At the University of Ottawa, we have 2 categories of meal plans. We have unlimited meal plans that provide full access to the 24/7 All-you-care-to-eat Dining Hall and we have declining balance meal plans. Meal plans are automatically added to your student card and you will need it to use it as your meal plan, so make sure not to lose it. The first thing you need to know before choosing a meal plan is where you’re going to be staying. If you’re a 1st year student staying at 90 University, Thompson, Marchand, Stanton or Leblanc residence, you must choose either the 5 day or 7 day meal plan. If you’re going to stay in any other residence or will be living off-campus, you can choose between any of the meal plans available. Students who intend to stay on campus for most weekends, should consider choosing the 7 day meal plan as it’s the best value for your money. Our unlimited meal plans are the most popular plans. With a 5 or 7 day meal plan, students don’t worry about rushing to breakfast, lunch or dinner. With an unlimited plan, you have the freedom to eat whenever you want. The only restriction is a 30 minute rule; when you access the Dining Hall, you must wait 30 mins before re-entering. All unlimited meal plans also have a Dining dollar account and a Flex account. Dining dollars allow you to purchase food tax free anywhere on campus. This account expires when your meal plan expires and any unused funds greater than $25 will automatically be transferred to your Flex account. Flex dollars can be used for any purchase where your uOttawa Card is accepted on campus This includes your books at the campus bookstore, printing, copying, laundry, vending, and much, much more. Flex dollars remain active for 6 years after the last transaction date and you can ask for a refund at any time. The 5 day meal plan includes: 5 day unlimited access to the 24/7 Dining Hall. Access starts Monday at 4 AM and ends Friday at 11:59 PM. The 5 day meal plan does not automatically include any Dining dollars, but you’re welcome to add some at any time. You will automatically get Flex dollars with this plan, but we recommend you add more to skip the lines at the Bookstore, especially for the start of the year. The 7 day meal plan includes: 7 day unlimited access to the 24/7 Dining Hall, and funds in both the Dining dollar and Flex account. Parents and students can add funds onto the Dining dollars or Flex account anytime online or in person at the uOttawa Card Service. If you’re a student with an allergy and you’re concerned about the food we offer, the University has a registered dietician that can help you. And, as a 5 or 7 day meal plan holder, you’ll have access to our dietary restriction program. In addition, if your schedule does not allow time to go to the Dining Hall, we also have a box lunch program. The Pay As You Go meal plan is a declining balance meal plan. This meal plan is mainly composed of Dining dollars and Flex dollars. Basically, funds are deducted as you purchase food on campus. This means that you get to manage your funds as you want and if ever you need more, both students and parents can easily top up these accounts at any time online or in person. If you’re unsure a meal plan is right for you, this option is practically risk free. If you don’t use your meal plan balance, it automatically transfers to your Flex account when it expires, minus a $25 admin fee. Students with this meal plan can still access the 24/7 All-you-care-to-eat Dining Hall. You’ll simply need to pay the door rate using your tax-free Dining dollars account. We also offer block plans. Block plans don’t provide any tax savings but they guarantee a number of accesses to the 24/7 Dining Hall. Block plans are only valid for one semester and are non-refundable once purchased. Purchasing a meal plan is easy. If you’re staying in residence, you can select the 5 or 7 day meal plan at the time you apply for residence. Remember that some residences come with a mandatory meal plan, therefore you may be required to choose between the 5 or 7 day meal plan. When you choose a meal plan with your residence, the cost will be added onto your resident fees. And you’ll pay for it, along with all other university fees on your student account. If you commute to campus, or a meal plan is not mandatory for you, you may purchase one online or in person at the uOttawa Card Service starting August 1st. Meal plans purchased online or in person must be paid in full at the time of purchase and can be paid with Visa, MasterCard, Interac or cash. Except for mandatory meal plans, all meal plans have a trial period, but once that trial period date has passed, meal plan sales are final and cannot be refunded. We strongly recommend that if you’re interested in a meal plan to fully consult our website and the uOttawa Card terms and conditions.