferences?

Upon registering, you must email to inform Concordia Food Services of food allergies, intolerances, restrictions and/or dietary preferences so you can take part in a consultation session with our registered dietitian to determine whether the mandatory meal plan is a suitable option.

The consultation session will cover:

  • An assessment of dietary-specific needs
  • A preliminary menu plan with alternatives where possible
  • Whether accommodations can be made, depending on the nature and severity of those allergies and/or preferences

Concordia Food Services does not use any nuts or peanuts in their recipes or in any ready-to-serve purchased items. While the culinary team is extremely careful in their manipulation of food products, we cannot guarantee that food prepared in dining hall kitchens has not become cross-contaminated with allergens, including nuts and peanuts.

Can I share my meal plan with a friend or family member?

No. Plans are strictly non-transferable. As a result, only the plan owner can benefit from the tax savings.


Can I bring a guest to the dining halls?
Yes (pending COVID-19 protocols that may be re-instated). Your guest will have to pay these door prices to access the dining halls:

  • $9 for breakfast
  • $12 for lunch
  • $14 for dinner

What happens to my mandatory meal plan if I lose my student ID card?

Keep your student ID card safe at all times, much like you would your debit or credit card.  Please note that if a card is lost or stolen, the cardholder is responsible for all unauthorized charges until the card is reported as missing.  If it is lost or stolen, follow these steps:

  • Immediately report any lost or stolen cards to Concordia Food Services so your plan can be temporarily deactivated to protect your funds.
  • If you can’t locate your card, visit the Birks Student Service Centre web page to begin the process of securing a replacement card.
  • Until you receive your new card: To gain access to the dining hall, you will be required to provide your Student ID number, as well as a valid photo ID
  • When you receive your replacement card: Please contact to activate it for immediate use.


Where can I view dining hall menus?

Weekly menus, which will rotate every four weeks, are posted on this website and in the dining halls so you can plan your meals accordingly.

May I take food and/or drinks out the dining halls?
You may take out only one hot beverage (coffee or tea) OR one fruit OR one dry snack.

May I bring food and/or drinks in the dining hall?