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Dining Plan FAQ

Dining Plan funds are accepted at all restaurants to receive prepared meals on the Keele and Glendon campuses, with a wide variety of food options to choose from. Check out the most up-to-date list of locations on our Dining Directory

No. The Excise Tax Act specifies that meals must be received from a restaurant or cafeteria.

Choosing the right plan depends on your eating habits and whether you plan to spend most days on campus or go home on weekends or for extended periods of time. Some students find that the minimum plan meets their needs, while others devour the largest plan and have to top up their balance. Take into consideration how many meals you like to have during a typical day, and how many days during the term you plan to be on campus. 

Please note that the Bronze Plan is not designed to provide three meals per day every day. Students who intend to eat the majority of their meals on campus may be well suited by the Silver, Gold, or Platinum plans. 

Based on a 34-week Fall/Winter academic period, the 2023-24 Bronze Plan with $4,250 cumulatively in Meal Plan and Meal Plan Plus funds averages out to $125 per week, which averages $12.50 per meal if accessing 10 meals per week. 

The dining plan uses a declining balance system, meaning each purchase you make for a meal is deducted from the balance on your account. The difference between the Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Convenience plan options is the dollar value loaded to your account. The amount of Meal Plan funds are the same across the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum plans; only the amount of Meal Plan Plus funds changes. 

If you are still unsure, you may consider the Bronze Plan and adding top ups later in the year, if needed.  

The tax exempt Dining Plan funds can be used to purchase meals on campus. Taxable snack items such as carbonated beverages, granola bars, frozen yogurt, pastries and confectionery items can only be purchased with the Taxable Plan or Flex funds, unless you purchase these items as part of a prepared meal. In order to maximize your savings and the use of your Dining Plan funds, purchase beverages and desserts as part of your meal. 

The following items are not, in and of themselves, considered a meal by the Canada Revenue Agency (see Part III of Schedule V) and cannot be purchaschased with the Taxable Plan or Flex dollars, unless you purchase these items as part of a prepared meal. In order to maximize your savings and the use of your Meal Plan funds, purchase beverages and desserts as part of your meal.

The following items are not, in and of themselves, considered a meal by the Canada Revenue Agency and cannot be purchased with Meal Plan funds, unless they are purchased as part of a meal:

  • carbonated beverages;
    • non-carbonated fruit juice beverages or fruit flavoured beverages, other than milk-based beverages, that contain less than 25% by volume of
      • (i) a natural fruit juice or combination of natural fruit juices, or
      • (ii) a natural fruit juice or combination of natural fruit juices that have been reconstituted into the original state, or goods that, when added to water, produce a beverage in this paragraph:
  • candies, confectionery that may be classed as candy, or any goods sold as candies, such as candy floss, chewing gum and chocolate, whether naturally or artificially sweetened, and including fruits, seeds, nuts and popcorn when they are coated or treated with candy, chocolate, honey, molasses, sugar, syrup or artificial sweeteners;
  • chips, crisps, puffs, curls or sticks (such as potato chips, cheese puffs, potato sticks, bacon crisps and cheese curls), other similar snack foods or popcorn and brittle pretzels, but not including any product that is sold primarily as a breakfast cereal;
  • salted nuts or salted seeds;
  • granola products, but not including any product that is sold primarily as a breakfast cereal;
  • snack mixtures that contain cereals, nuts, seeds, dried fruit or any other edible product, but not including any mixture that is sold primarily as a breakfast cereal;
  • ice lollies, juice bars, flavoured, coloured or sweetened ice waters, or similar products, whether frozen or not;
  • ice cream, ice milk, sherbet, frozen yoghurt or frozen pudding, non-dairy substitutes for any of the foregoing, or any product that contains any of the foregoing, when packaged or sold in single servings;
  • fruit bars, rolls or drops or similar fruit-based snack foods;
  • cakes, muffins, pies, pastries, tarts, cookies, doughnuts, brownies, croissants with sweetened filling or coating, or similar products […] but not including bread products, such as bagels, English muffins, croissants or bread rolls, without sweetened filling or coating;
  • beverages (other than unflavoured milk) or pudding, including flavoured gelatin, mousse, flavoured whipped dessert product or any other products similar to pudding
  • beverages dispensed at the place where they are sold
  • food or beverages sold through a vending machine

Funds remaining in the Meal Plan account will expire at the end of the plan term, while funds remaining in the Meal Plan Plus account will automatically be transferred to a Meal Plan Taxable account. The Meal Plan Taxable account allows unspent Meal Plan Plus funds to be used in subsequent years to purchase food on a taxable basis while you remain enrolled at York University. There is a $50 Administration Fee that will automatically be applied for the transfer of funds over to the Meal Plan Taxable account. Unspent Meal Plan Taxable funds will expire if you cease to be enrolled at York. Meal Plan, Meal Plan Plus and Meal Plan Taxable funds are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to the Flex account. See the Dining Plan Description of Features for details.

No. You cannot transfer funds between your Dining Plan accounts. Please visit the YU-card Office to load up any of your meal plan accounts. 

You can add more money to your Meal Plan or Meal Plan Plus by contacting the YU-card Office at 222 Williams Small Centre or by email at yucard@yorku.ca

Yes. During the term of your plan, you have the option to upgrade or downgrade to an eligible tier if you find that the original selection does not meet your needs. All change requests must be submitted by emailing the York University YU-CARD Office at yucard@yorku.ca before the end of the term. If you make a request after the term has ended, it will be subject to a $50 administrative processing fee.

You can check your account balance and transaction history online in real time on the YU-card website or using the eAccounts mobile app. The browser version provides a full history whereas the mobile version displays the last few transactions. 

No. You cannot purchase food for a friend on your Dining Plan. Tax regulations stipulate that Dining Plans are for your personal use only. Per the YU-card Terms of Agreement, you also shall not allow any other person to use your YU-card.  

If you lose your YU-card, you should use the eAccounts portal on the YU-card website or the eAccounts mobile app to freeze your card until you can obtain a replacement.

It sure is! Having a Dining Plan can save you time and money -- which means more time for studying and less time shopping, cooking, and washing dishes. In addition to our regular Dining Plans, students living in Suite/Apartment accommodations may purchase the smaller Convenience (Suite) Plan which provides up to $373 in HST savings on your meal purchases. Contact the YU-card Office to sign up. 

If you spend more than $80/week on food on campus, the Convenience Plan will enable you to save on taxes, transaction fees and time. It's like getting up to $373 in free food! Contact the YU-card Office to sign up.