We acknowledge that our work is on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our institution is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.
UW Food Services supports and accommodates dietary needs on campus! We have gluten free, halal, vegan and vegetarian options in all our residence eateries. We also have an all vegan concept, FRSH, located in the Applied Health Sciences Building.
The easiest way to identify dietary friendly options is to look for our nutrition symbols (pictured below!) on ingredient labels, menu boards, and on-the-go sandwiches, wraps and salads.
If you’re not sure about whether a food or meal choice fits your dietary needs, just ask! Our staff are happy to answer your questions about any of our food options.
Our key message to students coming to Waterloo with food allergies or serious dietary restrictions is to self-identify. Our Food Services team supports students living with food allergies, and are happy to help identify appropriate food choices. If you have an allergy or diet restriction, please let our staff know!
How can we help?
We have a wealth of knowledge on campus that we want to share with you! Have questions about how to navigate UW Food Services eateries with a dietary restriction? Get in contact with us! We have Red Seal certified chefs at every residence eatery and on campus. We also have a Registered Dietitian that wants to help you! For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a food allergy and are living in traditional residence
- Please register through the Accessible Housing process and complete the Housing Disability Verification Form.
Note: First-year students must register by June 1 to be a part of the Residence Guarantee application. Waterloo Residences or the University College residences will use this information to find a room assignment that meets your needs. Please be sure to check off that you are registered with AccessAbility Services when you fill out your Residence Community Ranking Form
- Once you have completed this, we encourage you to get in touch with Food Services by emailing us at email@example.com. We can set up a meeting with our residence chef and registered dietitian to review available options and make sure you feel comfortable dining at Waterloo.
Food Allergy Disclaimer
The University of Waterloo does not have allergen-free food service facilities.
We cannot guarantee that food prepared on-site has not come into contact with allergens, and do not assume any liability for adverse reactions. The common allergens identified on our labels are based on ingredients listed in the recipe, and supplier product information.
While we make every attempt to identify ingredients that may cause reactions in people with food allergies, and inform our staff on the severity of food allergies, there is always a risk of contamination.
Our bakery produces baked goods that contain wheat, nuts and other allergens. We cannot guarantee the absence of cross‐contamination in our baked foods.
There is also the possibility that manufacturers may change product ingredients at any time and without notice. Customers concerned with food allergies need to be aware of this risk.
We encourage anyone who may need to use an Epi-Pen or other medication carry that with them at all times while on campus.
Our Commitment to all Students
We make every effort to minimize risk for students with identified allergies, and have safely housed students with dietary needs and allergies in our residence dining facilities in the past. All our staff also receive food-safe handling training and know the importance of food safety and preventing cross-contamination.
We are not however an allergy free facility, making it imperative that students with allergies identify themselves to our food services team so that we can work with you to customize a safe and delicious dining experience.
If possible, students with a food allergy should plan to visit the University to meet with our dietitian, residence chef, and residence supervisor prior to the start of the academic year to review options.
If you have any additional questions or concerns about dietary accommodation please get in touch, we are here to help!